January 2, 2020Restoring Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Languages
Language is an intrinsic part of culture and an essential way of sharing customs, knowledge, and belief systems. But in North America, Indigenous people historically were forced by the U.S. and Canadian governments to abandon their languages. Today, many Indigenous communities are engaging in a painstaking process of language recovery and rejuvenation. Penn’s Educational Partnerships with Indigenous Communities (EPIC) was created to support this effort.
January 2, 2020‘May the Force Be with You’ and Other Fan Fiction Favorites
Starting with Star Wars, Penn researchers create a unique digital humanities tool to analyze the most popular phrases and character connections in fan fiction.
January 2, 2020Diving Into Code to Illuminate the History of Computing
Science historian Stephanie Dick of the School of Arts and Sciences studies how computer scientists think by studying what they do.
January 2, 2020The long history of David Rittenhouse Lab
Penn alums who return to campus often marvel at its transformation. Of the 26 buildings that house the people, programs and departments that make up Penn Arts & Sciences, nine are either less than 15 years old or have undergone major renovations in that time. One place that has remained the same in the midst of all this change is the 65-year-old David Rittenhouse Laboratory (DRL).
December 10, 2019An Inca Ceremonial Center Recreated in a Digital Landscape
Students use computer graphic technologies to bring historic sites to life as part of a summer research program and fall semester course that unites anthropology and computer science. Computer scientist Norman Badler and archaeologist Clark Erickson collaborate on summer research projects and teach a cross-listed course called Visualizing the Past/Peopling the Past. By working across these two fields, students can see firsthand how technology can help bring historical tales to life while also understanding the importance of anthropological context in effective and accurate storytelling.