February 9, 2021The School of Arts & Sciences’ Tulia Falleti Directs Interdisciplinary Grant Addressing Inequalities
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of Pennsylvania a grant to support “Dispossessions in the Americas: The Extraction of Bodies, Land, and Heritage from La Conquista to the Present,” a project directed by Tulia Falleti. Tulia Falleti is the Class of 1965 Endowed Term Professor of Political Science, Director of Latin American and Latinx Studies Program and Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. “Dispossessions in the Americas” is an interdisciplinary project that aims to document territorial, embodied, and cultural heritage dispossessions in the Americas from 1492 to the present, and to outline how the restoration of land, embodiments, and cultural values can recover histories and promote restorative justice.
February 5, 2021Senior Tsemone Ogbemi is Bringing the Humanities into Climate Education
Senior Tsemone Ogbemi is sharing the important role of the arts in comprehending climate through her work at the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities and in an environmental conference. "Tsemone is the perfect person to speak to the importance of arts education in science,” Wiggin says. “She understands the power of words, the power of poetry, both intellectually and emotionally, and she also just gets it that engaging with climate change is not just an academic endeavor but requires a way to make sense of how this big global story of a hot planet has diverse impacts on individuals’ lives.”
February 1, 2021Penn Medicine Partners with Renowned Artist Maya Lin for Pavilion Art Installation
Penn Medicine’s Pavilion, one of the largest hospital projects underway in the United States and the largest capital project in the University of Pennsylvania’s history, will feature an art installation by renowned artist and designer Maya Lin. The artwork—tentatively titled “DNA Tree of Life”—will be on display in the atrium of the new state-of-the-art facility, set to open later this year on the West Philadelphia campus of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).
February 1, 2021Kanaval’ Documentary Celebrates Musical Link Between Haiti and New Orleans
“Kanaval: Haitian Rhythms and the Music of New Orleans,” is a documentary, which spans three one-hour episodes and is hosted by Haitian-American and New Orleans-based musician Leyla McCalla, is both history lesson and cultural education about how modern New Orleans staples mirror Haitian traditions.
February 1, 2021A Penn English Class Created and Taught by Author and Playwright Lorene Caryn Explores Civic Engagement
Penn students in a collaborative fall English course shared their experiences in civic engagement with each other and the world, writing for publication. They found new ways to share non-partisan information with other young voters, from the breakdown of complicated data in infographics to videos of dancing mailboxes. Most of the Penn students participating in the class were voting for the first time and for the first time in a national, presidential election. They wrote and published about what they learned.