January 16, 2020History on How Martin Luther King Jr. Day Become a Federal Holiday
Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. He was an American Christian minister and important leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. On the third Monday of January every year, the federal government closes up shop for a day to honor this civil rights hero. Let us not forget his dream and continue to stand and work towards equality and justice for all.
January 14, 2020Ken Lum Wins Art Gallery of Ontario’s 2019 Gershon Iskowitz Prize
Many congratulations are in order for the the Marilyn Jordan Taylor Presidential Professor and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, Ken Lum. The 2019 Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), is presented annually to an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to the visual arts in Canada. Born in Vancouver, Lum is a multidisciplinary artist known for his conceptual and representational work in painting, sculpture, and photography. Through his practice, Lum draws attention to issues of identity in relation to language, portraiture, and spatial politics.
January 2, 2020In Memoriam: Penn Remembers Artists of the World Who Passed in 2019
Penn’s faculty and staff reflect on the giants who left us in 2019. Ones who inspired, who gifted us a better world in their wake, and left footprints that tides won’t easily wash over. Remembered here are artists of the world, like Toni Morrison, and doctors like Eli Glatstein, formerly the Morton M. Kligerman Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Perelman School of Medicine. Below, recollections of their lives and contributions.
January 2, 2020Drops of Liquid Crystal Molecules Branch Out into Strange Structures
A new study in Nature details this “weird” finding by showing how droplets containing chain-like liquid crystal molecules transform into complex shapes when the temperature drops. Conducted by Wei, graduate student Sophie Ettinger, Ph.D. alum Yu Xia, Shu Yang, and Arjun Yodh, this unexpected discovery provides new understanding about how molecular polydispersity—a condition where the lengths of liquid crystal molecules vary widely—can drive simple droplets to change into unusual shapes.
January 2, 2020Philadelphia’s Media Ecosystem is Broken. Can We Fix It?
With local newsroom numbers decimated and traditional advertising models continuing to fail, the MIC Center hopes to identify new models for media that enable communities to be engaged in shaping and lifting up narratives that better represent them and address important social problems. Led by co-directors Annenberg Professor Victor Pickard, a Free Press board member, and Rutgers Professor Todd Wolfson, a Media Mobilizing Project board member, the Media, Inequality and Change (MIC) Center, Media Mobilizing Project and Free Press aim to address these issues by understanding how social change happens, the media’s role in creating obstacles and opportunities for structural reform, and what innovative, community-centered media and media-making can and should look like in the Philadelphia region.