January 2, 2020Researchers Use a Material’s ‘Memory’ to Encode Unique Physical Properties
A new study shows that, as materials age, they “remember” prior stresses and external forces, which scientists and engineers can then use to create new materials with unique properties.
January 2, 2020Contemporary Art Enhances Penn Museum’s Africa Galleries
The recently reinstalled Africa Galleries at the Penn Museum encompass 4,000 square feet and nearly 300 artifacts from Africa and the African diaspora. In this reimagined space, the historical pieces—statues, gold coins, carved ivory, richly dyed textiles—are juxtaposed with three groupings of contemporary art commissioned by Professor Tukufu Zuberi, the Africa Galleries’ lead curator.
January 2, 2020Alumna Andrea Mitchell on Her Career in Journalism
NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent and Penn alumna spoke at Kelly Writers House about her 40-plus-year career. She discussed everything from breaking into TV journalism in the 1960s to moderating the Democratic presidential debate.
January 2, 2020How Rituals Shape Our World
From graduations to wedding ceremonies, baby showers to retirement parties, our lives are ordered by a series of rituals. But how do these rituals develop over time and what do they tell us about culture and society at large? At Penn home football games, fans throw toast onto the field after the third quarter. (Image: Chase Sutton) Undergraduate students in COMM 388: Ritual Communication—taught by Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies Litty Paxton—are taking a deep dive into the unique language of ritual to explore some of the answers to these questions.
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.