March 6, 2001
Volume 47
Number 25

Grammy Winner for a Classic: George Crumb

Dr. George Crumb, the Annenberg Professor Emeritus of the Humanities, received the best contemporary classical work award at this year's Grammy Awards for his recording, 70th Birthday Album, Star-Child. Produced on Bridge Records, it was performed by the Warsaw Philharmonic and choir, with soloists chosen from among New York instrumentalists. The piece was premiered in 1977 by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Pierre Boulez.

Dr. Crumb won the Pulitzer Prize in music in 1968 for his piece Echoes of Time and the River. He is also the recipient of the International Rostrum of Composers Award, 1971; and Fromm, Guggenheim, Koussevitzky and Rockefeller Foundation awards. Dr. Crumb received his D.M.A. from the University of Michigan.

CLICK HERE to hear "Male Speaking Choir," an excerpt from the award-winning recording (from track 4 on the CD).

Brownlee Term Chair: Dr. Sanday

Dr. Peggy Sanday, professor of anthropology, has been named the R. Jean Brownlee Endowed Term Professor in SAS. Dr. Sanday came to Penn in 1972 from Carnegie-Mellon University. Her research interests include women's studies, Southeast Asia, anthropology of gender, multiculturalism, sexual culture, and public interest anthropology. On campus she has been a leader in the development of the Center for Public Interest Anthropology (CPIA).

Dr. Sanday received her B.S. from Columbia University and her graduate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.

She is the author of many books and articles on a variety of topics. Her most recent book documents her 20 years of research with the Minangkabau, (See "Talks" Almanac, September AT PENN Calendar, 1997) the fourth largest ethnic group in Indonesia and the largest and most modern matrilineal society in the world today.

Her books include Anthropology and the Public Interest (ed.); Female Power and Male Dominance; Divine Hunger: Cannibalism as a Cultural System; Beyond the Second Sex: New Directions in the Anthropology of Gender (ed.); Fraternity Gang Rape: Sex, Brotherhood and Privilege on Campus; and A Woman Scorned: Acquaintance Rape on Trial. Her most recent book, Women at the Center: Matriarchy in West Sumatra, is in process.

The R. Jean Brownlee Endowed Term Chair was established through a gift from the McLean Contributionship. Dr. Brownlee earned her Ph.D. from Penn in 1942. She spent three years during WW II as the chief local administrator for the civil service commission, the highest post held by a women in the city. In 1947, Dr. Brownlee returned to Penn as assistant professor of political science and also took charge of the personnel office of the College for Women. In 1958 she was named acting dean, becoming dean the following year. She instituted the changes in the College for Women that allowed it to stand out among its peers. Dr. Brownlee received an honorary doctorate from Penn in 1986. She died on January 23, 1995, at the age of 83. 

 A Groundbreaking Public School's Groundbreaking

Last Thursday afternoon youngsters and adults gathered at the future site of the Penn-assisted PreK-8 Neighborhood School to celebrate the collaboration and cooperation that has created a partnership and a unique school.

President Judith Rodin said, "It is not everyday that a new public school is built in an American city--especially a groundbreaking public school that will benefit thousands of neighborhood schoolchildren in the years to come." She pointed out that this was a day many years in the making for the many partners "who have banded together to renew the social and economic vitality of University City."

She said the school will feature small classes, a cutting-edge curriculum, state-of-the-art facilities, open green space; it will serve as a hub for professional development; be a neighborhood resource for the community, and its students will reflect the diversity of University City.

Penn will not only lend its talents to this school but, she said that Penn's commitment to "strengthen other West Philadelphia schools will continue."

"I have already seen a team of parents, educators, neighbors, community associations and leaders rally to make this new neighborhood public school a dream come true," said Vice President Steve Schutt.

A grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts helped launch the school planning effort. A gift from Penn alumnus Samuel Schwab will make possible a terrific playground. A grant from the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service will help create a rain garden on school grounds. Critical support has also been received from IBM and the Horace Goldsmith Foundation, the President said.

This project was a product of creative partnership that involved many from outside the University including: Pedro Ramos, president of the Philadelphia School Board of Education; Ted Kirsch, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers; CEO Phil Goldsmith, Jerry Jordan, PFT Chief of Staff; David Hornbeck, former superintendent of Philadelphia schools; his chief of staff Germaine Ingram; West Philadelphia Cluster Leader Janis Butler; Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and Mayor John Street and concerned community groups.

Here at Penn, GSE, led by Dean Susan Fuhrman, has also been involved, especially Associate Dean Nancy Streim; project coordinator Ann Kreidle and director of teacher education Jeanne Vissa. Dean Fuhrman also thanked Vice President Steve Schutt and special project coordinator Lucy Kerman for their "boundless dedication, guidance and support." The dean said, "I can assure you that the educational program being developed for this school will always draw from the soundest research on how our students best learn and develop."

To symbolize the bond between Penn and the school, President Rodin planted nine seeds from "some of the grandest and most beautiful trees in North America"--Franklinia trees, named after Franklin by John and William Bartram, who discovered the tree. Each seed represents one class in the new school. Then the children, some of whom are expected to attend kindergarten or first grade here, planted marigolds before helping with the groundbreaking, complete with hardhats and colorful shovels. 


Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 25, March 6, 2001