Penn alumni and family members
are invited to join The Kelly Writers House Virtual Book Groups
for 2001. All you need is an e-mail account and a willingness
to engage in free and perhaps free-wheeling discussion of an interesting
book with a member of Penns faculty. For more information, see
(www.english.upenn.edu/ ~wh/bookgroups/); to join a group, send
a message to <whbook @english.upenn.edu>, supplying your
full name, home address, the e-mail address you will use during
the discussion, and, if a Penn alumnus, your year(s) and degree(s).
6: Jan. 15-Feb. 15. Bob Judd, adjunct professor and executive
director of the American Musicological Society, and Cristle Collins
Judd, associate professor of music theory and director of graduate
studies in the music department, will lead a discussion of Edward
Rothsteins Emblems of Mind: The Inner Life of Music and Mathematics.
7: Mar. 1-April 1. Dr. Joe Farrell, professor of classical studies
and associate dean for graduate studies in the College, will lead
a discussion of the writings of Ovid.
8: April 15-May 15. Dr. Bob Giegengack, professor of earth and
environmental science, will lead a discussion of Farley Mowats
Never Cry Wolf.
9: Sept. 15-Oct. 15. Several poets affiliated with the Writers
House will lead a discussion of contemporary poetry.
10: Nov. 1-Dec. 1. Dr. Al Filreis, professor of English and faculty
director of the Writers House, will lead a discussion of two stories:
Stephen Cranes Experiment in Misery and Nadine Gordimers Which
New Era Would That Be?
Previous issue's Profiles
| Nov/Dec Contents | Gazette
Tickets? How PassČ
being able to go to the
a concert or a football gameeven to the concessions standwithout waiting
in long lines. Marc Steren L96 and his business partner, Jordan Klear,
already have. Theyve launched ZebraPass, a Washington, D.C.-based wireless
ticketing and mobile commerce system with exactly this convenience
in mind. Continued...
Japanese-American Legend Set to Song
1841, a 14-year-old Japanese
boy named Nakahama Manjiro was shipwrecked while on a fishing trip and
rescued by an American whaler who brought him back to Massachusetts.
CrazyAbout EducationAfter All These Years
DeidrČ Farmbry GrEd97 began
her school career fortysome years ago with a fit of protest. Or so her
mother tells her. The then-kindergartner was so resistant on her first
morning at Lingelbach Elementary School that the principal had to come
outside, grab me by the hand and drag me in, kicking and screaming,
she recalls. The joke is, I loved it, and here I am, after all these
years, still with Philadelphia schools. Continued...
George W. Bush was
for a success story from his states charter-school system to showcase
at the Republican National Convention that nominated him as the GOP
candidate for president, he naturally turned to the KIPP Academy. In
July, Michael Feinberg C91 [Hello, Mr. KIPP, December 1996], co-founder
of the Houston school, found himself on the stage of the convention,
talking about the Knowledge Is Power Program before introducing Laura
Bush to the crowd. Continued...
to Perpetual Childishness
Gailmor C70 stands on a
makeshift stage in the small gym of a rural elementary school in northern
Vermont. This is familiar territory for the singer-songwriter, and both
he and his songs are well known and loved. The audience for this early
evening concert is typical, ranging from pre-schoolers to their grandparents.
years ago, a 32-year-old Orthodox
Jewish woman came into the Brooklyn clinic where Dr. Steven Brodsky
C82 worked as a psychotherapist. Since the age of 13, she told him,
she suffered from intrusive cursing thoughts against God. It was very
disturbing, Brodsky says, because it was not what she believed. Each
time it happened, when rabbis boarded the neighborhood bus she rode,
for example, she would engage in a ritual of blessing God or cursing
the devil to cancel out the unwanted thoughts. Continued...
Color of Mummy
years ago, a donkey
a guard across Egypts Bahariya Oasis, 230 miles southwest of Cairo,
stumbled over a hole. It turned out to be the edge of a tomb; peeking
out was the gold-covered face of a mummy. Continued...
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Pennsylvania Gazette Last modified 11/1/00
at the Convention
When I first decided to run for Congress four years ago,
in 1996, I, like most candidatesand Ive met so many over the
past few dayswas hoping and was excited about all the invitations
I might receive to speak at various events. I was so excited that
I was waiting by the phone for invitations. But as you young candidates
and new candidates surely find, that isnt always the case.
there was one forum, and one place, where I was often welcome,
where I was welcomed with great smiles, where I was able to gain
my footing as a candidate and develop my momentum as a candidate.
And that was at kindergarten graduations.
spoke at more kindergarten graduations than anyone in my district
ever knew existed. As I spoke at those graduations, I was struck
by the pride in the eyes of those five-year-olds, in the eyes
of their families. In many ways it was magical. I couldnt help
but think about the horrors that you hear about when kids grow
up and join gangs and bring guns to school. But when theyre five
and six, theyre still ours. For those children and their families,
we must continue working for a better life and a better world.
As we turn our attention to the choice at hand, let us remember
those children, kindergartners in Memphis and all across this
nation, and remember in the end what this election is really all
Representative Harold Ford Jr. C92 of Tennessee, giving the keynote
address on the second night of the Democratic National Convention.