Penn Prof Al Filreis to Host N.Y. Public Library Inaugural ‘ModPo’ MOOC Meet-up

In the New York City area, online students in a University of Pennsylvania massive open online course on modern poetry are getting the chance to meet offline. The venue is the New York Public Library where learners in Penn English professor Al Filreis’ “Modern and Contemporary American Poetry” MOOC can gather for weekly in-person discussions.

Arts & Humanities


  • A Promise and an Opportunity

    A Promise and an Opportunity

    Theodore Brandon, a student in Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice, has long enjoyed helping others, assisting the elderly and volunteering at church.

  • The Transformative Power of the Arts

    The Transformative Power of the Arts

    JaLinda Dunovant believes that the world would be a better place if more people could experience the transformative power of the arts. This is because Dunovant’s involvement in arts and culture activities has had a profound impact on her own life.

  • The ICA Turns 50

    The ICA Turns 50

    Throughout the past half-century, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania has earned its international reputation as an adventurer in contemporary art by highlighting unconventional artists and their unique works.

  • Solving Society’s Greatest Energy Challenges

    Solving Society’s Greatest Energy Challenges

    When University sophomore Albert Xiao joined the first class of the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER), a dual-degree program in Penn Arts & Sciences and the S…

  • Penn Researchers Help Unearth Forgotten Egyptian Pharaoh

    Working in the ancient Egyptian city of Abydos over the winter break, a team of Penn archaeologists knew they had found something special. After excavating a series of chambers constructed of mud-brick—usually a sign of a common person’s tomb—they encountered a stone slab, and finally, a burial chamber lined with limestone.

  • Transformation Through Education

    Transformation Through Education

    By opening the doors of Penn to remarkable students, the University helps them achieve their full potential as individuals, and also create an academic community that expands and deepens the perspectives of all who are part of it.

  • Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now

    Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now

    On March 1, 2014, the Penn Museum will unveil “Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now,” its newest exhibition, which will challenge visitors to set aside their preconceptions about Native Americans and…

  • Paying It Forward at Penn

    Paying It Forward at Penn

    Penn senior Diana Estrada Alamo’s academic concentration is in infectious diseases, but her interest in good health extends to every aspect of her own life and the people she advocates for and mentors.In high school in Seattle, Estrada Alamo interned at the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, working on tuberculosis research. And, as she puts it, she “fell in love with it.”…

  • Behind the Borders of the Modern Middle East

    Behind the Borders of the Modern Middle East

    Born in Tehran, Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, the Robert I. Williams Term Professor of History in the School of Arts and Sciences, spent the first part of her life in Iran during the reign of the shah, and was an eyewitness as events unfolded during the 1979 Iranian Revolution that removed the shah from power and gave rise to the Ayatollah Khomeini.

  • An Architect’s Vision for Philadelphia

    An Architect’s Vision for Philadelphia

    The influence of architect Paul Philippe Cret endures more than 100 years after he arrived in Philadelphia to teach at Penn.

Penn in the news

Best of Philly Snapshot: Janet Monge, Best Museum Curator July 30, 2014 | Philadelphia Magazine

Janet Monge of the Penn Museum is profiled as best museum curator.

Penn Offers First German Language MOOC July 29, 2014 | Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn’s new massive open online course “Auf Deutsch: Communicating in German Across Cultures” is featured.

The International Team Trying to Save Syrian Antiquities July 21, 2014 | BBC News

Brian Daniels of the Penn Museum talks about the Heritage Task Force training Syrians to protect artifacts.

New Paper Considers the Limits of Community Development in Addressing Housing Crisis July 14, 2014 | New York Observer

Laura Wolf-Powers of the School of Design is featured for her article “Understanding community development in a ‘theory of action’ framework: Norms, markets, justice.”

PennDesign Launches Landscape Architecture Plus (LA+) Journal July 11, 2014 | World Landscape Architecture

Richard Weller of the School of Design is interviewed.

From the Penn Current