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Media Contact:Sara Stewart | sabrady@upenn.edu | 215-898-3617January 15, 2014

Exhibition Featuring William H. Johnson to Open at Penn's Arthur Ross Gallery

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"William H. Johnson: An American Modern" showcases rare paintings on display at the Arthur Ross Gallery through March 23.

A new exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) will feature rare paintings by William H. Johnson, from the collection of the James E. Lewis Museum at Morgan State University. An essential figure in modern American art, William H.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422February 4, 2014

Penn Celebrates Completion of $24.5 Million Renovation of Historic Arts, Research and Culture House

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The University of Pennsylvania has completed a $24.5 million renovation of its Arts, Research and Culture House, transforming the historic building into a center for campus life that builds on the cultural diversity of Penn students and offers an intellectual and social experience for the entire University community.

The University of Pennsylvania has completed a $24.5 million renovation of its Arts, Research and Culture House, transforming the historic building into a center for campus life that builds on the cultural diversity of Penn students and offers an intellectual and social experience for the entire University community. 

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460March 11, 2014

'The Martin Luther King Jr. We Have Forgotten' Topic of Penn Lightbulb Café Talk

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On Tuesday, March. 25 from 6-7 p.m., the Penn Lightbulb Café will host Thomas Sugrue, David Boles Professor in the Department of History and the Department of Sociology. He will present a talk on "The Martin Luther King Jr. We Have Forgotten."

WHO:             Thomas Sugrue

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820January 14, 2014

Castro, Ifill Talk Race and Rights at the Penn MLK Lecture in Social Justice

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As a part of Penn's Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium for Social Change, Julián Castro and Sherrilyn Ifill will speak at the MLK Lecture in Social Justice, Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 5:30 p.m. in the Zellerbach Theatre. It is free and open to the public.

Julián Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, and Sherrilyn Ifill, the president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fu

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460January 14, 2014

‘History of the Slave South’ Online Course Taught by Penn’s Stephanie McCurry Starts Jan. 20

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In the world of the Internet, slavery and the American Civil War are explosive topics of debate, so Stephanie McCurry is preparing to be globally fact-checked by those with a passion for the subject matter. The University of Pennsylvania history professor and scholar will teach a 10-week, massive open online course, or MOOC, called “History of the Slave South.” It starts January 20.

In the world of the Internet, slavery and the American Civil War are explosive topics of debate, so Stephanie McCurry is preparing to be globally fact-checked by those with a passion for the subject matter.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151January 2, 2014

Penn Libraries 2014 Calendar Features Parisian Fashions

Today’s fashion magazines are mass-produced, but some rare, earlier magazines of high fashion became collector’s items partly for their artwork.

The Obsessions of a Straight American Guy

December 19, 2013

The “Jason Rhoades: Four Roads” exhibit, displayed at the Institute of Contemporary Art, is reviewed.

Article Source: New York Times

Suggested Reading for de Blasio

December 13, 2013

The Undeserving Poor: America’s Enduring Confrontation With Poverty written by Michael Katz of the School of Arts and Sciences is included on a suggested reading list for incoming New York City mayor Bill de Blasio.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460January 7, 2014

Penn’s 2014 Kelly Writers House Fellows Announced

The University of Pennsylvania will host three celebrated writers as Kelly Writers House Fellows during the 2014 spring semester.

Journalist and essayist Buzz Bissenger will visit Penn Feb. 17-18, followed by fiction writer T.C. Boyle March 31-April 1 and poet Rae Armantrout April 28-29.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460December 13, 2013

Penn Presents ‘Real Talk’ Student Monologues on August Wilson and Beyond

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“Real Talk,” which is free and open to the public, is the outgrowth of the fall freshman seminar course "August Wilson and Beyond," a class that combined ethnography and oral history research. Herman Beavers, professor of English at Penn, co-taught the course with Penn alum Suzana Berger, a theater director.

WHO:             University of Pennsylvania students in Herman Beavers’ “August Wilson and Beyond” course