Arts & Humanities


Items from Ancient Sumerian City Found in Cupboard

June 25, 2014

Items from a tomb excavation in Iraq that was jointly sponsored by the Penn Museum and the British Museum during the 1920s and 1930s are featured.

Article Source: Associated Press

The 12 Most Unique College Courses in America

June 23, 2014

Al Filreis of Kelly Writers House is noted for teaching an unconventional English course.

Article Source: Huffington Post
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460June 24, 2014

Valerie De Cruz: Championing Interculturalism at Penn

As director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Greenfield Intercultural Center for 17 years, Valerie De Cruz has had a guiding hand in the creation of cultural resource centers that many Penn student see as homes away from home: MakuuLa Casa Latina and the Pan-Asian American Community House.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | | 215-573-8151June 23, 2014

Penn Student Learns About Intercultural Communications Through Study Abroad

For Ingred Prince, a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania, some of her most enriching experiences have occurred through opportunities to study and explore abroad.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | | 215-898-1422 June 23, 2014

Penn Receives More than $1 Million in Pew Grants in Support of Arts and Culture Initiatives

The University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Contemporary Art, WXPN, Morris Arboretum and Penn Institute of Urban Research have each received 2014 Project Grants from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. The PCAH Project Grants to Penn total more than $1 million.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Institute of Contemporary Art

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194June 17, 2014

David Hewitt of Biology and Design to Discuss Urban Ecosystems at Penn Science Café

On June 24, David Hewitt, a biologist and lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, will give a Penn Science Cafe talk titled, “Cities aren’t like ecosystems, they are ecosystems.”


David Hewitt

Lecturer in the schools of Arts & Sciences and Design

University of Pennsylvania


Penn Science Café series lecture and discussion, “Cities aren’t like ecosystems, they are ecosystems”


Tuesday, June 24, 6-7 p.m. 


World Cafe Live Upstairs, 3025 Walnut St.


During the past two years, David Hewitt has taught ecology to students of City & Regional Planning. This talk will be a "lessons learned" from that experience: about how and why one should understand cities as ecosystems — not as a metaphor, not as stretch of the imagination, but simply and clearly as ecosystems governed by ecological principles, just as other kinds of ecosystems are. 

The talk is part of the Penn Science Café free public-lecture series presented by the School of Arts & Sciences and the Office of University Communications that takes science out of the lab for a night on the town. Hewitt’s presentation will be followed by an audience Q&A.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Seating is limited.

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Media Contact: | | June 16, 2014

Penn’s Margaret Bruchac Uses Unique Approach to Identify Native American Objects

Early American history is marked by multiple displacements of Native American peoples due to multiple removals from their original Indigenous territories. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, anthropologists participated in other forms of removal by collecting Indigenous narratives and objects for museums.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460
Media Contact:Gina Bryan | | 215-898-8721June 12, 2014

Penn Lightbulb Café: Emily Owens on ‘Immigration Policy, Informality and Criminal Behavior’

Penn criminology professor Emily Owens will discuss the impact of immigration policy on underground markets and criminal behavior at the Penn Lightbulb Cafe on June 17, 2014.

WHO:            Emily Owens

                     Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology

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Media Contact:Sara Stewart | | 215-898-3617June 11, 2014

'Shared Vision' Opens at Penn's Arthur Ross Gallery

"Shared Vision: The Myron and Anne Jaffe Portenar Collection" features 63 works and opens to the public at the Arthur Ross Gallery on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

The Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania presents Shared Vision: The Myron A. and Anne Jaffe Portenar Collection. It opens to the public on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

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Media Contact:Ron Ozio | | 215-898-8658June 11, 2014

Marilyn Jordan Taylor’s Term as Dean of Penn’s School of Design Is Extended

Marilyn Jordan Taylor, dean of the School of Design and Paley Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, has agreed to an extension of her appointment as dean until June 30, 2016.