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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 11, 2012

Two Days at Penn With Short Storyist John Barth

The short stories of American postmodern novelist John Barth have been required reading in creative writing courses at colleges and universities across the country for decades.

Barth's legacy of experimental fiction has earned him a dedicated following of readers in a career that has spanned seven decades.  His is a self-conscious and self-parodying writing that “acknowledges its own fixation on meta-narrative.”

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Media Contact:Joseph J. Diorio | jdiorio@asc.upenn.edu | 215-746-1798April 11, 2012

Leonore Annenberg Funds at Penn Bestow Nearly $2.7 Million in Grants for 10 Schools, 5 Students, 10 Artists

Philadelphia, PA –The Leonore Annenberg Scholarship and School Funds, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, announces the award of nearly $2.7 million to a combined total of 25 elementary schools, artists, and high school students.

The funds will support an artist’s craft, a school’s needs for its students, and will pay the total cost of college for five deserving high school students.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 10, 2012

Runner’s Death Adds Poignancy to Pa. Photo Exhibit

April 9, 2012

Penn Museum’s exhibit  “Run! Super-Athletes of the Sierra Madre” is featured.

Article Source: ABC News
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Media Contact:Pam Kosty | pkosty@upenn.edu | (215) 898-4045April 6, 2012

'MAYA 2012' World Premiere Opens May 5 With Fanfare at Penn Museum

Did the Maya believe the world would end in December 2012?

With MAYA 2012: Lords of Time—a world premiere exhibition opening May 5th—the Penn Museum confronts the current fascination with the year 2012, comparing predictions of a world-transforming apocalypse with their supposed origins in the ancient Maya civilization. The exhibition is presented in partnership with the Instituto Hondureño de Antropologia e Historia of the Republic of Honduras, and runs through January 13, 2013.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820April 4, 2012

How Novel: Penn LPS Teacher Writes for Tweens, Teens and Young Adults

“Perfect features, the right shoes, luminescent lip gloss and the instincts of barracudas” is how Melissa Jensen describes a group of high school freshmen in The Fine Art of Truth or Dare, her most recent novel.

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Media Contact:Tom Stanley | tstan@upenn.edu | (215) 898-4045April 3, 2012

Penn Museum Presents 'African Dance!'

A diverse gathering of local dance performers lights up the stage Wednesday, April 25 at 6:00 pm with African Dance! This evening of African and African-influenced steps and moves features hip-hop dance by Rennie Harris RHAW, tap and percussive dance by Germaine Ingram and Bobby Zankel, West African dance by the Cachet Ivey Performing Arts Collective, and the Umfundalai technique of Kariamu & Company: Traditions.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 2, 2012

Karen Detlefsen Awarded American Council of Learned Societies 2012 Collaborative Research Fellowship

PHILADELPHIA – Karen Detlefsen, associate professor of philosophy and education at the University of Pennsylvania, is the recipient of a 2012 American Council of Learned Societies Collaborative Research Fellowship.  She is among 15 s

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194April 2, 2012

Penn Bioethicist Jonathan Moreno Appointed to UNESCO International Bioethics Committee

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania’s Jonathan Moreno has been invited to join the United Nations Edu

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820April 2, 2012

Penn GSE Student Uses Humor to Create Change

David Low is a funny guy. As a teacher in Arizona, he had funny students, and he is convinced they helped get rid of an unnecessary test.

Low, a Ph.D. student in the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, told the story at a recent meeting for teachers and prospective teachers in suburban Philadelphia.