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  • "Before I lived abroad, I felt like a contradiction."

    Penn senior Kimberly Kolor, a 2014–2015 Penn Humanities Forum Mellon Undergraduate Fellow, recounts how even the smallest excursion became a learning experience during her six months in Madurai, India last year as a junior. "Before I lived abroad," she says, "I felt like a contradiction," studying cultures and religions different from her own. Kim is a Religious Studies and South Asia Studies double major, minoring in international development. 

  • Poet and 2012 Penn English PhD Sarah Dowling's latest book, DOWN, takes you up, down, and all around

    The Poetry Foundation's Divya Victor interviews Sarah Dowling on Sarah's new book DOWN, a chapbook of performance writings based on pop songs. Dowling is Assistant Professor in the University of Washington Bothell's MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics. While completing her PhD at Penn, Sarah spent 2011-12 as a research assistant with the Penn Humanities Forum, where she also chaired the Graduate Humanities Forum.

  • Royal Music Association awards 2015 Dent Medal to Alexander Rehding

    Alexander Rehding, Fanny Peabody Professor of Music and Chair of Theory at Harvard, has been awarded the 2015 Dent Medal from the Royal Music Association for his outstanding contributions to musicology, specifically in the aesthetics, philosophy, and theory of music. Notes the RMA, "[Rehding's] work has broadened almost immeasurably our understanding of how music was perceived in various eras and particularly in the nineteenth century. " The Forum congratulates Alex, who was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow with the Forum in 2000–2001, on this exceptional honor.

  • Former UHF Mellon Fellows Sarah Shihadah and Ryan Cecil Jobson Receive Fulbright Awards

    Congratulations to Sarah Shihadah, a 2013-14 Mellon Undergraduate Fellow with the Penn Humanities Forum and 2014 Penn grad, who was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to Jordan for an English Teaching Assistantship for the current year.

    Congratulations also to Ryan Cecil Jobson (CAS'11 and PHF Mellon Undergraduate Fellow '11) , a doctoral student in African American Studies at Yale, who is spending this year in Trinidad and Tobago on a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct archival and ethnographic research on the nation's natural resource development.

  • Noah Tamarkin introduces "genetic diaspora" to explain histories and politics of race and religion

    Noah Tamarkin, Assistant Professor of Comparative Studies at Ohio State University, has published the results of his research on Lemba DNA and genetic diaspora in South Africa and its associated politics of belonging. "Genetic diaspora" is a term Tamarkin introduced to help explain the histories and politics of race and religion. His research was conducted while a Forum Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in 2012-13

  • Lucas Stephens uses 21st century technology to map ancient city in Turkey

    With funding from the Digital Humanities Forum, Penn Archaeology doctoral student Lucas Stephens spent this past summer using the Phantom 2 Vision + Quadcopter, a revolutionary aerial photography system, to survey Gordion, the ancient capital city of King Midas. Stephens, an Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World doctoral candidate at Penn, used the copter to help create 3D models of landscapes and excavations. Video

  • Timothy Corrigan receives Ira H. Abrams Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching

    Timothy Corrigan, professor of English, founding director of Penn's Cinema Studies Program, and PHF board member, has received the 2014 Ira H. Abrams Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching from Penn's School of Arts & Sciences. Corrigan is also the 2014 recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Pedagogy Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

  • Heather Love honored with 2014 Charles R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching

    Heather Love, R. Jean Brownlee Associate Professor of English and PHF board member, has received a 2014 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. "In 20 years of teaching at Penn," writes a colleague, "I have seen no colleague more successful in the classroom … her teaching has changed the lives of her students, profoundly shaping how they think and often setting them on new intellectual and professional paths." Prof. Love has been appointed topic director for the 2015–2016 Penn Humanities Forum on Sex.

  • "Rocket cat" ancient Penn Library manuscript takes off

    What do cats and birds with rockets strapped to their backs tell us about the early history of gunpowder, artillery, and explosives? Find out in this fascinating post on Penn Libraries' blog Unique at Penn by Mitch Fraas, DHF's acting director and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow.

  • 2014 Philly Queer Media Activism Series, March 20-April 22

    Penn Humanities Forum and Digital Humanities Forum are pleased to cosponsor this month-long series featuring films, theater, and other performances.