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  • Age of Wisdom More Than Foolishness?

    In Non-Violence and the French Revolution: Political Demonstrations in Paris, 1787–1795 (Cambridge University Press, Oct. 2014), Micah Alpaugh, Assistant Professor of History at University of Central Missouri, has written the first comprehensive quantitative study of protests during the French Revolution, work he conducted while a Forum Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in 2011–12. What he reveals goes against common assumptions. While indeed a bloody revolution, protesters in Paris typically tried to avoid violence, conducting campaigns predominantly through peaceful marches, petitions, banquets, and mass meetings. Only rarely did any protests escalate to physical force, with no more than twelve percent of over 750 events apparently resulting in physical violence at any stage.

  • Wharton junior Leah Davidson chosen as UNESCO Youth Delegate, World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development

    Wharton management and finance junior Leah Davidson, a 2014-15 PHF Mellon Undergraduate Research Fellow and Chair of the Undergraduate Humanities Forum, has been selected as one of 50 young education for sustainable development (ESD) leaders out of over 5000 international applicants to participate in the UNESCO ESD Youth Conference in Okayama City, Japan on 7 November 2014. The group will present its recommendations at the UNESCO World Conference on ESD in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan the following week. Leah is also a writer for Climate Heroes, a media outlet that partners with the Global Call for Climate Action (GCCA) to produce portraits of environmental activists for the UN Climate Summit in NY and the Climate Talks in Paris.

  • "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.