"With a plan to expand programs and increase diversity and inclusivity, Karen Redrobe has stepped into her new role as director of the Wolf Humanities Center at the University of Pennsylvania...Redrobe has many ideas for new efforts, including strengthening the connection between Penn humanities and Penn Global, starting with an October roundtable at the Perry World House. Also, in Redrobe’s commitment to make the humanities more accessible, all of the Center’s programs for the first time will feature interpretation in American Sign Language, live and online, along with captioning for the hearing impaired in the online version." Read full article Penn Today, Sept 24, 2018. Louisa Shepard.
Karen Redrobe (formerly Beckman) is the Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Professor of Cinema and Modern Media, Director of the Wolf Humanities Center, and Chair of the Department of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. From 2013-2014, Redrobe was the Topic Director and Acting Director for the (then) Penn Humanities Forum topic, Violence. She has also served as Advisor to the Arts for the University (2012–15), Diversity Search Advisor for the Humanities at Penn (2012–14), and Director of Cinema and Media Studies (2007–10). An interdisciplinary feminist film and media scholar whose work often occurs at the intersection of violence and aesthetics, Redrobe is the author of Vanishing Women: Magic, Film and Feminism (2003) and Crash: Cinema and the Politics of Speed and Stasis (2010), and is working on a new book, Undead: Animation and the Contemporary Art of War. She has co-edited two volumes: Still Moving: Between Cinema and Photography with Jean Ma (2008) and On Writing With Photography with Liliane Weissberg (2013), and is also the editor of Animating Film Theory (2014). She is co-editing a new volume with Jeffrey Scheible entitled Deep Mediations, which explores the intersection of depth as a philosophical and visual concept. As a faculty member, her top priority is to expand access to higher education.