News & Announcements

  • Keep the "B" in Black

    In a November 18 New York Times op ed, PHF Regional Mellon Fellow Lori Tharps, Assistant Professor of Journalism at Temple University, explains why Black should always be capitalized when referring to people of the African diaspora.

  • The Growing Tendrils of Cyberlaw

    Writing in the November 15 issue of Forbes Magazine, Penn English, Cinema Studies, and Annenberg School Professor and DHF board member Peter Decherney weighs in on the US Copyright Office, the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and the growing tendrils of cyberlaw.

  • DHF Awards 11 Training Grants

    Congratulations to the following students and faculty who received Training Grants from the Digital Humanities Forum to attend various digital humanities training programs (DHSI, HILT, Digital.Humanities@Oxford, and Digital Islamic Humanities Project): Abeer Aloush (Near Eastern Lanuages and Civilizations), Florian Breitkopf (German), Tabea Cornel (History and Sociology of Science), Nese Devenot (Comparative Literature), Carolyn Fornoff (Hispanic Studies), Andrea Gazzoni (Italian Studies), Andrew Hudson (Religious Studies), Leslie Jones (Sociology), Prashant Kumar (History and Sociology of Science), Joan Lubin (English), and Raha Rafii (Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations).

  • 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