Hershey Humanities Against Discrimination

Hershey Humanities Against Discrimination

Funded Projects

Funded April 2022
Muslim History Tour
Neelam Khoja (Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Wolf Humanities Center)
A guided tour led by Muslim History Tour NYC of Ellis Island, including accessing immigration records, and the Wall Street neighborhood to learn about the centuries of immigration and community life of South Asians and other minority racial and religious groups in New York City.

Funded November 2021
Lockdown in the Kitchen 
Harry Eli Kashdan (Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Wolf Humanities Center) & Philip Gleissner (Assistant Professor of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, The Ohio State University)
Lockdown in the Kitchen is a collection of personal essays on food in American immigrant cultures during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Funded November 2021
Sankofa Imperatives, Black Women, and the Archival Turn 
Gabrielle Foreman (Paterno Family Professor of American Literature and Professor of African American Studies and History, Penn State University)
Event in which P. Gabrielle Foreman takes up what she calls the Sankofa imperative in Black digital and artistic spaces. 

Funded July 2021

Empowering Community Voices
Karen Redrobe (Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Endowed Professor in Film Studies, History of Art)
Collaboration between Penn and Scribe Video Center in support of Scribe's humanities, social science, and arts production consultants program. 

Funded March 2021

Community Justice & The Ivory Tower
Ramah McKay (Assistant Professor, History and Sociology of Science)
Panel discussion about the university’s role in gentrifying and policing neighborhoods in cities across the country, with a focus on Penn and West Philly. Presented by AAUP-Penn featuring Davarian L. Baldwin, Abdul-Aliy A. Muhammad, Krysta Strong, and Jolyon Baraka Thomas. 

Funded February 2021

Claudia Jones Project
Farrah Rahaman (Ph.D. student, Annenberg School for Communication)
An experimental study circle, performance group, and grounding space for deep reflection and interpretation of the life and legacy of the Trinidadian Marxist cultural worker, Claudia Jones. 

Funded January 2021

Unexpected Symphony: American Jewish Musical Encounters
Anne Albert (Director for Public Programs, Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies)
Panel discussion exploring forms of Jewish music in America highlighting Judaism's religious, ethnic, and musical diversity. Presented by the Katz Center featuring Galeet Dardashti, Josh Kun, Shaul Magid, and Anthony Russell.

Funded January 2021

Mobilizing Decolonial Arts and Practice
Elyan Hill (Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Wolf Humanities Center)
Guest lectures by Jasmine McNeal, Elaine Sullivan, Alessandra Williams, and Umi Vaughan as part of Prof. Hill’s class rostered by the Department of Africana Studies. 

Funded January 2021

Arts of Decarceration
Chi-Ming Yang (Associate Professor of English)
Guest lecture by Philadelphia-based artists Mary Baxter and Russell Craig as part of Prof. Yang and Prof. Julia Alekseyeva's class, Arts of Abolition & Liberation.

Funded October 2020

Penn Museum and Black History Untold
Zoe Evans (Collaborative Programs Manager, Penn Museum)
Series of events presented by the Penn Museum and award-winning journalist and founder of Black History Untold, Sofiya Ballin, exploring representation, stewardship, and what it means to balance the two.

Funded September 2020

Mental Health and Abolition
Jessa Lingel (Associate Professor, Annenberg School of Communication)
Reading group and panel discussion, featuring Carmel Brown, Ras Cutlas Mashramani, Michael O'Bryan, and Kee Tobar, committed to collaborative learning around the connections between abolition, intersectional identity, and mental health.

Funded September 2020

PO Box 34
Jessa Lingel (Associate Professor, Annenberg School of Communication)
A project that combines digital and analog media to build a network of correspondence between Penn students and incarcerated artists and media makers at jails and prisons in the Philadelphia area.


Rufino Tamayo's woodcut, "Hombre y Mujer." Two indigenous Mexicans standing on a mountain next to an aloe plant.

Hombre y Mujer (detail), 1925, Woodcut. Rufino Tamayo. Courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania Art Collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.