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Two Degrees of Separation (Between Us, a City)

In Culture, Essay, Spring 2015 by Kathleen ZhouLeave a Comment

Shanghai was the city of my great-great-grandfather, my great-grandfather and my grandmother. But Shanghai was never the city of my father, and Shanghai is not mine. Still, during winter break, I learn that the freshest scallion pancakes come from the dusty stall across Longwu Road, I learn which yellow convenience …

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Mythological Time: Model-Dependent Realism in Art

In Arts, Arts and Culture, Culture, Essay, Spring 2015 by Kaitlin MooreLeave a Comment

“He comes from both sorts of time. He pops up in linear time, the time that gives us death and babies and old relatives. And yet there he is in mythological time: circular time, the time where the seasons die and resurrect, and so do gods and heroes. Where the …

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Love is a verb

In Culture by Holly KellnerLeave a Comment

Technology has changed how we look at socialization, relationships, and love. We of Generation Y have grown up with such rapidly advancing technology, particularly in the social media department, that our methods of communication would be unrecognizable and even inconceivable to our elementary school selves. Throughout history there have been …

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Sourcing Sustainability

In Columns, Culture, Spring 2015 by Guest BloggerLeave a Comment

Science and the humanities form opposite ends of a spectrum — science provides the facts and the humanities provide the story. United, the two motivate action much more strongly than either could alone. In the sustainability movement, though, the two often remain divided, a troubling claim in a time when …

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Seeing Music: What do you think about when you listen to music?

In Columns, Culture by Katie BehrmanLeave a Comment

After an evening straight out of a 1950s movie“college experience,” a few of my classmates and I were walking back from dinner at our English professor’s house. We had eaten stew prepared by a chef, played an Oxford card game called Ex Libris, and listened to classical music. As the …

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Resolutions Gone Wrong

In Columns, Culture by Holly KellnerLeave a Comment

As January comes to a close, the first month of the New Year is under our belts. Thirty-one days ago, you might have made a resolution. Has it lasted so far? Did it last a week, much less a month? Sure, you went to the gym every day until January …

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Articulating Humanity: Can art exist without suffering?

In Columns, Culture by Katie BehrmanLeave a Comment

“We have difficulty imagining it, yet it will come to pass and be quite natural—art without suffering, psychologically healthy, that confides without solemnity, that trusts without sorrow, an art that is on a first-name basis with humanity.” Adrian Leverkühn in Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus Published in 1947, Thomas Mann’s novel …

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A Made Bed = A Made Mind

In Columns, Culture by Holly KellnerLeave a Comment

        There’s a reason why hospitals and the military are known for perfect beds. In hospitals, it’s to ensure a clean environment and to reduce the occurrence of pressure ulcers for bed-ridden patients. For the military, it has to do with instilling a sense of order and a regimented routine. …

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Procrastination Nation

In Columns, Culture by Holly Kellner3 Comments

If I were to ask any student here at Penn — or anyone in the entire world for that matter — if they procrastinated, I am certain that I would get an overwhelming “yes.” But why do we procrastinate? From an evolutionary standpoint, impulsivity makes sense: humans thousands of years …

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An Enchanting Messenger: Barbie’s controversial influence could be put to good use

In Culture, Magazine by Andie DavidsonLeave a Comment

Silky golden tresses, unfailingly chic attire, dainty hourglass figure, enviably endless legs. From head to toe, she is the image of perfect beauty. Only one problem: Barbie isn’t real. Instead of skin and blood, she is vinyl—and her artificial image has raised red flags over the years. Enter “Beautiful and …

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