Volume 3, Issue 1 - November 2004 PROSPECTUS The Newsletter of Perspectives in Humanities, Penn's Premier Student Organization for the Humanities Special Thanks to Penn Humanities Forum and Kings Court English College House Upcoming Events PiH Film Event November 3, 1pm Lunch with Mark Rosekind at PHF You've probably heard of Alertness Solutions. BONNIE AND CLYDE It's a scientific consulting firm that gives advice Reem Hilu on sleep management using scientific data. Mark Rosekind is the president and chief Critics often condemn contemporary films for their excessive violence. We are all familiar scientist of the company and he will be giving a with the outrage following the release of graphic films like Fight Club and Reservoir Dogs. Some presentation at the Penn Humanities Forum people blame the violence in contemporary films on an increasingly violent society. Others go on Wednesday November 3 (5pm, Logan 17). so far as to blame the films themselves as the cause of this violence. At the same time, a look at You're invited to this event, but you're also the history of cinema illustrates that violence has been prevalent in film since the invention of invited to a SPECIAL LUNCH at the Penn Humanities Forum on Nov. 3rd at 1 p.m. You'll The Great Train Robbery, which featured brutal have the opportunity to ask him your own beatings and gun violence. questions of any sort. RSVP by Friday at noon. All this leads us to ask whether the graphic November 4, 7:30pm violence common today really is a departure from Eighth Blackbird, Cost TBA the norm or if it is only the next natural step in a Chamber music is one of the most trend that began with the birth of film. Perhaps the democratic, engaging, and rewarding forms of escalating violence is not due to a change in the classical music. Eighth Blackbird takes it to a filmmaker's vision of violence, but to the increasing different level - improvisation and memorized solos will capture you as the musicians move sophistication of special effects tools at their disposal about the stage, almost dancing to music they to manifest that vision. are producing live. If you have never seen a chamber music concert, you're missing out. What is it about on-screen violence that continues This will be a great introduction. If you have to fascinate the filmmaker and attract wide seen chamber music, this new take on the art audiences? In order to better understand these form will surprise you. Join us at the beautiful questions, this semester PiH presents, "The Violence Kimmel Center for this concert in the in Film Series," a monthly series of screenings that Perleman Theater. RSVP by Sunday evening. tracks the history of violence in cinema. Each film in November 12, 3:30pm the series marks a significant change in the portrayal Penn professor Timothy Corrigan (above) Rare Books Collection of violence with long-lasting effects on film style. Actress Faye Dunaway as the legendary Ever wonder what's on the top floors of Van Following each screening is a discussion about the Bonnie Parker (below) Pelt? As a premier research institution, Penn significant points of each film and its place in the houses an amazing collection of rare books. Join us for a special tour of the collection by a history of film violence. curator. This is a very unique opportunity. The film series has been very successful so far with Don't miss it. Enrollment is limited so RSVP the screenings of Scarface (Howard Hawks, 1932) promptly to reserve your spot. and Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn, 1967) November 15, 6:30pm completed. The screening of Bonnie and Clyde was Musicians from Marlboro, $5 introduced by the director of cinema studies at Penn, This sounds like a traditional chamber music Professor Timothy Corrigan. Professor Corrigan, a big concert, but don't be fooled - it is going to be fan of the film, discussed the significance of Bonnie awesome! Chamber music is being repopulated by a new generation of young and Clyde as the first modern movie aimed at the musicians - here's your chance to see the most concerns of a younger audience. He also answered promising stars at their best. The musicians will questions about the new cinema studies major at have just completed the Marlboro Music Penn and the opportunities for film fans on campus. festival in Vermont. The festival is where the After the screening, PiH members remained for an very best rising musicians go to study chamber music. Then the best of those musicians go on active discussion of the film building on the themes tour - and they're stopping in Philadelphia! of Professor Corrigan's introduction. This program will include a pre-concert lecture by former Penn professor and pulizter prize Editor . Nick Steinmetz winning composer, Richard Wernick. RSVP by Program Manager . Anthony Cheng November 10 at noon. Design . Sara Sherger, Anna Leng, Michael Highland PROSPECTUS Annenberg Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection Volume 3, Issue 1 - November 2004 Monica Park PiH Event Stepping into an elevator in the Van Pelt Library is perhaps a familiar experience for many of us: the quiet shuffle of feet, Searching for Spalding Grey the casual look askance at one's neighbor, the push of the Nick Steinmetz button to get to one's final destination. Those buttons may have a familiar feel as well: maybe "G" for Rosengarten (where The apartment of Kings Court Faculty Advisor and Drama rules of library etiquette seem to disappear), or "3" for standard Professor Rose Malague is a small, tidy quartet of rooms tucked carrel fare, or perhaps even "4" for abusing our privilege to use into a corner of the first floor of Kings Court. This same the "group" study rooms. Ah, but "6", how many in a random apartment, though, is a masterpiece in its own right, striking sampling of undergraduate library visitors can tell you what visitors immediately with its elegant furniture, real carpeting, really lies above and beyond? and general welcoming feel. On Sunday, September 19th, Dr. And so, on a bold assumption that the answer to that Malague's apartment served as the setting for an intimate post- rhetorical question is "Not many", I'll now begin my hortatory performance gathering of some PiH members with the actors excursion. and actresses involved in the recent production of "Searching for Spalding Grey," a drama about the life of a person whose The Annenberg Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection on career was well matched to the venue. He was an under-the- the sixth floor of Van Pelt is an underused and, for many, radar, small-scale dramatist who made his fame with his obscure place. The "difficulty" for an undergraduate to become distinctive monologues. A masterful artist, he crafted emotional acquainted with the outstanding collections there is manifold. scenes and experiences that could be called masterpieces in Its lofty location may be somewhat off-putting, for one. And their own rights. many of its items are not in Franklin, the online Penn library catalogue. And, of course, who cares about books that are The play, held at Annenberg's Studio Theater earlier that falling apart anyway, except for literature majors and the dead night, was written and performed by a group of Penn students old white men who wrote them? working in a class taught by Dr. Malague. It consisted of short Photograph of Henry Grey-styled monologues from each character, drawn together Charles Lea's library in by the interspersed tale of Grey's mysterious suicide. his home at 2000 Walnut Street, Philadelphia. This The post-performance party was a particular success, as library has been PiH members were afforded the opportunity to ask specific imported wholesale questions of the people involved in every aspect of the play, (paneling and all) from its while enjoying refreshments. Questions were answered about original location to the Rare Books library in everything from organization of the script to the students' trip to Van Pelt. Ireland to perform it this past summer. The Rare Books library does have what one might call "standard" collections: the Furness Shakespeare Collection, devoted to "Shakespeariana" (including the first four folios); the Founders Collection, an assembly of all the books contained in the original library of the University of Pennsylvania; a 1637 first edition of Descartes' Discourse on Method; an array of medieval manuscripts; the Henry Charles Lea Library, focusing on the history of the Inquisition in Europe (especially in Spain), and also containing the Florentine Medici-Gondi archive (yes, that's the Medici family). And then there are the lesser known treasures: the Marion Anderson Collection, devoted to the first black singer to appear at the Metropolitan Opera in New York; the Edgar Fahs Rose Malague discusses Spalding Grey with PiH members in her apartment. Smith Collection (part of which is now on exhibit on the ground floor of Van Pelt), given to the university by Smith himself, and an invaluable resource for studying the history of Want to learn more about PiH or join the organization? chemistry pre-1850; and the list continues. Check out our website. Luckily for us all, PiH has the opportunity to receive a tour http://kcech.house.upenn.edu/pih/v2/home.html of the Rare Books library from John Pollack who so happens to Or e-mail Anthony Cheng, the program manager. know its contents and history very well indeed. Please do join firstname.lastname@example.org us! There is only knowledge to gain and nothing to lose.
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