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Amateur music-making in the early republic

Glenda Goodman, an assistant professor of music, explores how hand-copying musical compositions and amateur performance shaped identity and ideas in the post-Revolutionary War period.

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The New York Times

Positive coronavirus test? Canadians worry their neighbors will find out

David Barnes of the School of Arts & Sciences said stigma and shaming have following pandemics throughout history. “We make ourselves feel safer and superior by associating disease with people who are not like us, do things we don’t do, or come from places unlike our place,” he said.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Universities are schooling future architects to consider community and history as they design

The Stuart Weitzman School of Design was mentioned for its historically grounded, intersectional, and interdisciplinary approach to teaching design and architecture. “You need to know history to be avant-garde,” said Winka Dubbeldam.

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KYW Newsradio (Philadelphia)

The first computer is turning 75 in Philadelphia: 'ENIAC set the stage for everything'

Penn is celebrating the 75th anniversary of ENIAC, an early computer, with a week of virtual presentations and roundtable discussions.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Made in Philadelphia, the ‘first modern computer’ is celebrated on 75th anniversary

Seventy-five years ago, the first all-electronic programmable computer was unveiled at Penn. This year, a weeklong series of events celebrates the men and women that made it possible.

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WUNC Radio (Chapel Hill, NC)

Pauli Murray vs. Jane Crow

Serena Mayeri of the Law School spoke about the life and accomplishments of legal scholar and poet Pauli Murray. Murray “essentially argued that sex like race was used to limit and oppress individuals for reasons that were really unrelated to their ability or their humanity,” said Mayeri. “It’s one of the most cited early articles on women’s rights and the law.”

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Newsweek

What is the filibuster? Democrats and Republicans spar over legislative rule

Rogers Smith of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about the history of filibusters and the pros and cons of eliminating the practice. "Filibusters were rare, however, until the late 19th century, when the Republicans were most often the dominant party, and Democrats especially found they could block laws they didn't like by using filibusters to prevent anything else getting done until their opponents gave up," he said.

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