The Sachs Program announces 2023 grants

Now in its sixth year of supporting creative practice at Penn and in the surrounding community, The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation announced grants totaling $170,000 at its annual Sachs Grants Awards ceremony.

Brandon Baker

Remembering Harry Belafonte

Tukufu Zuberi describes meeting the musician-turned-activist, plus how Belafonte used his talents for good and what legacy he leaves behind.

Michele W. Berger

Scholarship beyond the written word

Ethnomusicologist Juan Castrillón, the inaugural Gilbert Seldes Multimodal Postdoctoral Fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication, is on a quest to get other academics to see multimedia work as he does: on par with scholarly text.

Michele W. Berger , Julie Sloane

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The female rappers we can’t get enough of

Jasmine Henry of the School of Arts & Sciences says that the success of Sugar Hill Records and “Rapper’s Delight,” both created by entrepreneur Sylvia Robinson, significantly contributed to mainstream acceptance of hip-hop.


The Hill

White House unveils ‘stunning vegetarian menu’ for Modi state dinner

The South Asian a cappella group Penn Masala will perform at the state dinner for India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House.


Chilean North American Institute

American Spaces on air — Penn Glee Club

During a tour in Chile, members of the Penn Glee Club are interviewed on a podcast of the Chilean North American Institute.


Philadelphia Sunday Sun

‘Be Holding’ dives into Black genius and joy

“Be Holding,” a poetry performance that seeks to heal grieving Black families, was directed by Brooke O’Harra and composed by Tyshawn Sorey, both of the School of Arts & Sciences.


Indian Express

Mumbai this week: New Manav Kaul play, concert by Lucky Ali and a wine-tasting festival

Penn Masala, an undergraduate student group touted as the world’s first South Asian ‘a cappella’ group, is performing in Mumbai this weekend.



Awards shows have been criticized for their lack of diversity for years. Why are they so slow to change?

Jasmine Henry of the School of Arts & Sciences says that the Grammys honor Black artists just enough to say that they did, not enough to produce truly equitable results.