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    • Aug 24 4:47PM
    • Penn English Professor Awarded Janus Pannonius Prize for Poetry
    • Charles Bernstein, a University of Pennsylvania English professor, is the recipient of the 2015 Janus Pannonius Grand Prize for Poetry, along with Guiseppe Conte of Italy.

      Founded in 2012, the award is modeled after the Nobel Prize for Literature, and is named after the first known and celebrated Hungarian poet. The award honors poets considered heirs to human spirituality and culture.

      Bernstein and Conte were presented with their prize in both Italy and Hungary. On Aug. 27 in Milan, there was a reading of Bernstein’s and Conte’s work in the Hungarian Pavilion of Expo Milano. Their joint bilingual volume, “Tutto il whiskey in cielo/Tutto il meraviglioso in terra (“All the Whiskey in Heaven/All the Wonder of the World”) was also presented.

      On Aug. 29, an award ceremony was held in Pécs, the birthplace of Pannonius. The event was in the courtyard of the Episcopal Palace.

      The prize comes with 50,000 euros, or $56,405, which ... Read More

    • Aug 31 12:15PM
    • Exploring Family Roots Through Penn
    • Kristen Kelly exudes confidence as she quickly strides across the University of Pennsylvania campus. Through her academic pursuits and the relationships she’s developed at Penn, the native Philadelphian is comfortable with her multi-racial identity and with her place in the world.

      When Kelly arrived at Penn her freshman year, she wasn’t sure how she’d fit when she was introduced to the student cultural organization PAACH, the Pan Asian American Community House. Before coming to Penn, she had attended a school that was mostly white, so she hadn’t connected in a meaningful way with anyone about Asian-American identity.

      “I didn’t know if I could identify as Asian American or if there was a place for me at an Asian American cultural center,” says Kelly, whose family background is Chinese, German and Irish.

      Paired with a mentor at PAACH through the Promoting Enriching Experiences and ... Read More

    • Aug 3 12:16PM
    • Studying Abroad Enriches Miranda Lupion’s Penn Experience
    • Miranda Lupion’s interest in Russian language, history and culture began at a young age and has deepened during her time as a student at the University of Pennsylvania.

      Her elementary school offered basic Russian language instruction teaching the alphabet and singing songs, and she began listening to stories in Russian in the fourth grade.

      In high school history class, learning about the former Soviet Union intensified her interest in the region’s politics, culture and lifestyle.

      A rising junior majoring in international relations and minoring in Russian language, Lupion is focusing on the former Soviet Union and satellite states.

      In the summers of 2013 and 2014, she studied Russian in Kazan, Russia, and Tbilisi, Georgia, through language scholarships from the United States Department of State.

      This summer, through an Independent International Internship Program grant from Penn Abroad, she interned at a non-profit organization in Warsaw, Poland.

      “I ... Read More