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Since the reign of Peter the Great in the early 18th century, Russia has done its best to copy Europe. Today, reminders of this “Europeanization” abound, but are no more obvious than in the world-famous Pushkin Museum, which proudly exhibits mere plaster replicas of European sculptures. And while the Emperor’s efforts are reflected in modern society, so too are the copy’s imperfections.
I have lived a month in Moscow now on my parents’ dime. Besides the cultural chasm that matches the physical one, the experience has been just slightly less exciting than Sean Connery’s performance as Agent 007. And his ally’s cunning quip in the film is all too pertinent to my time here: “Ah, the old game: Give a wolf a taste then leave him hungry.”
Every country has a label. Some have been deliberately constructed by the homeland, while others have inadvertently grown out of a nation’s heritage.
The American Dream is alive and kicking. But I have found it pulsing fiercely in the hearts of those who have not yet accessed it. And for those born into the American lifestyle, our European cousins seem to possess an aura that cannot be found in the Land of the Free.
Each of us is the center of our own universe defined by unique experiences that form varying perspectives. The self-centered part in each of us has been evolutionarily implanted for survival purposes. However, the mark of a “sophisticated,” “first-world” society may be empathy.
I never noticed the impact of my whiteness until I came to Penn. This is a problem.
I’m a southern girl.
I wear leopard print cowgirl boots and make my hair as big as possible. But no matter where you’re from, Philadelphia is full of
Teach for America is one of the top three employers of recent Penn graduates. But how much good are corps members really doing?
From rock bands to shaking hands, the “non-traditional” students of five Ivy League universities came together this past Saturday.
The panel included executives from Google, McKinsey and Bloomingdale’s
1992 College graduate Aliy Zirkle will be trekking 1,000 miles through the Arctic wilderness this March with only her 16 sled dogs for company.
Two days before the opening of “Wishful Sinking,” The Mask and Wig Club’s spring show, the dress rehearsal was bursting with the yells of cast members, the pounding of drill bits, the screeching of violins — and brotherhood.
Developers broke ground yesterday on a $110 million construction project on the corner of 38th and Chestnut streets.
After the lights go out and a drum kit beats louder and louder, the cast of Bloomers — Penn’s all-female musical comedy troupe — enter center stage then freeze in place. With an eruption of energy, they break out into a parody of Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend.” So began last night’s dress rehearsal for their fall show.
After nearly 60 years of looking through lenses, it is doubtful that internationally renowned photographer Duane Michals will ever choose just one.