Category Archives: Imagine Africa

Imagine Africa: World’s Most Ancient Painters

Imagine the world’s oldest painting kit. Last week, Science Magazine published an article on the 2008 archaeological discovery of two 100,000-year-old abalone shells that contain traces of the first known mixed paint. A team of researchers led by Christopher Henshilwood of the University of Bergin, Norway excavated the shells in the Blombus Cave at the […]

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In Case You Missed It… Dr. Tukufu Zuberi on the XPN Morning Show with Michaela Majoun

On October 20 the XPN Morning Show with Michaela Majoun featured an interview with Dr. Tukufu Zuberi, the Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations at the University of Pennsylvania. Their conversation focused on Dr. Zuberi’s work as host of the PBS series “History Detectives,” a role he has filled for nearly ten years. After an […]

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How to Make West African Lamb and Plantain Gravy

Chef Roshan Martin from our Peppermill Café prepares a traditional West African meal with a twist on the NBC10! Show in honor of the Imagine Africa gallery project.

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Penn Museum Featured on NBC10 Go Global Stay Local: Africa

Kate Quinn, Director of Exhibits is featured in this video spot on NBC 10 highlighting some of the African cultural experiences West Philly has to offer including our Imagine Africa project.

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Penn Professor Featured on the XPN Morning Show with Michaela Majoun

Penn Museum is hitting the airwaves! Tune in tomorrow (Thursday, October 20th) to the XPN Morning Show with Michaela Majoun on 88.5 FM for a short interview with Dr. Tukufu Zuberi, the Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations at the University of Pennsylvania, filmmaker, human rights activist, and host of the PBS series “History Detectives.” […]

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The Philadelphia Writing Project Partners with the Penn Museum

by Diane Waff Practice Professor, Penn’s Graduate School of Education The Philadelphia Writing Project (PhilWP) and the Philadelphia Arts and Education Partnership ( PAEP), the local affiliate for the 2012 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, launched their call for submissions in the Rainey Auditorium at the University of PA Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The […]

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If Vampire Weekend Spent Some Time in Africa…

While there isn’t a section specifically on the music of Africa in the Penn Museum’s Imagine Africa project, the evolution of contemporary African music is a great way to hear the ways that African culture influences and is influenced by the rest of the world. The band “The Very Best” was formed in London when […]

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How does Louis Vuitton Imagine Fashion?

For the Imagine Africa project, the Penn Museum wants to know how you imagine different aspects of African cultures and societies, from religion to art to medicine. One particularly interesting theme is Imagine Fashion, which, as its name suggests, explores the sartorial trends, bodily modifications and adornments of African cultures. Perhaps one of the last […]

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New York Times Spotlights Stewart Culin’s work at the Brooklyn Museum

Philadelphia ethnographer Stewart Culin worked as director of the Penn Museum from 1892 to 1903 and was instrumental in acquiring the Historic Games Collection. After his time here, Culin became a curator at the Brooklyn Museum and helped establish their African gallery. A recent New York Times article has more on the subject and the […]

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Imagining Africa

Our Exhibits team has been busy for the past few months working on the Imagine Africa project. Every time I pass by the Exhibits Department, I see a tableau of creativity. The entire team is often huddled around the conference table like a modern interpretation of Davinci’s Last Supper. Aaron is fiddling with an iPad […]

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