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College House Residential Art & Culture Programs

College House Residential Art & Culture Programs

The mission of the College Houses at Penn is to provide supportive residential communities for the education of undergraduate students. The Houses serve as microcosms of the University's intellectual variety and strengths, experienced outside of the conventional classroom. The College Houses strive to create an environment in which residents gain meaningful opportunities as leaders and organizers. Within this environment, myriad connections take place among students, faculty and staff that often have a lifelong impact. On the foundation of these connections, the College Houses become home to powerful communities. 

Penn has been building a vigorous on-campus community since the first dormitory was designed in 1763. Now, more than two centuries later, the College Houses at Penn are eleven unique undergraduate residences — hubs of intellectual, social, artistic, cultural, and recreational activity. They stand at the center of the Penn undergraduate experience, bringing together undergraduates, faculty, staff and graduate students to form shared communities within the larger context of Penn's vibrant campus.

www.collegehouses.upenn.edu

Ancient Studies / Penn Museum @ Harnwell College House

Inaugurated in 1998, the Ancient Studies Program is supported by the interdisciplinary Center for Ancient Studies and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Faculty affiliated with the program are drawn from both places. Participants live on the 14th and 15th floors of Harnwell College House and include those who are interested in ancient civilizations, classical studies, art history, or museum work. The program provides its residents with a wide variety of opportunities to visit museums and special exhibits, attend lectures, meet faculty, visit other cities, and socialize with like-minded people.

Program Goals: Ancient Studies aims to foster a deeper appreciation of the ancient world by providing students with structured opportunities to interact with exhibit curators and to view Museum artifacts from Philadelphia, New York, and Washington. Students will also have the opportunity to practice giving informal presentations in an encouraging environment. As a community, the Program seeks to build relationships between first-year students and upperclass students, create a home-like environment, and make students value their group citizenship as much as their own individuality.

http://harnwell.house.upenn.edu/ancientstudies

Arts House @ Harnwell College House

This vibrant, well-rounded program unites students from various personal and academic backgrounds who share, and actively pursue, their interest in visual arts, music, theater, and dance.

Residents of this program have the opportunity to attend local professional performances of ballet, theatre, symphony orchestra, and opera, as well as make trips to Philadelphia museums and poetry readings. Within the house, residents participate in movie nights, sing-alongs, and other social gatherings geared toward generating conversations about the arts. Each December residents have the option to go to New York to attend a Broadway musical and/or the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Residents also get the chance to demonstrate their artistic prowess in the annual Arts House Showcase in the spring semester.

The program occupies the 12th and 13th floors of Harnwell College House. Programmatic facilities available to residents include a dance studio and an all-purpose lounge with a piano and a wall-mounted, flat-screen television/computer monitor.

Program Goals: Students will gain a new appreciation of different genres of art and learn more about the history of artists, composers, and particular works of art. Program residents will also have the opportunity to form and communicate opinions about various issues in the arts within a safe, supportive community.

http://harnwell.house.upenn.edu/artshouse

Film Culture @ Gregory College House

The Film Culture Program (FCP) is devoted to movie lovers interested in expanding their knowledge of the art form beyond just summer blockbusters and Oscar winners (though we like those too). A regular schedule of screenings and discussions in the intimate film lounge covers the medium’s history and the scope of world cinema today. This low-pressure program also sponsors a student-made film festival, takes regular trips to Philadelphia-area theaters (sometimes for advanced screenings), hosts cinema studies classes, and encourages participants to write screenplays and try their hand at film-making. Even better, FCP members can choose to enroll in the program for academic credit and receive a grade for their active participation.

Program Goals: The program aims to introduce students to a wide range of films and to provide considerable practice both speaking and writing about the art form.

http://gregory.house.upenn.edu/film_culture

 

Goldberg Media and Communications Program @ Fisher Hassenfeld College House

This popular program resides in the buildings collectively known as Goldberg House, and is open to students in any academic program who are interested in broadcasting, publishing, journalism, filmmaking, public relations, marketing, digital media and political communication. The house maintains a weekly film program, draws upon faculty from the Annenberg School for Communication, and brings in outside speakers to offer a broad-based introduction to media and communications.

Program Goals: This program provides interested students with an opportunity to explore various types of media and their functions, and to think about how these media affect people’s attitudes and behavior in daily life.

http://fh.house.upenn.edu/mediacommunications

Harrison & the Arts @ Harrison College House

The World Cinema and the Contemporary Culture and Visual Arts Residential Programs will be assumed into one singular umbrella program, encompassing: members of Front Row Theater; Cinema Studies majors; Digital Media Design majors; film makers; participants in the College House Film Festival; members of the Penn Art Club; History of Art majors; Fine Arts majors; students who have taken Cinema-in-Residence courses. Any such students may apply to this program at Harrison College House.

http://harrison.house.upenn.edu/cinema

 

Literature and Culture Program @ Ware College House

This new residential program in Ware College House, under the direction of Professor Kevin M. F. Platt (Comparative Literature Program and Slavic Department), will serve as a home base and launching pad for first-year students who are dedicated humanists: people who are passionate about literature, the arts and culture, and intend to explore majors in humanistic fields. Residents will be selected based on a record of prior interest and involvement in literature, culture, film, theater, the fine arts, etc. The Program's goal is to foster durable relationships among students, the residential faculty and staff, and to achieve a high level of social connectedness among fellow humanists within the House and across campus. LitCult will encompass a number of recurrent programs aimed just at its residents, intended to tie its members together as a community. It will also engage in outreach to the rest of Ware College House, staging humanities-themed events for the entire House. Planned activities include in-depth conversations with various members of Penn’s humanities faculty accompanied by dinner in Professor Platt's apartment; special afternoon meetings with high profile speakers at the Penn Humanities Forum; designated office hours in Ware with writing help and intellectual discussions; a student-led film series based on movies that "change peoples' lives"; short-story readings over a home-cooked meal and a variety of cultural events.

http://ware.house.upenn.edu/litcult

Music and Social Change @ Fisher Hassenfeld College House

The new Music and Social Change program explores the many ways in which individuals use music in their everyday lives to develop who they are and, often subconsciously, to advance their own social and economic position. Members will investigate how music is used to construct larger social and economic networks that we call culture. Planned events include concerts, a variety of year-long community service projects in West Philadelphia, and discussions with academics across Philadelphia whose work specializes in the ties between music, social class, race, and economic mobility. The ongoing interdisciplinary debate about the value of popular, Western “classical,” and transnational music in the education and everyday lives of young people will be a focus. Members will also have the opportunity to take a Freshman Seminar which fulfills general education requirements, “Music in Urban Spaces,” taught in the Goldberg Lounge of Fisher Hassenfeld by the program director.

Program Goals: Students who are active in the program will be powerfully inspired by the music that they hear and help to create as well as by the effects of this music on community and social identity. At the same time, they will have the opportunity to learn about the challenges of Philadelphia’s educational system and to develop personal leadership skills as they help talented West Philadelphia youth to meet those challenges.

http://fh.house.upenn.edu/music_and_social_change

Perspectives in the Humanities @ Kings Court English College House

This is a Program for people who are interested in the humanities: art, literature, music, philosophy, performing arts, language, the social sciences, and much more. The Program's goal is to introduce its members to the cultural and academic opportunities available to them as students at Penn and residents of Philadelphia. Members initiate and take part in trips to museums, performing arts events, and walking tours of the city. They have regular dinner discussions with faculty, floor brunches every Sunday, eclectic movie nights, and take part in special workshops with poets, scholars, and musicians. And when they have a spare moment, they bond over the important things: the meaning of life, their favorite movies, or that one incredible guitar riff in Jimi Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner." The resources of the Humanities Program allow the students to steer activities in almost any direction they choose.

http://kcech.house.upenn.edu/humanities

Theatre Engagement in The Rodin Arts Collective (TRAC) @ Rodin College House

The 11th floor is home to Rodin College House’s Theatre Engagement Program.

Open to students from any academic field, this program is designed to bring together students with an interest in theater and dance. Explore acting, directing, improvisation, musical theater, and the list goes on. Residents will play a huge role in shaping this floor experience. Turn to your neighbor or House Dean to practice an audition monologue. Join a stress-breaking improv game night in your floor lounge. Enjoy various theater outings both on and off campus. Students in this program will also participate in a series of impromptu performances called "Rodin Happenings" and join in the planning of our Residential Program Showcase.

The Rodin College House Arts Collective (TRAC) is made of up students and staff who share an interest in the arts. TRAC will provide additional opportunities for students to attend different types of performances, lectures, workshops and arts-related trips. This program is not available to incoming freshmen.

http://rodin.house.upenn.edu/theatre

Visual Arts Engagement in The Rodin Arts Collective (TRAC) @ Rodin College House

The 23rd floor is home to Rodin College House’s Visual Arts Engagement Program.

Open to students from any academic field, this program is designed to bring together students with an interest in the visual arts as they relate to communication and popular culture. The shape of this floor experience will depend on the creativity of its inhabitants. Residents will have the opportunity to work with local community arts groups, visit exhibits in museums and galleries, explore professions in the arts world including the work of curators and arts managers. Residents will be able to rely on fellow residents, the RA, and House Fellow on the floor for portfolio creation and review. Workspace will be set aside for art making and exhibition space will be available on the floor and throughout the house. Members of the program will participate and host an art opening in conjunction with other TRAC capstone events.
 Highlights of the program include the new 23 Gallery, a gallery space on the floor for exhibition of student work. Each resident is encouraged to submit 2-3 pieces of art.

The Rodin College House Arts Collective (TRAC) is made of up students and staff who share an interest in the arts. TRAC will provide additional opportunities for students to attend different types of performances, lectures, workshops and arts-related trips. This program is not available to incoming freshmen.

 http://rodin.house.upenn.edu/VisualArts

Musical Engagement in The Rodin Arts Collective (TRAC) @ Rodin College House

The 9th floor is home to Rodin College House’s Musical Engagement Program.

Open to students from any academic field, this program is made up of residents interested in listening to, performing, and composing music. Residents in this program will have access to private music practice rooms and study spaces where they will be able to work on their own pieces or collaborate with other members of the program. In addition, residents in this program will have access to a music composition computer station located in their floor lounge where they can transfer their pieces to the page. Residents participate in an informal monthly concert series for the College House. In addition, students in this program perform their own original pieces during a Fall and Winter concert for the entire Rodin community and record a CD each year.

The Rodin College House Arts Collective (TRAC) is made of up students and staff who share an interest in the arts. TRAC will provide additional opportunities for students to attend different types of performances, lectures, workshops and arts-related trips. This program is not available to incoming freshmen.

http://rodin.house.upenn.edu/music