Category Archives: Humanities Internship

The Female Physician: a Deviation from 19th-Century Gender Roles?

This 19th-century image of a lone female physician making a heroic midnight visit seems out of context for a time in which the majority of women worked inside the home cooking, cleaning, and raising children.  However, it illustrated a book … Continue reading

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The Death Strip

The Berlin Wall was much more than a wall. That’s as true literally as it is figuratively. Yes, of course, it was, as the closest thing to a physical incarnation of the Iron Curtain, a symbol of Cold War division … Continue reading

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The Process of Cultural Mapping

Over the past few weeks, I have frequently visited Chester and the surrounding area. The city of Chester is situated on the Delaware River between Philadelphia and Wilmington. Once the commercial and industrial hub of Delaware County, the decline of … Continue reading

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The Seventh Ward, Food Deserts and More

This summer I’m lucky enough to be a research assistant for The Ward project at the University of Pennsylvania. One of the cool things about this project is how open-ended it is; essentially it is a continuation of W.E.B. DuBois’ … Continue reading

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Jews and the Civil War

First, hello! My name is Laura Newman Eckstein (HC ’16), and I am a Hurford Humanities Fellow researching Southern Jews pre-1865 for my senior religion thesis. I am in Cincinnati this summer at the American Jewish Archives, which has one … Continue reading

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Maps and Scooter the Dog: Beginnings at Fringe

Whenever I do not have a specific project at FringeArts, I draw maps. Each map is of a different neighborhood in Philadelphia and so far, I have drawn five, Old City, Kensington, South Philly, North Philly, and West Philly. These … Continue reading

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Beginning with END

This summer, I am working as an Early Novels Database (END) researcher and cataloger. END is a project dedicated to deeply detailed, richly descriptive, but term controlled cataloging of 17th and 18th century novels pulled (primarily) from University of Pennsylvania’s Rare … Continue reading

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Blowing My Cover

Now that my FringeArts internship is winding down (this is my last week), I think it’s time to come clean. You may have thought that I took this internship because of my love of the arts, my affection for editing, … Continue reading

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Ghost Dancing at the NYPL

This summer I am remotely assisting Professor Reckson with a book she is writing about ecstatic experience and performance in American literary realism. In the fall she will be doing research at the Library of Congress in D.C., and until … Continue reading

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Summer at PHC

Hey all, This summer I am interning at the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, “a private, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization dedicated to providing every Pennsylvanian with access to the humanities.” Despite the neat modifier featured above, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council is a bit … Continue reading

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