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Diversity in the Stacks: Veterans and Ancient Greek Literature

Posted on by Rebecca Stuhr
A ceramic cup with a black background and an illustration of ancient Greek soldiers falling to the ground.

The works of Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, continue to speak to modern audiences from a diversity of cultures and regions.

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Diversity in the Stacks: Cookbooks from the Middle East and Beyond

Posted on by Nick Okrent
Two bowls of food: the one on the right is a bubbling curry-like dish topped with brightly-colored tomato and parsley; the one on the left is a creamy white soup topped with chickpeas, pomegranate, and pine nuts

Sample the cookbooks featuring food of the Middle East that you can find at the Penn Libraries.

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Diversity in the Stacks: Indigenous Languages, Indigenous Voices

Posted on by John Pollack
Series of columns with letters from the Cherokee alphabet. At the top of the image is the title "Cherokee Alphabet" in English.

A selection of materials in Indigenous languages from the Penn Libraries, produced from the 17th to the 21st centuries.

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Diversity in the Stacks: Pakistani Vernacular Languages

Posted on by Elliot Montpellier, PhD Candidate, Department of South Asia Studies and Department of Anthropology
Assorted cassettes in various languages

Since the early 1800s, Penn Libraries has collected materials from across South Asia. To date, this collection includes materials in more than 20 of the 74 languages spoken in Pakistan. The strength of this collection is both in its eclecticism and expansiveness, with more than 19,000 items in Urdu alone

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Diversity in the Stacks: Ethnicity in the Ancient World

Posted on by Rebecca Stuhr and Cheyenne Riehl
Greek painting of Athena and Poseidon

There are multiple ways to investigate the concept of “ethnicity” in the ancient world. The first is to examine how (or whether) ancient cultures thought about ethnicity or race. Scholars generally concur that Greek and Roman cultures did not think in terms of race and ethnicity

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Diversity in the (Virtual) Stacks: Antiracism Resources

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Cover of Ibram X. Kendi's How to Be an Antiracist

In recent weeks, unjust, unfair, and unwarranted acts of violence against the Black community have galvanized the United States — and the world — into protest against the insidiousness and perpetuity of racism in American society. These protests have been a clarion call for individuals to examine their own racial conditioning. 

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Diversity in the (Virtual) Stacks: Juneteenth

Posted on by Nick Okrent
Juneteenth Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900, Texas

The Emancipation Proclamation — the executive order which abolished slavery in the Confederacy — went into effect on January 1, 1863. However, the news was kept from enslaved African Americans living in Texas until June of 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston with 2,000 federal troops.

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Diversity in the (Virtual) Stacks: Sexual Minorities

Posted on by David Azzolina
Marsha P. Johnson

If you were to go into a library fifty years ago and browse the card catalog, under the subjects “homosexuality” and “lesbianism” you would find a card that read, “see also sexual perversion.” Under “sexual perversion,” another card would suggest that you also consult “homosexuality” and “lesbianism.” It wasn’t until 1973, in fact, that the American Psychiatric Association ceased to classify homosexuality and lesbianism as pathologies.

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Diversity in the (Virtual) Stacks: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Posted on by Rebecca Stuhr
Origami tiger

Penn Libraries celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with an online pop-up exhibit. Current and former Penn students have recommended and described their favorite pieces of Asian Pacific American literature. Asian and Pacific Islander authors are diverse in origin and background and include writers whose ancestries reach back to East Asia, South Asia, and the Pacific Islands.

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Diversity in the (Virtual) Stacks: Performing Arts

Posted on by Chelsea Rizzolo, Music Library Intern
Four dancers holding hands

From the Annenberg Center to the Albrecht Music Library, performing arts play a leading role in research and pedagogy  at the University of Pennsylvania. “Performance is core, of course, to the Music, English, and Theater Arts Departments,” explains Nick Okrent, Coordinator and Librarian for Humanities Collections. “But performing arts are also important for fields like education, anthropology, law, and design.” 

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