ACURA Projects 2017-2018

Division of Arts and Humanities

English/American Studies

The Pennsylvania Narrative of New Deal Artwork in PA Post Offices

Summary of Research Project     My student and  I will be traveling around the state of Pennsylvania cataloging all of the artwork in Pennsylvania Post Offices as part of the Treasury Relief Arts

Project (TRAP), which was part of the New Deal of the 1930s. Once we have

cataloged all the artwork (ensuring that it is still in place and in good,

unaltered condition, we will break the artwork down thematically to

understand the Pennsylvania narrative created by the artwork.

Requirements for Students?

Faculty Member Name: Jimmy J. Pack Jr.

Faculty Member Email:

Faculty Member Office Phone: 267-879-8675

Faculty Member Office Location: 207 Sutherland



What’s in a Recipe? Reading Early Modern Recipe Books

Summary of Research Project   In early modern households,

families collected culinary and medicinal knowledge in recipe books. Taking a

manuscript at the Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington DC) as a starting

point, this project will use an early modern recipe book to explore questions

about ecology, food, medicine, and women’s history.

Requirements for Students? Willingness to learn to read a historic form of

handwriting and develop a formal research project in the spring semester.

Faculty Member Name: Marissa Nicosia

Faculty Member Email:

Faculty Member Office Phone: 215-881-7556

Faculty Member Office Location: 301 Sutherland



Transmedia Narrative Character/Setting Development

Summary of Research Project:  Using a collaborative story

platform to develop large scale characters and settings in an immersive

transmedia experience.

Requirements for Students? To develop ideas for characters and settings, and

to create them.

Faculty Member Name: Yvonne Love

Faculty Member Email:

Faculty Member Office Phone: 8817654

Faculty Member Office Location: 229 Woodland



Transmedia Narrative: The Graphic Novel as Installation

Summary of Research Project :  Students will take elements

from the graphic novel and create large scale installations of the story.

Requirements for Students? identify and create large scale elements of the

novel for the gallery

Faculty Member Name: Emily Steinberg

Faculty Member Email:

Faculty Member Office Phone: 2672425029

Faculty Member Office Location: 135 Woodland


Projects beginning in Spring 2018 semester

Religious Studies

Varieties of Buddhist Healthcare in Multi-Ethnic Philadelphia: A Documentary Film

Summary of Research Project  Students involved in this

project will will learn audio film making techniques and have the opportunity

to use these skills in the field at Philadelphia's colorful Asian temples. We

will collect video and audio recordings, ethnographic information, and GIS

data that will contribute to an online portal on Buddhism and health in

Philadelphia. We will learn about Philly's diverse Asian neighborhoods while

also contributing to an important visual database for Asian American and

Buddhist studies. (None are required, but prior experience with film making

or audio processing are a plus, as are Asian language skills and/or prior

knowledge of Buddhism.)

Requirements for Students? Available to meet W 5:00-8:00 and Sa 10:00-1:00

starting March 14th, 2018.


Faculty Member Name: Pierce Salguero

Faculty Member Email:

Faculty Member Office Phone: 215-881-7300

Faculty Member Office Location: 302 Suth