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CAMRA Receives $250,000 Grant from Mellon Foundation

It’s not hard to accept the idea that a journal article or a book fits the definition of “scholarship.” But what about a film? Or a podcast? Or dance?

The aim of CAMRA at the University of Pennsylvania is to support students doing multimodal research, and whose output can be represented by images and sounds, rather than just the printed page. As one of the group’s core activities, CAMRA’s collective of graduate students serve as mentors to an annually-chosen group of undergraduate fellows.

Culture and Technology Scholar Julia Ticona Studies the Promise and Perils of the Gig Economy

When you see a McDonalds, you might think about the delicious-meets-unhealthy world of Big Macs and fries. But there is a whole strata of society that sees something else first: free internet.

These are the people that Julia Ticona studies: the low-income workers in America who scrape by juggling multiple minimum wage jobs and side hustles. For many, computers and reliable home internet can be unaffordable luxuries, making cell phones an essential lifeline to employers who may call them to work — and induce a childcare scramble — at any time. 

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