Great Works Symposium 2013-14

The Rudman Institute and the Pennoni Honors College present: The Great Works Symposium 2013-2014 "Media:  Past, Present and Future" – A yearlong look at the evolution of media over the centuries.

The Great Works Symposium is an interdisciplinary course focused each year on exploring a subject of the broadest possible interest and greatest societal impact, calling on students, faculty, visiting lecturers and artists to collaborate. The theme of the 2013-2014 symposium is "Media: Past, Present and Future" This broad canvas allows us to look at the evolution of imagery, covering war, television, media literacy and the creative process.

This course is open to all Drexel students, regardless of major. For more information on the symposium, the courses, or events, email Rudman Institute Director Karen Curry at


Fall Quarter 2013 – Imaging War 

Tues. 6:30P-9:20P TVPR 365 (CRN 16175)

A dynamic look at the ways in which the depiction of war and its aftermath have developed through emerging media over the centuries. Guest speakers include photographers, curators, a playwright, cartoonists, combat artists, journalists and scholars. Click here for more information on the fall course, "Imaging War."

Winter Quarter 2014 – Whither Goest Television? 

An examination of how the industry is adapting and what the future holds, with a comprehensive look at how digital technology, social media and mobile platforms are challenging television’s very existence.  

Spring Quarter 2014 – How We Know What We Know

In a sea of media coming from countless sources, it is harder than ever to tell fact from fiction. News literacy and media literacy concepts will help you make sense of the relentless flow of information.

Summer Quarter 2014 – ME-dia: We Are All Creators Now

The concept of the audience as a passive recipient of the creative process is over.  Media is now very much a two-way conversation. Examine how digital technology allows all of us to be creators.

Special Events

October 15, 2013

Dr. James Young, renowned scholar on war memorials, particularly Holocaust memorials, will discuss the ways in which we remember.  Dr. Young also served as a juror on the selection committee for the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero.

October 17, 2013

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies disccusses his play, "Time Stands Still," the wrenching story of a photojournalist who was gravely injured in Iraq and her struggle to adjust to life away from the frontline.  The evening will include actors performing readings from the play.

October 29 – November 12, 2013

Joe Bonham Project Exhibit

In commemoration of Veteran’s Day, we will host an exhibition that represents the efforts of wartime illustrators to document the struggles of U.S. service personnel undergoing rehabilitation after traumatic frontline injuries.  Combat artists who create art works on the battlefield continue their work on the home front.  It is a sensitive and compelling exhibition. 

More events to come! Stay tuned!