Citizen Kane and the Penn Reading Project will open the Year of Media, devoted to exploring the theme of media across many areas of inquiry. A significant factor in the committee’s choice is Citizen Kane’s focus on news and newspapers, as well as politics, since 2016 is a Presidential election year. The fact that it is the first film chosen for the Penn Reading Project also reinforces the ever-growing prominence of media in academic discourse. We expect programming throughout the year to continue exploring these topics and others, including the evolving world of social media.
Penn's academic theme years aim to provide a shared intellectual experience for the entire Penn community, with programming that is developed centrally and in individual Schools and centers. We offer funding to support theme year events for the following year, and we invite current students, faculty, and staff to design program opportunities across our campus and community. More information about applying for these grants can be found here!