Collaborative Public Education And Digital Scholarship
Collaborative, open-access education
The Unbinding Prometheus Project (TUPP) is a nonprofit interdisciplinary arts and humanities public education project. We foster collaboration among scholars from different parts of the universities with which we work, and visiting artists and faculty from around the world. Together we create ongoing spaces for innovative, interdisciplinary research and free public educational programming. Within our programming, we film, edit, and archive participant lectures, discussions, and close readings. We then take the products of that collaboration—the collectivized digital scholarship—and make them available to everyone free of charge.
TUPP’s free public programming and accessible scholarly content are inspired by Percy Bysshe Shelley’s lyrical drama Prometheus Unbound. In mythology, Prometheus is known for stealing fire from the gods and giving it to mankind. For this crime, almighty Zeus chained Prometheus to a rock and allowed an eagle to eat his liver for eternity. For three millennia, individuals have viewed Prometheus as a father figure for human culture and civilization, and as a martyr and standard-bearer for the unfinished project of creating a fair, just, and equitable world.
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Activities at a Glance
Established in 2014, each TUPP Shelley Seminar Series includes an exciting and diverse lineup of poets and scholars of Romanticism from institutions near and far.
As part of ongoing efforts to sustain a thriving scholarly community focused on the study of Percy Shelley and late Romantic literature, and to specifically support the work of young scholars of Romanticism, TUPP has begun laying the groundwork to create a Center for Shelley Studies.
The Prometheus Collaborative Digital Initiative (PCDI) is a web platform that will serve both as a nexus linking external resources and a repository of TUPP’s own materials, including the hundreds of hours of video from the Shelley Seminar Series.
The Unbinding Prometheus: Percy Shelley MOOC creates a dynamic community of learners, all engaged in thinking collaboratively about the life and work of Percy Bysshe Shelley.
More than a century ago, the poets Ezra Pound, Hilda Doolittle (H. D.), Marianne Moore, and William Carlos Williams developed important friendships with each other in Philadelphia. The Modernist seminar series is particularly—but not exclusively—interested in cross-pollination and idea formation among these four poets.
This Whitman bicentennial project is designed to celebrate and explore Whitman’s epic poem Song of Myself.
This seminar series will take a broad look at the cultural, social, political, and artistic forces at work in 1968.
Building on our knowledge of the 1960s from the 1968 Now Seminars, we will explore pop art from an historical perspective while looking closely at original works of art from prominent Southeastern collections.
Through its focus on mid-20th-century poetry, The Beats and Black Arts Movement seminar series explores the complex social, aesthetic, and political relationships between two radical, socially engaged, and audacious artistic movements in mid-century America, and examines their legacies in shaping cultural production in our own moment in history.
Each week, this seminar series will bring together a contemporary poet, a literary scholar, and a rabbi or theologian to discuss one or two major poems by a 20th- or 21st-century Jewish-American poet, and consider it in the context of one or two major texts from the Jewish past.
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