This year instead of reading books, the Penn Reading Project had incoming freshmen use Thomas Eakins’ “The Gross Clinic” as a visual text as a means to “introduce students from the start to the critical skill of interpreting visual material.”
Below you will find a video lecture of Dr. Kathleen Foster and Dr. David B. Brownlee discussing “The Gross Clinic” and the shock value of Eakins’ gory painting. This lecture is actually really interesting and I encourage all of you to watch this.
Then on a lighter note, David Fox (Director of Academic Initiatives) sent me this very fun music video Penn did called “The Gross Clinic Bounce” which pretty much sums up the painting in some creative rhymes and graphics. Check it out below!
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