Penn Offers Cultural Passports and a Twist on the Usual Summer-Reading Assignment

Penn Offers Cultural Passports and a Twist on a Summer-Reading Program 1

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Students at the University of Pennsylvania will study "The Gross Clinic," a painting by Thomas Eakins, for a first-year project.

Unlike many of their college-bound peers, freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania weren't required to pick up a book for their first-year reading project this summer.

Instead, in the Penn Reading Project's 19th year, incoming students were told they would study Thomas Eakins's painting "The Gross Clinic," along with video and audio lectures and supporting