Emily Esten

Emily Esten

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BSR Contributor Since October 29, 2019

Emily Esten (she/her pronouns) is a public historian and writer based in Philadelphia.

Emily Esten is a public historian and writer based in Philadelphia. For work, she builds digital projects to engage audiences with history. For play, she is usually found exploring museums or attending theaters across the city. Follow her on Twitter @sheishistoric or visit her website at emilyesten.com.

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Sitting shiva in the virtual age: the ‘Welcome to the Shiva House’ audience lights a candle in honor of Sam Bloom.’ (Image courtesy of Gabriel Shulman.)

Philly Fringe 2020: Benjamin Behrend and Logan Gabriel Schulman’s ‘Welcome to the Shiva House’

Living alongside grief

Two Philadelphia artists explore grief through religious ritual, inviting us all into a virtual shiva for this year's Fringe Festival. Emily Esten reviews.
Emily Esten

Emily Esten

Articles 3 minute read
An augmented reality in Powelton Village: ‘Field Calls’ in the 2020 Fringe. (Photo by Tenara Calem.)

Philly Fringe 2020: Lupine Performance Cooperative’s ‘Field Calls’

Pixies in Powelton

In this year's Fringe, Lupine Performance Cooperative takes visitors through a Philadelphia marred not by pandemic but by magical invaders. When the dragons are defeated, what does recovery look like? Emily Esten reviews.
Emily Esten

Emily Esten

Articles 3 minute read
Stop here, please: an 1856 drawing of the Philadelphia quarantine station viewed from the water, by artist James Fuller Queen. (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.)

The Philadelphia City Archives present ‘The History of the Lazaretto’

The history of quarantine

As the greater Philadelphia area faces the coronavirus epidemic, an exhibit at the City Archives provides unique insight into the city’s long public-health history. Emily Esten reviews.
Emily Esten

Emily Esten

Articles 3 minute read
Capturing eyes from the sidewalk: Behnaz Karjoo’s ‘Jewels of the Heart.’ (Image courtesy of Twelve Gates Arts.)

Twelve Gates Arts presents ‘Immanence: Tazhib in America | Behnaz Karjoo’

Illuminating Iranian tradition

Behnaz Karjoo’s traditional Islamic works, now on view at Twelve Gates Arts, remind us of the evolution of deep-rooted cultures and their crucial preservation. Emily Esten reviews.
Emily Esten

Emily Esten

Articles 3 minute read

The Center for Media at Risk presents ‘Meme Tactics’

The radical power of memes

By one definition, memes are elements of culture that we share widely within and beyond groups. What happens when memes are used for civic good? In an exhibit at the Center for Media at Risk, makers take a simultaneously global and local approach to defiant narratives hidden in plain sight. Emily Esten reviews.
Emily Esten

Emily Esten

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