PHILADELPHIA, PA—African music, dance, and diverse cultures take center stage on Saturday, February 18, from 1 to 4 pm, when the Penn Museum offers a free community afternoon, part of the ongoing Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum gallery project and public programming initiative that runs through January 2013. Philadelphia radio station 100.3 WRNB is sponsor of the free afternoon, and on air personality Lady B broadcasts live from the Penn Museum between 11 am and 2 pm.
While special activities run from 1 to 4 pm, the Penn Museum opens its doors free to the community for the entire day (10 am to 5 pm), with plenty of time to explore the new Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum gallery project, as well as the African Gallery, the ancient Egyptian Galleries, and beyond.
For the most updated information on programs offered at the Penn Museum, and for online pre-registration (optional or required for some programs) visit the Museum's website: www.penn.museum/calendar.
Thursday, 6:00 pm
Douglas G. Lovell, Jr., Annual "Reports from the Field"
Dr. Josef Wegner, Associate Curator, Egyptian Section, and Dr. Richard M. Leventhal, Director, Penn Cultural Heritage Center, are featured presenters. Dr. Wegner shares details from his 2011–2012 excavations at Abydos, Egypt. He discusses results of ongoing excavations of the tomb of pharaoh Senwosret III and a program of site development in collaboration with the American Research Center in Egypt and Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities to protect the cultural heritage of Abydos. Dr. Leventhal considers Maya heritage and its relationship to Mexican politics, indigenous rebellion, and tourism, as he focuses on a new Penn project in the Yucatán where a co-operative community heritage and development program is underway. In addition, he describes the goals and field projects of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center. Lecture admission: Pay-what-you-want. Optional reception follows: $35. For more information, call (215) 898-2680.
Penn Museum in Philadelphia Launches Online Collections Database to Kick off its 125th Anniversary Celebration in 2012
JANUARY 2012—The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on the Penn campus in Philadelphia dates its official founding to December 6, 1887. On that date, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania resolved to send “an exploring expedition to Babylonia”—with the stipulation that the University would build “suitable accommodations” to house any artifacts that the first expedition team, and others, would bring back.
"Anthropologists in the Making Summer Camp" for Children Ages 7 to 13 Runs Weekly June 18 through August 10, 2012
PHILADELPHIA, PA—This summer, adventurous children ages 7 through 13 can experience a unique day camp that takes them through time and across continents at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on Penn's campus in Philadelphia.
"Anthropologists in the Making," runs eight theme-oriented one-week sessions from June 18 through August 10, 2012. Details about the popular camp, coordinated by the Penn Museum's Community Engagement department, are online: www.penn.museum/camp. A downloadable registration form is also available.
PHILADELPHIA–Ring in the magical Year of the Dragon! Penn Museum presents its 31st annual Chinese New Year Celebration on Saturday, February 4, 2012, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The day features music and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, workshops, children's activities, and a grand finale lion dance. The celebration is free with Museum admission donation ($10 general admission; $7 senior citizens [65+] and military personnel; $6 students [with ID] and children [6 to 17]; free for children under 6, members, and PennCard holders).
Visitors who bring a new, unwrapped toy donation receive buy-one-get-one free admission (of equal or lesser value), one discount admission per toy. All toys will be donated to families, shelters, and community centers in West Philadelphia through Penn Volunteers in Public Service (VIPS), of The Netter Center for Community Partnerships.
"Climate Crises in Human History" Offers Perspective on a Hot Topic
Afternoon Program Runs Saturday, November 19, 3:00 - 5:00 pm at the Penn Museum
As scientists and other scholars study rapid climate changes and climate crises affecting different parts of the world today, relatively little discussion is being focused on climate crises faced by humans in the past. The ancient Maya, the Saharan ancestors of the ancient Egyptians, ancient Romans and medieval Europeans are among many cultures who have faced dramatic climate change, adapting or not adapting to changing conditions throughout the millennia. Can we learn from their strategies—exploring what proved successful, and what did not—as we face our own climate crisis in the 21st century?
Travel the World with Games, a World Culture Day afternoon, runs Sunday, November 6, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm the Penn Museum. Visitors of all ages are invited to learn and play a variety of games with game instructors on hand throughout the Museum's international galleries: Go (an ancient game of Japan), Backgammon (originating in Asia Minor), Chess (originally from Northwest India), Senet (from Egypt, perhaps the oldest game in the world), Mancala (originating in Eritrea or Ethiopia), the Royal Game of Ur (discovered at the site of Ur in ancient Iraq)-and more. The event is free with Museum admission donation.
International Classroom Program at the Penn Museum
Celebrates Fifty Years of Cross-Cultural Education
October 2011—The International Classroom Program, an integral part of the Penn Museum community engagement and education efforts, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Its broad mission—to increase cross-cultural education and understanding—happens program by program, as international speakers connect with school children, families, and adult groups at the Penn Museum and throughout the region.
Since its founding in 1961, International Classroom speakers have visited more than 10,000 classrooms and other settings throughout the region. At the Penn Museum, they participate in the unique and popular "World: Ancient and Modern" programs, where students tour an "ancient" gallery, learning about ancient Egypt or China or the ancient Mediterranean world, and also meet an international student from that same region of the world to learn about cultural continuity and change over time. In addition, International Classroom speakers also participate in a wide range of Museum public events, enriching the Museum's popular world culture days and exhibition openings. The program currently boasts 160 speakers from 60 countries.
Penn Museum in Partnership with Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell Presents
FREE Community Night: An Evening to Imagine Africa
Wednesday, October 26, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Neighbors, friends, and first time visitors are invited to celebrate, explore, and enjoy at the Penn Museum Wednesday, October 26, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at An Evening to Imagine Africa, a FREE community night. There will be workshops to shake things up—a Hip Hop dance workshop with an instructor from Rennie Harris RHAW, an African Dance Workshop with the Penn student group African Rhythms, plus belly dancing with Habiba, and Spoken Word with the Philly Youth Poetry Movement.
Every year the annual Welcome Reception, considered a national model amongst international educators, hosts hundreds of international guests from over 100 countries. Penn Museum's International Classroom program presents this free celebration to connect international guests with the local community and its leaders, and to introduce attendees to the multicultural community of Philadelphia.
Culture Change, Image, and Adaptation, a new Penn Museum First Sunday Film Series, explores a wide range of recent documentary cinema, highlighting new forms of cultural adaptation in today's increasingly mobile and hybrid communities. Faculty experts from the University of Pennsylvania and other universities introduce each film, with open discussion following the screenings. Presented in association with the 2011-2012 Penn Humanities Forum on Adaptations, Penn Museum's First Sunday Film Series runs from October through May, beginning at 2:00 pm in the Museum's Rainey Auditorium, 3260 South Street. The new series is free with Museum admission.
The Secret Cinema is known for screening classic films of all genres at various locations throughout Philadelphia for the past fifteen years--from B-films, to mega-budget Hollywood classics, to obscure shorts. Now, Jay Schwartz, Secret Cinema founder, has specially curated a series of films for the Penn Museum.
On the third Wednesday of the month in September, October, November, and January, Penn Museum welcomes audiences to view a mix of rare, culturally significant, and still powerful vintage films from the early ‘20s and ‘30s, as part of the PM @ Penn Museum fall/winter programming. Secret Cinema projects in 16mm film and never video, so audiences see firsthand the original, high standard film in which motion pictures were shot. Audiences will enjoy an introduction to the show from the Secret Cinema founder as well as complimentary popcorn. Programs are free with Museum admission.
Wednesday, 10:30 am
Lecture Luncheon Program
Jewelry: Worn to Adorn
Wednesday, 12:30 pm
Cultural Heritage Center Lecture
Underwater Cultural Heritage: The 2001 UNESCO Convention and its Implementation
Human Evolution: The First 200 Million Years
Long-term Exhibition Now Open at the Penn Museum
PHILADELPHIA, PA The ongoing story of human evolution—one that scientists trace back more than 200,000,000 years—is the subject of a long-term installation, Human Evolution: The First 200 Million Years, which opened at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia on September 18, 2011.
Human Evolution invites visitors to explore the process of evolution and its profound impact on humans. The interactive exhibition features a variety of multi-media programs, as well as more than 100 touchable casts of fossil bones from primate and human evolutionary records. Visitors have the opportunity to explore the actual fossil evidence of human evolution, to see how physical anthropologists and other scientists work to interpret the evidence, and to witness the outcome of evolutionary processes in our everyday lives. A complementary website offers an avenue for further exploration, for visitors and non-visitors alike: www.penn.museum/humanevolution.
Outside the Wire, LLC to Present Reading of Joseph Addison's CATO: A TRAGEDY, Followed by Discussions with First Responders, War Veterans, Elected Officials, and Concerned Citizens about the U.S. Response to the Attacks on September 11, 2001
Philadelphia, PA - On Sunday, September 11, 2011-the tenth anniversary of the hijacking of four American planes and the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon-Penn Museum hosts a dynamic new theatrical presentation and an interactive, follow-up discussion facilitated by the nationally acclaimed social impact company Outside the Wire, LLC. The free program to mark the anniversary runs from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Museum's Harrison Auditorium (seating is first-come, first-served). Advance registration is recommended: www.penn.museum/calendar.
Visitors to the Penn Museum on September 11 will also have the opportunity to visit a special display, Excavating Ground Zero: Fragments from 9/11 (on view August 20 through November 6, 2011) and attend a 1:00 pm lecture, "Making a Monument: The Fall and Rise of the World Trade Center" presented by Dr. David Brownlee, Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor of the History of Art at Penn (admission is pay-what-you-want).
Penn Museum Presents Memorial Display and Related Programming
September 11--An Afternoon Remembrance
Ten years to the day that two hijacked planes crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, Penn Museum marks the solemn occasion with two special programs September 11, and one October 12--and a powerful display, Excavating Ground Zero: Fragments from 9/11, on view August 20 through November 6, 2011. The program and the display offer visitors a timely opportunity to remember--and reflect anew.
On Sunday, September 11, 2011, Penn Museum offers pay-what-you-want admission.
Excavating Ground Zero: Fragments from 9/11
August 20 through November 6, 2011
In the weeks, months, and years following the events of September 11, 2001, archaeologists and physical anthropologists excavated the site of the World Trade Center in New York City. Penn Museum's special display features 15 poignant objects recovered at the site of Ground Zero, including eyeglasses, a computer keyboard, glass from the Twin Towers, and visitor badges. Visitors can observe a Twin Towers memorial sculpture and image projections from the day of the attacks. A focal point of the display is a wall where visitors can share memories of September 11. The display invites guests to remember where they were that morning as they view the display of recovered fragments from Ground Zero. The display was organized in conjunction with The National September 11 Memorial Museum.
Penn Museum in Philadelphia Explores Origins of 2012 End of World Predictions
With Major New Exhibition MAYA 2012: Lords of Time
Advance Group Tickets on Sale Now
PHILADELPHIA, PA —Did the Maya believe the world would end in December 2012? In MAYA 2012: Lords of Time—a major new exhibition opening next May—the Penn Museum in Philadelphia confronts the current fascination with the year 2012, comparing predictions of a world-transforming apocalypse with their supposed origins in the ancient Maya civilization.
MAYA 2012 leads visitors on a journey through the Maya's time-ordered universe, expressed through their intricate calendar systems, and the power wielded by their divine kings, the astounding "lords of time." Visitors explore the Maya world through interactive experiences and walk among sculptures and full-sized replicas of major monuments.
PHILADELPHIA, PA, Summer 2011—It may look like a rather unassuming beige box, but the Fourier-transform infrared spectrometer (IR) is a vital piece of high technology scientific equipment, key to a host of exciting discoveries made, and no doubt to be made, at the Penn Museum.
That is why Dr. Patrick McGovern, Scientific Director of the Museum's Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory, was so delighted to receive the June 2011 donation of a "new" used Fourier-transform IR from The Hershey Company of Hershey, PA, replacing their current instrument, donated by the Dupont company in the mid-1990's, and rapidly growing obsolete.
How Do You Imagine Africa?
Penn Museum Invites Community Perspectives
in New Year-Long Project
September 18, 2011 through January 2013
PHILADELPHIA, PA—How do you imagine Africa? Do you see it as the home of powerful nations? Do you think of intricately carved masks or fine art? Maybe you're interested in the peoples living in Africa today.
Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum, a twelve-month project investigating community perspectives, launches Sunday, September 18.