Penn Museum Advance Calendar of Events January/February 2014

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.

GilgameshWednesday, January 8, 6:00 pm
"Great Voyages: Travels, Triumphs, and Tragedies" Lecture Series
Gilgamesh: Journeys to the End of the World
Gilgamesh was a figure of legend in ancient Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq) from as early as 4,500 years ago. The tales of his travels were not only stories of adventure in places no human had ever seen, but also reflections on questions of life and knowledge. In this lecture, Dr. Steve Tinney, Associate Curator-in-Charge, Penn Museum Babylonian Section, recounts some of Gilgamesh's greatest journeys and revisits discussions about what they meant back then, as well as what they mean today. Admission with advance registration: $5; $10 at the door based on availability. To register, visit www.penn.museum/greatvoyages.


Wednesday, January 8, 6:00 pm

P.M. @ Penn Museum Program
Quizzo
The Penn Museum galleries stay open until 8:00 pm, with a half-hour gallery tour at 5:00 pm. Watch or sign up with a team and compete for prizes at Quizzo with DJ Quizzy Jeff at 6:00 pm. The Pepper Mill Café offers happy hour specials and light supper until 7:30 pm. The Museum Shop remains open until 7:30 pm.

Sunday, January 12, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Second Sunday Family Workshop
Hamsa
Kids and families can drop in and learn about the hamsa, a palm-shaped design popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa, commonly used in jewelry and wall hangings. Participants trace their hands and get creative with mixed media, before exploring the Islamic Near East Gallery with a scavenger hunt. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.4016.

Sunday, January 12, 2:00 pm
Second Sunday Culture Film
Ghosts and Numbers (2009)
Set in the aftermath of the devastating financial crash of the Thai baht and the Asian monetary crisis, Ghosts and Numbers journeys with displaced farmers who can no longer work the land for a living and can only eke one out by selling lottery tickets on Bangkok streets. The film is intercut with the stories of an avid lottery seller who communicates with spirits, and images of the streets of Bangkok in the aftermath of the meltdown. After the film, Dr. Justin McDaniel, Associate Professor for Religious Studies at Penn, and Thai-American political artist Skowmon Hastanan, lead filmgoers in a discussion about the spiritual world and economic politics in Thailand. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Film Society, Penn Cinema Studies, the Penn Humanities Forum, Penn Religious Studies, and the University Museum Library. Free with Museum admission.

SleepoverFriday, January 17, 5:30 pm - Saturday, January 18, 9:00 am (SOLD OUT)
Friday, January 24, 5:30 pm - Saturday, January 25, 9:00 am
Friday, February 28, 5:30 pm - Saturday, March 1, 9:00 am
Sleepover Program
40 Winks with the Sphinx
The Penn Museum's popular sleepover program, geared to ages 6 to 12 and their families or chaperones, invites guests to an overnight "expedition" of the Museum. The night's activities take intrepid explorers on a journey through time and across continents, with hands-on games, crafts, and more! A scavenger hunt and a flashlight expedition through the galleries offer new ways to connect with the ancient artifacts awaiting discovery. Later in the night, explorers roll out their sleeping bags to doze at the foot of the largest granite Sphinx in the Western Hemisphere! Sleepovers sell out quickly, so register now! To register, visit www.penn.museum/40winks.

Saturday, January 18, 10:30 - 11:15 am
Young Family Event
Gallery Romp: China
Young children (ages 3–6) and their favorite grownups are invited to explore the Penn Museum's galleries through stories, crafts, and play. Participants can go on a race for the zodiac with cat, rat, and other furry, feathered, and scaly friends, before exploring the Penn Museum's China Gallery for animals. Each workshop is limited to 25 people and purchasing tickets before the program date is encouraged. Programs are free with Museum admission. Visit www.penn.museum/kids-and-family/romps to register.

Chinese New YearSaturday, January 25, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
World Culture Day
Chinese New Year Celebration
Gallop into the Chinese New Year to celebrate the Year of the Horse—and learn more about how the Lunar New Year is celebrated throughout Asia—at this annual, daylong extravaganza. The whole family can enjoy a wide variety of music and dance performances, martial and healing arts demonstrations, Feng Shui and folk tale presentations, children's activities, storytelling, and arts and crafts. The day ends with a drum roll, a roar, and the popular Grand Finale Lion Dance Parade. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

Thursday, January 30, 12:30 pm
Brown Bag Lecture
Preserving Heritage is Good Local Business: Saving Sites with Economic Development
Dr. Lawrence S. Coben, Executive Director, Sustainable Preservation Initiative, speaks in this lecture, sponsored by the Penn Cultural Heritage Center. Free admission. For more information, call 215.746.4475.

Titanic WreckWednesday, February 5, 6:00 pm
"Great Voyages: Travels, Triumphs, and Tragedies" Lecture Series
Lost History beneath the Sea from Titanic to the Iron Age
Oceanographer Robert Ballard is best known for his discovery of the sunken Titanic in 1985, as well as other significant shipwrecks including the German battleship Bismarck, the lost fleet of Guadalcanal, and two ancient Phoenician ships off Israel—the oldest shipwrecks ever found in deep water. In this talk, Dr. Robert Ballard, Director of the Center for Ocean Exploration at the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, and President of Ocean Exploration Trust, reviews his 50+ years of exploring the oceans—a career that has taken him all over the world in search of human history lost in the deep waters of the world's oceans, using the latest in advanced exploration technology. Admission with advance registration: $5; $10 at the door based on availability. To register, visit www.penn.museum/greatvoyages.

Wednesday, February 5, 6:00 pm
P.M. @ Penn Museum Program
First Wednesday Quizzo
On the first Wednesdays of every month, the Penn Museum galleries stay open until 8:00 pm, with a half-hour gallery tour at 5:00 pm. Watch or sign up with a team and compete for prizes at Quizzo with DJ Quizzy Jeff at 6:00 pm. The Pepper Mill Café offers happy hour specials and light supper until 7:30 pm. The Museum Shop remains open until 7:30 pm. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

African CulturesSaturday, February 8, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
World Culture Afternoon
Annual Celebration of African Cultures
The 25th annual Celebration of African Cultures comes alive with special programs to delight the entire family. Traditional storytelling, electrifying African dance and music performances and workshops, children's activities, gallery tours, and more enliven the Museum. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.2680.



Sunday, February 9, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Second Sunday Family Workshop
Hieroglyphic Valentines
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and kids and families can start celebrating at this drop-in workshop. Participants can show their love for their mummy, daddy, sibling, or friend by creating a valentine written in Egyptian hieroglyphs. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.4016.

Dal Puri DiasporaSunday, February 9, 2:00 pm
Second Sunday Culture Film
Dal Puri Diaspora (2012)
Living in Toronto, filmmaker Richard Fung longs for dal puri, the quintessential comfort food of his native Trinidad. A trip home, and an exploration of the multicultural blending that gave rise to this traditional food, soon leads him to travel to India in search of the true origins of "authentic" dal puri, and the legacy it represents. After the film, Dr. Chi-ming Yang, Asian American Studies at Penn, leads a discussion on diaspora and culture retention. As a special treat, filmmaker Richard Fung, on a visit to Philadelphia, speaks with the audience about his film. Meet the filmmaker and explore Trinidadian cuisine at this series finale event! Sponsored by the Philadelphia Film Society, Penn Cinema Studies, the Penn Humanities Forum, Penn Asian American Studies, Penn South Asian Studies, the University Museum Library, Bryn Mawr College, Swarthmore College, and Villanova University. Free with Museum admission. For more information, visit www.penn.museum/culturefilms.

Sunday, February 9, 3:00 pm
Afternoon Performance
Relâche in Residence
Relâche is a music ensemble dedicated to performing new, innovative contemporary classical music. In this program, the second in a series presented in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania's 2013–2014 Year of Sound, the group performs music in sync with Buster Keaton's 1926 comedy The General (based upon William Pittenger's The Great Locomotive Chase). Keaton's masterpiece film runs in its entirety, with original music from the Relâche commissions library, music by the famous cartoon and experimental composer Raymond Scott, and live commentary about the film. Admission: $15, general public; $10, students and Penn Museum members.

Thursday, February 13, 12:30 pm
Brown Bag Lecture
Wampum in Museum Collections: Tracking Broken Chains of Custody
Dr. Margaret M. Bruchac, Coordinator, Native American Studies Initiative at Penn, speaks in this lecture, sponsored by the Penn Cultural Heritage Center. Free admission. For more information, call 215.746.4475.

Thursday, February 13, 6:00 pm
Young Friends Valentine Event
Blurred Lines: The Secret Side of the Collections
The Young Friends of the Penn Museum invite you to their annual Valentine's Day event. This year, Brian Rose, Curator-in-Charge of the Mediterranean Section, and Jennifer Wegner, Associate Curator of the Egyptian Section, will explore artifacts depicting racy and sexually explicit material in the Museum's permanent collection. Cash bar to follow. Admission: $10, general public; $5, Museum members. To RSVP, call 215.898.5093 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

pompeii-volcanoSunday, February 16, 2:00 pm
Pompeii Lecture Series
Dining and Lovemaking in Pompeii
Stay in the Valentine's Day spirit with this installment in the Penn Museum's Pompeii Lecture Series. The destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 CE allows us to reconstruct extensively the nature of daily life in an Early Imperial Roman town, especially the residents' attitudes toward food and sex. Dr. C. Brian Rose, Curator-in-Charge, Penn Museum Mediterranean Section, presents an overview of those attitudes by examining the archaeological discoveries in both cities, including the wall paintings, mosaics, dining rooms, and food remains. The discussion also includes cookbooks and dinner parties as well as prostitution and same-sex relationships. Admission: $10, general public; $5, Penn Museum members and Franklin Institute members. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

Saturday, February 22, 10:30 - 11:15 am
Young Family Event
Gallery Romp: China
Young children (ages 3–6) and their favorite grownups are invited to explore the Penn Museum's galleries through stories, crafts, and play. In this Gallery Romp, participants are introduced to Harry's friend—a horse only he can see. Then guests meet Curly and Autumn Dew, the Museum's 1,000 year-old horses! Each workshop is limited to 25 people and purchasing tickets before the program date is encouraged. Programs are free with Museum admission. Visit www.penn.museum/kids-and-family/romps to register.

Saturday, February 22, 3:30 pm
Afternoon Lecture
Secrets of the Mountain-of-Anubis: Recent Discoveries at the Tomb and Mortuary Complex of Pharaoh Senwosret III
In recent years, excavations have been going on inside the subterranean tomb of Senwosret III at South Abydos, as well as a program of expanded investigation of the wider landscape and settlement of the mortuary complex of Wah-Sut-Khakaure. In this lecture, Dr. Josef Wegner, Associate Curator, Penn Museum Egyptian Section, looks at the current work on the subterranean tomb located beneath the sacred peak of the Mountain-of-Anubis, including the ARCE-funded restoration and site protection project. The lecture will also look at other activities at Abydos, including work on subsidiary mastabas, the Middle Kingdom town site excavations, as well as the exciting results from excavations of the private cemeteries. Sponsored by the American Research Center in Egypt—Pennsylvania chapter. Admission: $8. For more information, visit www.arce-pa.org.

The Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 300 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage.

The Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (on Penn's campus, across from Franklin Field). Public transportation to the Museum is available via SEPTA's Regional Rail Line at University City Station; the Market-Frankford Subway Line at 34th Street Station; trolley routes 11, 13, 34, and 36; and bus routes 21, 30, 40, and 42. Museum hours are Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Wednesday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, with P.M. @ PENN MUSEUM evening programs offered select Wednesdays. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission donation is $15 for adults; $13 for senior citizens (65 and above); $10 for children and full-time students with ID; free to Members, active U.S. Military, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger.

Hot and cold meals and light refreshments are offered to visitors with or without Museum admission in The Pepper Mill Café; the Museum Shop and Pyramid Shop for Children offer a wide selection of gifts, books, games, clothing and jewelry. Penn Museum can be found on the web at www.penn.museum. For general information call 215.898.4000. For group tour information call 215.746.8183.


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