Calendar of Events, April/May 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.

ShipWednesday, April 2, 6:00 pm
"Great Voyages: Travels, Triumphs, and Tragedies" Lecture Series
The Odyssey, Nostalgia, and the Lost Home
The Odyssey, Homer's tale of the wandering hero, has loaned its name to the English language for the very idea of a long wandering voyage. In this talk, Dr. Peter Struck, Associate Professor of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania, discusses the idea of displacement in the epic poem, and considers how Odysseus negotiates his status as someone separated from where he belongs. Admission with advance registration: $5 ($2, Penn Museum members); $10 at the door based on availability. To register, visit www.penn.museum/greatvoyages.

Wednesday, April 2, 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. Guests can 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.

Thursday, April 3, 12:30 pm
Brown Bag Lunchtime Lecture
Creating and Conserving Culture in the 21st Century
Dr. Samia Rab, Board Member, Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, speaks. Dr. Rab discusses cultural projects, museums, and heritage conservation strategies being pursued in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah in the Persian Gulf. They are redefining the roles of architects and designers in mediating global aspirations of the state with specific needs of local communities. Sponsored by the Penn Cultural Heritage Center. Free admission. For more information, visit www.pennchc.org.

Alex Shaw Brazilian Groove smallSaturday, April 5, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
World Culture Afternoon
Drums around the World
This percussion party takes guests on a musical journey from Africa to Brazil, to Ireland and the Middle East, all in one afternoon. Visitors can learn about distinct musical styles and traditional instruments through a variety of demonstrations and hands-on workshops. A limited number of drums are provided, and visitors are welcome to bring their own drums to the Penn Museum for workshops throughout the afternoon—and the grand finale drum circle performance. Family crafts and a self-guided tour of instruments on display throughout the Penn Museum round out the day. The event is sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania's 2013­–2014 Year of Sound. Free with Museum admission.

Saturday, April 12, 2:00 pm
Kenneth Matthews Memorial Lecture
How to Stage a Bloodbath: Gladiators at the Roman Arena
In this lecture, Dr. Garrett Fagan, Professor of Ancient History, Penn State University, explores the theatrical aspects of Roman arena games—the stage sets, equipment of the fighters, and so forth—that created an artificial landscape in which the violence of the spectacle was staged. He also considers what these features tell us about Roman attitudes toward the violence of the games, and how spectators reacted to them psychologically. Admission: Pay-what-you-want.

Sunday, April 13, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Second Sunday Family Workshop
Koi Kites
Kids and families can join in this drop-in workshop between 1:00 and 4:00 pm. Just in time for the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia, families can explore Japanese culture with an afternoon of crafting. Koi kites are a popular ornament in Japan, where they symbolize the hope for strength and courage of children. Families can work together to craft a kite, drawing inspiration from the koi pond in the Museum's Warden Garden. Free with Museum admission.

Hagia Sophia GallerywebSunday, April 13, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Afternoon Symposium
From Constantinople to Cappadocia
With the opening of Sacred Spaces: The Photography of Ahmet Ertug, a two-part exhibition of bright, detailed, large-scale photographs of renowned ancient Byzantine churches in the ancient city of Constantinople and the countryside region of Cappadocia, the Penn Museum presents this afternoon program which focuses on the two important areas of Byzantine cultural activity. Constantinople (now Istanbul) was the undisputed capital of Byzantine culture, well known for its resplendent, mosaic-filled churches. While the volcanic region of Cappadocia (in central Turkey) is less well-known, artists from Constantinople painted many of its well-preserved cave churches. This program examines the respective artistic contributions of both, with a keynote address delivered by Dr. Anthony Cutler, Professor of Art History, Penn State University—an expert on the history of Byzantine art. Sponsored by the Center for Ancient Studies. Free admission.

Wednesday, April 16, 6:00 pm
Annual Elizabeth Watts and Howard C. Petersen Lecture
Lacrosse: Play on, Iroquois Nationals!
Oren Lyons, Jr., world-renowned Native American peace activist, Honorary Chairman of the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team, and Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Seneca Nation of the Iroquois Confederacy, speaks about the spiritual origins of lacrosse, and his international peacekeeping and environmental efforts around the globe. Lecture admission: Pay-what-you-want.

TogaFriday, April 25, 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Afternoon Event
Teen Toga Party
The Penn Museum invites Philadelphia teens ages 14-19 for a toga party! Partygoers work with pen and ink to write their name in ancient Greek, etch a cameo to take home, participate in a museum-wide scavenger hunt, sample some Mediterranean snacks, and explore artifacts from ancient Greece and Rome. Visitors dressed in a toga win a prize! Co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Classical Society and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. Free admission. Presented in conjunction with STAMP (Students at Museums in Philly), which offers free admission to a selection of the city's top museums and attractions for Philadelphia high school students. Learn more at www.phillystamppass.org.

Saturday, April 26, 3:30 pm
Afternoon Lecture
It's Not All about Sex, or Is It? The Place and Role of Mothers in Private Tomb Decorations
Dr. Violaine Chauvet, Assistant Professor of Egyptology, Liverpool University, speaks about a broad range of evidence, both iconographic and textual, regarding the visual presence of mothers in private tombs from the Old to the New Kingdom in Egypt. Sponsored by the American Research Center in Egypt—Pennsylvania Chapter (ARCE-PA). Admission: $10; $7, PennCard holders; $5, students with ID; free for ARCE-PA members. For more information, visit www.arce-pa.org.

Tuesday, April 29, 12:30 pm
Brown Bag Lunchtime Lecture
Rethinking the Criminal Market in Transnationally Trafficked Archaeological Antiquities
Visitors hear from Jessica Dietzler, Ph.D. candidate in the "Trafficking Culture" Project at the University of Glasgow. Sponsored by the Penn Cultural Heritage Center. Free admission. For more information, visit www.pennchc.org.

Culinary Expeditions FrontCover Nov20Monday, May 5, 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Book Launch Luncheon
Culinary Expeditions
The Penn Museum and the Women's Committee present Culinary Expeditions, a new, full-color publication that takes readers on a culinary exploration of regional cuisines, food-making techniques, and stories about world cultures—richly illustrated with images of objects from the Penn Museum collections. At this special launch party, guests hear from Dr. Jane Hickman, editor of Culinary Expeditions, as well as Dr. Julian Siggers, Williams Director of the Penn Museum, before a festive luncheon featuring dishes from the book. The party also features shopping, mimosas, a raffle auction, and a chance to browse through our galleries. Admission includes a copy of Culinary Expeditions, as well as complimentary valet parking. RSVP by April 21 by calling 215.898.9202 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Wednesday, May 7, 6:00 pm
"Great Voyages: Travels, Triumphs, and Tragedies" Lecture Series
Searching for the Golden Fleece with Jason and the Argonauts
Dr. Brian Rose, Curator-in-Charge, Penn Museum Mediterranean Section, speaks. One of the most captivating voyages in Classical literature involved the travels of the Greek hero Jason to the Black Sea, where he searched for the golden fleece of a winged ram that was the prized possession of the kingdom of Colchis (modern-day Georgia). The narrative components of the voyage present an unusually rich depiction of early Greek attitudes toward women, especially from exotic foreign lands, as well as geographic exploration and ancient sources of gold. Dr. Rose discusses Jason's journeys, and also examines how Greek seafaring in the late Bronze and early Iron Ages relates to Jason's maritime adventures. Admission with advance registration: $5; $10 at the door based on availability. To register, visit www.penn.museum/greatvoyages.

Wednesday, May 7, 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. Visitors 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.

Thursday, May 8, 6:30 pm
Young Friends Event
Cerveza: Celebrating the South American Tradition
The Young Friends of the Penn Museum invite guests to explore South American beer. Dr. Clark Erickson, Curator-in-Charge, Penn Museum American Section, discusses the history and makings of traditional Andean beer using objects in the Museum's permanent collection and his research, as well as his work with Dogfish Head Brewery to create a traditional chicha beer, as chronicled in The New York Times. After the talk, guests enjoy a tasting of beers from the region. General admission: $30. To register, call 215.898.5093.

Sunday, May 11, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Second Sunday Family Workshop
Wadjet Necklace
Just in time for Mummies Day! Kids and families are invited to join in this drop-in workshop anytime between 1:00 and 4:00 pm. The wadjet, or Eye of Horus, is an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection. Guests can craft a wadjet and add a pattern of beads to create a necklace to take home, and discover other amulets in the Museum's Egypt (Mummies) Gallery. Free with Museum admission.

Saturday, May 24, 3:30 pm
Afternoon Lecture
It's a Man's World? Gender, Kingship, and the Afterlife in the Private Tomb of Mutirdis
Dr. Josh Roberson, Camden Community College, speaks about the ancient book known as "The Awakening of Osiris" and its incorporation into the tomb of Mutirdis, a private, female priestess at Thebes. Sponsored by the American Research Center in Egypt—Pennsylvania Chapter (ARCE-PA). Admission: $10; $7, PennCard holders; $5, students with ID; free for ARCE-PA members. 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 through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and first Wednesdays of each month until 8:00 pm, with P.M. @ PENN MUSEUM evening programs offered. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission donation is $15 for adults; $13 for senior citizens (65 and above); free for U.S. Military; $10 for children and full-time students with ID; free to Members, 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.

Image captions: The Penn Museum's "Great Voyages" lecture series features a talk by Dr. Peter Struck, University of Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, April 2 at 6:00 pm; guests take a musical journey during the Penn Museum's "Drums around the World" World Culture Day, Saturday, April 5 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm (photo: Penn Museum); the Penn Museum presents an afternoon symposium focusing on the resplendent, mosaic-filled churches of Constantinople and Cappadocia (photo: The Hagia Sophia church in present-day Istanbul. Photo by Ahmet Ertug); teens ages 14-19 are invited to a toga party at the Penn Museum on Friday, April 25 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm (photo: Penn Museum); the Penn Museum launches a new publication, Culinary Expeditions, during this luncheon on Monday, May 5 from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm.

 

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