Penn Museum September-October 2011 Calendar of Events

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:, or call (215) 898-2680.

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 three special programs-two September 11, one October 12-and a powerful display, Excavating Ground Zero: Fragments of 9/11, on view August 20 through November 6, 2011. Join us as we remember-and reflect anew.

WorldTradeCenter_PMwebSeptember 11
Sunday, 1:00 pm
Afternoon Lecture
Making a Monument: The Fall and Rise of the World Trade Center
Minoru Yamasaki's design for the World Trade Center, unveiled in 1964, was harshly criticized, only gradually gaining a place in the hearts of New Yorkers and tourists alike in the years that followed the towers opening in 1972-73. After they were destroyed on September 11, 2001, the twin towers were lionized. Like monuments in all ages, the World Trade Center has had its meaning defined and changed several times in response to the needs, expectations, and memories of the people. Dr. David Brownlee, Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor of the History of Art at Penn, recounts the story of the World Trade Center as he explores the making of monuments in the modern world. Admission: Pay-what-you-want.

Reg_Cathey_PMwebSeptember 11
Sunday, 3:00 pm
Performance of Cato: A Tragedy by Joseph Addison Featuring Actor Reg E. Cathey
Cato: 9/11 is an innovative project featuring dramatic readings of scenes from Joseph Addison's Cato as a catalyst for town hall-style discussions about the lasting impact of the attacks on September 11, 2001 upon U.S. citizens, communities, and the nation at large. First published and performed in 1713, this once wildly popular play, much-beloved by the U.S. Founding Fathers, follows the Roman Senator Cato in his final days, recounting his last stand against the tyranny of Julius Caesar. This interactive event is intended to promote constructive, respectful dialogue within diverse communities about the triumphs and tribulations of American nationalism, exceptionalism, and interventionism. Presented by Outside the Wire, LLC, Bryan Doerries, Artistic Director and Phyllis Kaufman, Producing Director. More information: Admission is free. Reservations suggested.

PM @ Penn Museum_galleries open late!September 14
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
P.M. @ Penn Museum
2nd Wednesday Quizzo
Penn Museum galleries stay open until 8:00 pm, with a half-hour gallery tour at 5:30 pm. Second Wednesdays only, watch or sign up with a team and compete for prizes at Quizzo with Quiztine 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 8:00 pm. Free with Museum admission donation.

Ramesses_head in Upper EgyptSeptember 17
Saturday, 2:00 - 6:00 pm
Afternoon Program
An Afternoon of Egyptology
Join members of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Research Center for Egypt as they hear from two leading Egyptologists about two different sites. Dr. David O'Connor, Curator Emeritus at the Penn Museum, now Professor at New York University, talks about "Mysteries of Abydos: Excavating and Saving the Monuments of Egypt's Earliest Pharaohs." Dr. Lanny Bell, Brown University, discusses the unpublished Ramesside private tombs at Dira Abu el-Naga South, between Deir el-Bahari and the Valley of the Kings, with his talk, "The Romance of Archaeology-NOT! The University of Pennsylvania Museum's Theban Tomb Project." Admission: $7 general admission; $5 Penn Museum members; free for ARCE-PA members.

Imagine AfricaSeptember 18
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Gallery Project Opening
Imagine Africa!
Penn Museum launches its new year-long gallery project, inviting visitors to join us as we begin a dialog about Africa, the second largest continent on earth, home to more than a billion people-with a lively afternoon celebration designed to engage and 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 donation.

Secret CinemaSeptember 21
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
Evening Program
Secret Cinema: The Mummy (1932)
The dead will rise in this masterpiece of vintage cinema, featuring the iconic Boris Karloff as Im-Ho-Tep, a doomed high priest whose mummified remains are accidentally revived, freeing him to chase his lost love through the ages. The Secret Cinema is known for presenting classic films of all genres-from B-films to mega-budget Hollywood classics to obscure shorts, always in 16mm film-never video! Jay Swartzman, founder of Secret Cinema, curates a special series of films specifically for Penn Museum in 2011-2012. Join us for what promises to be unique adventures in foreign lands. And free popcorn! Free with Museum admission donation. For further information check the Museum's online calendar,

winnie & ceramicistOctober 1- 2
Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Imagine Africa Program
Weekend Ceramic Workshop for Artists: Pots in America
Learn West African pot building techniques, and gain insight into the traditional art form of West African ceramics, at this adult workshop presented by master ceramicist Winnie Owens-Hart. A long-time professor at Howard University, Ms. Owens-Hart teaches courses in ceramics ranging from contemporary trends to techniques of traditional African ceramics. This program is supported by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through the Heritage Philadelphia Program. Admission is free; space is limited. Pre-registration required: (215) 898-2680.

Chinese Restaurant slideOctober 2
Sunday, 2:00 pm
Culture Change, Adaptation, and Image Film Series
"Chinese Restaurants"
While the Chinese restaurant is ubiquitous in nearly every corner of the globe, the nature of the food changes according to local taste, while the restaurant owners change by adapting to local cultural norms. Dr. Jane Kauer, Penn Anthropology Department, an expert on food and culture, presents an episode of this celebrated 2008 series by Canadian writer, director, and producer Cheuk Kwan. A food tasting follows. Free with Museum admission donation.

October 5
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
"Great Riddles in Archaeology" Lecture Series
King Arthur, Camelot and the Quest for a Holy Grail
For centuries, the legend of King Arthur, Camelot and the quest for the Holy Grail has captivated the world. Was there really a Holy Grail, and how did it find its way to Britain and the Arthurian legend? Were Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table real historical figures? What does the archaeology of this era tell us? Dr. Richard Hodges, the Williams Director of the Penn Museum and a noted Medievalist, is the kickoff speaker of this popular lecture series, running October through June. Admission: $40 for 9 lecture series; $10 at the door; $5 with advance registration; free for Penn Museum members with advance registration.

timothy rubOctober 6
Thursday, 6:00 pm
Evening Lecture
The Shape of Things to Come: Developing Collections of Antiquities and Archaeological Materials in the 21st Century
Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, Philadelphia Museum of Art, is the featured speaker. Given the increasingly polarized debate about the acquisition and presentation of antiquities and archaeological materials in art museums, what options might be available to these institutions to enable them to continue to develop their collections and to present a broad and reasonably up-to-date survey of the art of the ancient world? Admission: Pay-what-you-want.

kids crafts at the Penn MuseumOctober 9
Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Family Sunday
Imagine Creating
Be inspired by the traditional cloth-making techniques and patterns from the Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum gallery installation. Then, design your own colorful creations to take home at this intergenerational, "drop-in" program, featuring touchable objects to extend your experience, and hands-on crafts! Free with Museum admission donation.

PM_LOGOwebOctober 12
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
P.M. @ Penn Museum
2nd Wednesday Quizzo
Penn Museum galleries stay open until 8:00 pm, with a half-hour gallery tour at 5:30 pm. Second Wednesdays only, watch or sign up with a team and compete for prizes at Quizzo with Quiztine 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 8:00 pm. Admission: Free with Museum admission donation.

WTC_Sorting_RubbleOctober 12
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
Penn Cultural Heritage Center Lecture
From the Sacred to the Historical: Ten Years after September 11, 2001
Immediately following the attacks of September 11, 2001, curators at the New York State Museum began to document, collect, preserve and eventually exhibit material that would record the tragic events and bring the history to the public in new ways. Many unprecedented issues were confronted including collecting at crime scenes, working with families, survivors, the FBI, NYPD, FDNY and many city agencies-and the work continues today. Mark Schaming, Director of Exhibitions, New York State Museum, discusses the issues of collecting sensitive material, museum exhibitions that followed, and the museum visitor reaction within a close time frame of a tragic event. Admission: Pay-what-you-want.

October 15
Saturday, 3:30 pm
Afternoon Lecture
Recreating the Nile in Pompeii: Egyptianizing Iconography
Dr. Caitlin Barrett, Cornell University, discusses "Nilotic scenes" -images of the Nile in flood- which were common throughout the Mediterranean from the late Hellenistic period through the Roman Empire, at this lecture presented by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE-PA). Classroom 2. $5 general admission; $3 Penn Museum members; free for ARCE-PA members.

weblogo_copyOctober 19
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
Evening Program
Secret Cinema: The Thief of Baghdad (1928)
Experience film as it was at the birth of modern cinema with a special screening of The Thief of Baghdad, featuring live musical accompaniment by Don Kinnier. Douglas Fairbanks plays the ever-sunny Ahmed the Thief, who attempts to steal the heart of a beautiful princess in this opulent fantasy/adventure based on the Arabian Nights stories. The Secret Cinema is known for presenting classic films of all genres-from B-films to mega-budget Hollywood classics to obscure shorts, always in 16mm film-never video! This is the second in a series of films curated by Jay Schwartz, founder of Secret Cinema, specifically for the Penn Museum. Join us for unique adventures in foreign lands, and free popcorn! Free with Museum admission donation. For further information check

Dr. Tukufu on location in AfricaOctober 20
Thursday, 6:00 pm
Imagine Africa Lecture Series
Africa and the World
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi, the Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations at the University of Pennsylvania, filmmaker, human rights activist, and host of the PBS series “History Detectives,” kicks off the Imagine Africa contemporary issues lecture series, discussing the challenges of making a documentary in Africa.  This multimedia presentation explores the power of documentary film making and other forms of media in telling the story of the impact the world has had on Africa, and in turn, the impact Africa has had on the world. This program is co-sponsored by Penn’s Center for African Studies. Lecture series continues in 2012. Admission: Pay-what-you-want.

October 22
Saturday, 6:00 pm
Young Friends Program
We See Dead People
What lurks in the shadows of the Penn Museum? Join the Young Friends for a once-in-a-lifetime paranormal investigation of the galleries and their ghostly inhabitants. The Free Spirit Paranormal Investigators will attempt to shed some light on what lurks in the dark as they introduce visitors to their investigation techniques and equipment before taking the Young Friends on an investigation of the Museum. A cocktail reception and the opportunity to meet and mingle with the crew follows. Cash bar. Admission: $5 Penn Museum Members and Full-time Students with ID; $10 General Admission.

ImagineAfricaLatest_pmwebOctober 26
Wednesday, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Community Night
An Evening to Imagine Africa
Explore the vast continent of Africa through an evening of traditional and modern music, dance and storytelling with local artists. Be adventurous, and take a scavenger hunt around the Museum discovering new ways to connect with ancient artifacts. For a full list of events please visit Admission is free!

October 28
Friday, 6:30 pm to Saturday, 9:00 am
40winks_kids_smallSleepover Program: Halloween Edition
40 Winks with the Sphinx
Penn Museum's 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! Expect some Halloween surprises! 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 third largest granite Sphinx in the world! Penn Museum's popular monthly sleepover program is geared to ages 6 to 12 and their families or chaperones. Admission: $45 Penn Museum Members; $50 General Admission. Details here.

October 29
Saturday, 1:45 pm to 4:15 pm
Children's Afternoon Program
Intrepid Explorers at the Penn Museum
Children ages 6-12 are invited to take a journey through time and across continents with hands-on opportunities to explore the wonders of the Penn Museum through games, crafts and a scavenger hunt as their parents enjoy the many other activities that Homecoming has to offer! $25 per child includes a drink, snack and a souvenir! Advance registration required: (215) 898-2680.

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 400 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.

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 12, 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 $10 for adults; $7 for senior citizens (65 and above); $6 children (6 to 17) and full-time students with ID; free to Members, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger; "pay-what-you-want" the last hour before closing. 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 For general information call (215) 898-4000. For group tour information call (215) 746-8183.

Photo captions: (listed top to bottom) World Trade Center. Actor Reg Cathey at the Palms. Photo: Theater of War Productions. Colossal head of Ramesses II, from Abydos, 1279-1213 BCE, in the Museum's Upper Egyptian Gallery. Photo: Terry Wild. Helmet Mask (Hemba), Suku, Zaire. Photo: Bobby Hansson. Potter (left) and ceramicist Winnie Ownes-Hart (right) in Kuli, Ghana. Photo courtesy Winnie Owens-Hart. Timothy Rub, Director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo courtesy Phila Museum of Art. Kids crafting at the Penn Museum. Photo courtesy of Penn Museum. Sleepover guests at 40 Winks with the Sphinx. Photo of courtesy Penn Museum.



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