Penn Museum Hosts 40th Annual Welcome Reception for International Students and Scholars

International guests from over 100 countries mingle and make connections at last year's reception.PHILADELPHIA, PA—Welcome! Swagatam! Willkomen! Emedi!
International students and scholars new to the Delaware Valley are invited to attend this year’s annual welcome reception on Friday, 09 October 2009, 5pm to 7pm. The International Students Reception is held in the majestic Chinese Rotunda at the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, in Philadelphia on the University of Pennsylvania campus.

Every year as many as 1,000 international guests from over 100 countries have the opportunity to meet and network with others. Penn Museum's International Classroom Program hosts this free event to connect international guests with the local community and its leaders. 55 area co-sponsors include the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel University, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Philadelphia University, The Art Institute of Philadelphia, LaSalle University, Widener University, Rowan University, and Arcadia University.

The consul generals from Italy, Spain, Turkey, Mexico, and Chile, as well as representatives from Philadelphia and New York City, will greet guests. The event's entertainment lineup is as diverse and international as its guest list, featuring performances by La Salle College's Neo-African Drums 'n Dance group, the Penn Chinese Dance group, and Mutya, a Philippine dance group.

Dancers perform for the 39th annual International Reception in October 2008Walter Perry, Interim Dean of Students, University of Sciences in Philadelphia writes, “It is such an amazing annual event; starting with a simple concept but coordinated on an ambitious scale. When it all comes together, for one night we have respect, civility, laughter and harmony.”

Created in 1961, International Classroom is an innovative program within the University of Pennsylvania Museum, providing resources for international and multicultural education for a variety of ages using a broad range of presentations, lectures and workshops. Over the years, several thousand international students have participated in International Classroom programs, bringing to their presentations a first-hand perspective about a specific country or region. Committed to cultural enrichment and diversity, International Classroom has established the International Reception as a national role model among international educators.

For more information about the International Students Reception, or to learn more about International Classroom at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, call Prema Deshmukh at (215) 898-4065/4065.

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 (on Penn's campus, across from Franklin Field), Philadelphia, PA 19104. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4:30pm, Sunday 1pm to 5pm. 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; and "pay-what-you-want" Tuesday through Saturday after 3:30pm; Sunday after 4pm.  Penn Museum can be found on the web at For general information call (215) 898-4000.


3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-4000


Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
First Wednesdays: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Monday: CLOSED


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