November/December 2009 Calendar of Events at the Penn Museum

For the most updated information on programs offered at the Penn Museum, and for on-line pre-registration (optional or required for some programs) visit the Museum's website: www.penn.museum/calendar

James Cunos02 November 2009
Monday, 5pm

Evening Lecture
Museums, Antiquities, and Cultural Property
James Cuno, President and Director of The Art Institute of Chicago and author of Who Owns Antiquity? Museums and the Battle over Our Ancient Heritage, presents his views and engages in discussion on the importance of cultural heritage and the control and ownership of antiquities in the 21st century. Sponsored by the Museum's Penn Cultural Heritage Center. Lecture admission: pay-what-you-like. Reservations requested.  Information: (215) 898-4890.

Roots engulfing ruins at Angkor Wat, Cambodia.04 November 2009
Wednesday, 6pm

Great Discoveries Lecture Series
Angkor!

Deep in the tropical jungles of Cambodia lay ruins of the long-forgotten kingdom of Angkor.  This remarkable site came to the attention of 19th century Europe with the publication of sketches and engravings by the intrepid naturalist Henri Mouhot. Thus began western fascination with a society which, though equivalent in age to the European Middle Ages, was in many ways far more advanced and "civilized." The meaning of Angkor's architecture, and life behind the alluring aesthetic, are considered in this illustrated lecture by Dr. Joyce C. White, Associate Curator of the Asian Section.  A light reception and related gallery tour follows.   $5 in advance; $10 at the door; free for Penn Museum members.  Information: (215) 898-4890.

Camel caravan on the plain of Rayy, Iran, 1934.11 November 2009
Thursday, 6pm

Evening Lecture with Archives
No Armchair Archaeologists Allowed:

Travails of Travel on Early Penn Museum Expeditions

Through photographs and anecdotes, Penn Museum archivist Alessandro Pezzati invites guests to experience the delights and difficulties of travel-by mule or ocean liner, through jungle or across glacier-on Penn Museum field expeditions.  The goal was discovery...but first the expedition team had to get there! Highlights include Mesopotamia in the 1890s, the Amazon in the 1910s, by air in Iran and the Yucatan in the 1930s, and even underwater exploration in the 1960s.  Lecture admission: pay-what-you-like.  A reception follows for members of the 1887 (10 years of consecutive giving) and Sarah Yorke Stevenson (Planned Gift) Societies.   Information: (215) 898-4890.

14 November 2009
Saturday, 2pm

Afternoon Family Performance
Tewa Dancers From the North

A traditional Native American dance troupe from the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo ("Place of the Strong People") in Northern New Mexico, Tewa Dancers from the North is led by Andrew Garcia, founder and director of the troupe, former Governor of the pueblo, and a respected elder. The troupe's dance is considered a prayer and a duty, performed to help the seasons flow and to bring harmony to the universe. Free with Museum admission donation.  Co-sponsored by the Center for Native American Studies. Information: (215) 898-4890.

The Penn Museum’s sphinx (3rd largest in the world) keeps silent watch over intrepid explorers during a late night expedition through the galleries. 20 November 2009
Friday, 6:30pm to Saturday, 9am

Sleepover Program
40 Winks with the Sphinx for Girls Scouts
This month's sleepover program, open to Girl Scouts ages 6 to15 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 opportunities through games, crafts, and more-all while working toward badges! 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! Advance reservations: www.penn.museum/sleepovers.  $50 per person, $45 Museum members.   Information: (215) 898-4890.

Prof Dumbledore and his pupils22 November 2009
Sunday, 11am to 4pm

Family Afternoon
Harry Potter and the Magical Muggle Museum

Magical folks and their Muggle friends gather again, as the Penn Museum opens two hours early for an extraordinary and wonder-filled event celebrating the amazing world of Harry Potter. This year visitors-both Harry Potter aficionados and those new to it all-can experience the exciting but daunting Ordinary Wizarding Level (O.W.L.) exams, attempt to apparate without splinching, design powerful wands and spell books, and duel with wands using a Muggle Wii game.  Attendees can meet fabulous faculty teaching astonishing subjects, or go to quidditch practice, win at a witch's auction, or visit magical creatures from the Elmwood Park Zoo. "Twilight" vampire book fans will find some new activities just for them.  As always the Magical Muggle Museum-which features a remarkable collection of "magical" artifacts created by people in cultures through time and across continents-comes alive with surprise visitors and delightful activities. The magical afternoon, free with Museum admission donation, is presented by Penn students from the Anthropology and Cinema Studies course, "Mythology and the Movies," with the support of the Museum's Women's Committee.  Information: (215) 898-4890.

02 December 2009
Wednesday, 6pm

Great Discoveries Lecture Series
Pompeii AD 79: The Treasure of Rediscovery

During the course of two days in August, AD 79, the thriving Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were buried by thick layers of ash and mud when the volcanic Mt. Vesuvius erupted, freezing one moment in the cities' history. The cities lay buried for nearly 1,700 years, until excavations sponsored by the Kings of Naples gradually brought them to light once more, and with them a wealth of bronze and marble statues that attracted travelers on the Grand Tour. This lecture provides an overview of what Pompeii was like 2,000 years ago, and considers the colorful lives of its 18th century excavators.  Dr. C. Brian Rose, Penn Museum Deputy Director and Curator-in-Charge of the Mediterranean Section, is the featured speaker.  A light reception and a related gallery tour follows.   $5 in advance; $10 at the door; free for Penn Museum members.  Information: (215) 898-4890.

Doze at the foot of the sphinx!04 - 05 December 2009
Friday, 6:30pm to Saturday, 9am

Sleepover Program
40 Winks with the Sphinx
Penn Museum's new 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 opportunities through 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 third largest granite Sphinx in the world!  Advance reservations: www.penn.museum/sleepovers. $50 per person, $45 Museum members.  Information: (215) 898-4890.

06 December 2009
Sunday, 1pm to 4pm

Free Family Holiday Celebration
Annual Peace Around the World: Passport to Culture

Penn Museum celebrates its 14th annual FREE Peace Around the World family-oriented afternoon. Visitors receive a holiday "Passport to Cultures" with an itinerary to visit galleries where Penn Museum International Classroom speakers share holiday traditions of their home countries through music, stories, arts, crafts, games and more.  The afternoon also features international music and dancing, children's choirs, exotic face painting, balloon art, international family crafts, and free treats for children!  Information: (215) 898-4890.

08 December 2009
Tuesday, 6pm

Evening Program
Douglas G. Lovell, Jr. Annual "Reports from the Field"

Two Penn Museum researchers offer updates on their latest work.  Simon Martin, Associate Curator, American Section, and one of the foremost experts on Maya writing and history, summarizes his work on hieroglyphs of Calakmul, Mexico, the largest city in Classic Maya civilization, and provides details on some of the new finds that are shedding light on the social, cultural and political development there. Dr. Lauren Ristvet, Dyson Chair and Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, talks about Penn Museum's excavations in Azerbaijan (the first American excavations in that country) at the ancient fortress site of Oglanqala, inhabited between 1200 and 200 BCE.  Through excavation and survey work, the team is revealing a complex landscape of fortresses, cemeteries and nomadic settlements that are helping to illustrate what it meant to be on the edge of several empires.  Lecture admission: pay-what-you-like.  Reception follows: $35; $25 Penn Museum members.  Information: (215) 898-4890.

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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, 10 am to 4:30 pm; Sunday 1 to 5 pm  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 five and younger.  Penn Museum can be found on the web at www.penn.museum. For general information call (215) 898-4000.

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