07 OCTOBER 2008, PHILADELPHIA, PA—How do you say “welcome to Philadelphia”—in every language of the world? Every year, as many as 1,000 guests from 100 or more countries network and make friends at the annual International Students Reception at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
International students, scholars and professionals new to the Delaware Valley are invited to attend, in their ethnic best, if they wish, this year’s annual welcoming reception Friday, 17 October from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The event is held in the majestic Chinese Rotunda at the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street on the University of Pennsylvania campus.
The yearly reception, which draws an ever-growing number of college and university students from all over the world, is the only large-scale reception of its kind in the region. The free event is hosted by the Museum's International Classroom Program, with 55 area co-sponsors including 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 as far away as Kutztown University.
Dr. Richard Hodges, the Williams Director; Gillian Wakely, Associate Director of Education; and Prema Deshmukh and Erin Jensen, International Classroom Coordinators, Penn Museum, welcome the guests. Special guests of honor include Mehmet Samsar, Consul General of Turkey; Ajay Gondane, Deputy Consul General of India; Hoshik Lee, Consul for the Economic Affairs for Korea; Georgia Athanasopulos, Consul General of Panama; Mary Day Kent, CARE Coordinator; and Camille Sallier, Vice President of the World Trade Center of Philadelphia.
The entertainment is diverse and international. This year, there will be performances by La Salle College’s Neo-African Drums ’n Dance group; Rowen University musicians; and several Penn performance groups—the Penn Chinese Dance group,; Hype, a performing arts group exploring multi-cultural styles and mediums of dance; and Mutya, a Philippine dance group.
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 country or region.
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.
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, located at 3260 South Streets on the Penn campus in Philadelphia, 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. For general information, visitors may call (215) 898-4000, or visit the Museum’s award-winning website at http://www.penn.museum.