Penn Museum March/April/May 2013 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: www.penn.museum/calendar.

AfCultDay2March 2
Saturday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
World Culture Afternoon
Celebration of African Cultures
Penn Museum invites families to an afternoon exploration of the rich cultures of Africa and the African diaspora. This annual celebration features music and dance, storytelling, arts and crafts, games, cuisine, and more! Guests can Imagine Africa in our special, extended-run gallery project to find out what intrigues other visitors about Africa, and share their own interests and understandings. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

March 6
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
"Great Battles" Evening Lecture
The Siege and Fall of Masada
In the 1st century BCE, King Herod the Great fortified the mountain of Masada, located near the southwest shore of the Dead Sea. Seventy years after Herod's death, Jewish rebels occupied Masada during the First Jewish Revolt against the Romans, holding out even after the fall of Jerusalem. In this illustrated lecture, Dr. Jodi Magness, Professor of Religious Studies, UNC Chapel Hill, examines the archaeological and literary evidence for the Roman siege of Masada, including information from the 1995 excavations that she co-directed. Admission: $5 with advance registration; $10 at the door based on availability. To register, go to www.penn.museum/greatbattles. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

March 10
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Family Second Sunday Workshop
Etruscan Escapade
A commander's bronze-crested helmet, circa 800 BCE, holds pride of place in the Etruscan Gallery. Participants can design their own crested helmets inspired by the one on display at this drop-in workshop, offered in the Museum's new Education Classroom. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.4016.

Al Hosn Crusaders CitadelMarch 13
Wednesday, 12:30 pm
Brown Bag Lecture
Syrian Cultural Heritage in the Crossfire: Past, Present, and Continuity
Syria's cultural heritage has fallen prey to conflict between regime militias and armed rebels across the country. While the media has condemned the damage to cultural heritage sites, many ordinary Syrians perceive the focus on cultural heritage as indifference to the loss of thousands of lives. Dr. Salam al Kuntar, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, speaks about this damage, which she views as an acute disruption of a dynamic past in a country with living historical places and traditions. Sponsored by the Penn Cultural Heritage Center. Free admission. For more information, call 215.746.4475.

March 13
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
P.M. @ Penn Museum
2nd Wednesday Quizzo
Trivia buffs can test their knowledge and compete for prizes at the Museum's monthly Quizzo with host DJ Quizzy Jeff. The Pepper Mill Café, where the game is on, offers happy hour specials and appetizers until 7:30 pm. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

March 16
Saturday, 3:30 pm
Annual Korsyn Lecture
Giza 3D: Old Pyramids, New Archaeological Research Tools
In this illustrated talk, Dr. Peter Der Manuelian, Director, Harvard University's Giza Project, summarizes some of the great discoveries, archaeological significance of, and fascinating personalities behind, the expeditions to the tombs and temples surrounding the famous Giza Pyramids. He presents new technologies for bringing old digs back to life for international collaborative research. Sponsored by the American Research Center in Egypt - Pennsylvania Chapter. Admission: $8. For more information, visit www.arce-pa.org.

Troy GoldMarch 19
Tuesday, 6:00 pm
Annual Elizabeth Watts and Howard C. Petersen Lecture
Antiquities and Museum Acquisitions: Penn Museum Leading the Way
In 1970, the Penn Museum stopped acquiring antiquities that had been looted from their archaeological contexts and illegally exported from their countries of origin. Dr. Richard Leventhal, founder and director of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center and Curator, American Section, and Dr. C. Brian Rose, Curator-in-Charge, Mediterranean Section, present the context for this important decision. Reception to follow for Museum members at the Fellows level and above. Lecture admission: Pay-what-you-want. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

March 20
Wednesday; 5:30 pm (bar); 7:00 pm (film)
History and Mystery Cinema
Clash of the Titans (2010)
This new film series begins with the 2010 remake of the cult classic Clash of the Titans, loosely based on the myth of Perseus. Before the film, guests can drink and mingle while wandering the galleries, and see Classical Greek objects from the Museum's Collection. During the movie—described by film critic Colin Covert as "all flash, trash, and crash"—guests enjoy live commentary (think Mystery Science Theater 3000) by Professor Ralph Rosen, a specialist in Greek satire and classical reception, and his sidekick graduate students. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

March 23
Saturday, 10:30 - 11:15 am
Young Family Workshop
Romp and Rome
Young children (ages 3­–6) and their favorite grownups are invited to explore the Penn Museum's mosaics as they march, sing, craft, and play. Guests can listen to a story, act like an animal, and create a puppet for a parade. Workshop size is limited to 20 people so pre-registration is highly recommended! Free with Museum admission. To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 215.898.4016.

March 27
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
Evening Lecture
Greece and Asia in the Late Bronze Age: The Historical Background of Homer's Iliad
Dr. Wolf-Dietrich Niemeier, Director, German Archaeological Institute at Athens, speaks. In 1924, Swiss archaeologist Emil Forrer announced a new discovery relating to the Trojan War. After examining texts found at Hattusa, once the capital of the Hittite empire in Asia Minor, he identified the Hittite words for Troy (Wilusa) and Mycenaean Greece (Ahhiyawa), and concluded that there was evidence for conflict between them. While Forrer's "Greek Hypothesis" was once widely attacked by other academics, recent research and excavations have confirmed his theory, which offers exciting insights into the historical background of Homer's Iliad. Admission: Pay-what-you-want. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

March 29
Friday, 5:30 pm - Saturday, 9:00 am
Sleepover Program
40 Winks with the Sphinx
Penn Museum's popular sleepover program, geared to ages 6–12 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! 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 largest granite Sphinx in the Western Hemisphere! For more information or to register, visit www.penn.museum/40winks or call 215.898.2680.

PIFA Lockup PART OFApril 3
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
"Great Battles" Evening Lecture
A Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts Event
The Scopes Monkey Trial
The Scopes Monkey Trial (The State of Tennessee vs. John Thomas Scopes) was a landmark American legal case in 1925 in which a high school science teacher, John Scopes, was accused of violating Tennessee's Butler Act, which made it unlawful to teach evolution. Modernists, who said religion was consistent with evolution, were set against religious fundamentalists in a trial that helped to fuel the controversy regarding teaching evolution in public schools. Dr. Janet Monge, Associate Curator-in-Charge and Keeper of Collections, Physical Anthropology Section, discusses this groundbreaking case. Admission: $5 with advance registration; $10 at the door based on availability. To register, go to www.penn.museum/greatbattles. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

April 10
Wednesday, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Free Community Night
Visitors can explore the galleries and travel around the world while staying in our majestic museum. Penn Museum invites the community to come in and see what we have to offer. The entire Museum is open, and admission is free for all! For more information, call 215.898.2680.

QuizzoApril 10
Wednesday, 6:00 PM
P.M. @ Penn Museum
2nd Wednesday Quizzo
Trivia buffs can test their knowledge and compete for prizes at the Museum's monthly Quizzo with host DJ Quizzy Jeff. The Pepper Mill Café, where the game is on, offers happy hour specials and appetizers until 7:30 pm. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

April 14
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Family Second Sunday Workshop
Roman Rituals
Workshop participants imitate the ancient Romans, who molded votive offerings and statuettes to place in altars to achieve wishes or to thank the gods. Guests can mold their own pieces to take home as souvenirs. This drop-in workshop, offered in the Museum's new Education Classroom, is free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.4016.

WCeventApril 16
Tuesday; 10:30 am to 3:00 pm
Women's Committee Spring Benefit Event
Symbols of Power: Past and Present
Join the Women's Committee for an engaging, fun, and thought-provoking day at the Museum. The subject is power and the spotlight is on famous and influential Egyptian women, their intriguing characters, powerful visions, and unique contributions to history. Two leading scholars speak: Dr. Jennifer Houser Wegner, Associate Curator, Egyptian Section, looks at Cleopatra, while Dr. Afaf Meleis, Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing, follows up with an exploration of the myths, stereotypes, and symbols of power of women in 20th- and 21st-century Egypt. A luncheon in the galleries follows. Tickets: $125 per person (Cleopatra) or $90 per person (Nefertiti). Price includes lecture and luncheon, a raffle, vendors selling clothes, jewelry, garden items, as well as gold buyers morning and afternoon, and complimentary valet parking at the Trescher Entrance. For more information or to register, call 215.898.9202 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

April 17
Wednesday; 5:30 pm (bar); 7:00 pm (film)
History and Mystery Cinema
Troy (2004)
History and Mystery Cinema will be showing the 2004 remake of the cult classic Troy, based on an adaptation of Homer's great epic. Before the movie, guests can drink and mingle while wandering the galleries, and explore Classical Greek objects from the Penn Museum Collection. During the movie, enjoy live commentary by Dr. Peter Struck, Associate Professor, Classical Studies, and his sidekick graduate students. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

April 18
Thursday, 6:15 pm
Evening Lecture
A Tale of Two Peoples: Phoenicians and Jews in the Land Beyond the River
Dr. Andrea Berlin, Professor of Archaeology, Boston University, sheds light on six excavations at Tel Kedesh, the largest archaeological mound in Israel's Upper Galilee. During three separate periods of imperial control, the large complex—completed in the later 6th century BCE and used for the next 350 years—provided a stage for interactions between imperial powers, provincial administrators, and local elites. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America. Admission: Pay-what-you-want. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

SleepoverApril 19
Friday, 5:30 pm - Saturday, 9:00 am
Sleepover Program
40 Winks with the Sphinx
Penn Museum's popular sleepover program, geared to ages 6–12 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! 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 largest granite Sphinx in the Western Hemisphere! For more information or to register, visit www.penn.museum/40winks or call 215.898.2680.

April 19
Friday, 5:00 pm
Maya Weekend Keynote Lecture
Ancestors at Copan and Quirigua: Acts of Remembrance
Acts of veneration for Maya royal ancestors at Classic Copan have rightfully received much attention in recent years. Equivalent acts at Classic Quirigua are less widely known. Dr. Wendy Ashmore, Professor of Anthropology, University of California Riverside, reviews traditions for recalling ancestors in each place, from commemoration of famed 5th-century Copan dynasty founder K'inich Yax K'uk' Mo' and his counterpart at Quirigua, to a pair of historically pivotal 8th-century kings Waxaklahun-Ub'ah-K'awil (sometimes known as "18 Rabbit") at Copan and the bold Quirigua lord who beheaded him in A.D. 738, K'ak' Tiliw' Chan Yo'at. The talk closes by recalling as well some more recent, deeply revered Mayanist ancestors. Cash bar available. Admission: $25. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

April 20
Saturday, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Maya Weekend 2013 Symposium
Recalling the Ancestors: Maya Traditions Across Time
For ancient and contemporary Maya alike, ancestors are ever-present and fundamental to the sense of identity, heritage, power and place. Join the Penn Museum as we celebrate Maya ancestors and the cultural traditions through which communities engage them. Guests are treated to a full day of special Maya-related programming, with lectures from speakers including Dr. Charles Golden, Brandeis University, and Dr. Payson Sheets, University of Colorado Boulder; a Maya hieroglyph workshop from Simon Martin, Associate Curator, American Section; and much more. Admission: $75, general public; $65, Penn Museum members. Registration required; to register, visit penn.museum/mayaweekend. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

LodApril 21
Sunday, 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Panel Discussion
The Lod Mosaic in Context
The Lod Mosaic, excavated in 2009 in Lod, Israel, has much to tell us when we understand its historical context. At this panel discussion, several experts offer insight into various aspects of the mosaic as they relay information on the mosaic tradition, the images depicted on this floor mosaic, and the historical and religious context of Israel at the time the mosaic was constructed, around 300 CE. Participants include Dr. C. Brian Rose, Curator-in-Charge, Mediterranean Section; Dr. Annette Reed, Assistant Professor, Religious Studies; Dr. Julia Wilker, Assistant Professor, Classical Studies; and Dr. Ann Kuttner, Associate Professor, History of Art. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

PIFA Lockup PART OFApril 21
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
A Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts Event
Rome's Birthday
Penn Museum celebrates Rome's birthday (April 21, 753 BCE) by inviting guests back through time to explore Italy during the ancient Roman Empire with an afternoon of activities. Visitors can enjoy gladiatorial bouts, try on helmets and shields, and reenact battle formations, as well as enjoy music, food, and arts and crafts. Enthusiasts can also visit the Museum's Etruscan Italy, Greece, and Rome Galleries and learn more about the history of Mediterranean civilizations, by viewing over 1,000 artifacts including marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, gold and silver coins, metalwork, glass vessels, and more. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

PSF LogoApril 24
Wednesday, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Philadelphia Science Festival Signature Event
Long Live Our Treasures: The Science of Conservation and Preservation
The behind-the-scenes work of many museums comes out into the open, as leading conservators and researchers from around the city come together to demonstrate how they preserve their most precious artifacts, from life specimens and mummies, to books, films, and architecture. Guests can celebrate National Preservation Week as they meet experts from the Penn Museum, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Art Conservators Alliance, the Barnes Foundation, Bartram's Garden, the City Archives, the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the Fairmount Historic Preservation Trust, the Franklin Institute, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the John James Audubon Center, the La Salle Art Museum, the Seaport Museum, and the University of Delaware. For tickets and more information, visit www.philasciencefestival.org.

April 27
Saturday, 3:30 pm
Afternoon Lecture
Penn at Saqqara
Dr. David Silverman, Curator-in-Charge, Egyptian Section, speaks about Penn Museum's
investigation of the tombs of the elite-class officials, which began in 1992 and focused on the area of the Old Kingdom pyramid of King Teti of the 6th Dynasty. Sponsored by the American Research Center in Egypt - Pennsylvania Chapter. Admission: $8. For more information, visit www.arce-pa.org.

May 1
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
"Great Battles" Evening Lecture
Thermopylae: The Battle for Europe?
Dr. Jeremy McInerny, Professor of Classical Studies, examines the tactics and strategy of the Battle of Thermopylae (in present-day Greece) in 480 BCE. Why was the battle fought at this location and was it, as it is often portrayed, a turning point in the confrontation of East and West? This lecture puts the Battle of Thermopylae into the context of the Persian Wars, and examines the battle's significance for the Greeks as well as for Europeans in later periods, in art and poetry. Admission: $5 with advance registration; $10 at the door based on availability. To register, go to www.penn.museum/greatbattles. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

Crystal BallMay 8
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
Evening Lecture
What a Terrific Find! Great Finds from the Collections
Alex Pezzati, Senior Archivist, speaks about some of the Museum's most intriguing artifacts, and how they found their way into the Penn Museum Collections. Visitors enjoy stories behind the objects, illustrated with the help of archival photos and plenty of colorful anecdotes. Reception to follow for members of The 1887 Society and the Sarah Yorke Stevenson Legacy Circle. Free admission. For more information, call 215.898.5093.

May 8
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
P.M. @ Penn Museum
2nd Wednesday Quizzo
Trivia buffs can test their knowledge and compete for prizes at the Museum's monthly Quizzo with host DJ Quizzy Jeff. The Pepper Mill Café, where the game is on, offers happy hour specials and appetizers until 7:30 pm. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

May 12
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Family Second Sunday Workshop
Mummies' Day
What better way to celebrate Mother's Day than with the Penn Museum's mummies? Families can follow the work underway In the Artifact Lab, the Museum's open conservation laboratory, and design and wrap a mummy! This drop-in workshop, offered in the Museum's new Education Classroom, is free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.4016.

May 18
Saturday, 3:30 pm
Afternoon Lecture
Everything Is Forever Until It Is No More
Dr. Michael Jones, Associate Director, Egyptian Antiquities Conservation Project, speaks about how to preserve involvement with our heritage, even if buildings, artifacts, and other pieces of history cannot be saved. Focusing on Egypt, he offers compelling examples of how, and why, conservation-through-documentation is a critical strategy for preserving history. Sponsored by the American Research Center in Egypt - Pennsylvania Chapter. Admission: $8. For more information, visit www.arce-pa.org.

 

Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology), celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2012, 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 $12 for adults; $10 for senior citizens (65 and above); $10 for U.S. Military; $8 for 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 www.penn.museum. For general information call 215.898.4000. For group tour information call 215.746.8183.

 

Photo captions (top to bottom): Guests can learn about African culture and create crafts to take home during this special, kid-friendly event. Photo by Penn Museum; Al Hosn Crusaders Citadel. Photo by Djilali Belaid; Earrings made of electrum and gold. Purchased from Hesperia Art, Philadelphia, 1966. Photo by Penn Museum; Trivia buffs settle in for a fun round of 2nd Wednesday Quizzo at the Penn Museum. Photo by Penn Museum; Wooden, painted, Egyptian shabti of Maya ca. 1292-1190 BCE. This small, funerary figurine was an important component of Egyptian funerary culture and believed to help perform labor for the tomb occupant in the afterlife. Photo Penn Museum; Visitors between 6-12 years old and their parents or chaperones enjoy a real night at the Museum with our "40 Winks with the Sphinx" program. Photo by Penn Museum; Of exceptional quality and in an excellent state of conservation, the Lod Mosaic is believed to belong to a large and well-appointed Roman house and is dated to about A.D. 300. Photo © Israel Antiquities Authority; This quartz crystal ball from China (Qing Dynasty, 1644–1911 CE) may have been made for the Empress Dowager Cixi, and is thought to be the second-largest crystal ball in the world. Photo by Penn Museum.

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