January/February 2010 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.

January 6
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
Great Discoveries Lecture Series
China's First Emperor: Man and the Empire for all Eternity 
 Nancy S. Steinhardt, Curator, Asian Section, examines the funerary world of the First Emperor of China, who in death broke with the millennial-old precedent of sacrificial burial and instead had thousands of life-size clay warriors accompany him into the afterlife. A gallery tour and light refreshments follow. This program is part of a monthly Great Discovery Lecture Series running through June 2010. $5 in advance; $10 at the door; Free for Penn Museum members. Information: (215) 898-4890.

January 23
Saturday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
World Culture Family Day: Chinese New Year Celebration
The traditional Chinese Lion Dance Welcome in the Year of the Tiger at the 29th annual day-long extravaganza celebration. Bring the whole family and celebrate the New Year through a wide variety of music and dance performances, children's activities, storytelling, arts and crafts, and martial and healing arts workshops. The day ends with a drum roll, a roar, and the popular Lion Dance parade. Free with Museum admission donation. Museum-wide. Information: (215) 898-4890.

January 26
Tuesday, 6:00 pm
Evening Lecture and Book Signing
The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates
Adrienne Mayor is author of several books, including The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy (Princeton University Press, 2009), and a visiting research scholar in classics and the history of science at Stanford University. She recounts the story of Mithradates, a ruthless king, master of poisons, and visionary rebel who challenged the power of Rome in the 1st century BCE. A book signing follows the talk. $10 general admission; $5 Penn Museum members. Information: (215) 898-4890.

January 27
Wednesday, 5:00 pm
Penn Humanities Forum Lecture
Victor MairThe East Asian Heartland and its Bronze Age Connections
Victor Mair, Professor of Chinese Language and Literature at Penn, notes that "China" is often viewed as a pristine civilization that developed in isolation, sealed off behind a figurative and physical "Great Wall." In reality, the cultures of the East Asian heartland have been significantly connected to others in Eurasia since the Bronze Age. In this lecture, Dr. Mair maps the network of cultural contacts in the ancient Far East. Co-sponsored by the Penn Museum. Click for reservations.

January 29
Friday, 6:30 pm to Saturday, 9:00 am
Sleepover Program
40 Winks with the Sphinx
40 Winks with the Sphinx Penn Museum's new sleepover program, geared to ages 6 to 12 and their families or chaperones, invites guests on 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/40winks. $50 per person, $45 Museum members. Information: (215) 898-4890.

February 3
Tuesday, 6:00 pm
Great Discoveries Lecture Series
Machu Picchu and the Incas
Machu PichuSituated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, fully 8,000 feet above sea level, the breathtakingly beautiful pre-Columbian Inca site of Machu Picchu remains something of a mystery. After the site's "discovery" in 1911 by Hiram Bingham and following subsequent research, competing hypotheses have been proposed about Machu Picchu's purpose and meaning. Clark Erickson, Associate Curator, American Section, evaluates these interpretations. A related gallery tour and light refreshments follow. This program is part of a monthly Great Discovery Lecture Series running through June 2010. $5 general admission in advance; $10 at the door; Free for Penn Museum members. Information: (215) 898-4890.

February 9
Tuesday, 6:00 pm
Evening Lecture
ExcavatorsThe Legacy of Zeus: The Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project
The cult of Zeus and the Greek god's early origins continues to be a major theme of excavation and research at the Sanctuary of Zeus at Mt. Lykaion in Arcadia, where an international, interdisciplinary team from the Penn Museum, the University of Arizona, and the Greek Archaeological Service works. David Gilman Romano, Director of Greek Archaeological Projects, Mediterranean Section, and co-director and field director of the project, offers this update. A Mycenaean ash altar discovered on the southern peak of the mountain suggests early Zeus worship befitting the mythology of the birthplace of Zeus. The story continued in August 2009 when the Modern Lykaion Games, a contemporary version of the ancient festival, was celebrated at the archaeological site. Admission: Pay-what-you-want.

February 11
Thursday, 6:00 pm
Young Friends Annual Valentine Program: Cougars, Playas, and Baby Mama Drama in the Ancient World
Young FriendsWas "love" (and sex) really so different long ago? The ancient world is riddled with tales of older women seducing younger men (cougars), of men with multiple sexual partners (playas), and even cases of baby mama drama, when parents can't get along, and their children suffer. Penn Museum scholars dig up and share these stories and other salacious relationship tales of long ago at this popular annual Valentine's event. Cocktails and mingling follow. Cash bar. $10 general admission; $5 for Museum members (includes one complimentary drink).

February 20
Saturday, 11:00 am
World Culture Family Day
Universal Dancers at the 19th Annual African Culture Day Annual Celebration of African Cultures
The 21st annual Celebration of African Cultures comes alive with special programs to delight the entire family. Traditional storytelling, electrifying African dance, music performances, workshops, children's activities, gallery tours, and more enliven the Museum. Free with Museum admission donation. Museum-wide. Information: (215) 898-4890.

February 20
Saturday, 3:30 to 5:00 pm
Afternoon Lecture
Only the Sun Will See Its Mystery! On the Temple Scriptorium or 'House of Life' in Ancient Egypt
In this American Research in Egypt Pennsylvania Chapter (ARCE-PA) program, Richard Jasnow, Johns Hopkins University, speaks about the "House of Life," or per-ankh, familiar to Egyptologists as the designation for the ancient Egyptian temple scribal center. Dr. Jasnow considers what we know about this important institution-and what remains obscure. $5 general admission; $3 Museum members; free to ARCE-PA members. Information: (215) 898-4890.

February 23
Tuesday, 6:00 pm
One Book, One Philadelphia Program: What is the REAL Persepolis?
PersepolisPenn Museum joins with the Free Library of Philadelphia and its annual "One Book, One Philadelphia" program, with an archaeologist's perspective on The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, and a question: Why is Persepolis, an UNESCO World Heritage Site in Iran, originally built around 515 BC, in the title of Ms. Satrapi's award-winning graphic novel/comic book memoir? Lauren Ristvet, Dyson Assistant Curator, Near East Section, offers her thoughts about this and shares some information about this important Iranian site, long known as "The City of the Persians." The event concludes with an optional short tour of the Museum's Islamic gallery, where much of the material comes from Iran. Admission: Pay-what-you-want.

February 26
Friday, 6:30 pm to Saturday, 9:00 am
Sleepover Program
40 Winks with the Sphinx40 Winks with the Sphinx for Cub and Boy Scouts
This month's sleepover program, open to Cub and Boy 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.

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