International Classroom Program at the Penn Museum
Celebrates Fifty Years of Cross-Cultural Education
October 2011—The International Classroom Program, an integral part of the Penn Museum community engagement and education efforts, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Its broad mission—to increase cross-cultural education and understanding—happens program by program, as international speakers connect with school children, families, and adult groups at the Penn Museum and throughout the region.
Since its founding in 1961, International Classroom speakers have visited more than 10,000 classrooms and other settings throughout the region. At the Penn Museum, they participate in the unique and popular "World: Ancient and Modern" programs, where students tour an "ancient" gallery, learning about ancient Egypt or China or the ancient Mediterranean world, and also meet an international student from that same region of the world to learn about cultural continuity and change over time. In addition, International Classroom speakers also participate in a wide range of Museum public events, enriching the Museum's popular world culture days and exhibition openings. The program currently boasts 160 speakers from 60 countries.
Penn Museum in Partnership with Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell Presents
FREE Community Night: An Evening to Imagine Africa
Wednesday, October 26, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Neighbors, friends, and first time visitors are invited to celebrate, explore, and enjoy at the Penn Museum Wednesday, October 26, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at An Evening to Imagine Africa, a FREE community night. There will be workshops to shake things up—a Hip Hop dance workshop with an instructor from Rennie Harris RHAW, an African Dance Workshop with the Penn student group African Rhythms, plus belly dancing with Habiba, and Spoken Word with the Philly Youth Poetry Movement.
Every year the annual Welcome Reception, considered a national model amongst international educators, hosts hundreds of international guests from over 100 countries. Penn Museum's International Classroom program presents this free celebration to connect international guests with the local community and its leaders, and to introduce attendees to the multicultural community of Philadelphia.
Culture Change, Image, and Adaptation, a new Penn Museum First Sunday Film Series, explores a wide range of recent documentary cinema, highlighting new forms of cultural adaptation in today's increasingly mobile and hybrid communities. Faculty experts from the University of Pennsylvania and other universities introduce each film, with open discussion following the screenings. Presented in association with the 2011-2012 Penn Humanities Forum on Adaptations, Penn Museum's First Sunday Film Series runs from October through May, beginning at 2:00 pm in the Museum's Rainey Auditorium, 3260 South Street. The new series is free with Museum admission.
The Secret Cinema is known for screening classic films of all genres at various locations throughout Philadelphia for the past fifteen years--from B-films, to mega-budget Hollywood classics, to obscure shorts. Now, Jay Schwartz, Secret Cinema founder, has specially curated a series of films for the Penn Museum.
On the third Wednesday of the month in September, October, November, and January, Penn Museum welcomes audiences to view a mix of rare, culturally significant, and still powerful vintage films from the early ‘20s and ‘30s, as part of the PM @ Penn Museum fall/winter programming. Secret Cinema projects in 16mm film and never video, so audiences see firsthand the original, high standard film in which motion pictures were shot. Audiences will enjoy an introduction to the show from the Secret Cinema founder as well as complimentary popcorn. Programs are free with Museum admission.
Wednesday, 10:30 am
Lecture Luncheon Program
Jewelry: Worn to Adorn
Wednesday, 12:30 pm
Cultural Heritage Center Lecture
Underwater Cultural Heritage: The 2001 UNESCO Convention and its Implementation
Human Evolution: The First 200 Million Years
Long-term Exhibition Now Open at the Penn Museum
PHILADELPHIA, PA The ongoing story of human evolution—one that scientists trace back more than 200,000,000 years—is the subject of a long-term installation, Human Evolution: The First 200 Million Years, which opened at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia on September 18, 2011.
Human Evolution invites visitors to explore the process of evolution and its profound impact on humans. The interactive exhibition features a variety of multi-media programs, as well as more than 100 touchable casts of fossil bones from primate and human evolutionary records. Visitors have the opportunity to explore the actual fossil evidence of human evolution, to see how physical anthropologists and other scientists work to interpret the evidence, and to witness the outcome of evolutionary processes in our everyday lives. A complementary website offers an avenue for further exploration, for visitors and non-visitors alike: www.penn.museum/humanevolution.
Outside the Wire, LLC to Present Reading of Joseph Addison's CATO: A TRAGEDY, Followed by Discussions with First Responders, War Veterans, Elected Officials, and Concerned Citizens about the U.S. Response to the Attacks on September 11, 2001
Philadelphia, PA - On Sunday, September 11, 2011-the tenth anniversary of the hijacking of four American planes and the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon-Penn Museum hosts a dynamic new theatrical presentation and an interactive, follow-up discussion facilitated by the nationally acclaimed social impact company Outside the Wire, LLC. The free program to mark the anniversary runs from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Museum's Harrison Auditorium (seating is first-come, first-served). Advance registration is recommended: www.penn.museum/calendar.
Visitors to the Penn Museum on September 11 will also have the opportunity to visit a special display, Excavating Ground Zero: Fragments from 9/11 (on view August 20 through November 6, 2011) and attend a 1:00 pm lecture, "Making a Monument: The Fall and Rise of the World Trade Center" presented by Dr. David Brownlee, Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor of the History of Art at Penn (admission is pay-what-you-want).
Penn Museum Presents Memorial Display and Related Programming
September 11--An Afternoon Remembrance
Ten years to the day that two hijacked planes crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, Penn Museum marks the solemn occasion with two special programs September 11, and one October 12--and a powerful display, Excavating Ground Zero: Fragments from 9/11, on view August 20 through November 6, 2011. The program and the display offer visitors a timely opportunity to remember--and reflect anew.
On Sunday, September 11, 2011, Penn Museum offers pay-what-you-want admission.
Excavating Ground Zero: Fragments from 9/11
August 20 through November 6, 2011
In the weeks, months, and years following the events of September 11, 2001, archaeologists and physical anthropologists excavated the site of the World Trade Center in New York City. Penn Museum's special display features 15 poignant objects recovered at the site of Ground Zero, including eyeglasses, a computer keyboard, glass from the Twin Towers, and visitor badges. Visitors can observe a Twin Towers memorial sculpture and image projections from the day of the attacks. A focal point of the display is a wall where visitors can share memories of September 11. The display invites guests to remember where they were that morning as they view the display of recovered fragments from Ground Zero. The display was organized in conjunction with The National September 11 Memorial Museum.
Penn Museum in Philadelphia Explores Origins of 2012 End of World Predictions
With Major New Exhibition MAYA 2012: Lords of Time
Advance Group Tickets on Sale Now
PHILADELPHIA, PA —Did the Maya believe the world would end in December 2012? In MAYA 2012: Lords of Time—a major new exhibition opening next May—the Penn Museum in Philadelphia confronts the current fascination with the year 2012, comparing predictions of a world-transforming apocalypse with their supposed origins in the ancient Maya civilization.
MAYA 2012 leads visitors on a journey through the Maya's time-ordered universe, expressed through their intricate calendar systems, and the power wielded by their divine kings, the astounding "lords of time." Visitors explore the Maya world through interactive experiences and walk among sculptures and full-sized replicas of major monuments.
PHILADELPHIA, PA, Summer 2011—It may look like a rather unassuming beige box, but the Fourier-transform infrared spectrometer (IR) is a vital piece of high technology scientific equipment, key to a host of exciting discoveries made, and no doubt to be made, at the Penn Museum.
That is why Dr. Patrick McGovern, Scientific Director of the Museum's Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory, was so delighted to receive the June 2011 donation of a "new" used Fourier-transform IR from The Hershey Company of Hershey, PA, replacing their current instrument, donated by the Dupont company in the mid-1990's, and rapidly growing obsolete.
How Do You Imagine Africa?
Penn Museum Invites Community Perspectives
in New Year-Long Project
September 18, 2011 through January 2013
PHILADELPHIA, PA—How do you imagine Africa? Do you see it as the home of powerful nations? Do you think of intricately carved masks or fine art? Maybe you're interested in the peoples living in Africa today.
Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum, a twelve-month project investigating community perspectives, launches Sunday, September 18.
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, or call (215) 898-2680. Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum is a year-long initiative. Additional Imagine Africa programs and updates will be posted online: www.penn.museum/imagineafrica.
Beginning September 18, 2011
Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum
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, or call (215) 898-2680.
September 11—An Afternoon Remembrance
Ten years to the day that two hijacked planes crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, Penn Museum marks the solemn occasion with three special programs-two September 11, one October 12-and a powerful display, Excavating Ground Zero: Fragments of 9/11, on view August 20 through November 6, 2011. Join us as we remember-and reflect anew.
Sunday, 1:00 pm
Making a Monument: The Fall and Rise of the World Trade Center
Minoru Yamasaki's design for the World Trade Center, unveiled in 1964, was harshly criticized, only gradually gaining a place in the hearts of New Yorkers and tourists alike in the years that followed the towers opening in 1972-73. After they were destroyed on September 11, 2001, the twin towers were lionized. Like monuments in all ages, the World Trade Center has had its meaning defined and changed several times in response to the needs, expectations, and memories of the people. Dr. David Brownlee, Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor of the History of Art at Penn, recounts the story of the World Trade Center as he explores the making of monuments in the modern world. Admission: Pay-what-you-want.
Excavating Ground Zero: Fragments from 9/11
August 20 through November 6, 2011
In the weeks, months, and years following the events of September 11, 2001, archaeologists and physical anthropologists excavated the site of the World Trade Center in New York City. Penn Museum's special display features 15 poignant objects recovered at the site of Ground Zero including: eye glasses, a computer keyboard, glass from the Twin Towers, and visitor badges. Visitors can observe a Twin Towers memorial sculpture and image projections from the day of the attacks. A focal point of the display is a wall where visitors can share memories of September 11. Remember where you were that morning as you view the display of recovered fragments from Ground Zero, organized in conjunction with The National September 11 Memorial Museum. (Penn Museum offers special related programs September 11 and October 12) 3rd Floor Galleries
Scientist Stephen Jay Gould's Accusations against Samuel Morton's Methodologies are Tested and Refuted
Penn Museum's Scientific Morton Collection of 19th Century Skulls
Center of Controversy around History, Methodology of Science
PHILADEPHIA, PA—The scientific integrity of one 19th century Philadelphia scientist has been reaffirmed—but at the decided expense of a prominent late 20th century scientist who had discredited him.
Such was the conclusion reached by a group of anthropologists working collaboratively to re-examine, and perform anew, scientific measurements on a famous collection of nearly 1,000 skulls from around the world, the "American Golgotha" collected and studied by Philadelphia physician Samuel George Morton (1799-1851). Today, much of the collection resides at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia, where members of the anthropology team performed their analyses.
Penn Museum Collaborates with Free Library of Philadelphia Summer Reading Program
And Offers Outreach Programs at Select Libraries throughout Pennsylvania
When school lets out, summer reading is a crucial activity for children and young adults-who can lose up to three months of their reading skills during the vacation season if they stop reading. Library summer reading programs strive to encourage reading, and learning, for all ages.
DISCOVER THE WORLD Collaboration
This summer, the Free Library of Philadelphia's summer reading program theme is DISCOVER THE WORLD @ YOUR LIBRARY. The program runs June 20 through August 12, 2011. Penn Museum has partnered with the library system to extend the experience for children and youth, ages 6 through 18, who sign up for the reading program, by providing them each with a FREE PASS to continue their summer exploration in the Penn Museum's three floors of art and artifacts from cultures through time and around the world.
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology one of more than 1,300 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer
Philadelphia, May 23—Today the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology announces the launch of Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 1,300 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2011. Military personnel and their families need only to show valid military or military family ID. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
Penn Museum Partners with Lucasfilm, Ltd., Montreal's X3 Productions and the National Geographic Society To Present Indiana JonesTM and the Adventure of Archaeology
May 2011—The world premiere of Indiana JonesTM and the Adventure of Archaeology - The Exhibition opened at the Montreal Science Centre in Canada Thursday, April 28. While the exclusive collection of Indy props, models, concept art, and set designs are pure Hollywood, there is also a vast selection of artifacts, on display from the Penn Museum in Philadelphia, that help illustrate the science of archaeology.
The official website is www.indianajonestheexhibition.com
Penn Museum's Alaskan Umiaq is Centerpiece of Exhibition
At the United Nations Headquarters in NYC
PHILADELPHIA, PA May 2011—Penn Museum's largest object from Alaska—a 15-foot long Umiaq, or Iñupiaq boat—journeys to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, where it takes center stage in a new exhibition, The Right to Water and Indigenous Peoples, May 16 through June 30, 2011. The exhibition, which marks the Tenth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, highlights water's critical relevance to indigenous peoples' cultural vitality as well as their social and economic well being, and includes contributions from indigenous film and photographic artists from all over the world.
About the Umiaq
The Museum's Umiaq (15'1"L by 4'6"W by 1'7"H, object #29-47-5) is an Iñupiaq wooden frame boat covered with stretched walrus hide coated with seal oil, and dates to the late 19th-early 20th centuries. Sewn or spliced together without benefit of nails, which could rust and sink the boat, Umiaqs are still used by Iñupiaq people for hunting whales or for summer transport. They are easier to repair than aluminum boats and don't make metallic sounds that can frighten away whales.