Penn Museum March–April 2012 Advance 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.

RML-Caste WarMarch 1
Thursday, 6:00 pm
Evening Program
Douglas G. Lovell, Jr., Annual "Reports from the Field"

Dr. Josef Wegner, Associate Curator, Egyptian Section, and Dr. Richard M. Leventhal, Director, Penn Cultural Heritage Center, are featured presenters. Dr. Wegner shares details from his 2011–2012 excavations at Abydos, Egypt. He discusses results of ongoing excavations of the tomb of pharaoh Senwosret III and a program of site development in collaboration with the American Research Center in Egypt and Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities to protect the cultural heritage of Abydos. Dr. Leventhal considers Maya heritage and its relationship to Mexican politics, indigenous rebellion, and tourism, as he focuses on a new Penn project in the Yucatán where a co-operative community heritage and development program is underway. In addition, he describes the goals and field projects of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center. Lecture admission: Pay-what-you-want. Optional reception follows: $35. For more information, call (215) 898-2680.

settlingdownMarch 4
Sunday, 2:00 pm
Culture Change, Adaptation, and Image Film Series
Settling Down (2004)

Ireland's Traveller community–traditionally a rural nomadic people–has survived despite the effects of modernization. This film, based around the experiences of one particular Traveller community in Cork, looks at the ways in which Traveller culture and identity have altered as a result of broader changes within Ireland, and asks what the future may hold for a people who have come under increasing pressure to settle. Dr. Tim Corrigan, Professor in English and Cinema Studies, University of Pennsylvania, facilitates a discussion. This program is presented in association with the 2011-2012 Penn Humanities Forum on Adaptations, and co-sponsored by Penn Cinema Studies . Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

 

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March 7
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
Great Riddles in Archaeology Lecture Series
The Ark of the Covenant: Lost, Found, or Forgotten?

In biblical accounts of the wanderings of the Israelites after the Exodus and their settlement in the Promised Land, the Ark of the Covenant is celebrated as a dangerously powerful object–a physical locus for the holiness and worship of God. In the centuries after its placement in the Jerusalem Temple by King Solomon, however, the Ark begins to recede from biblical history. What happened to it when the Temple was destroyed, and where is it today? Dr. Annette Y. Reed, Assistant Professor in Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania, explores ancient Jewish and Christian traditions about the Ark, its contents, its power, and its fate. Admission: $10 at the door; $5 with advance registration. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

 

islamic gallery2 smallMarch 11
Sunday, 1:00–4:00 pm
Family Second Sunday
Islamic Stained Glass

Visitors can explore the Islamic gallery with a family-friendly activity guide, and learn about tessellations, a traditional Islamic art motif. At a craft station, guests can also create a simulated stained glass window to take home. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898 4016.

 

PM LOGOwebMarch 14
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
P.M. @ Penn Museum
2nd Wednesday Quizzo

Penn Museum galleries stay open until 8:00 pm, with a half-hour gallery tour at 5:30 pm. Second Wednesdays only, guests can watch or sign up with a team and compete for prizes at Quizzo with Quiztine at 6:00 pm. The Pepper Mill Café offers happy hour specials and light supper until 7:30 pm. The Museum Shop remains open until 8:00 pm. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

 

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March 14–April 18
Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 pm
P.M. @ Penn Museum
Instructional Drum Circle

Joseph Tayoun, internationally acclaimed Middle Eastern percussionist, leads this eight-session drum workshop series. Sessions include instruction on rhythms, technique, and a drum circle jam in the mystical setting of the Lower Egyptian Gallery. A limited number of drums will be provided; drummers are encouraged to bring their own drums. Dancers are also welcome. Admission: $15 walk-in ($75 in advance for all six sessions). For more information, call 215.898.2680.

 

ng-letterMarch 15
Thursday, 6:00 pm
Live from the Archives! An occasional film series
Elephant in the Dark: Refractions of Muslim Identity
With filmmakers Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz and Ambarien Al Qadar

In this new occasional series, Penn Museum Archives invites filmmakers who have used archival film footage extensively to present their films. Bazaz and Al Qadar have made short documentary films, Inheritance and Ghetto Girl (both 2011), which interweave historical images of Iran and India with personal mythologies to examine the influence of Islamic gender politics and geopolitics on lived, daily experience. The filmmakers comment on their works, and invite questions from the audience following the screening. Admission: Pay-what-you-want.

 

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March 17
Saturday, 3:30 pm
Annual Korsyn Lecture
New Evidence from the Hyksos Ruler Khayan at Tell Edfu

Dr. Nadine Moeller, Assistant Professor of Egyptian Archaeology, University of Chicago, speaks at this annual event, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE-PA). During fieldwork at Tell Edfu in Upper Egypt, several hundred new sealings were discovered in connection with a late Middle Kingdom administrative structure, including eleven sealings showing the cartouche (signature) of the Hyksos ruler Khayan of the 15th Dynasty. The first time that concrete evidence for a Hyksos king has been found so far south in Egypt, this unique discovery opens many new questions about the nature of contact between the Hyksos people and Upper Egypt. Admission: $8 general admission; $5 for Penn Museum members and PennCard holders; free for ARCE-PA members. For more information, visit www.arce-pa.org.

 

WCDIndiaMarch 24
Saturday, 1:00–4:00 pm
World Culture Day
Hello India!

The art and culture of India, "Bollywood" films, diverse spiritual practices, and spicy foods are captivating the interests and palates of a rapidly growing international audience. India, in all its complexity and diversity, is the focus of this afternoon celebration. Co-sponsored by International Classroom at Penn Museum, the South Asian Center, Bharatiya Temple and Cultural Center, Chinmaya Mission and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Free with Museum admission donation. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

 

MagnumOMarch 28
Wednesday, 5:00–8:00 pm
Imagine Africa Free Community Night
Hip Hop Artists Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum

In January, six local Hip Hop artists visiting the Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum gallery project were asked how they imagine Africa. At this community night, those artists return to the Museum to share an evening of original verses, inspired by the art and artifacts that they experienced. The event features live performances by local Hip Hop artists GodHead The General, Magnum O, Darian The Great, The KNomadz, Afloe and Urban Shamans, along with DJ Soul Buck and host i-be 4evr, as they showcase their original songs inspired by the Imagine Africa gallery project and the African collection at the Penn Museum. Visitors also receive a free Imagine Africa compilation CD, created just for the night, while supplies last! This Imagine Africa free community night is co-sponsored by the Monday night indie and classic hip hop radio show the IIourshow/THORTakeover, LLC on WNJC 1360AM. Free admission. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

 

Bonfim14March 31
Saturday, 1:00–4:00 pm
Imagine Africa Free Community Afternoon
Brazillian Groove

This free community afternoon, presented in partnership with ODUNDE and the Brasil Cultural Center of Philadelphia, explores the African diaspora's deep influence on the cultures of Brazil. The event features live Brazilian performances, including a demonstration of Capoeira, a unique fusion of dance and martial arts, as well as music, dance, film, and crafts. Guests can offer their thoughts and ideas in the Imagine Africa gallery, and explore ancient artifacts with a scavenger hunt throughout the Museum. Free admission. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

 

MayaTempleApril 1
Sunday, 1:00–4:00 pm
Family Sunday
Maya Temples

Families are invited to view objects associated with Maya architecture and ritual in the Mexico and Central America Gallery. Then, everyone can practice some engineering skills, constructing a model of a Maya temple to take home. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.4016.

 

pomegranates eyebrowsApril 1
Sunday, 2:00 pm
Culture Change, Adaptation, and Image Film Series
Tehran Has No More Pomegranates! (2007)

Contrasting archival footage from the early 20th century with films of 2007, filmmaker Massoud Bakshi gives a portrait of Tehran in Iran as it was and as it continues to change, a view nearly unseen in the West. Dr. Pardis Minuchehr, Professor of Middle East Studies, George Washington University, facilitates a discussion. This program is presented in association with the 2011-2012 Penn Humanities Forum on Adaptations, and co-sponsored by The Middle East Center of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Cinema Studies. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

 

Lemuria mapApril 4
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
Great Riddles in Archaeology Lecture Series
Atlantis: The Lost Continent?

When the Greek philosopher Plato first described an advanced civilization that sank beneath the ocean thousands of years ago, most listeners did not take it seriously. But the story acquired new popularity in the 20th century, and explorers have continually looked for evidence of its existence. Dr. C. Brian Rose, Curator, Mediterranean Section, explores the origins and development of the myth as well as modern theories of its original location. Admission: $10 at the door; $5 with advance registration. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

 

Born to RunApril 11
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
Annual Petersen Lecture with Author Christopher McDougall
Born to Run

Rarámuri, the Uto-Aztecan name for the Tarahumara people, means foot-runner, and the Rarámuri are among the best long-distance runners in the world. In honor of the exhibition Run! Super-Athletes of the Sierra Madre, join the Penn Museum for a lecture and book signing by Christopher McDougall, author of the national bestseller Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen. Admission: $5. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

 

PM LOGOwebApril 11
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
P.M. @ Penn Museum
2nd Wednesday Quizzo

Penn Museum galleries stay open until 8:00 pm, with a half-hour gallery tour at 5:30 pm. Second Wednesdays only, guests can watch or sign up with a team and compete for prizes at Quizzo with Quiztine at 6:00 pm. The Pepper Mill Café offers happy hour specials and light supper until 7:30 pm. The Museum Shop remains open until 8:00 pm. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

 

Noorderlicht apencultuurApril 16
Monday, 6:00 pm
Evening Lecture
What Made Humans So Different from the Other Great Apes?

Humans are remarkably similar to the other great apes, but also show remarkable differences. Dr. Carel van Schaik, Director of the Anthropological Institute and Museum at the University of Zurich, argues that our unique features derive largely from the adoption of cooperative hunting and offspring care. Co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Zoo. Admission: Pay-what-you-want. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

 

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Tuesday, 10:30 am
Beauty through the Ages Lecture and Luncheon Program
Cosmetics: Vanity Fare

This final installment in the Beauty through the Ages lecture/luncheon series, presented by the Museum's Women's Committee to benefit the Penn Museum, explores the many dimensions of human beauty as depicted in fine art and perceived by industry. Dr. Jennifer Wegner, Associate Curator in the Egyptian Section, and Dr. Louis P. Bucky, Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, present. Tickets: Aphrodite (Benefactor) $100; Diana (Friend) $85. Price includes lecture, lunch prepared by Wolfgang Puck Catering, and valet parking. Enjoy raffles and shopping from vendors such as Kiehl's and Trish McEvoy for skin care and cosmetics, and Gingy's of Malvern and Patricia Adams for stylish fashion. For more information or to register: visit www.wcpennmuseum.com; call 215.898.9202; or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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Wednesday, 6:00 pm
Imagine Africa Evening Lecture
Cultural Encounters in the Diaspora: When African and African-American Cultures Meet

Dr. Cheikh Anta Babou, Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, teaches African History and the History of Islam in Africa. Following a short movie clip, Dr. Babou discusses aspects of his research, focusing on cultural encounters between Africans and African-Americans. Admission: Pay-what-you-want. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

 

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Tuesday, 6:30 pm
Evening Lecture
Disintegrations: The Decline and Fall of Libyan Egypt

Although the reign of the pharaoh Shoshenq I (ca. 943–922 BCE) had briefly restored Egypt's international standing as a powerful player in the early Iron Age Mediterranean, the following decades saw a gradual slide towards renewed disunity, accelerating with the fragmentation of Egypt into two separate kingdoms during the reign of Osorkon II. Dr. Aidan Dodson, Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol, England, discusses the factors which led to this period of "disintegration" in ancient Egypt. This event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE-PA). Admission: $8. For more information, visit www.arce-pa.org.

 

Rennie Harris R.H.A.WApril 25
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
Imagine Africa Evening Event
African Dance!

An evening of African and African-influenced dance featuring local artists from around Philadelphia curated by Terri Shockley, Executive Director of the Community Education Center. The program features the Umfundalai dance technique of Kariamu & Company: Traditions, which draws upon key movement principles, aesthetics and cultural traditions from the African Diapora. Other performances include original music and percussive dance by Germaine Ingram and Bobby Zankel, breakdance by Rennie Harris RHAW, and more. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

 

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, 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 weekly. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission 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 5 and younger; "pay-what-you-want" the last hour before closing. 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 (listed top to bottom): "Reports from the Field" image: Co-Directors of the Penn-Tihosuco Heritage Project visit the abandoned hacienda of the rebellion leader Jacinto Pat (photo by Penn-Tihosuco Heritage Project). Settling Down still: Photo by Declan Healey. Islamic Stained Glass image: Late 16th century tessellation, Ottoman Turkey, from the Penn Museum's Collection (photo by Penn Museum). Instructional Drum Circle: Joseph Tayoun leads eight sessions on drumming and rhythm (photo by Penn Museum). Live from the Archives: Photo by Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz. Korsyn Lecture: Floor and column bases of the late Middle Kingdom hall (photo by Nadine Moeller). Hello India!: Guests explore the culture of India at the Penn Museum (photo by Penn Museum). Hip Hop Artists Imagine Africa: Hip hop group Magnum O performs at Penn Museum March 28 (photo courtesy THORTakeover Records). Brazillian Groove: During the Bonfim Festival in Bahia, hundreds of Brazillian women dress in the traditional white dresses of colonial Bahia and form a procession to the local church (photo courtesy Ken Dossar). Maya Temples: Families can view objects associated with Maya architecture at Penn Museum (photo: Penn Museum). Tehran Has No More Pomegranates still: Photo by Massoud Bakshi, DER, Copyright 2007. Great Riddles: This 1931 sketch by James Churchward theorizes about the location of the "lost continent." Born to Run: Image used with the permission of Vintage Books. Apes: An orangutan poses for the camera in Sumatra (photo courtesy Philadelphia Zoo). Beauty through the Ages: Burial portrait of a woman, from El Rubaiyat, Faiyum, Egypt, 2nd century CE. Disintegrations: Kneeling sculpture of King Osorkon II (photo courtesy Aidan Dodson). African Dance: Dancers from Rennie Harris R.H.A.W. perform at Penn Museum (photo by Brian Mengini).


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