Fall Advance Calendar of Events

 

Penn Museum's September/October 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 calendar.

Wednesday, September 8, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
P.M. @ Penn Museum: Quizzo
Wednesday nights, starting this Fall, Penn Museum galleries stay open late, with a half-hour gallery tour at 5:30 pm and special programming that changes weekly. A Quizzo night kicks off the series with Quiz Mistress Quiztine testing participants' trivia knowledge at 6:00 pm. Quizzo night with Quiztine takes place every second Wednesday of the month. Also, the new Pepper Mill Café offers a happy hour bar featuring wines, beers, and sodas, and stays open with light supper offerings to 7:30 pm. The Museum Shop remains open until 8:00 pm.
Activities are free with Penn Museum admission donation.

Saturday, September 11, 3:30 pm
Afternoon Lecture

Tutankhamun's Father

Dr. James P. Allen, Wilbour Professor of Egyptology, Brown University, and President, International Association of Egyptologists, discusses one of the key questions of ancient Egyptian history-the relationship of the "boy-king" Tutankhamun to his predecessor, the "heretic" pharaoh Akhenaten, and to the Amarna royal family. The program is sponsored by the American Research Center in Egypt, Pennsylvania Chapter (ARCE-PA). Admission: $5; $3 for Penn Museum members and Penncard holders; free for ARCE-PA members. Information: (215) 898-4890.

Sunday, September 12, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Family Sundays

Creative Kachina Dolls
This Fall, the Penn Museum offers family workshops featuring hands-on activities to communicate new perspectives about ancient and contemporary cultures. Activities may include crafts, interactive lectures, touchable artifacts, scavenger hunts, and more. To kick off Family Sundays, children and their families can learn the symbolism of kachina dolls, Hopi ceremonial figurines, when they visit the Penn Museum's Living in Balance: The Native American Southwest exhibition. Then, participants can design their own doll and craft a story about what he or she represents. Free with Penn Museum admission donation.

Wednesday, September 15, 12:30 pm
Lunchtime Lecture Series
Scribes and Dwarves and a Toad, Oh, My!: Conservation of El Peru Figurine Group
Lynn Grant, Penn Museum's Head Conservator, presents the first in a series of lunchtime lectures highlighting the work and research of Penn Museum scholars every Wednesday at 12:30 pm during the academic year. Guests are welcome to bring their lunch. Admission: Pay-what-you-want. Visit www.penn.museum to find the list of weekly speakers.

Wednesday, September 15, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
P.M. @ Penn Museum: Animus
P.M. @ the Penn Museum features world music every third Wednesday. The music of Animus energizes with a diverse repertoire of Middle Eastern world music and a belly dance performance at 6:00 pm. The new Pepper Mill Café offers a happy hour bar and stays open with light supper options until 7:30 pm. The Museum Shop remains open until 8:00 pm. First Wednesdays feature Restaurant Associates' "Chef's Corner"; second Wednesdays are devoted to Quizzo, hosted by Quiztine; third Wednesdays offer diverse World Music and Dance Performances; and fourth and fifth Wednesdays are Class Nights, with interactive opportunities to learn ethnic dance, yoga, drawing, flower arranging, and more. Activities are free with Penn Museum admission donation.

Friday, September 24-Saturday, September 25, 6:30 pm to 10 am
Family Sleepover Program
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Penn Museum's popular 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 required: www.penn.museum/sleepovers. $50 per person, $45 Museum members.

Sunday, September 26, 1:00 pm
Afternoon Celebration and Exhibition Opening
Turkish Delight!
Visitors are invited to an afternoon of pure Turkish Delight! Penn Museum celebrates the opening of Archaeologists and Travelers in Ottoman Lands, a new exhibition focusing on the experiences, struggles, and fortunes of three adventurers whose lives intersected in Nippur, (present day Iraq), then part of the Ottoman Empire. The afternoon features Turkish music, a cooking demonstration, talks by the exhibition curators, as well as crafts and activities for children and their families. The event, sponsored by the Turkish American Friendship Society of the United States, is free with Museum admission donation. Information: (215) 898-4890.

Monday, September 27, 6:00pm
Evening Lecture
Animals in Art and Polemic at the Intersection of Christianity and Islam

In many of the medieval church floor mosaics from Palestine and Jordan, the tesserae were scrambled and reset to eliminate images of humans and animals. Were these erasures a response to the rise of Islam in the region, as is commonly assumed, or to Christian concerns about idolatry? Henry Maguire, Professor of the History of Art at Johns Hopkins University, until his retirement in 2010, and Director of Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks 1991-96, presents an illustrated talk. Sponsored by the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation. Admission: Pay-what-you-want.

Saturday, October 2, 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
"Year of Water" Afternoon Symposium
Water in the Ancient World
As part of the University of Pennsylvania's "Year of Water"—a multidisciplinary program of events and exhibitions—Penn Museum offers this afternoon program highlighting the challenges of water management in ancient times. Penn Museum scholars and invited specialists dive in, exploring the myths around and evidence for the Great Flood, the engineering marvels of Roman and Indus civilizations, and the watery landscapes of Amazonia and Mesoamerica. The program includes National Geographic Society archaeologist Fredrik Hiebert, whose underwater research with Robert Ballard in the Black Sea identified the remains of ancient floods, and Vernon Scarborough from the University of Cincinnati, who discusses how sustainable water use by ancient civilizations can provide models for our current response to global climate change. Visitors also enjoy a new display of the Museum's famous ancient Sumerian "Flood Tablet" along with objects and photographs illustrating the power of water to both sustain and destroy life in ancient Mesopotamia. Free with Museum admission donation. Optional reception (fee TBD) follows. Information: (215) 898-4890.

Wednesday, October 6, 6:00 pm
Evening Lecture Series Kickoff Program
greatadventureswebGreat Adventures along the Silk Road
From mummies to Marco Polo to military warfare to the Black Death, explore the many adventures the Silk Road has to offer through this lecture series on the first Wednesday of every month, October through June. The series kicks off with Great Sites on the Silk Road, presented by Nancy Steinhardt, Curator of Chinese Art at the Penn Museum and Penn Professor of East Asian Art. Dr. Steinhardt offers a broad introduction to the famous "Silk Road" celebrated in history books—and soon to be explored through rare art and artifacts excavated from China's vast Tarim Basin desert region in the February 2011 exhibition Secrets of the Silk Road. Dr. Steinardt considers the interconnected trade routes, early travelers, major sites, key monuments—and some of the most extraordinary discoveries made along the way. Sign up in advance and save! Nine lecture series subscription: $40; $5 per lecture with advance registration; free for Penn Museum members with advance registration. At the door: $10. Information: (215) 898-4890.

Friday, October 8—Saturday, October 9, 6:30 pm to 10 am
Family Sleepover Program

40winks_logo_small40 Winks with the Sphinx
Penn Museum's popular 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 required: www.penn.museum/sleepovers. $50 per person, $45 Museum members.

Sunday, October 10, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Family Sundays

Buddhist Devotional Dioramas

Children and families can enjoy this hands on family workshop centered on the Penn Museum's collection of Buddhist artifacts. Participants can touch a mini-Buddhist altar from Japan and learn about the objects within it. Then, families can create their own Buddhist devotional diorama. Free with Penn Museum admission donation.

Tuesday, October 12, 6:00 pm
Rodney Young Memorial Lecture

The Roman Theater at Corinth: The Evolution of the Neighborhood

Charles Williams, former director of the Corinth Excavations in Corinth, Greece, shares his latest research regarding the history of the theater at Corinth and the neighborhood that surrounded it. His talk covers nearly five centuries of the theater's use, from the beginning of the Roman Empire through the end of antiquity. Admission: pay-what-you-want.

Wednesday, October 13, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
P.M. @ PENN MUSEUM: Quizzo
Penn Museum galleries stay open late, with a half-hour gallery tour at 5:30 pm. Quizzo night with Quiz Mistress Quiztine testing participants' trivia knowledge starts at 6:00 pm. Also, the new Pepper Mill Café offers a happy hour bar featuring wines, beers, and sodas, and stays open with light supper offerings to 7:30 pm. The Museum Shop remains open until 8:00 pm.Activities are free with Penn Museum admission donation.

Thursday, October 14-Sunday, October 24
World Travel Opportunity
Tour Berlin and Paris with Curator David Silverman
This fall, experience the excitement of Berlin and Paris through the handcrafted itinerary of David Silverman, Curator-in-Charge, Egyptian Section, and curator of the blockbuster exhibition Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs. Beginning in Berlin, then on to Paris, travelers will enjoy unique access to and insight around the rich cultural and historic treasures of these two great European cities, with room in the schedule to embark on individual pursuits and interests. Exciting destinations-from Berlin's Museum Island, with its complex of world—class museums and masterpieces, to the incomparable Louvre in Paris—combine with first class accommodations to make this an unforgettable journey. The 10-day, custom-designed program is hosted by the Penn Museum's Women's Committee. Limited enrollment; reserve early! For more information or to request a brochure call (215) 898-9202.

Thursday, October 14, 6:30 pm
Evening Lecture
Amheida: Excavating a Town in the Dakhla Oasis
Dr. Roger Bagnall, project director of the Joint NYU-Columbia Excavation Project at Amheida in the Dakhla Oasis, and Professor of Ancient History, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, speaks at this program, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Research Center for Egypt (ARCE-PA). Seven seasons of excavations at Amheida have uncovered a large, upper-class house with both mythological and decorative wall paintings, a smaller, middle class house, a fourth-century school with Greek poetry on the walls, hundreds of decorated and inscribed blocks of the now-destroyed Temple of Thoth, and parts of Roman baths. Bagnall discusses the excavation's objects and results, including its strategy for site conservation and presentation. Classroom 2; free for ARCE-PA members.

Wednesday, October 20, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
P.M. @ PENN MUSEUM
Penn Museum galleries stay open late, with a half-hour gallery tour at 5:30 pm. At 6:00 pm, enjoy live world music. The new Pepper Mill Café offers a happy hour bar featuring wines, beers, and sodas, and stays open with light supper offerings to 7:30 pm. The Museum Shop remains open until 8:00 pm. Activities are free with Penn Museum admission donation.

Thursday, October 21, 6:15 pm
Young Friends Halloween Event
Vampires, Demons, and Mystical Creatures in the Ancient World
Long before Twilight and True Blood, even before Dracula, there were myths of fanged creatures and fiendish monsters circling the ancient worlds. Explore ancient Egyptian and Mediterranean legends of vampires and demons with Penn Museum scholars Dr. Jennifer Wegner, Associate Curator of the Egyptian Section, and Dr. Peter Struck, Associate Professor in Classical Studies. Leave your wooden stakes and silver bullets at home and venture out into the night with more ancient monsters. Cash bar. $10 general admission; $5 Penn Museum members. Young Friends is a group of active Museum members ages 21 - 45.
For additional information or to join, call (215) 898 -5093.

Friday, October 29 - Saturday, October 30
Academic Symposium
Cleopatra and the End of the Hellenistic World
This symposium, jointly organized by the Penn Museum and the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology, based at the Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford, complements the exhibition Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt at the Franklin Institute and the Penn Museum's special "Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt" tour. Day 1, held at the Franklin Institute, will explore the place of Cleopatra and Egypt within the Hellenistic world. Day 2, at the Penn Museum, will examine continuity and discontinuity in Alexandria and the wider world of the Roman Mediterranean. Sponsored by Hilti Arts and Culture. For registration information visit www.penn.museum/cleopatra.

Saturday, October 30, 2:00 pm
Lecture and Reception
Pompeii AD 79: The Treasure of Rediscovery
Dr. C. Brian Rose, Penn Museum Deputy Director, Curator-in-Charge of the Mediterranean Section, and President of the Archaeological Institute of America, offers this armchair adventure to one of the greatest archaeological sites ever. During the course of two days in August, AD 79, the thriving Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were buried by thick layers of ash and mud when the volcanic Mt. Vesuvius erupted, freezing one moment in the cities' history. The cities lay buried for nearly 1,700 years, until excavations sponsored by the Kings of Naples gradually brought them to light once more, and with them a wealth of bronze and marble statues that attracted travelers on the Grand Tour. Learn more about what Pompeii was like 2,000 years ago, and hear about the colorful lives of its 18th century excavators. Afterwards, enjoy an afternoon tea reception, in honor of Secrets of the Silk Road, a major new exhibition from China making its East Coast premiere at the Penn Museum starting in February. Admission fee TBD. Information: (215) 898-4890.

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 is available by SEPTA's University City Regional Rail station serving the R1, R2, and R3 lines; the Market-Frankfort Subway Line at Market and 34th Streets; the Surface Trolley Lines 11, 13, 34 and 36; and buses 12, 21, 30, 40 and 42. Beginning September 7, 2010, Museum hours are Tuesday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Wednesday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Thursday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Closed Mondays and holidays. General admission donation is $10 for adults; $7 for senior citizens (65 and above) and U.S. military personnel; $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.

 

 

 

 

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