Penn Museum to be Featured on an Episode of Humanities on the Road

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"American Indian Cultures of the 21st Century" Subject of Talk by John Sanchez

Philadelphia, PA Penn Museum The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is the host for an episode of Humanities On The Road, a new television initiative presented by Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) and broadcast on Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). Penn Museum was selected from more than 75 organizations from across Pennsylvania to present "American Indian Cultures in the 21st Century" featuring John Sanchez, Associate Professor of Communications at Penn State University, and a member of the Apache nation. The episode will be taped before a live audience on Thursday, June 3, 5:30 pm, in the Main Entrance foyer adjacent to the Museum's long-term exhibition Living in Balance: The Universe of the Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, and Apache. PCN will broadcast the episode to 3.3 million households in the fall.

JOHN SANCHEZThe taping of "American Indian Cultures in the 21st Century" is free and open to the public. A reception with cash bar follows. Living in Balance, and a second exhibition about Native Americans, Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania, will be open for guests to visit from 4:30 pm. Attendees can sign up in advance (optional but recommended) at Entrance to the program is through the Museum's Trescher Entrance.

A new television series that showcases humanities presentations at select cultural sites across Pennsylvania, Humanities on the Road features award-winning broadcast journalist Tracey Matisak, as well as talent from PHC's speakers bureau. The series features interactive presentations on topics ranging from Nancy Drew to African American folk traditions to John Updike to Pennsylvania German culture. Filmed in front of a live audience at different venues, each episode shines a spotlight on some of Pennsylvania's most intriguing cultural landmarks and communities.

American Indian Cultures in the 21st Century
What do most people think of today when asked to describe American Indians? In a recent survey the answer most given to this question was an image of a stoic, red-skinned people wearing beaded buckskins and feathers, riding painted horses on an open range and living in tipis. But are these perceptions of American Indians accurate ones? Who are American Indians in the 21st century and where and how do they live? This interactive discussion addresses these perceptions and discusses American Indian culture from the perspective of those who live it.

Speaker John Sanchez taught American Indian Leadership and Politics and served as the Academic Director of the American Indian Leadership program at American University. Under his leadership, President Clinton's panel on race initiatives recognized this program as one of the five top in the country. Now an Associate Professor at Penn State University, Sanchez teaches in the College of Communications, where he specializes in News Media Ethics and American Indians in the News Media. Sanchez also works in Washington, DC and in Indian Country as a consultant in education and diversity initiatives. He currently is working on a book about American Indian identity in the 21st century and a textbook on American Indians in the media.

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. The Museum features a strong collection of materials from native peoples of the Americas. 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. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission donation 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" after 3:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and after 4:00 pm Sunday. Penn Museum can be found on the web at For general information call (215) 898-4000.

Season One of Humanities on the Road will be taped at cultural venues across Pennsylvania between April and June. The complete taping schedule follows.

Southwestern PA
Taping Date: Saturday, June 19 at 2 pm
Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh to host African Arts of the Yoruba Diaspora with artist Temujin Ekunfeo

Taping Date: Saturday, June 26 at 2 pm
Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh to host Teenie Harris' Photographs and Black Pittsburgh with historian Laurence Glasco

South Central PA
Taping Date: Saturday, April 10 at 1 pm
Jump Street to host Can't Tell a Lie, Peach Cobbler Pie! with storyteller Linda Goss at Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg

Taping Date: Saturday, May 22 at 3 pm
Albany Township Historical Society in Kempton to host PA German Music, Dance & Instruments with musician Keith Brintzenhoff

Taping Date: Wednesday, June 30 at 6 pm
National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg to host Thaddeus Stevens: The Politics of Freedom with actor/storyteller Steven Anderson

Northeastern PA
Taping Date: Sunday, May 2 at 2 pm
Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock to host Alive to the Call: Women and History in NEPA with art historian Josephine Dunn

Taping Date: Thursday, May 20 at 6:30 pm
Albright Memorial Library in Scranton to host John Updike's Pennsylvania with journalist Frank Fitzpatrick

Taping Date: Thursday, June 24 at 6 pm
Osterhout Free Library in Wilkes-Barre to host The (R)Evolution of Nancy Drew with scholar Michael Cornelius

Southeastern PA
Taping Date: Sunday, April 25 at 2 pm
Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center in Pennsburg to host PA German Groundhog Lodges with anthropologist William Donner

Taping Date: Thursday, June 3 at 5:30 pm
Penn Museum in Philadelphia to host American Indian Cultures in the 21st Century with scholar John Sanchez

Taping Date: Thursday, June 10 at 2 pm
Belmont Mansion in Philadelphia to host My Name is Oney Judge with historian Diane Turner

Taping Date: Thursday, July 8 at 7 pm
Trinity Center for Urban Life in Philadelphia to host The Black Mozart: Joseph Boulogna Chevalier de Saint-Georges with pianist Charles Pettaway

Pennsylvania Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization, inspires individuals to enjoy and share a life of learning. PHC's statewide speakers bureau and packaged book discussion program for public libraries serve as resources for residents of Pennsylvania. PHC also offers grants which support humanities programs centered in the arts, history, literature and other humanities fields. For more information, visit

Since 2000, PHC has partnered with the Pennsylvania Cable Network to feature talks by nationally-known authors like Frank McCourt. Our state's version of C-SPAN, PCN provides live unedited coverage of state government and original programs like PA Books and It's History. The network is funded by over 150 cable stations that serve more than 10 million in the state. For more information, visit

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