Penn Museum November/December 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 Penn Museum Events Calendar

 

DayOfDeadNovember 3
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

World Culture Afternoon
Day of the Dead Celebration

Families are invited to celebrate Mexican culture and the tradition of Day of the Dead with music, dancing, artisans and more. This event is cosponsored by the Mexican Cultural Center. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.2680 .

 

 

 


FirstCrusadeNovember 7
Wednesday, 6:00 pm

“Great Battles” Evening Lecture
The First Crusade: Three Battles for Latin Christendom

From 1096 to 1101, over 100,000 people from all over Western Europe set off towards Jerusalem. These men and women, these warriors and pilgrims, priests and nuns, lords and laborers, didn't have a name for what they were doing—no one would use the word Crusade to describe an armed pilgrimage, or holy military expedition, until more than another century had passed. Yet the battle that preceded their march, a battle along the way to Jerusalem, and still another after that city was conquered by a tiny remnant of the original force, combined to permanently reshape the nature (both spiritual and physical) of Catholic Europe. Dr. Jessica Goldberg, Assistant Professor, Medieval History, University of Pennsylvania, speaks at this “Great Battles: Moments in Time that Changed History” series lecture program. Admission with advance registration, $5; $10 at the door based on availability. To register, visit www.penn.museum/greatbattles. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

CarabinieriNovember 8
Thursday, 6:00 pm

Evening Lecture
The Carabinieri for the Protection of Cultural Heritage

Highlighting the history and activities of one of the most active cultural heritage crime units in the world, two Italian military police officers discuss major threats to cultural heritage and how Italy is attempting to combat these illegal activities. Carmelo Manola and Angelo Ragusa of the Italian Carabinieri present an overview of the historical outlines, functions and activities carried out by their organization for the protection of cultural heritage at the national and international levels. They also discuss the main threats to cultural heritage, as well as the instruments to fight them. A reception follows the lecture. This program is sponsored by the Penn Cultural Heritage Center. Free admission. For more information, call 215.746.4475 .

40winks kids smallNovember 9
Friday, 5:30 pm - Saturday, 9:00 am

Sleepover Program
40 Winks with the Sphinx

Penn Museum's popular sleepover program, geared to ages 6–12 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 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 largest granite Sphinx in the Western Hemisphere! For more information, visit www.penn.museum/40Winks or call 215.898.2680.

JHHaynesNovember 10
Saturday, 2:00 pm

Afternoon Lecture
On the Road with John Henry Haynes: A Photographer and Archaeologist in the Ottoman Empire, 1881–1900

Virtually unknown today, John Henry Haynes (1849–1910) may be regarded as the father of American archaeological photography. His photographic odyssey took him from Athens to Constantinople, across Anatolia, and ultimately to Mesopotamia. Dr. Robert Ousterhout, Professor, History of Art and Byzantine Art and Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, rediscovers Haynes's career—including his relationship with the Penn Museum—and assesses his unique blend of artistry and documentation. Book-signing to follow. Lecture admission: Pay-what-you-want. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

DreamcatcherNovember 11
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Family Second Sunday Workshop
Catch a Dream

Native American dreamcatchers, objects created to protect owners against nightmares, originated with the Ojibwa Nation. Children and families can learn about dreamcatchers and other Native American objects and crafts, before fashioning a dreamcatcher to take home. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.4016.

 

 


PursuitOfHappinessNovember 11
Sunday, 2:00 pm

Second Sunday Culture Films Series
In Pursuit of Happiness
(2009)
After the recent grand economic bust in Japan, the homeless population has grown. This short film introduces the audience to the lives of men who live on the outskirts of the city, and of Japanese society, while simultaneously exploring the nature of happiness. Dr. Kyle Cleveland, Temple University in Japan, facilitates a discussion. This program is cosponsored by the Penn Center for East Asian Studies and Penn Cinema Studies. Free with Museum admission. For more information, visit www.penn.museum/culturefilms or call 215.898.2680.

GKstill4November 13
Tuesday, 6:00 pm
Live from the Archives! Film Series
Gods and Kings (2012)

This film focuses on contemporary Maya people who are using Hollywood and other North American pop culture images in their traditional costumed festivals in the town of Momostenango, Guatemala. The film creatively uses Penn Museum footage from the J. Alden Mason Collection. Filmmaker Robin Blotnik introduces the program. Penn Museum is the world premiere forum for this film, screened in conjunction with our current exhibition, MAYA 2012: Lords of Time. Admission: Pay-what-you-want. For more information, visit www.penn.museum/culturefilms or call 215.898.2680 .

quizzo 17November 14
Wednesday, 6:00 pm

P.M. @ Penn Museum
2nd Wednesday Quizzo

Trivia buffs can test their knowledge and compete for prizes at Quizzo. The Pepper Mill Café, where the game is on, offers happy hour specials and appetizers until 7:30 pm. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

Simon MartinNovember 14
Wednesday, 6:00 pm

MAYA 2012 Lecture Series
Maya Majesty: Kings and Queens of the Classic Period

Simon Martin, Co-Curator, MAYA 2012: Lords of Time and co-author, Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens: Deciphering the Dynasties of the Ancient Maya, speaks. Between 300 and 900 CE, the ancient Maya developed an elaborate royal culture, imbuing men and women of appropriate birth with the conventions of authority and a quasi-divine status. This talk explores the intricate ties between royalty and ritual, where the performance of religious rites not only advertised regal status, but was also the lifeblood that sustained legitimacy and power. The costuming, regalia, and ritual acts of Maya kings and queens represent a code that we can read to reveal their relationship to particular gods and mythic events, as well as to their own place within the Maya cosmos. Admission: $5. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

ApocalypseFilmLogoNovember 28
Wednesday, 7:30 pm

Apocalypse Film Series
Demolition Man
(1993)
Did the Maya predict the end of the world in December 2012? Filmgoers find out how to survive, or how not to survive, with a different apocalyptic scenario film each month. In Demolition Man, Sylvester Stallone plays a cop in pursuit of a violent criminal in a non-violent future society. Audience members can learn how to recover from suspended animation and live through an earthquake, and compete in a Stallone trivia contest at intermission! Cash bar and snacks available. Admission: Pay-what-you-want. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

 


Apollo15November 29
Thursday, 4:30 pm

Afternoon Lecture
“One Small Step for Tourism: Protecting America's Lunar Exploration Heritage"

Forty years after the first landings by American astronauts on the surface of the moon, the now-famous sites of exploration face obliteration at the hands of well-meaning explorers, adventurers, and entrepreneurs. For decades, these pristine sites of exploration—sites of undeniable historical and national significance—were protected from damage by their remoteness and the airless environment of the Moon’s surface. They now face destruction, and protecting cultural heritage on land claimed by no nation, 250,000 miles away from the nearest archeologist, has proven extremely challenging. Dr. Matthew Hersch, Department of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania, speaks at this program, sponsored by the Penn Cultural Heritage Center. Free admission. For more information, call 215.746.4475.

PeaceDayDecember 2
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

World Culture Afternoon
17th Annual Peace around the World
: Passport to Cultures
Penn Museum celebrates the holiday season at this annual family-oriented afternoon. Visitors receive a “Passport to Cultures” with an itinerary to visit galleries where Penn Museum International Classroom speakers share holiday traditions of their home countries through music, stories, arts, crafts, games and more. The afternoon also features international music and dancing, children’s choirs, exotic face painting, balloon art, international family crafts, and free treats for children! This free community event is made possible by generous support from the Penn Museum Women’s Committee. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

TroyExcavationDecember 5
Wednesday, 6:00 pm

“Great Battles” Evening Lecture
Was there a Trojan War? Assessing the Evidence from Recent Excavations at Troy

In the course of the latest campaign of excavations at Troy, in northwestern Turkey, archaeologists have uncovered a wealth of evidence that enables us to situate the site within the political and military history of the late Bronze Age (14th/13th centuries BCE). Dr. C. Brian Rose, Curator, Mediterranean Section, Penn Museum, speaks at this “Great Battles: Moments in Time that Changed History” series lecture program. Admission with advance registration, $5; $10 at the door based on availability. To register, visit www.penn.museum/greatbattles. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

FrontGateDecember 6
Thursday, 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

125-Year Anniversary Open House

Penn Museum invites visitors to celebrate our 125th anniversary at a full “open” Museum. Meet curators, keepers, conservators, archivists and more. Hear about the latest research, and tour Archives and storage areas not often open to the public. Free admission. For a full schedule, visit www.penn.museum/125. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

 

 



December 6
Thursday, 6:00 pm

Evening Program
Douglas G. Lovell, Jr. Annual “Reports from the Field”

The Kolb Society of Fellows focuses its research on ancient, pre-industrial cultures and modern, non-industrial peoples of the world, and supports students who are actively engaged with material culture and archaeological studies. In this program, the Junior Fellows of the Kolb Society at the Penn Museum, graduate students elected to the society based on scholastic achievement, present their current research. Admission: Pay-what-you-want. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

40winks kids smallDecember 7
Friday, 5:30 pm to Saturday, 9:00 am

Sleepover Program
40 Winks with the Sphinx

Penn Museum's popular sleepover program, geared to ages 6–12 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 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 largest granite Sphinx in the Western Hemisphere! For more information, visit www.penn.museum/40Winks or call 215.898.2680.

Africa Benin PlaqueDecember 9
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Family Second Sunday Workshop
Benin Bronze

Renowned Nigerian Benin bronzes in the African Gallery provide the artistic and cultural inspiration for this workshop. Children and families can imagine themselves as Oba or Iyoba, the king or queen mother of the Benin court, and create self-portraits in the manner of a Benin bronze plaque. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.4016.

 

 

ExcavationDecember 9
Sunday, 2:00 pm

Second Sunday Culture Films Series
Excavation
(2011)
The small family farm in the Midwest has become exotic and peripheral to the majority of Americans who live on the coasts. In this highly personal essay, filmmaker Ellen Knechel's grandmother is moving out of her home as the family farm in Indiana begins closing down its operations. The question of what to keep, and what to leave behind, when the work of several lifetimes come to a close, is central to this subtle and poignant film. Knechel and Penn Museum film archivist Kate Pourshariati introduce the program, sponsored by Penn Cinema Studies. Free with Museum admission. For more information, visit www.penn.museum/culturefilms or call 215.898.2680.

quizzo 17December 12
Wednesday, 6:00 pm

P.M. @ Penn Museum
2nd Wednesday Quizzo

Trivia buffs can test their knowledge and compete for prizes at Quizzo. The Pepper Mill Café, where the game is on, offers happy hour specials and appetizers until 7:30 pm. For more information, call 215.898.2680.


AveniDecember 12
Wednesday, 6:00
MAYA 2012 Evening Lecture Series
The End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012
Dr. Anthony F. Aveni, author of the bestselling book, The End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012, explores theories about the widely prophesized “end of the world” in December 2012 by measuring them objectively against the evidence of archaeology, iconography, and epigraphy. Dr. Aveni considers information from the earth sciences and astronomy about the likelihood of worldwide Armageddon. Finally, the prophesies are placed in the broader cultural and historical context of how other cultures, ancient and modern, thought about the “end of things” and why cataclysmic events enjoy wide spread appeal in contemporary American pop culture. This program is presented in conjunction with our current exhibition, MAYA 2012: Lords of Time. Admission: $5. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

logoMAYA2012webDecember 21
Friday, 9:00 pm – 1:00 am

Young Friends Celebration
MAYA 2012: The Final Countdown

Time to party like it’s the end of the world! The Young Friends of the Penn Museum present this late night party with drinks, light fare, entertainment, and music to ring in the end of the world. Attendees can see if the apocalyptic predictions are correct as the clock strikes midnight—if the world doesn’t end, the party goes on! Visit www.penn.museum/youngfriends for more information and to purchase tickets.

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