Penn Museum’s International Classroom Program
Presents the 43rd Annual International Students & Scholars Reception
Friday, October 5 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm
PHILADELPHIA, PA 2012—Penn Museum opens its doors to the world, as international students, scholars, and professionals new to the Delaware Valley are invited to attend this year's 43rd annual International Students Reception on Friday, October 5, 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The Welcome Reception, held in the Chinese Rotunda at the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia, is free for all international students.
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 celebration to connect international guests with the local community and its leaders, and to introduce attendees to the multicultural community of Philadelphia.
Special guests include consul officials from India, Turkey, and Nepal, who will be in attendance to greet guests. The event also features entertainment as diverse as the guest list; Visitors are treated to performances of Chinese classical and folk dance by the Penn Chinese Dance Club, African-themed percussion by La Salle College's Neo-African Drums 'n Dance group (pictured), and a unique combination of multicultural music and dance by the co-ed student group PennHype.
This festive annual event takes place through the efforts of the Penn Museum, more than 70 volunteers, and more than 65 area co-sponsors including Temple University, Drexel University, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Philadelphia University, La Salle University, Widener University, Albright College, the Wistar Institute, and the Fulbright Association of Delaware Valley.
Since its creation in 1961, International Classroom has helped regional students, teachers and families learn first hand about other cultures, through programs presented by international residents, students, and scholars living in the Delaware Valley. In addition to offering group programs for a fee, International Classroom offers a limited amount of free programs to underserved Philadelphia public schools every year, through support from local corporations, foundations, and individual donors.
International Classroom Manager of Outreach Prema Deshmukh sums up the program: "In today's multicultural society, International Classroom is more relevant than ever as learning about diversity, sensitivity to languages, and understanding different cultures has become an important part of curriculum in higher education. As our world becomes more interconnected, people need and want to learn about different cultures."
For more information about the International Students Reception, or to learn more about International Classroom at the Penn Museum, call Prema Deshmukh, at 215.898.4065.
Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology), celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2012, 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 select Wednesdays. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission donation is $12 for adults; $10 for senior citizens (65 and above); $10 for U.S. Military; $8 for 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. Hot and cold meals and light refreshments are offered to visitors with or without Museum admission in The Pepper Mill Café; the Museum Shop and Pyramid Shop for Children offer a wide selection of gifts, books, games, clothing and jewelry. 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.