Penn Museum November/December 2013 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.

DayofDead1Saturday, November 2, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
World Culture Afternoon
Day of the Dead Celebration
Celebrate Mexican culture and the tradition of the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) with the Penn Museum! The whole family will enjoy this afternoon filled with music, storytelling, arts and crafts, and other fun activities. Guests can marvel at a traditional Mexican Day of the Dead altar, created specially for the event by renowned artist Cesar Viveros, and learn about the various dedications placed upon the ofrenda (altar). Cosponsored by the Mexican Cultural Center. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

Wednesday, November 6, 6:00 pm
"Great Voyages: Travels, Triumphs, and Tragedies" Lecture Series
Ferdinand Magellan and the First Circumnavigation of the Globe, 1519–1522
Magellan's circumnavigation was a complex event—a feat of navigation and exploration that also saw hardship, shipwreck, and mutiny visited upon the expedition's crew. In a process that would become paradigmatic, Europeans found themselves enmeshed in regional and local politics—a causative element in Magellan's death. In this lecture, Dr. Ignacio Gallup-Diaz, Associate Professor of History, Bryn Mawr College, examines the varied and interconnected maritime, cultural, and political factors that came together during Magellan's circumnavigation. Admission with advance registration: $5, general public; $2, Penn Museum members; $10 at the door based on availability. To register, visit www.penn.museum/greatvoyages. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

QuizzoWednesday, November 6, 6:00 pm
PM. @ Penn Museum Program
First Wednesday Quizzo
On the first Wednesdays of every month, the Penn Museum galleries stay open until 8:00 pm, with a half-hour gallery tour at 5:00 pm. Watch or sign up with a team and compete for prizes at Quizzo with DJ Quizzy Jeff 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 7:30 pm.

Thursday, November 7, 12:30 pm
Brown Bag Lecture
Contemporary Museums in Persian Gulf Port Cities: The National Construction of Transnational Heritage
Port cities along the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula are growing rapidly, with museum buildings anchoring urban heritage revival projects. These museums were launched to advance a nationalistic narrative, architecturally framed within maritime imagery, to attract the global flow of tourists. In this lecture, Dr. Samia Rab, American University of Sharjah, identifies the common theme of constructing museums as modern heritage, and underscores the missed opportunity to commemorate the transnational legacy of Persian Gulf port cities. Sponsored by the Penn Cultural Heritage Center. Free admission. For more information, call 215.746.4475.

Friday, November 8, 5:30 pm - Saturday, November 9, 9:00 am
Sleepover Program
40 Winks with the Sphinx
Penn Museum's popular sleepover program, geared to ages 6 to 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! Sleepovers sell out quickly, so register now for the fall and winter! To register, visit www.penn.museum/40winks.

AdinkraSunday, November 10, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Second Sunday Family Workshop
Adinkra Cloth
Adinkra cloth is a hand-printed fabric made by the Ashanti people of Ghana. In this drop-in workshop, visitors use fabric scraps and stamps to create their own collages to take home. Guests can also touch other textiles and objects from Africa. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.4016.

Sunday, November 10, 2:00 pm
Second Sunday Culture Film
A Letter to Dad (2011)
Serbian filmmaker Srdjan Keca looks through the few boxes of belongings left behind by his late father. He finds forgotten photos, letters, and home videos, which take the film back to 1970s Yugoslavia, when his parents became lovers. But the journey through the years, to family members, lost friends, and places, reveals the lingering horrors of the recent Balkan wars still tearing people and families apart. After the film, Meta Mazaj, Senior Lecturer, Penn Cinema Studies, speaks about the relationship between film and nationalism as reflected in contemporary Balkan cinema. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Film Society, Penn Cinema Studies, the Penn Humanities Forum, Penn Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the University Museum Library. Free with Museum admission.

PrastioMesorotsosMonday, November 11, 6:00 pm
Evening Lecture
Ancestors of Aphrodite: The Prastio Mesorotsos Archaeological Expedition
Long-lived archaeological sites in Cyprus are rare; however, the rural site of Prastio Mesorotsos shows continuity that belies the general trend of frequent crises, hiatuses, and upheavals that are standard in the eastern Mediterranean. In this lecture, Dr. Andrew McCarthy, Director, Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI), discusses recent excavations at Prastio Mesorotsos and how CAARI has helped this project to link its ongoing investigations into the wider academic community. Admission: Pay-what-you-want.

Friday, November 15, 4:00 - 7:00 pm; Saturday, November 16, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Craft Festival
Gifts in the Galleries
Local artisans help you prepare for your holiday shopping in the special showcase of crafts. Explore gift items made by dozens of area merchants during this special two-day shopping event. Presented by VIX Emporium. Free admission. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

Saturday, November 16, 3:30 pm
Afternoon Lecture
Challenges and New Directions in the Practice of Archaeology in Egypt
The 2013 field season of the Abydos Project of NYU's Institute of Fine Arts was largely dedicated to the systematic documentation and assessment of the damaged sustained from looting during the revolutionary uprising—work that also resulted in significant archaeological discoveries. Dr. Matthew Adams, Senior Research Scholar, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, speaks about these efforts. Sponsored by the American Research Center in Egypt—PA Chapter. Admission: $8, general public; $5, Penn Museum members; free for ARCE-PA members. For more information, visit www.arce-pa.org.

pompeii-volcanoSunday, November 17, 2:00 pm
Pompeii Lecture Series
Herculaneum: The Archaeology of Catastrophe—Life and Death in a Roman Resort Town
Dr. Janet Monge, Curator-in-Charge, Physical Anthropology Section, speaks. On a hot summer day in the bustling Bay of Naples, Mt. Vesuvius exploded and rained down superheated gas and lava onto the nearby towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Some inhabitants of Herculaneum escaped into beach caves, which were used to store the boats for the heavy marine traffic into the cove bay. Their deaths by heat shock—instantly killing victims by vaporizing their soft tissues but preserving their hard, bony skeletons under layers of volcanic ash—affords a unique opportunity to study life and death among the ancient Romans, in ways that are truly unique in the study of the bioarchaeology of the ancient world. Admission: $10, general public; $5, Penn Museum members and Franklin Institute members.

Sunday, November 24, 3:00 pm
Afternoon Performance
Relâche in Residence
Relâche is a music ensemble dedicated to performing new, innovative contemporary classical music. In this program, presented in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania's 2013–2014 Year of Sound, the group performs music in sync with silent films (and excerpts) by various early 20th-century cinema greats. The program features introductory comments about early filmmakers and the music used with their films. Admission: $15, general public; $10, Penn Museum members. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

PeaceDay5Sunday, December 1, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
World Culture Afternoon
18th Annual Peace around the World: Passport to Cultures
The Penn Museum welcomes guests from around the globe for a FREE holiday celebration! Visitors receive a "Passport to Cultures" with an itinerary to visit the galleries, where Penn Museum International Classroom speakers share holiday traditions of their home countries. The lively afternoon also features a Middle Eastern drumming workshop, a fusion dance workshop, a poetry reading and workshop, an Indian dance performance, storytelling, a choir performance, exotic face painting, balloon art, international family crafts, and free treats for children! Free admission. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

Wednesday, December 4, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Penn Humanities Forum Lecture
Past Imperfect: Archaeology and War in Iraq and Afghanistan
The looting of art and antiquities during times of war is as old as warfare itself. What's different about more recent efforts to protect cultural artifacts? Dr. C. Brian Rose, Curator-in-Charge, Mediterranean Section, shares his work preserving museums, libraries, and ancient sites in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also discusses the cultural heritage training program he developed for U.S. troops deploying to the Middle East. This lecture is presented as part of the Penn Humanities Forum's 2013–2014 theme, Violence. Pre-registration required; to register, visit www.phf.upenn.edu or call 215.573.8280.

ShipWednesday, December 4, 6:00 pm
"Great Voyages: Travels, Triumphs, and Tragedies" Lecture
Traveler's Tips from the 14th Century: The Detours of Ibn Battuta
From 1325 to 1354, a Moroccan scholar named Ibn Battuta did a bit of traveling—visiting the equivalent of over 40 modern countries, traversing the entire Eastern hemisphere, and logging about 73,000 miles. After his return home, the sultan of Morocco commissioned a writer to record Ibn Battuta's recollections of his journeys. The result was a book known as The Travels of Ibn Battuta, one of the world's classic travel narratives and a key window into the cosmopolitan world of medieval Islam. In this lecture, Dr. Paul Cobb, Professor of Islamic History, considers the lessons Ibn Battuta can teach to the globetrotting public of the 21st century. Admission with advance registration: $5, general public; $2, Penn Museum members; $10 at the door based on availability. To register, visit www.penn.museum/greatvoyages. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

Thursday, December 5, 12:30 pm
Brown Bag Lecture
The Parable of Gandhi's Glasses: To Whom Does Indian Cultural Heritage Belong?
In 2009, a private collector who owned several of Mahatma Gandhi's personal effects placed them for auction, sparking an international outcry about the proper disposition of relics associated with India's most famous modern icon. In this talk, Dr. Monica Smith, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles, evaluates the role of material culture and heritage in India through an examination of both singular artifacts and archaeological landscapes. Sponsored by the Penn Cultural Heritage Center. Free admission. For more information, call 215.746.4475.

Sleepover2Friday, December 6, 5:30 pm - Saturday, December 7, 9:00 am
Sleepover Program
40 Winks with the Sphinx
Penn Museum's popular sleepover program, geared to ages 6 to 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! Sleepovers sell out quickly, so register now for the fall and winter! To register, visit www.penn.museum/40winks.

Sunday, December 8, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Second Sunday Family Workshop
Chinese Calligraphy Scrolls
Calligraphy is a revered art form in China; hanging scrolls have been discovered in tombs dating back to the Han Dynasty (206 BCE–220 CE). In this drop-in workshop, participants select their favorite Chinese characters to mount upon a banner. Then, guests can explore tools of the calligraphy trade and other hands-on artifacts from China. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.4016.

Vivir la ChichaSunday, December 8, 2:00 pm
Second Sunday Culture Film
Vivir la Chicha (2003)
Chicha music, a variation on cumbia music popular in the coastal cities of Peru, evokes the experiences of the many Peruvians who have migrated from the high Andes. This film tells the story of Aurora Ramos—a worker in a sneaker factory—and the role that chicha plays in her life. After the film, Dr. Ann Farnsworth-Alvear, Associate Professor of History, Penn Latin American Studies, leads a discussion about class and music in Peruvian society. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Film Society, Penn Cinema Studies, the Penn Humanities Forum, Penn Latin American and Latino Studies, and the University Museum Library. Free with Museum admission.

Saturday, December 14, 3:30 pm
Afternoon Lecture
Unwrapping the Mummy: Hollywood Fantasies, Egyptian Realities
Mummies have been a source of fascination for centuries—recently evidenced by Universal Pictures' remake of The Mummy (1999), for which Dr. Stuart Tyson Smith, Chair of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, was a consultant. Drawing upon his own work for The Mummy, and archaeology at Luxor's Theban Necropolis and in Sudanese Nubia, Dr. Smith explores some modern myths about mummies, and the fascinating insights that can be gained from studying the "equipment" buried with mummies for the afterlife. Sponsored by the American Research Center in Egypt—PA Chapter. Admission: $8, general public; $5, Penn Museum members; free for ARCE-PA members. For more information, visit www.arce-pa.org.

Wednesday, December 18, 6:00 pm
Evening Lecture
Douglas G. Lovell, Jr., Annual "Reports from the Field"
Penn Museum researchers share their findings from work conducted at various archaeological sites. Speakers include Dr. Lauren Ristvet, Assistant Curator, Near East Section, discussing about her work at Azerbaijan; and Dr. Richard Zettler, Associate Curator-in-Charge, Near East Section, discussing his work in Kurdistan. Admission: Pay-what-you-want.

 

The Penn Museum (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 300 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.

The 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 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 $15 for adults; $13 for senior citizens (65 and above); $10 for children and full-time students with ID; free to Members, active U.S. Military, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger.

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.

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