Throughout time, catastrophes have shaped the world we live in. In the 2019-20 Great Lecture Series, we explore catastrophes from their causes and immediate impacts, to their implications and ingenuities. Natural and nuclear disasters, along with disease and deluge, will all be explored—from Pompeii to Chernobyl and mass extinction to the flu pandemic. Lectures take place in the beautiful restored Harrison Auditorium. Three lectures remain in this year’s series, on the catastrophes of the Classic Maya collapse (rescheduled for May 20), a 4th-century earthquake that shook Roman society (May 6), and the Chernobyl explosion (June 3). See below for details and to purchase tickets. You can also enjoy previous lectures in the Great Catastrophes series from your own home.
What better way to delve into the thrill of discovery than to hear from acclaimed Penn faculty and invited special guests during our signature lecture series? The annual “Greats Lectures” offer visitors opportunities dig into the past through vivid details and incredible insights into humanity over time and space.
|$7||Penn Museum Members Advance Ticket*|
|$10||At-the-door based on availability|
NEW! Come early to join a PhD candidate or collections expert for a pre-lecture Daily Dig object talk at 4:30pm that will highlight the each month's lecture topic, with no registration required. And before each of the Greats Lectures, the Museum Café will serve delicious, daily-prepared hot entrees, soup, and sandwiches. Arrive in the late afternoon to enjoy all the Museum has to offer!