Press Releases: Events
Special Event Celebrates Bestselling Author's New Book Exploring World War II Resistance Fightersand Ancient Greek Athletic Practices Thursday, April 23, 6:00 pm PHILADELPHIA, PA 2015—Christopher McDougall, the bestselling author of Born to Run, believes that there is an athletic, immensely capable ancient Greek hero inside of us all—and he's coming to the Penn Museum to inspire us to make first contact. On Thursday, April 23, the author, journalist and running advocate with a passion for exploring the limits of human potential offers up a special cabaret-style program to celebrate his newest book, Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance (Alfred A. Knopf publishers, on sale from April 14, 2015). The program, Natural Born Heroes, begins at 6:00 pm in the Museum's Harrison Auditorium. Tickets, which include copies of the new hardcover book, are available online in advance or at the door while supplies last: $35; $30 Penn Museum members. A book signing follows the event.
2,768 Years Old and Counting: Penn Museum Marks Rome’s Birthday With Gladiatorial Bouts, Tours, Talks and More at a Day-Long Celebration Saturday April 18, 11 am to 4 pm
PHILADELPHIA, PA, Spring 2015—Felix natalis! Roughly translated, that is "happy birthday" in Latin—a great phrase to use at the royal celebration of Rome's Birthday Saturday, April 18, 11 am to 4 pm, at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia. Guests will be treated to explosive gladiator fights and interactive legionary tactical demonstrations, mythology gallery tours in the Worlds Intertwined: Etruscans, Greeks and Romans suite of galleries, toga wrapping demonstrations and laurel wreath-making craft tables, short lectures and minute "pop up" presentations on ancient Roman history and life, in the galleries.
Modern Native Voices: The Medium of Hip Hop New Music with a Distinctly Native Beat is Explored, Performed At the Penn Museum Saturday, March 21, Beginning at 3:00 pm
PHILADELPHIA, PA 2015—What happens when Native American voices speak out—through the musical medium of rap and hip hop? On Saturday, March 21, the Penn Museum hosts Frank Waln, Def-i, Tall Paul, and Wake Self, four nationally-known Native American rap and hip hop artists, for an afternoon of in-the-galleries spoken word, a follow up panel discussion, and an evening concert. The afternoon-into-night program, Modern Native Voices: The Medium of Hip Hop, is presented in conjunction with the Museum's five-year exhibition, Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now. The program is sponsored by Natives at Penn, Native American and Indigenous Studies, the Greenfield Intercultural Center, and Du Bois College House, CCCP, all at Penn, as well as Drexel University, Student Center for Inclusion & Culture, with support from Delaware Investments/Macquarie Group Foundation. Admission is free.
Camp Offers Weekly Themes June 29 through August 21, 2015 PHILADELPHIA, PA— This summer, adventurous children ages 7 through 13 can experience a unique day camp that takes them through time and across continents at the Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) on Penn's campus in Philadelphia. "Anthropologists in the Making" runs eight theme-oriented one-week sessions from June 29-August 21, 2015. Each week culminates in a Friday afternoon showcase, where parents and friends are invited and where campers demonstrate all they've discovered through creative displays and interactive presentations. Details about the popular camp can be found online: www.penn.museum/camp. Online registration opens February 15 via the website.
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. Wednesday, March 4, 6:00 pm"One Book, One Philadelphia" WorkshopObjects that Connect UsThe Free Library of Philadelphia has selected Orphan Train (2013) by Christina Baker Kline as its One Book, One Philadelphia 2015 selection. Dr. Lucy Fowler Williams, Associate Curator and Sabloff Keeper of Collections, offers a special workshop that picks up on the book's themes—great for book clubs or multigenerational friends and family (teens through adults). In Orphan Train, young Molly, a part-Penobscot Indian, and Vivian, an older woman whose roots lie in Ireland, show how objects hold special significance—as they often do for each of us. Join Dr. Williams on this behind-the-scenes Native American object exploration, discussion, and reflective personal writing program. Free with Museum admission. Limited enrollment; pre-registration required. To register, visit www.penn.museum/calendar or call 215.898.2680.
Penn Museum's 26th Annual Celebration of African CulturesSaturday, February 28, 11:00am – 4:00 pm PHILADEPHIA, PA—African melodies and moves, along with tales, proverbs, artifacts, crafts, and cuisine from cultural traditions spanning the African continent, come together at the Penn Museum's annual Celebration of African Cultures on Saturday, February 28, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The festivities showcase acclaimed local artists and griots, including storyteller Queen Nur, Odunde 365, and the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble. The celebration is free with Museum admission donation ($15, general admission; $13, seniors [65+]; $10, children [6-17] and full-time students [with ID]; $2 ACCESS Card holders; free to children under 5, members, active U.S. Military, STAMP and PennCard holders).
Controversy over Remains of Native American Athlete Jim Thorpe Subject of Play Reading, Panel Discussion February 12
Renowned Native American Writers and Activists Suzan Harjo, Mary Kathryn NagleJoin with Theater Director Matt Pfeiffer to Present My Father's Bones at the Penn Museum PHILADELPHIA, PA January 20, 2015—The Penn Museum hosts a staged reading of My Father's Bones, a short play by nationally renowned Native American writers and activists Suzan Shown Harjo and Mary Kathryn Nagle, Thursday, February 12, 5:30 pm. The play recounts the ongoing struggle of three sons to recover the remains of their father—the unmatched Olympian Jim Thorpe—from the Borough of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, for reburial with his relatives on Sac and Fox Nation land in Oklahoma. The free program, sponsored by the Penn Cultural Heritage Center of the Penn Museum and presented in conjunction with the Museum's Native American Voices exhibition, concludes with a panel discussion and reception. The first version of My Father's Bones was selected as a finalist for the 2013 Von Marie Atchley Excellence in Playwriting Award and performed at the Autry Center of the American West in Los Angeles. This revision is staged by Philadelphia-based director Matt Pfeiffer, recently nominated for the 2014 Barrymore Award for Outstanding Direction of Play for his direction of Down Past Passyunk, at InterAct Theater Company in Philadelphia.
Saturday, January 31, 2015 SHEEP1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015 According to Chinese tradition, people born in the year of the sheep are tender, wise, and polite, with an affinity for art and beauty, and a preference for quiet living. The zodiac foretells that these people should play sports, avoid eating too much greasy food, and set an aquarium in the western or northern side of their home to encourage wealth. Celebrities born in the year of the sheep include Thomas Edison, Muhammad Ali, Mick Jagger, Anderson Cooper, and Norristown native Maria Bello. — from The Chinese Zodiac PHILADELPHIA, PA—Help shepherd in the Year of the Sheep at the Penn Museum's 34th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration on Saturday, January 31, 2015, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The daylong extravaganza features traditional music and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, a special focus on Chinese health and wellness practices, calligraphy demonstrations, vegetable carving, family crafts and tours, even a Chinese marketplace. As always, the celebration concludes with a drum roll and a roar—the grand finale lion dance. The celebration, one of the oldest in Philadelphia, is free with Museum admission donation ($15, general admission; $13, seniors [65+]; $10, children [6-17] and full-time students [with ID]; $2 ACCESS Card holders; free to children under 5, members, active U.S. Military, STAMP and PennCard holders).
"Mummies Outside the Box" and Inside the MuseumAs Relâche New Music Ensemble Accompanies Silent Films at the Penn MuseumSunday, January 25, 2015* * *Museum Offers Mummy Tour at 2:00 pm; Ensemble Performs at 3:00 pm PHILADELPHIA, January 2015—The spotlight is on new music, old movies, and very old mummies Sunday afternoon, January 25 at the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street in Philadelphia, as Relâche, Philadelphia's internationally renowned new music ensemble, presents "Mummies Outside the Box." The 3:00 pm program is the second in a three part Relâche-in-Residence series, Music for the Mystery of Silents. To get concert-goers in the spirit, the Penn Museum offers a special optional mummy-focused gallery tour, "Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt," with Paul Verhelst, University of Pennsylvania Egyptology graduate student, at 2:00 pm. Relâche concert tickets are just $15 ($10 for Museum members), in advance or at the door, while supplies last. Concert guests with tickets may arrive early to join the 2:00 pm gallery tour, or enter and explore the Museum's international galleries—including galleries featuring its extensive ancient Egyptian collections, The Egyptian Mummy: Secrets and Science, and In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies—beginning 2:00 pm on the day of the concert. January 25 tickets may be purchased at the Penn Museum online calendar (www.penn.museum/calendar).
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. 'Wednesday, January 7, 6:00 pmGreat Wonders Lecture SeriesSearching for the Hanging Gardens of BabylonThe Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II (604–562 BCE) is infamous in the Bible for having destroyed the Temple of Jerusalem in 586 BCE. However, he is also famous in classical sources for having built the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. During his reign, Nebuchadnezzar commissioned numerous building projects at Babylon; the remains of many of these were found by German archaeologist Robert Koldewey, who conducted extensive excavations at Babylon from 1899 until the outbreak of the First World War. But did he find the remains of the Hanging Gardens? Dr. Grant Frame, Associate Curator, Penn Museum Babylonian Section, discusses. Admission with advance registration: $5; $10 at the door based on availability. Register here.
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