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at the 36th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration Saturday, January 21, 2017 ROOSTER 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017 People born in the year of the Rooster are very observant, hardworking, resourceful, courageous, talented, and self-confident. Roosters are always active, amusing and popular among the crowd. They are talkative, outspoken, frank, open, honest, and loyal individuals. They like to be the center of attention and always appear attractive. from The Chinese Zodiac PHILADELPHIA, PA 2017–Make some joyous noise when you call in the Year of the Rooster at the Penn Museum’s 36th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration on Saturday, January 21, 2017, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The festive day features traditional Chinese music, contemporary Asian film and Asian American art, zodiac gallery tours, tangram workshops, tai chi, falun gong and kung fu martial arts demonstrations, calligraphy, family crafts and much more—with the grand finale drums and the roar of the lion dance and parade. Activities are held in the Museum’s Rotunda, which houses one of the finest collections of monumental Chinese art in the country, and throughout the international galleries of the Museum.
At the Penn Museum Friday, January 13 PHILADELPHIA—The Daedalus Quartet, the University of Pennsylvania’s internationally renowned string-quartet-in-residence, and the Penn Museum join forces to present a new interpretation of George Crumb’s classic "Black Angels". The site-specific, multi-media concert also features remarkable contemporary music created to be performed amidst the ancient artifacts of the Penn Museum’s echo-rich Chinese Rotunda. The program is co-presented by the University of Pennsylvania Department of Music and Bowerbird.
Free Family Holiday Event Rings in the Season at the Penn Museum Saturday, December 3, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm PHILADELPHIA 2016—Philadelphia is now a World Heritage City, and the Penn Museum offers a free, spirited holiday program with an international focus: Celebrations around the World Saturday, December 3, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Guests receive Museum “passports” to “visit” China, Japan, Kenya, Iraq, and the Republic of Georgia and discover a world of holiday traditions at this annual, all-ages afternoon. Traditional Vietnamese songs as well as world music geared to children, Tai chi and Karate demonstrations, African and African-American storytelling, and “Celebrations around the World” family gallery tours are all part of the event, along with balloon art, face painting, holiday craft make-and-takes, and even holiday cupcakes, while they last!
World-Renowned Egyptologist David Silverman, Museum Curator and Penn Professor, Leads Complementary Courses Philadelphia, PA, Fall 2016—Can’t get enough of Ancient Egypt? You’re not alone. Beginning October 31, anyone in the world with access to a laptop, tablet, or smart phone can take this course: Introduction to Ancient Egypt and Its Civilization with Dr. David Silverman, the Eckley Brinton Coxe, Jr. Professor of Egyptology, University of Pennsylvania, Curator-in-Charge of the Egyptian Section at the Penn Museum, and one of the world’s foremost Egyptologists—via the online open learning platform, Coursera. The course, produced by the University of Pennsylvania, is available in English and subtitled in English. The cost of participating: free ($49 for those who choose to earn a certificate of completion).
Puts a Spotlight on Mexican State of Veracruz Saturday October 29, 11 am to 4 pm *** Centerpiece Altar Remembers Juan Gabriel, Beloved Mexican Singer/Songwriter PHILADELPHIA, PA 2016—Penn Museum, in conjunction with the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia and the Mexican Cultural Center, presents the fifth annual Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead Saturday, October 29, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, throughout the galleries of the international museum of art, archaeology and world cultures. Ghoulish skeletons and macabre decorations abound, but make no mistake: Day of the Dead is anything but somber. It’s a vibrant cultural celebration, rich in traditions and connections—it is at heart a celebration of life.
Students and Scholars Welcomed to Philadelphia Friday, October 14 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm ***Mayor Kenney Among Host of Dignitaries to Offer Welcome FALL, 2016 — As the nation’s first World Heritage City, Philadelphia has a rich history, international roots, and wide-reaching global connections. Nowhere is Philadelphia’s global reach and diversity more evident than through the international students and scholars who come to the city and region to further their higher education, and in the process, to enrich the communities where they reside.
Penn Museum's 2016-17 Lecture Series Begins Wednesday, October 5 Philadelphia, PA, Fall 2016—From centaurs to sphinxes to constellations in the stars, a fascinating array of strange and powerful creatures—some mythical, some real—have been recognized by human civilizations throughout our history. These ancient beasts come to light in the Penn Museum’s new Great Beasts of Legend evening lecture series, featuring prominent scholars from the Penn Museum and the University of Pennsylvania. The series opens Wednesday, October 5 at 6:00 pm, and continues the first Wednesday of each month through June 2017.
Features Thought-Provoking Documentaries, Discussions, October through March PHILADELPHIA, PA September 2016—Our language and our culture are deeply intertwined, so much so that some may say language is culture. How is that? This fall through spring, the Penn Museum’s Second Sunday Culture Film Series explores aspects of translation, accents, culture, and language through a range of documentaries that connect with extraordinary people and diverse locales around the world: from a Chinese-owned diner in the Canadian Plains, to hip hop culture in New Zealand, to Korean children at a school for the deaf in California. The Language is Culture series is co-sponsored by the 2016-2017 Penn Humanities Forum on Translation.
Sunday, October 16 at 3:00 pm Penn Museum’s Ancient Collections Provide Inspiration for Part of the Program, “Very Old Film and Very Old Texts with Very New Music” Relâche, Philadelphia’s internationally renowned new music octet, opens its fourth season in residence at the Penn Museum on Sunday, October 16, at 3:00 pm, with a program that includes new music inspired some of the Museum’s oldest, and most famous artifacts: clay cuneiform tablets bearing some of the world’s earliest literature from ancient Mesopotamia. "Very Old Film and Very, Very Old Texts with Very New Music" features the premiere of Sumer Redux by Relâche composer and bassoonist Chuck Holdeman.
The Public Classroom @ Penn Museum: Internationally Renowned Experts Come Together to Offer Free, Five Session Course, Open Access Documentary, and Discussion Tools, on Controversial Topic Science and Race: History, Use and Abuse Begins September 21 What is this thing called “race?” Scientists agree that many common assumptions about race are wrong—yet the consequences of racism are very real.