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Great Lectures Series at the Penn Museum

What is a city? How do religion, politics, and environments effect the growth and development of cities? Throughout history some cities have thrived while others have perished. Join the Penn Museum on the first Wednesday evening of each month, October through June, for our popular "Great Lecture Series: Great Rise of the City". Explore what makes a city a city in diverse regions of the world, from Greece to Mexico to China to the Middle East and even your own backyard.


$10 General Admission
$5 Penn Museum Members Advance Ticket*
$10 At-the-door based on availability

Great Lecture Series 2017-18: Rise of the City is sold out!

Due to Harrison Auditorium renovations, this year’s Great Lectures series is presented in the smaller Rainey Auditorium.

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Rise of the City

The Forbidden City: Emperors, Ritual, Residence, and City

March 7, 2018 - 6:00pm

This lecture explores the lives of China's most important rulers, Khubilai Khan, Yongle, Kangxi, and Qianlong inside the the City, the rituals they performed, and the ceremonial and religious architecture they built.

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Upcoming Lecture Dates

SOLD OUT: The Forbidden City: Emperors, Ritual, Residence, and City06:00PM - 07:00PM
SOLD OUT: Rome, the Eternal City06:00PM - 07:00PM
SOLD OUT: City in the Islamic World: Theory, Plan, Law, and Use06:00PM - 07:00PM
SOLD OUT: Philadelphia: Colonial City to Modern Metropolis06:00PM - 07:00PM


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