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January AT PENN

Unless otherwise noted all events are open to the general public as well as to members of the University. For building locations, call (215) 898-5000 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or see www.facilities.upenn.edu/. Listing of a phone number normally means tickets, reservations or registration required.

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ACADEMIC CALENDAR

9

Spring Semester Classes Begin.

16

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  (Observed, No Classes).

20

Course Selection Period Ends.

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES

14

WXPN Kid’s Corner Presents: PeanutButter & Jams with The Cat’s Pajamas;11:30 a.m.; $10 by phone/online, $8 in person; info.: (215) 222-1400 (World Café Live).

28

Family Workshop: Roman Mosaics; 10 a.m.-noon; $10, $5/members includes materials fee and Museum admission; register: (215) 898-4016 (Penn Museum).

CONFERENCE

11

International Showcase of Performing Arts for Young People; Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts; info./register: (215) 898-6706. Through January 14.

EXHIBITS

Annenberg School for Communication; free; Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Arthur Ross Gallery, Fisher Fine Arts Library: free; Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., noon-5 p.m.

Burrison Gallery, University Club at Penn, Inn at Penn: free; Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Charles Addams Fine Arts Gallery: free; Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

College Hall, first floor; free; Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Esther Klein Gallery, 3600 Market St.: free; Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Graduate School of Education (GSE), Student Lounge: free; Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA): $6, $3/artists, seniors, and students over 12, free/members, children 12 and under, w/PennCard and on Sun. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Wed.-Fri., noon-8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

International House: free; for hours call (215) 387-5125.

Morris Arboretum: $10, $8/seniors, $5/students & youth 3-18, free w/ PennCard, children under 3; April through October: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends; November through March: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. everyday.

Penn Museum: $8, $5/seniors, children 6-17, full-time students w/ID, free/members, w/PennCard, children under 6; Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m., free.

Slought Foundation, 4017 Walnut St.: free; Wed.-Sat., 1-6 p.m.

Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. For hours see http://events.library.upenn.edu/cgi-bin/calendar.cgi.

WXPN, 3025 Walnut St.: free; daily, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

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Upcoming

9

Undergraduate Juried Exhibition; reception: January 10, 5 p.m.; Charles Addams Gallery. Through January 30.

13

The Marshall Plan: The Vision of a Family of Nations; International House. Through February 3. See January AT PENN Extras!

17

Brian Tolle Ben Franklin Project; reception: January 20, 6 p.m.; ICA. Through March 26. (See Ben Events).

 

Educating the Youth of Pennsylvania: Worlds of Learning in the Age of Franklin; Rosenwald Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. Through May 31. (See Ben Events).

21

Holiday Home By Ben Van Berkel and Caroline Bos; reception: January 20, 6 p.m.; ICA. Through March 26. See January AT PENN Extras!

 

The Anxious Object; reception: January 20, 6 p.m.; ICA. Through March 26.

 

Ramp Project: Ingrid Calame; reception: January 20, 6 p.m.; ICA. Through March 26. See January AT PENN Extras!

 

In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits; photographs span over a century of work and parallel the magazine’s ethnographic studies; Penn Museum. Through April 16. See January AT PENN Extras!

 

Gone Formalism; reception: January 20, 6 p.m.; ICA. Through March 26. See January AT PENN Extras!

28

Almost Art; works that straddle the line between art, sociology, technology and anthropology; reception: 6:30 p.m.; Slought Foundation. Through March 25. See January AT PENN Extras!

 

Antique Anatolian Carpets; Philadelphia collections that include examples influenced by Royal patronage in Anatolia; Arthur Ross Gallery. Through April 2. See January AT PENN Extras!

Now

Mapping the Pacific Coast: Coronado to Lewis and Clark, The Quivira Collection; Arthur Ross Gallery. Through January 9. See January AT PENN Extras!

Body Maps; by South African AIDS patients; Annenberg School for Communication. Through January 15. See January AT PENN Extras!

My Words Are Multiplying Like Cells; paintings by Sibylla Shekerdjiska-Benatova; Burrison Gallery. Through January 27. See January AT PENN Extras!

Plants for All Reasons; Upper Gallery, Morris Arboretum. Through February 19. See January AT PENN Extras!

An Investment in Knowledge: Franklin’s Vision for Penn; first floor, College Hall. Through September. (See Ben Events).

A Wonderful Life:A Daughter’s Tribute to a Family of Educators; Joan Myerson Shrager’s digital art; Student Lounge, GSE. Ongoing. See January AT PENN Extras!

Ongoing at the Penn Museum

Worlds Intertwined: Etruscans, Greeks and Romans; Canaan & Ancient Israel; Living in Balance: The Universe of the Hopi, Zuni, Navajo and Apache; Mesoamerica; The Egyptian Mummy: Secrets & Science; Raven’s Journey: The World of Alaska’s Native People; Buddhism: History & Diversity of a Great Tradition; Africa: The Cradle of Humankind; Polynesia: ‘ahu’ula + lei niho palaoa.

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Museum Tours
Meet at Trescher Main Entrance; 1:30 p.m.; free with Museum admission donation. Info.: www.museum.upenn.edu.

7

Egypt: Funerary Rites.

8

Native American Southwest: Living in Balance.

14

Archaeology: Tools of the Trade.

15

Highlights of the Collection.

22

Canaan & Ancient Israel: Daily Life.

28

Etruscan/Roman: Influence & Trade.

29

Mesoamerica: Ancient Ball Game.

FILMS

16

Shwass; 1 p.m.; rm 110, Annenberg School; rsvp: (215) 898-4490 (Annenberg School; South Asia Center).

International House
Screenings w/English subtitles.Tickets: $7, $5/members, students, seniors unless otherwise noted. Info.: www.ihousephilly.org.

13

Scene Not Heard; 8 p.m.

19

Funk Soul Shorts; 7 p.m.

20

Opening Tries; French; 7 p.m.; followed by Brigitte and Brigitte.

21

A Girl is a Gun; 7 p.m.

22

Anatomy of a Relationship; French; 2 p.m.

The Comedy of Work; French; 7 p.m.

24

Winter Soldier; 7 p.m. AlsoJanuary 26, 7 p.m.

25

Days of Santiago; 7 p.m.

27

The World; 8 p.m. AlsoJanuary 28; 7 p.m.

28

Selling Democracy: Films of the Marshall Plan: 1948-1953; program I, 11 a.m.; program II, 2:30 p.m. Continues January 29: program III, 11 a.m.; program IV, 2:30 p.m.

FITNESS AND LEARNING

Jazzercise; 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Tuesdays & Thursdays; Newman Center; first class free; $7/class, $5/students; contact Carolyn Hamilton: (215) 662-3293 (days) or (610) 446-1983 (evenings).

Class of 1923 Arena; 3130 Walnut St.; admission: weekday $5.50, weekend $6.50, $1 off w/PennCard; skate rental $2.50; public ice skating hrs.: Mon.-Thurs., 1-3 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Sun. 1-2:30 p.m.; group rates and skating lessons offered; info.: www.upenn.edu/icerink.

26

Rape Aggression Defense Program (RAD); 12-hour sessions give hands-on physical defense training for women; session I: 5:30-8:30 p.m., Thursdays through February 16; session II: January 28 & February 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; 4040 Chestnut St.; free/students, faculty, staff; registration: (215) 898-3590 (UPPD).

 

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Christian Association
Info.: http://dolphin.upenn.edu/~upennca.

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SLANGuage; 3 p.m. Also January 10, 17, 24 & 31.

10

Bible Study: Tough Texts in Context; noon. Also January 17, 24 & 31.

11

Queer Christian Fellowship; 6 p.m. Also January 25.

12

Sister Circle; noon. Also January 19 & 26.

ELP Courses
Register by January 3 at (215) 898-8681 or www.upenn.edu/elponline.

9

Online:Writing for Professional Purposes; Writing That Works; Grammar for Writers; The TOEFL Essay; The University Application Essay; Writing the GMAT/GRE Analytical Essay; $675. Through February 24.

17

Professionals; Grammar for Biomedical Professionals; $800, $650/Penn registrants. Through April 21.

Evening: Courses through week of February 20; $315/course with $15 registration fee. Intermediate and advanced courses unless otherwise noted.

9

Grammar Practice.

TOEFL/TWE Preparation; $630.

10

Conversation Practice; beginner.

Conversational Interactions.

Pronunciation Improvement.

12

Pronunciation Basics; beginner.

Listening & Speaking w/Confidence.

Vocabulary Expansion.

Learning and Education: HR
Open to faculty and staff. Register: www.hr.upenn.edu/training_coursecatalog/.

11

Career Focus Book Discussion: Doing Work You Love; noon-1 p.m. Also January 25.

17

Brown Bag Matinee–Focus Your Vision; noon-1 p.m.

25

Career/Life Strategies for Baby Boomers: Intro Session; noon-1:30 p.m.

PennFit: Department of Recreation
Free to Penn students, faculty & staff. Events take place at Pottruck Center. Register: www.upenn.edu/recreation.

6

Body Composition Measurements; noon; rm. G-16; pre-registration required.

17

Fitness Room Orientations; noon and 5 p.m.; pre-registration required.  Also January 18.

19

Pilates Demo Class; noon; studio 305.

24

Why Should I Have A Personal Trainer?; noon; rm. G-16.

 

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Technology Training Services
Classes at ISC labs, 3650 Chestnut St., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m unless otherwise noted. Open to faculty, staff & students. Register: www.tts.isc.upenn.edu.

5

Word 2000/XP Introduction; $190.

6

FileMaker Pro Introduction; $260.

9

Excel 2000/XP Introduction; $190.

10

Excel XP Pivot Tables; $125.

Excel XP Functions; $125.

PowerPoint XP Diagrams, Org Charts & Tables; $95.

Access Reports & Forms; $95.

11

Access 2000/XP Introduction; $357. Through January 12.

13

PowerPoint Introduction; $190.

17

Excel 2000/XP Intermediate; $190.

18

Dreamweaver MX 2004 Introduction; $855. Through January 20.

23

Business Objects Introduction; $380.

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FileMaker Pro Intermediate; $260.

31

Excel 2000/XP Advanced; $190.

MEETING

25 

University Council Open Forum; 4 p.m.; Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall.

READINGS AND SIGNINGS

22

Winter Flowering Shrubs & Winter Gardening; Mike Buffin; 2 p.m.; Morris Arboretum; $5, free/members; register: (215) 2475777 ext. 0.

Kelly Writers House
Events take place at the Arts Café. Info.: www.writing.upenn.edu/~wh/.

10

Estrangement and the Architecture of Freedom: Kafka, Shklovsky, & Arendt; Svetlana Boym, Harvard; 6 p.m.

24

Articulating Intellectual History, Cultural History, & Critical Theory; Dominick LaCapra, Cornell; 6 p.m.

25

Journalism, Civil Rights, & SocialJustice; Acel Moore, Philadelphia Inquirer;noon; rsvp: wh@writing.upenn.edu.

26

Reading and Discussion with Carlin Romano, Philadelphia Inquirer; 6 p.m.

 

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Penn Bookstore
Info.: www.upenn.edu/bookstore.

14

Shine: A Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Journey to Finding Love; Star Jones-Reynolds; 2 p.m.

Cancelled - I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell;  Tucker Max; 7 p.m.

18

Tragedy & Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy; Robert McChesney and John Nichols; 7:30 p.m.

19

Starting from Scratch; Wes Moss; 7 p.m.

25

The Face of Decline: The Pennsylvania Anthracite Region in the Twentieth Century; Walter Licht; 4 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENTS

12

Dining Days; University City restaurants participate in multi-price dinner promotion; info.: www.ucityphila.org/. Through January 19.

20

Opening Celebration: Fisher-Bennett Hall; readings, screenings, music and more; 2-5 p.m.; Fisher-Bennett Hall (SAS External Affairs).

21

World Culture Family Day: Chinese New Year Celebration; performances, children’s workshops, storytelling, arts & crafts, martial and healing arts traditions; the day ends with the Lion Dance; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; free w/admission; info.: (215) 898-4890 (Penn Museum).

27

5th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration: The Year of the Dog; 6 p.m; International House; info.: www.ihousephilly.org. (I-House).

SPORTS

Info./tickets: www.pennathletics.com.

7

Wrestling vs. Maryland; 1 p.m.

(W) Basketball vs. Princeton; 7 p.m.

8

(M & W) Fencing; 1 p.m.

10

(W) Basketball vs. Rider; 7 p.m.

13

(M) Basketball vs. Cornell; 7 p.m.

14

(W) Gymnastics vs. Towson/Ursinus/ Wilson; 4 p.m.

(M) Basketball vs. Columbia; 7 p.m.

16

(M) Basketball vs. Lafayette; 7 p.m.

19

(W) Basketball vs. Lafayette; 7 p.m.

21

(M & W) Fencing; 10 a.m.

25

(M) Basketball vs. LaSalle; 7:30 p.m.

27

(M) Squash vs. Trinity; 7 p.m.

28

(M) Basketball vs. St. Joseph’s; 7 p.m.

 

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TALKS

4

Phthalates and Reproductive Health: Are Boys and Men at Risk?; Russ Hauser, Harvard University; noon; rm. 252, BRB II/III (CRRWH).

11

Cadherin Control of Osteogenesis; Roberto Civitelli, Washington University; noon; rm. 252, BRB II/III (CRRWH).

12

Deciphering Exceptional Longevity: What We’ve Learned from the New England Centenarian Study; Thomas Perls, Boston University; 2 p.m.; Auditorium, BRB II/III (Institute on Aging; Center for Osteoimmunology). 

13

The Political Economy of Institutional Investors in Corporate Governance; Peter Gourevitch, University of California-San Diego; 10:30 a.m.; location: TBA; (215) 898-0788 (Management).

Military Medicine: A Critical Component of the United States National Security; William Winkenwerder, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs; noon; Austrian Auditorium, CRB (LDI).

15

HPV, HIV and HAART: Molecular & Clinical Interactions; Joel Palefsky, University of California, San Francisco; 1 p.m.; Auditorium, BRB II/III (Center for AIDS Research).

17

Sheikhs, Labs, Doctors and Bodies: The Egyptian Transplant Theater; Debra Budiani, Michigan State University; noon; ste. 320, 3401 Market St. (Center for Bioethics).

Rules for Investing in a Restrained Market; Burton Malkiel, speaker/author; 4 p.m.; Class of ’62 Auditorium, John Morgan Bldg. (School of Medicine).

18

Setting the Stage for Development: Post-Transcriptional Control During Egg Activation and Early Embryogenesis; Howard Lipshitz, University of Toronto; noon; rm. 252, BRB II/III (CRRWH).

HIV-1 Drug Resistance and Viral Fitness; Daniel Kuritzkes, Harvard University; noon; Austrian Auditorium, CRB (Center for AIDS Research; Microbiology).

Transportation, Urban Development, and Greenhouse Gases: Patterns of Consumption and Inequity in Philadelphia, PA; Rob Neff, University of Maryland; noon; Carolyn Hoff Lynch Auditorium, Chemistry Bldg. (Institute for Environmental Studies).

Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery Strategies for Spinal Cord Injury Repair; Molly Shoichet, University of Toronto; 3:15 p.m.; Wu and Chen Auditorium, Levine Hall (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering).

19

Madness, Confinement and Legal Process: New England, 1780-1830; Cornelia Dayton, University of Connecticut; 4:30 p.m.; rm. 209, College Hall (History).

20

Building With the Emperor: Augustus and His Helpers; Lothar Haselberger, history of art; 3:30 p.m.; rm. 201, Jaffe Bldg. (History of Art).

23

Vaccines Against Potential Pandemic Strains of Influenza; Kanta Subbarao, NIAID; 4 p.m.; rm. 321, Rosenthal (Vet Medicine).

BOOM: New Philadelphia Architecture; panel discussion; 6 p.m.; Upper Gallery, Meyerson Hall (Architecture).

25

Modeling China’s Energy Future; Pat DeLaquil, Clean Energy Commercialization; noon; Carolyn Hoff Lynch Auditorium, Chemistry Bldg. (Institute for Environmental Studies).

Visual and Verbal Expert Evidence in the American Courtroom; Jennifer Mnookin, University of Virginia; time/location: TBA; (215) 573-8280 (Penn Humanities Forum).

26

Disclosing Individual Results to Research Participants: Ethical Considerations; Vardit Ravitsky, medical ethics; noon; ste. 320, 3401 Market St. (Center for Bioethics).

27

Married Women’s Beliefs and Attitudes about Firearms in the Home; Renee Johnson, Harvard University; 9:30 a.m.; Terrace Room, Logan Hall (FICAP).

Gender, Migration, and the Caribbean; Yolanda Martinez-San Miguel, Romance Languages; Frances Negron-Muntaner, Columbia University; noon; rm. 436, Logan Hall (Women’s Studies).

 

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MLK Events

 

Penn’s Commitment to the Legacy:
Making a Difference By Living The Dream

The following are among the many events to come. For a complete list of programs and the latest information visit: www.upenn.edu/aarc/mlk.


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Philadelphia Reads Book Drive; collecting new children’s books; see MLK website for drop-off locations. Through January 13 (Civic House).

15  

20th Annual Dinner in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; recitation and discussion of Dr. King’s works, gospel music, and a  southern-style dinner; 6 p.m.; $28 (dinner & events); reservations: (215) 386-9224 (White Dog Café).

16

Day of Service Breakfast; Sister Empress Phile’ Chionesu and President Amy Gutmann; 9 a.m.; Hall of Flags, Houston Hall (MLK Service Committee, BGAPSA & United Minorities Council).

School Spruce Up Project; for a West Philadelphia Agency; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; volunteers in need of transportation meet at 3417 Spruce St.; pre-register on the MLK website (MLK Service Committee).

Children’s Banner Painting Service Project; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Class of ’49 Auditorium, Houston Hall (MLK Service Committee).

Helping Hands at Houston Hall; create gifts to be donated to area shelters, nursing homes and other charities; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall (MLK Service Committee).

Philadelphia Reads Literacy Project; create books on tape to promote literacy for Philadelphia’s youth; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall (MLK Service Committee).

Candlelight Vigil; reflect on Dr. King’s life and legacy; marching from W.E.B. Du Bois, the Quad and Hill College Houses to the Hall of Flags, Houston Hall; 7 p.m. (Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.).

White Dog Café MLK, Jr. Day of Service; help Books Through Bars bring books to prisoners; 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; 4722 Baltimore Ave. (White Dog Café).

17

Bring Men To Peace: Reaching Our Youth In The Street; Bilal Qayyum, Peace Activist, and co-founder of Men United For A Better Philadelphia and The Fathers’ Day Rally Committee; The Carriage House, 3907 Spruce St. (AARC; Men United For A Better Philadelphia; PHF; Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs; Penn Bookstore).

Blood Drive; 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; W.E.B. Du Bois College House; (W.E.B. Du Bois Fit Liaison; American Red Cross).

18

The Implications of the New Supreme Court on Women’s Lives; noon-1:30 p.m.; Penn Women’s Center (PWC; Women’s Studies).

MLK Interfaith Program; music, readings and remarks from President Amy Gutmann and Rev. Dwight Ernest, Pastor of Christian Unity Church in New Orleans and former Chaplain, Dillard University; presentation of Community Involvement Awards; 6:30 p.m.; Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall (MLK Executive Committee).

19

Taking a Second Look at Black & Latino Relations; 5 p.m.; location: TBA; info.: (215) 746-6043 (Latino Dialogue Institute).

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture in Social Justice:Social Justice and the Media; Charlayne Hunter-Gault, NPR; Ron Allen, NBC News; Farai Chideya, NPR; 5:30 p.m.; Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center; free tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis: (215) 898-3900. (Center for Africana Studies).

20

Come Hell or High Water; book presentation with Michael Eric Dyson; 2 p.m.; Penn Bookstore (Bookstore).

21

PASA Community Service Project; Metropolitan AIDS Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA); noon; 12 S. 23rd St. (PASA).

24

University City Restaurants Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; specials like buy one-get one half price or 25% off individual orders; a coupon from the MLK booklet is required at purchase or download from the MLK website or present this calendar; 5-9 p.m. (Fatou & Fama; Zocalo; White Dog Café & Pizza Rustica).

Screening & Discussion: America’s Civil Rights Movement; teaches tolerance and depicts the battle for civil rights; 7 p.m.; Greenfield Intercultural Center (Alliance and Understanding: Black-Jewish Relations).

25

In Celebration of a Woman’s Work; Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum, VPUL; noon; Golkin Room, Houston Hall (AARC; WOCAP; PWC & VPUL).

Kelly Writers House MLK Program; examining Penn’s work in the community and deepening its impact; 5-8 p.m.; Hall of Flags, Houston Hall (Center for Community Partnerships).

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Careers in Advocacy; panel discussion; 4:30-6 p.m.; Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall (Career Services).

Honoring Legends: Celebrating 125 Years of African American Excellence and Achievement; opening reception for the 2006 yearlong commemoration of 125th Anniversary of African American presence within the Penn Alumni Family; 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Dental School, (Black Alumni Society).

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Jazz For King Celebration; featuring Glenn Bryan’s Band “Friends;” 6-8 p.m.; W.E.B. Du Bois College House (AARC, PWC & W.E.B. Du Bois College House).

 

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Celebrating the 300th Birthday of Benjamin Franklin

Ben Franklin
Benjamin Franklin, L.L.D.,
M. Thomas, publisher, Charles Goodman (1796-1835) and Robert Piggot (1737-1797), engravers, David Martin (1737-1797), painter, 1818. Image courtesy of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania

Let the celebrations begin! January 17, 2006 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin—a landmark that is being celebrated not only here at Penn but throughout the area and around the nation and beyond. The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary at Penn (www.upenn.edu/secretary/benfranklin/) is organized by the Office of the University Secretary. Penn is a founding member of the Tercentenary Consortium, created in 2000 by the American Philosophical Society, The Franklin Institute, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the University. The Tercentenary consortium’s projects form the official national celebration (www.BenFranklin300.org). The main event is Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World—an international traveling exhibition, which has opened at the National Constitution Center where it will be through April before going on to St. Louis, Houston, Denver, Atlanta, and concluding in Paris, France. Penn alumni around the world are gathering to “raise a toast to dear old Ben,” (www.alumni.upenn.edu/club/benbday/). There are many opportunities to remember Ben—a man known for his inventions and contributions to society, his ideas and his ideals, his publications and his post office, his kite and key experiments as well as his diplomatic excursions to Europe (www.upenn.edu/about/founder.php).

On-Campus Tercentenary Events

Now

University Archives’ exhibit: An Investment  in Knowledge: Franklin’s Vision for Penn;  Franklin’s proposal for higher education–and how he turned his vision into a lasting reality–is revealed in this exhibition; view maps, drawings, and documents that illustrate Penn’s formative years; first floor, College Hall.  Website: www.archives.upenn.edu/histy/features/1700s/penn1700s.html. Through September 2006.

Essay Contest: If Ben Had Had His Way; Penn undergraduates are invited to submit an essay by January 20 of approximately ten double-spaced pages suitable for delivery as a 20-minute lecture to Penn Humanities Forum;  explore the meaning of a Penn education in light of its founder’s ideals; info.: (215) 898-8220 or humanities@sas.upenn.edu.

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7-Up on Ben; a lively celebration of the 300th birthday of Ben Franklin featuring 7 members of the Writers House and Penn communities–Michael Zuckerman, Matt Neff, Sarah Giovaniello, Ben Filreis, Tom Devaney,  Ann Matter and Helen Sewell Johnson–speaking/performing/singing/telling stories for 7 minutes each on some aspect of Penn’s  multifaceted founder. Expect the unexpected! 6 p.m. Kelly Writers House.

  Educating the Youth of Pennsylvania: Schooling and Society in Colonial Philadelphia: An Exhibition of Books, Manuscripts, and Contemporary Artifacts; surveys the educational landscape of Franklin’s time and investigates the importance, originality, and ongoing relevance of his vision. It  includes original documents, printed books, and artifacts, as well as photographs of surviving school buildings.  Accompanied by a website (http://benjaminfranklin300.library.upenn.edu), a catalogue, and programs on the history and state of education in America; reception: 5 p.m.; Rosenwald Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center.  Through May 31.
 

ICA Project Space: Brian Tolle; a series of emblematic images that pitch  Ben Franklin, this luminary historical figure, in a contemporary light: an electric snake, a brilliant sun burst, and Franklin’s face engraved on the $100 dollar bill. These room-scale elements–painting, printing, mural, and sculpture–celebrate Franklin as an iconic revolutionary; reception: January 20, 6-8 p.m. Through March 26.

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Ambassador Franklin in London; join Philadelphia baroque orchestra Tempesta di Mare for a selection of music Franklin would have heard when he frequented the concert halls of London; 8 p.m.; Irvine Auditorium; $20 general admission; $10 students with ID; free with Penn student, faculty or staff ID; info.: (215) 898-6244.

 

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Off-Campus Tercentenary Events

children's activities

Now

 Benjamin Franklin: Catch The Lightning; selections of print works from the Children’s Literature Research Collection; Free Library of Philadelphia; info.: (215) 686-5370 or www.library.phila.gov. Through June 30.

Franklin’s Hands on History; Independence National Historical Park, Franklin Court Underground Museum; info.: (800) 537-7676. Through December 31, 2006.

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Ben’s Birthday Pajama Party; wear your finest, family-friendly pajamas for this party featuring music, games, food, movies, children’s activities and admission to the exhibition, Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World. National Constitution Center; advance reservations only; info.: (215) 409-6700 or www.constitutioncenter.org.

14

Ben’s History Sleuth; learn what it was like to live in Philadelphia during Ben’s era; children can create birthday cards to be delivered to Ben himself at his 300th birthday celebration at the National Constitution Center on January 17; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; National Constitution Center; info.: (215) 409-6693.

17

Ben Franklin’s Birthday Celebration; Please Touch Museum; info.: (215) 963-0667 or www.pleasetouchmuseum.org.

EXHIBITS & SHOWS

Now

Benjamin Franklin: An American Idol; technology, mass communication and civic engagement; Nexus/Foundation for Today’s Art; info.: (215) 629-1103. Through January 22.

Money In Motion; learn about money, banking, and the Federal Reserve System and play Match Wits with Ben, a fast-paced, interactive game about the exhibit; Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia; info.: (215) 574-6257. Through February 28.

Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard: Anatomy of An Almanac; printed by Franklin and annotated by his fellow statesman Isaac Norris (1701-1766); The Rosenbach Museum & Library; info.: (215) 732-1600 x112 or www.rosenbach.org. Through March 19.

Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World; the largest collection of Franklin materials ever assembled, as well as interactive, multi-media installations; The National Constitution Center; info.: (215) 557-0733 or www.benfranklin300.org. Through April 30.

Franklin’s Legacy of Public Service: Elizabeth Duane Gillespie; traces the life of Ben’s great-granddaughter; Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia; info.: (215) 685-4828. Through May 1.

Benjamin Franklin and Religious Liberty; explores Franklin’s relationship with the Jewish community; National Museum of American Jewish History; info.: (215) 923-3811 or www.nmajh.org. Through May 31.

Benjamin Franklin’s World: The Art of Benjamin Franklin’s Time in Philadelphia, London, and Paris; Philadelphia Museum of Art; info.: (215) 763-8100 or www.philamuseum.org. Through July 30.

Boatloads of Ben: Franklin’s Strong Inclination for the Sea; discover how Franklin dove into this maritime world and applied his genius to the nautical puzzles of the day; Independence Seaport Museum; info.: (215) 413-8655 or www.phillyseaport.org. Through September 5.

Franklin Court Printing Office & Bindery; learn why Franklin was so successful as a printer and writer and view the restored Subscription office of his grandson, Benjamin Franklin Bache; Independence National Historical Park; info.: (800) 537-7676. Through December 31, 2006.

The Curiosity Show; re-enactments of some of Franklin’s experiments; The Franklin Institute; info.: (215) 448-1175. Through January 1, 2008.

 

Academic Calendar Ben Events Children's Activities Conference
Exhibits Films
MLK Events Readings/Signings Special Events
Talks Extras!    

PERFORMANCES

10

Josh Kornbluth’s Ben Franklin: Unplugged; the mystery of the relationship between Franklin and his son; 8 p.m.; Plays & Players Theater; tickets/info.: (215) 985-1400 x102. Through January 22.

15

Armonica Recital at The Curtis Institute of Music by Alumna Cecilia Gniewek; includes  students from The Curtis Institute of Music and a special appearance by Ben himself; 3 p.m.; Field Concert Hall, The Curtis Institute of Music; info.: (215) 893-7902.

20

Philomel Baroque Orchestra; Franklin’s Philadelphia: A Concert Exploring Franklin’s Musical World; 8 p.m.; Christ Church; 2nd & Market Sts.; info.: (215) 487-2344 or www.philomel.org.

25

Philadelphia Orchestra Concert: Dutoit Returns; 8 p.m.; Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts; info.: (215) 893-1999. Also January 26, 8 p.m. & January 27, 2 p.m.

27

Ambassador Franklin in London; join Philadelphia baroque orchestra Tempesta di Mare for a selection of music Franklin would have heard when he frequented the concert halls of London; 8 p.m.; Trinity Episcopal Church, Chester Road (Rte. 320) and College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA; $20 general admission; $10 students with ID; info.: (215) 755-8776.

SPECIAL EVENTS

14

Benjamin Franklin’s 300th Birthday Bash; enjoy cake, a giant birthday card signing, reenactments of Ben’s experiments and meet Ben himself. The Bash kicks off with the premier of Ben’s Electrical Spectacular brand-new live electricity demonstration show;  The Franklin Institute; info.: (215) 448-1175 or www.fi.edu.

17

Still Celebrating! Franklin at 300: Celebration! Benjamin Franklin, Founder; gala parade to Franklin’s grave accompanied by bagpipers, banners, and fire engines; 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; American Philosophical Library; info.: (856) 429-8331.

TALKS

4

Benjamin Franklin’s Philadelphia: An Architectural Tour of Philadelphia Viewed Through The Eyes of Benjamin Franklin; slide/talk about how Philadelphia would have appeared during Franklin’s lifetime; 2:30-3:30 p.m.; Van Pelt Auditorium, Philadelphia Museum of Art; info.: (215) 763-8100. Through July 26.

8

Franklin Biographers: A Reunion; join three Franklin biographers–Walter Isaacson, Gordon Wood & Stacy Schiff–in a conversation with another Franklin author, Jim Lehrer of PBS’s Newshour; Annenberg Center for Outreach and Education, National Constitution Center; reservations/info.: (215) 409-6700.

23

Benjamin Franklin, Scientist and Medical Investigator; Stuart Green, University of California-Irvine; illustrated with items from his collection; 6:15 p.m.; The College of Physicians of Philadelphia; info.: (215) 563-3737 x265.

 

 

 



 
  Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 16, December 20, 2005

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