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November 24, 2009 Volume 56, No. 13
Unless otherwise noted, all events are open to the general public as well as to members of the University.
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Academic Calendar Children's Activities Conferences Exhibits Films Fitness/ Learning Meetings Music On Stage Readings/
Special Events Sports Talks Holiday Hours



Fall term classes end.


Reading Days. Through December 14.


Final Examinations.  Through December 22.


Fall Semester ends.



40 Winks with the Sphinx Sleepover; 6 p.m.-9 a.m.; ages 6-12; Penn Museum; $50, $45/members. register: www.penn.museum (Museum).


Art and Artifact Workshop: An Ancient Mediterranean Expedition; design the armor of Etruscan warriors and discover them in the galleries; 10 a.m.; Penn Museum; $5, $3/members (Museum). 


Anh’s Anger; children’s storytime with author Gail Silver, ages 3-6; 10:30 a.m.; Penn Bookstore (Bookstore).

Morris Arboretum
Register: www.morrisarboretum.org.


Collage Creation with Color and Fragrance; 1-2:30 p.m.; ages 5 and up; $18, $15/members.


Kids’ Holiday Centerpiece; 1-2:30 p.m.; ages 5-12; $33, $30/members.

Peanut Butter & Jams
World Cafe Live
Shows at 11:30 a.m.; $10, $7/children under 12 unless otherwise indicated; Info.: www.worldcafelive.com.


The Cat’s Pajamas; kid-rock with dance, puppets, props and costumes.


Debbie and Friends; classic kids’ tales and an interactive variety show.


KiDROCKERS; indie music and comedy; tickets $18, $15/advance.


Auricolae with Charlotte Blake Alston; music and story-telling.

conferences Index 


2009 CPHI Retreat—Sustainability in Public Health: Food Systems, Housing & Communities; 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Amado Recital Room, Irvine Auditorium; register: www.cphi.upenn.edu/2009Retreat.shtml (Center for Public Health Initiatives).


XX AISLLI Conference: Languages, Cultures, Identities of Italy in the World; locations/register: $220/faculty, professionals, $170/students, http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/italians/events/aislli/index.html. Through December 6 (Center for Italian Studies).

exhibits Index 

Admission Donations and Hours


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, The Inn at Penn: free; Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., weekends 7 a.m.-1 p.m.


Charles Addams Fine Arts Gallery: free; Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


Esther M. Klein Art Gallery: free; Mon.-Sat.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


GSE Student Lounge: free; Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA): free admission; Wed.-Fri., noon-8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


International House: Mon-Fri, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.


Kroiz Gallery, Fisher Fine Arts Library: free; Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m


Morris Arboretum: $14; $12/seniors, $7/kids 3-17, students; free/members and kids under 3 and members; Daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Meyerson Gallery, Meyerson Hall: free.


Penn Museum: $10, $7/seniors, $6/ children 6-17 and full-time students w/PennCard, free/members; Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m.


Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine: 3400 Civic Center Boulevard.


The Rotunda: 4014 Walnut St.; free; for hours: (215) 573-3234.


Slought Foundation: free; Wed.-Sat. 1-6 p.m.


Van Pelt-Dietrich Library: free/ID required; for hours see: http://events.library.upenn.edu/cgi-bin/calendar.cgi.



Righteous Dopefiend: An Anthropological Installation on Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America; multimedia installation related to the exhibit at the Penn Museum; Slought Foundation; reception: 5:30 p.m. Through December 31. 


Righteous Dopefiend: An Anthropological Installation on Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America; a photo-ethnography by PIK professor Philippe Bourgois and photographer Jeff Schonberg; Penn Museum. Through May 2010. See Talks.



Ready>Run; explores “Chiptunes,” music and visual imagery created from early computers and video games; Esther M. Klein Gallery. Through December 1.


Odili Donald Odita: Third Space; large-scale abstract wall paintings; ICA. Through December 6.


Video Art: Replay Part 1; documentary filmmakers who capture, record and represent cultural memory; ICA. Through December 6.


Tim Rollins and K.O.S; retrospective of the work of Tim Rollins and Kids of Survival; ICA.  Through December 6.


Off the Beaten Track by Laura Mack; photography of Moscow and Siberia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, and Azerbaijan; Burrison Gallery. Through December 11.


Who’s Coming to Dinner? Cooking for Different Audiences; Penn’s recipe collection; Rosenwald Gallery, Van-Pelt Dietrich Library. Through December 18.


Jacob Lawrence and the Urban Experience: Selected Prints 1963-2000; paintings depict the urban African American experience; Arthur Ross Gallery. Through December 24.


The Return of the Horse; explores the return in contemporary art to a figuration that was rejected by the twentieth century; Slought Foundation. Through December 26.


Holiday Garden Railway; mini replicas of Philadelphia landmarks decorated for the holidays; opening celebration, November 27, 1-3 p.m.; Morris Arboretum; Through January 3.  See Music.


Penn Abroad Photo Contest; showcase of Penn students’ interpretation of the host communities where they lived, studied, and explored; International House; Through January 8.


InLiquid.com Video Installation: Leslie Rogers’s Chinnin’ Out; unscripted video monologues by “chin puppets”; International House. Through January 8.


 His Golden Touch: The Gordion Drawings of Piet de Jong; tribute to the illustrator and his work in Gordion, Turkey; Penn Museum. Through January 10.


Ben’s House: Designing History at Franklin Court; explores the making of Franklin Court through original sketches, models and period photographs; Kroiz Gallery. Through January 22.


Painted Metaphors: Pottery and Politics of the Ancient Maya; Penn Museum. Through January 31.


Interplay: Art*Audience*Architecture; sculptures from nine artists including Lanny Bergner, Fritz Dietel and Nancy Graves; first floor, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. Through February 26 (Arts and the City Year).


Dance with Camera; explores the crossover between artists and dancers who make choreography for the camera; ICA;   Through March 21. See Films.


Dissecting the Gross Clinic; tribute to the painting by Thomas Eakins; Kamin Gallery, Van-Pelt Dietrich Library. Through April 31.


Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania; Penn Museum. Through July.  


Flora of Pennsylvania; specimens and botanical drawings celebrating the state’s flora; Morris Arboretum. Through September.


Springfield Mills; photography by Guillermo Torres of the Arboretum’s Springfield Grist Mill; lower gallery, Widener Center, Morris Arboretum. Ongoing.


meta Metasequoia; see the world from among a canopy of redwood limbs; Morris Arboretum. Ongoing.


Iraq’s Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur’s Royal Cemetery; notes, photos and artifacts from Penn’s famous 1922 excavation; Penn Museum. Ongoing.


Collective Imprints; visual art that celebrates the life and history of The Rotunda; The Rotunda. Ongoing.


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

Ongoing at the Penn Museum
                  Amarna: Ancient Egypt’s Place in the Sun; 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; Photographs from the Field; Strokes of Genius: The Art of Annie G. Hunter.

Penn Museum Tours
Tours at 1:30 p.m. Meet at the Warden Garden Entrance. Free w/ admission and w/ PennCard. Info.: www.penn.museum/


Daily Life in Ancient Egypt.


Etruscan/Roman: Ancient Coins and Gems.


Raven’s Journey: Alaska’s Native People.


Highlights of the Collection.


Egypt of the Pharaohs.

films Index 

Cinema Studies
Screenings in Heyer Sky Lounge, Harrison College House. PennCard needed.


Falling Down; 9 p.m.


Sideways; 9 p.m.

International House
Screenings w/ English subtitles. For ticket prices see www.ihousephilly.org.


Nollywood Babylon; 7 p.m.


Sauve qui peut (la vie)—Every Man for Himself; French; 7 p.m.


The Next Up Short Film Series; films made by up-and-coming filmmakers of color; 7 p.m.


Whenever Wednesday: Dance with Camera Cinema Program; films include Goshogaoka, Rosas Danst Rosas, Water Motor, & Solo; 7 p.m. See Exhibits.


Archive Fever 1.0 Film Series; explores ways in which archival and found materials have been central to the works of numerous film and video artists; 7 p.m. Through December 12.


Producers’ Forum: Closer to the Dream; 7 p.m.


Cronica D’una Mirada Film Series: Clandestine Filmmaking in Franco’s Spain, 1960-1975—Part III: Clandestine Networks, Spanish; followed by Paris, 20 de juny de 1971 Mitin en Montreuil; Catalan; 7 p.m.


Hamilton; 7 p.m.                     


Shogun Assassin & Seven Blows of the Dragon; 8 p.m.


Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles; French; 7 p.m.

fitness / learning Index 


New Parents @ Penn; meets every other Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.; contact Penn Women’s Center (215) 898-8611 for dates.


Jazzercise; 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Tuesdays & Thursdays; Newman Center; $8/class; $6/students; Carolyn Hamilton: (215) 662-3293 (days) or (610) 446-1983 (evenings).


Class of 1923 Arena; 3130 Walnut Street; admission: weekday $5.50, weekend $6.50,  $1 off w/ PennCard; skate rental $2.50; group rates and skating lessons offered; hours: www.upenn.edu/icerink. See Special Events. 


S.A.F.E.: Self-Defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange; women only; 6-8 p.m.; Benjamin Lounge, Sansom Place West (Sansom Community Services; DPS).

Christian Association
Info.: www.upennca.com


Slanguage; 2:30 p.m. Also December 8, 15, 22 and 29.


Bible Study; 5:30 p.m. Also December 9 and 16.


Africa Dinner: Liberia; 6 p.m.


Beer Tasting; sex on tap; 21+; RSVP: (215) 746-6350

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


Penn Certificate Program in Administrative Excellence; multiple dates with varying times; $100.


Franklin Covey’s Focus;9 a.m.-5 p.m.; $75.


Career Focus Brown Bag—Interviewing for Success; noon-1 p.m.


Brown Bag Matinee—Project Management; noon-1 p.m.

Morris Arboretum
Register: (215) 247-5777 ext. 156 or 125.


Wellness Walks; 10:30 a.m.; Saturdays.


Holiday Wreath Making;10 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m.; $55, $46/members.


Holiday Tabletop Tree with Lights;1-3 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $60, $50/members.


Floral Imagery in Copper Foil;1-3 p.m.; $38, $32/members.


Holiday Centerpiece Class;10 a.m.-noon; $55, $46/members.

Quality of Worklife: HR
Open to faculty and staff. Register: www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog.


Stroke: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention; noon-1 p.m.


Stress Management;11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Technology Training Services
Classes at ISC labs, 3650 Chestnut St.; 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Open to faculty, staff, and students; register: www.upenn.edu/computing/isc/training.


Excel 2007 Tables and PivotTables; 1:30-4:30 p.m.; $95.


Moving to Office 2007; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; $125.


Excel 2007 Introduction; $190.


FileMaker Pro 10 Intermediate; $300.


Access 2007 Introduction; 2 days; $357.


Excel 2007 Intermediate; $190.


Business Objects XI Desktop Intelligence Training; $380.


Advanced Business Objects XI Desktop Intelligence Training; $380.


Word 2007 Intermediate; $190.

Department of Recreation: PennFit
Pottruck Health and Fitness Center. Open to faculty, staff and students. Register: (215) 898-6100.


Medicine Ball Workout; 5:30 p.m.


Free Body Composition Measurements; 8 a.m. Also noon and 5 p.m.


Intro to Golf; 12:15 p.m.


Muscle of the Month: Shoulders and Arms; 5:30 p.m.


Intro to Spinning; 1:15 p.m.


Stress Relief Week; free climbing & group classes. Through December 18.

Weigle Info Commons Workshops
Held in Class of 1968 Seminar Room, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library unless otherwise noted. Open to faculty, staff and students. Register: www.wic.library.upenn.edu/workshops


BB Test Pools; Goldstein Electronic Classroom; noon-1 p.m.


Workshop: Zotero; Goldstein Electronic Classroom; 1-2:30 p.m.


Posters with Powerpoint; 5-6:30 p.m.


Mac Use Basics; 7:30-9 p.m.


Make Your First Blog; Goldstein Electronic Classroon; 9 a.m.-noon


Second Life and Virtual Worlds; Goldstein Electronic Classroom; 1-3 p.m.


Excel Charts; 2-3:30 p.m.


BlackBoard Basics; Goldstein Electronic Classroom; 3-4 p.m.


BlackBoard Grade Center; Goldstein Electronic Classroom; 1-2 p.m.


Workshop: Refworks; Goldstein Electronic Classroom; 1-2:30 p.m.


Writing: Edit and Revise; 5-6:30 p.m.

Meetings Index 


WPPSA; 1-2 p.m.; Bishop White Room, Houston Hall.


PPSA Board Meeting; noon-1 p.m.; Class of 1954 Seminar Room, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center; RSVP: ppsa@exchange.upenn.edu.


University Council; 4-6 p.m.; Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall; RSVP: (215) 898- 7005.

music Index 


An Evening of Arab Music; oud, violin, and percussion; 8 p.m.; Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall (Intercultural Journeys; Greenfield Intercultural Center; Middle East Center; Music; Penn Arab Student Society).


Bill Dixon with Rob Mazurek’s Exploding Star Orchestra; cornet, computer, electric guitar, trumpet, and more; 8 p.m.; International House (International House).


Penn Glee Club; holiday music at the Holiday Garden Railway; 1:30 p.m.; Morris Arboretum (Arboretum). See Exhibits. 

Music Department
Info.: www.sas.upenn.edu/music. Free unless otherwise noted.


Wind Ensemble; 8 p.m.; Irvine Auditorium; $5, free w/ PennCard.


Chamber Orchestra; 8 p.m.; Hall of Flags, Houston Hall; $5, free w/ PennCard.


Ancient Voices; 3 p.m; Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium; $5, free w/ PennCard.


Chamber I; 7 p.m.; Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium.


Jazz Combos; 8 p.m.; Class of 1920 Commons; Also December 9.


Chamber II; 7 p.m.; Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium.


University Coral Society & Penn Symphony Orchestra: Mozart’s “Requiem”; 8 p.m.; Irvine Auditorium; $5, free w/ PennCard.


Daedalus String Quartet; 3 p.m.; Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium.

Penn Presents
Performances at Annenberg Center.
Tickets: www.pennpresents.org


Pieris Music: Fountain; live electronic chamber music and projected video; 8 p.m.; Harold Prince Theatre; $25.


Irish Christmas in America; Irish music ensemble Téada and others; 8 p.m.; Zellerbach Theatre; $20-$40.


A Creole Christmas; Preservation Hall Jazz Band; 8 p.m.; Zellerbach Theatre; $20-$45.



Quadramics: Arsenic and Old Lace; 7 p.m.; Class of ’49 Auditorium, Houston Hall; $7; Also December 4, 7 p.m. and December 5, 2 p.m. (PAC). 


PennYo; Harrison Auditorium, Penn Museum; 7 p.m. Also December 5.


Sparks Dance Company Presents: A Sparks Oddessy 2009; Harold Prince Theatre, Annenberg Center; 7 p.m.; $10/door, $8/Locust Walk. Also December 5, 9:30 p.m. (PAC)


African Rhythms/Onda Latina: Dance to the Future: A Cultural Continuum; 8 p.m.; Iron Gate Theater; $10/door, $8/Locust Walk. Also December 5, 2 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (PAC)


Simply Chaos Presents: Kankle Awareness Month; stand-up comedy; 8 p.m.; Class of ’49 Auditorium, Houston Hall; $8/door, $7/Locust Walk (PAC). 

Readings/signings Index 

Kelly Writers House
Info.: www.writing.upenn.edu/~wh/
Events in Arts Cafe.


Ursula Rucker; poet and performance artist; 6 p.m.


Lunch Program with Dan Biddle and Murray Dubin; noon; RSVP: wh@writing.upenn.edu.


Poetry Reading by Students in Lynn Levin’s Creative Writing Class; 5 p.m.


Speakeasy: Poetry, Prose, Anything Goes!; 8 p.m.

Penn Bookstore


On Any Given Sunday: A Life of Bert Bell; Robert Lyons; 6 p.m.


Objects of Remembrance: A Memoir; Monroe Price; 6 p.m.


Birthing the Elephant; Bruce Freeman; noon.


Making Reform Work: The Case for Transforming American Higher Education; Robert Zemsky; 3 p.m.


A Grand Bargain for Education Reform: New Rewards and Supports for New Accountability; Ted Hershberg and Claire Robertson-Kraft; 6 p.m.


Cancer in the Lives of Older Americans: Blessings and Battles; Sarah Kagan; 6:30 p.m.


Philadelphia Originals; Joseph Glantz; 6 p.m.


The Vegan Scoop; Wheeler del Torro; noon.


Living with Obesity; Nicolas Stettler; 6 p.m.


Eating Animals; Jonathan Safran Foer; 7 p.m.

special events Index 


Upenn Jazz Jam; Improvisational Jazz Workshop; open to all Jazz musicians of all abilities; 4-6 p.m.; every Sunday; basement. 1920 Commons; info.; csanchir@law.upenn.edu.

1 University Club Holiday Reception Dinner; 5:30-8 p.m.; open to club members and their guests; $30; RSVP (215) 898-4618 (University Club).


Penn Museum Holiday Shopping Savings Days; discounts in the Museum Shop and the Pyramid Shop; 10%/public, 15% w/PennCard, 20%/members; 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Through December 6 (Museum). 


Kwanzaa Karamu; Kwanzaa celebration dinner; 6-9 p.m.; Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall (Makuu).


101 Years of Excellence; celebration of the history and legacy of the first African American sorority; 7 p.m.; Crest Room, ARCH (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.).


14th Annual Peace Around the World: Passport to Culture; learn about holiday traditions around the world; crafts, regional children’s choirs, games, face painting and free treats for children: 1-4 pm.; Penn Museum; info.: (215) 898-4890 (Museum).


 Penn Bookstore Annual Holiday Sale; 20% off select books, music, gifts and more. Also December 11.  


Beef and Beer in Memory of Jay Stefaniuk; in memory of a fluent sign-language colleague, the Museum would like to launch guided tours for the deaf and hearing-impaired; 5-10 p.m.; PennMuseum; tickets: $25; register: (215) 898-2680 (Museum).


Christian Association Christmas Open House; noon-2 p.m.


Annual Holiday Party; a holiday party with international flair; 6 p.m.; International House; $8, $5/guests; free/alumni & member, cash only (International House).


PPSA Happy Hour; bring last minute donations of toys and non-perishable food for the Holiday Food and Toy Drive; 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Blockley Pour House (PPSA). 


Holiday Skate; free admission when you bring a gift for Toys for Tots; 5:45 p.m.; Class of 1923 Arena.  Also December 20, 1:30 p.m. (Business Services).

Sports Index 

Info./tickets: www.pennathletics.com.


(W/M) Squash vs. Franklin & Marshall; 7 p.m.


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


(W/M) Squash vs. Yale; 11 a.m.


(W/M) Squash vs. Brown; 11 a.m.


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


(W) Basketball vs. Rider; 2 p.m.


(W) Basketball vs. Mount St. Mary’s; 7 p.m.


(W) Basketball vs. St. Francis (N.Y.); 2 p.m.

Talks Index 


The Origins of Crimes against Humanity: The Russian Empire, International Law, and the 1915 Note on the Armenian Genocide; Peter Holquist, history; 4:30 p.m.; rm. 209, College Hall (History).


Estrogen Receptor-Beta Isoforms & Their Actions; Shuk-mei Ho, University of Cincinnati; noon; rm. 251, BRB II/III (CRRWH).


Towards a Theory of Mythic Realism: Fate, Family, and the Politics of Representation; Greg Steirer, English graduate student; noon; rm. 330, Fisher-Bennett Hall (Cinema Studies). 


The Dead Men of Duffy’s Cut; Janet Monge, curator; noon; Classroom 2, Penn Museum (Museum). 


Life Cycle Thinking: The 21st Century Business Catalyst to Shape the Future; Jim Fava, Five Winds International; noon; Carolyn Hoff Lynch Auditorium, Chemistry Bldg. (Institute for Environmental Studies).


“Death and the Maiden”: Purity and Self-Sacrifice in the Image of the First World War Nurse;Christine Hallet, University of Manchester; 12:15 p.m.; rm. 2019, Claire Fagin Hall (Nursing).


The State of the Enhancement Debate; Nick Bostrom, University of Oxford; 4 p.m.; Suite 331, 3401 Market Street; RSVP: jpringle@mail.med.upenn.edu (Center for Bioethics).


Expanding Horizons of Skeletal Physiology and Pathophysiology in Mammals; Mone Zaidi, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; 4 p.m.; rm. 130, Hill Pavilion (Penn Vet). 


Publication Release: The Shape of the New American City; contributing authors discuss their findings; 4 p.m.; Living Room, The Inn at Penn (IUR). 


Th1/Th2 Polarizing and Antigen Presentation Functions of DC in Parasitic Infection;Alan Sher, National Institutes of Health; 4 p.m.; Grossman Auditorium, Wistar Institute (Wistar).


Great Archaeological Discoveries: Pompeii A.D. 79: The Treasury of Rediscovery; C. Brian Rose, Classical Studies & Penn Museum; 6 p.m.; $10/door, free/members; Penn Museum (Museum).


Whenever Wednesday Lecture; Jenelle Porter, ICA; 6:30 p.m.; ICA (ICA).


Cassandra Float Can;Anne Carson, University of Michigan; 7 p.m.; Auditorium, ARCH Building; Register: www.phf.upenn.edu (Penn Humanities Forum).


Gat, Jamat, Moman, Munivar: Belonging and Belief for Early Modern Ismailis in Western India; Samira Sheikh, Vanderbilt University; noon; rm. 816, Williams Hall (South Asia Studies).


Structural Biology of Neurodegenerative Disease; Dagmar Ringe, Brandeis University; noon; Austrian Auditorium, Clinical Research Building (Biochemistry and Biophysics).


Whole Brain Emulation;Nick Bostrom, Oxford University; 4 p.m.; Crest Room, ARCH; RSVP: info@neuroethics.upenn.edu (CNS).


What Have We Learned About Ourselves with the Discovery of Ardipithecus Ramidus?  Reflections on Darwin’s View of Human Nature; Theodore Schurr, anthropology; 5 p.m.; 1st floor, Stiteler Hall (Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society). 


General Robotics Automation Sensing Perception Seminar Series; Jeff Shamma, Georgia Institute of Technology; 11 a.m.; Wu & Chen Auditorium, Levine Hall (GRASP).


Endogenous Cost-Effectiveness and Comparative-Effectiveness Analysis; Tomas Philipson, University of Chicago; noon; Auditorium, Colonial Penn Center (LDI). 


Lunch with Local Artists; Michael Alltop, Bratt Productions; noon; Platt House (Performing Arts Council). 


Title TBA; Renata Holod, history of art; 3:30 p.m.; Rich Seminar Room, Jaffe Bldg. (History of Art).


Biochemistry and Biophysics Research Discussions; Alan Diehl, cancer biology; 4 p.m.; rm. 248, Anatomy-Chemistry Building (Biochemistry and Biophysics).


Rational Vaccine Design for RSV and Other Difficult Viruses; Barney Graham, National Institutes of Health; 4 p.m.; Auditorium, BRB II/III (CFAR).


Sense and Non-Sense in Contemporary Architecture; David Leatherbarrow, architecture; 6 p.m.; rm. B1, Meyerson Hall (Design).


Douglas G. Lovell, Jr. Annual Reports from the Field; Simon Martin, Maya expert; Lauren Ristvet, anthropology; two museum researchers offer updates on their work; 6 p.m.; Penn Museum (Museum). 


Implementing Greenworks Philadelphia; Katherine Gajewski, City of Philadelphia; noon; Carolyn Hoff Lynch Auditorium, Chemistry Bldg. (Institute for Environmental Studies).


Memory, Power and Heritage Among The Maya of Belize; Richard Leventhal, anthropology; noon, Classroom 2, Penn Museum (Museum). 


With Love from Me to You: Molecular Interplay between the Sexes in Drosophila; Mariana Wolfner, Cornell University; noon; rm. 251, BRB II/III (CRRWH).


A Life in the Theatre: A Conversation with Hal Prince; Harold Prince, Broadway director and producer; 3 p.m.; Harold Prince Theatre, Annenberg Center; RSVP: (215) 898-3900 (Annenberg).  


Immunological Destruction of Tumor Stroma;Hans Schreiber, University of Chicago; 4 p.m.; Grossman Auditorium, Wistar Institute (Wistar).


The Elegance of Hedgehog Signaling; Dan Leahy, Johns Hopkins University; noon; Austrian Auditorium, Clinical Research Building (Biochemistry and Biophysics).


Title TBA; Uday Mehta, Amherst College; noon; rm. 816, Williams Hall (South Asia Studies).


General Robotics Automation Sensing Perception Seminar Series; Michael Dickinson, California Institute of Technology; 11 a.m.; Wu & Chen Auditorium, Levine Hall (GRASP).


Biochemistry and Biophysics Research Discussions; Mark Lemmon, biochemistry and biophysics; 4 p.m.; rm. 248, Anatomy-Chemistry Building (Biochemistry and Biophysics).


Stem Cells, Meiotic Recombination, and Human Genetics of Azoospermia; P. Jeremy Wang, veterinary medicine; noon; rm. 251, BRB II/III (CRRWH).


George Catlin’s Indian Curiosities: A Collection Saved, Hidden, Dispersed and Discovered; William Wierzbowski, associate keeper; noon; Classroom 2, Penn Museum (Museum). 


A Proteomic Approach for Understanding Chromatin Structure;Benjamin Garcia, Princeton University; 4 p.m.; Grossman Auditorium, Wistar Institute (Wistar).


The Coming Revolution: New Paradigms for the Development of Drugs for HIV, TB, and Malaria;Charles Flexner, Johns Hopkins University; 1 p.m.; Auditorium, BRB II/III (CFAR).


What To Do Next in HIV Prevention Globally; Thomas J. Coates, University of California—Los Angeles; 1 p.m.; Auditorium, BRB II/III (CFAR).

Penn VIPS Holiday Drive: November 24—December 15

Please join us in the Annual Penn Volunteers In Public Service Holiday Drive. As you buy toys and presents for the holiday season, please consider spreading some cheer to deserving members of our community. All toys and gifts donated will support the efforts of organizations including the People’s Emergency Shelter, McMichael School, Potter’s Mission, Intercultural Family Services and many more.

                   All items for the holiday drive must be new, not used, and please indicate the gender and age appropriateness of all gifts. Suggested Items:  Barbies, trucks, dolls, CDs and walkmans, balls, educational games, books, clothing, pajamas, hats, gloves and gifts for adults.





President’s Office

100 College Hall

Brenda Gonzalez


Provost’s Office

353B 3401 Walnut

Susan Curran


Museum Reception Desk

Near Kress Gallery

Bonnie Crossfield


Women’s Center

3643 Locust Walk

Gloria Gay


Af-Am Resource Center

3537 Locust Walk

Rob Carter


Human Resources

538A 3401 Walnut Street

Monee Pressley



120 Logan Hall

Stephanie Jones


Van Pelt-Dietrich Library

Human Resources Office

Zakiya Blake


Netter Center

133 S. 36th Street—Rm. 507

Isabel Mapp



265C 3401 Walnut St

Doris Pate



1000 SH-DH

Jennifer O’Keefe



Claire Fagin Hall Room 458

Donna Milici



619 Williams Hall

Amy Forsyth



203A Sansom West

Kathie Ritchie


University Club

3611 Walnut/Inn at Penn

Natalka Swavely


Cell & Dev. Biology


Kim Walls


Law School

Silverman, Room 145

L’Tanya Nelson


Compliance & Privacy

3819 Chestnut Street

Holly Miller


School of Medicine

233 Blockley

Sharon Connelly



4508 Chestnut Street

Cherry Sturdivant


Stouffer Commons

3702 Spruce—Lobby

Glenn Stieffenhofer/




Troy Majnerick


IRB Admin

3624 Market Street—301

Adina Lieberman



Penn VIPS—Adopt A Family for the Holidays Program

During the holidays in December, departments from across the University “adopt” a deserving family. The adoption is usually done in lieu of departmental gift exchanges. The assigned family is treated to presents and sometimes holiday dinner. Families participate in the program on a one-time basis.

Families are assigned to departments based on request. Departments choose the size of the family and may also request the ages of the children they are interested in adopting. Departments may request a “wish list” from the family or  choose their own gifts for the family members. Departments choose the number and types of gifts they will provide. Departments are provided with size of the family, names, ages and sizes of each family member. Departments are encouraged to deliver gifts to the families, but they may also request to have gifts delivered.

Contact Isabel Mapp at  (215) 898-2020 or send an e-mail: sammapp@pobox.upenn.edu; for more information and/or to volunteer.

Isabel Mapp, Associate Director, Faculty, Staff and Alumni Volunteer Services, Netter Center for Community Partnerships

2009-2010 Holiday hours Index 

Accounts Payable Closed December 25, 28 and January 1; December 29-31, 8 a.m.- noon.

Arthur Ross Gallery Jacob Lawrence closes on December 24 and the next exhibition, Miler Lagos, will open on January 27.

Cashier’s Office Open December 28 and 30, 9 a.m.-noon. Re-opens January 4, 9 a.m.

Christian Association Closed December 24-January 3.  Re-opens January 4, 10 a.m.

Class of 1923 Arena Closed December 25 and January 1. For public skating hours see www.upenn.edu/icerink.

College Houses & Academic Services Closes December 24, noon. Re-opens January 4, 9 a.m.

Computer Connection Closed November 26, open November 27, 10 a.m-5 p.m. Open December 24, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., closed December 25. Open December 28-30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and December 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Closed January 1. 

Conference Services Closes December 24, 2 p.m. Re-opens Jan. 4, 9 a.m.

Gifts Accounting & Administration December 24, 9 a.m.-noon. Closed December 25. December 28-30, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. December 31, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Closed January 1.

Hillel Closed December 25- January 10. Regular hours resume January 11.

Hilton Inn at Penn and Penne Restaurant Closes on the evening of December 20 and will reopen for check-ins on January 3.

Housing Services Closes December 24, 2009 at 2:00p.m. Re-opens January 4, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. Residences open during Winter Break, and operating at low occupancy status: Harnwell, Harrison and Rodin College Houses and Sansom Place East and West. All other residential buildings will close at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 23 and reopen at 9am on Saturday, Jan. 9.

Houston Hall December 22-23, closes at 7 p.m.; December 24, closed (administrative office may be open, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. TBA); December 25-January 3, closed; January 4-11, 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m., closed weekends; January 7, 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; January 12, 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m. January 13, normal hours resume.

ICA Closed November 26, December 25 and January 1. 

Information Systems & Computing Operators will be answering main calls, (215) 898-5000, throughout the break except on December 25 and January 1. Networking and Telecommunications staff will be on-call for networking and phone emergencies. Phone emergencies should be reported via Telecommunications Customer Service Center at (215) 746-6000. Critical networking problems should be reported by dialing the First Call automated hotline (215) 573-4778. The ISC First Call and Provider Desk will be closed at 5 p.m. on December 24 and will re-open at 9 a.m. on January 4. The Data Center will operate its normal 24x7 schedule.

Jazzercise Closed December 24 and 31.

Levy Tennis Pavilion Closed December 25 and January 1.

Morris Arboretum Open, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., every day. Closed November 26, December 24, 25 and January 1. 

Newman Center Closes December 22, 1 p.m. Re-opens January 4. 

Office of Software Licensing Closes  2:00 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24 and reopens on Monday, January 4 10 at 9 a.m.

Parking Office Closes 2 p.m. on December 24. Re-opens January 4. Parking lots will be closed Dec. 25. Lots will operate at a reduced schedule during the rest of the winter break. Please refer to the website for scheduled times for all parking lots and garages during which all existing rate structures will apply. As always permit holders will have access to their lots with their access cards throughout the duration of the holiday break.

Penn Bookstore Open December 24, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed December 25. Open December 26, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., December 27, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., December 28-31, 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and January 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Normal hours resume January 2. 

Penn Children’s Center Closes December 24, 2 p.m. Re-opens January 4, 7 a.m.

PennCard Center Closes December 24, 2 p.m. Re-opens January 4, 9 a.m. 

Penn Dining Holiday Hours will be posted at www.upenn.edu/dining.

Penn Mail Service Closed Friday December 25 & Friday January 1. Tuesday December 22, & Wednesday December 23, Penn Mail Services will have a regular pickup and delivery. Thursday December 24, Penn Mail Service will have only one pickup cycle. All mail received after 12:00PM will not be delivered to USPS until Monday, December 28; December 28, 29, 30 & 31: Mail will not be delivered, unless you have made special arrangements with Penn Mail. Penn Mail Service's regular schedule will resume on Monday, January 4.

U.S.P.S. Express Service Open Wednesday December 23 until 1:00 PM. Closed December 24 to Jan. 1 and reopens on January 4. Any Permit Mailings from outside vendors needing a Penn Mail Signature during the Christmas break must have paper work completed and signed by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23.

Penn Museum Tues. to Sat. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m.; Closed Mondays; Closes at 2 p.m. November 25, December 24 and 31. Closed November 26, December 25, and January 1.

Penn Transit Service Closed December 24-January 1; limited on call service available from 6-7 a.m. Call (215) 898-RIDE. Re-opens January 2, 6 p.m.

Publication Services Holiday coverage will be Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 28 to 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Purchasing Holiday coverage will be Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 28 to 30, from 9:30am to 1:30pm.

Registrar’s Office Closes December 24, noon. Re-opens January 4. See www.upenn.edu/registrar.

Residence Halls Residences open during Winter Break, operating at low-occupancy status: Harnwell, Harrison and Rodin College Houses and Sansom Place East and West.  All other residential buildings close on December 23, noon and re-open January 9, 9 a.m.

Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel Open and operating on a regular schedule 24 hours per day

Student Registration & Financial Services Closes December 24, 2 p.m. Re-opens January 4, 9 a.m. Visit these self-services websites where you can ask Ben a question 24/7: www.upenn.edu/registrar & www.sfs.upenn.edu.

Travel Services Holiday coverage will be Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 28 to 30, from 9:30am to 1:30pm

University Club at Penn Closed December 21-January 1.  Regular hours resume January 4. 

Van Pelt-Deitrich Library Closed December 25, 26, 27 and January 1-3.  Hours online at www.library.upenn.edu