PASEF Luncheon, March 18, 2010

Gerald and Judith Porter will discuss the "Papua New Guinea Sing-Sing Festival - culture and community". The cultural shows at Goroka and Mt. Hagen were introduced by the Australian administrators as a substitute for clan warfare. These shows draw people from throughout the country to participate in dance and traditional dress competitions. Each village enacts a traditional ritual, involving dress and chanting. Over 2,000 performers participate and over the course of the singsing, 40,000 locals will come to view it. There are usually only 300-400 tourists who attend the singsing.

Jerry Porter is Professor of Mathematics Emeritus. He is currently the Past President of PASEF. After arriving at Penn in 1965, his research was in algebraic topology and in the use of computers to enhance undergraduate mathematics education. Porter was the Associate Dean for Computing in SAS from 1981 to 1991 and is a former chair of the Faculty Senate. He enjoys travel and photography.

His photos from the Mount Hagen Cultural Festival (Sing-Sing) will be on display in the Burrison Gallery of the University Club from February 22 to April 2, 2010.

Judith Porter is Katherine E. McBride Professor of Sociology and Professor Emerita of Sociology at Bryn Mawr College. She came to Bryn Mawr in 1966 and her area of research is Sociology of AIDS and injection drug use. She volunteers as an AIDS educator with Congreso de Latinos Unidos in programs for the homeless and drug treatment; volunteers as a food stamp pre-screener for the Greater Philadelphia Coalition against Hunger, and serves on the Board of Directors of Women against Abuse and the Philadelphia Coalition against Homelessness.

The luncheon is at 11:45 A.M. on Thursday, March 18, 2010, in the Hourglass Room of the University Club. More information.