New students and their parents will attend orientation on Penn’s main campus, exposing them to a series of activities to aid a successful transition from high school to the University. Fall classes begin Aug. 26. Info: www.upenn.edu/nso.
Type “God” into Google and you’ll get nearly 2 billion search results. God even has His (or Her) own (unverified) Twitter feed. But despite the sophisticated arguments postulated by believers and non-believers, God’s existence remains in dispute. For Penn’s 2012-13 “Year of Proof,” the Rare Book & Manuscript Library presents “Resolved? God Does Not Exist,” a small exhibition selected from the Library’s primary source collections that shows examples of individual works that attempt to prove or disprove the existence of God. The exhibit, which runs through Feb. 24, 2013, is on display on the first floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 3420 Walnut St, next to the Information Desk. For more information, call 215-898-7088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library presents a show from Philadelphia native Lesley Haas, “Paper: A Deckled Edge.” The signature of Haas’ work is the use of natural fibers and pigments from various parts of the world, which blend the characteristics of the fibers with different elements of style. Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 1st floor, 3420 Walnut St. Info: http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/. The exhibit is on display through Feb. 15, 2013.
“9 Perspectives on a Photography Collection” mines the extensive photography holdings in Penn’s art collection. Gabriel Martinez, senior lecturer in PennDesign, is guest curator. Since September 2011, he and collections manager Heather Gibson have surveyed and documented every photograph in the University collection. Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 South 34th St. Info: 215-898-2083 or www.upenn.edu/ARG. Exhibit on display through Jan. 27, 2013.
Christopher McCrudden, the William W. Cook Global Law Professor at Queen’s University Belfast, discusses “Transnational Interactions and the Making of Constitutional Rights.” Stiteler Hall, Silverstein Forum, 208 S. 37th St. Info: 215-898-5162 or email Loraine Terrell at email@example.com.
Bob Brier, a senior research fellow at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, discusses “Secret of the Great Pyramid.” The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of all time. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. Info: 215-898-2680 or www.penn.museum.
Whether they are performing for millions at the Olympics, on television at the Academy Awards, or live on stage, Pilobolus Dance Theatre continues to amuse, innovate, and engage, with more than 40 years spent charming audiences. Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St. Info: 215-898-3910 or www.annenbergcenter.org. $20, $35, $45, $55, $65. Additional performances on Jan. 18-20.