Featured Events


September 16 (All day) - April 13 (All day)

The 2015-16 Penn Humanities Forum on Sex is hoping to challenge the taken-for-granted assumptions about what sex is and what it means. It’s inviting scholars, students, and members of the public to join the discussion in a spirit of exploration and discovery. Events will take place throughout the year at various locations on campus. Info: www.phf.upenn.edu.

sacred writings


August 15 (All day) - November 8 (All day)

In honor of the first visit by Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, the Penn Museum, 3260 South St., is offering a special focus on the ancient Near East, Egypt, and the Bible Lands. A centerpiece exhibition, Sacred Writings: Extraordinary Texts of the Biblical World, highlights the many ways the Bible has been represented over time and across continents. Info: 215-898-4000 or www.penn.museum.


October 13 12:00pm

Penn Medicine’s Charles L. Nelson, an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and chief of the Joint Replacement Service, will talk about the future prospects of hip and knee surgery at the Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty luncheon, slated to be held at the hourglass room in the Inn at Penn, 3600 Sansom St. His lecture is open to all faculty, staff, and students. Info: 215-746-5972 or emeritus@pobox.upenn.edu.


October 11 7:00pm

Irish traditional music meets the New York downtown scene. With fiddlers Martin Hayes and Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh, Dennis Cahill on guitar, Iarla Ó Lionáird on vocals, and Thomas Bartlett on piano, these master musicians create a new sound that pairs memorable, yearning melodies with a progressive style. Check out The Gloaming at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St. Info: 215-898-3900 or www.annenbergcenter.org. $35.

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Event Listings

"Resolved" exhibit


August 27 9:00am - February 24 5:00pm

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 rbml@pobox.upenn.edu.

Lesley Hass "Paper" exhibit


September 4 9:00am - February 15 5:00pm

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.


January 28 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Penn IUR and PennDesign are proud to host Andrew Altman, an experienced city planner who has worked on major projects in London, Philadelphia, Washington, New York, Shanghai, Mumbai, Sao Paolo, Johannesburg, and Mexico City, back to Penn. Most recently, he was appointed by the UK Prime Minister and the Mayor of London as its master planner, landowner and developer of the London Olympic Park, where he is tasked with regenerating the Olympic grounds for future business development. Altman is the former Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Planning for Philadelphia; Planning Director for Washington, D.C.; and CEO of the Anacostia Waterfront Development Corporation. Meyerson Hall, Lower Gallery, 210 South 34th St. Registration is required for this talk. Info: penniur.upenn.edu/events.


January 28 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Penn IUR and PennDesign present Theaster Gates, director of Arts & Public life at the University of Chicago. Gates has developed an expanded artistic practice that includes space development, object making, performance and critical engagement with many publics. His training as an urban planner and sculptor, and subsequent time spent studying clay, has given him keen awareness of the poetics of production and systems of organizing. Playing with these poetic and systematic interests, Gates has assembled gospel choirs, formed temporary unions, and used systems of mass production as a way of underscoring the need that industry has for the body. Meyerson Hall, Room B-1, 210 South 34th St. Registration is required for this talk. Info: penniur.upenn.edu/events.