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NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

August 21 (All day) - August 25 (All day)

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.

SUPER NATURAL

August 29 (All day) - October 2 (All day)

Andreea Dimofte, a medical physicist in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, is showcasing her photography at the Burrison Gallery at the University Club at Penn, 3611 Walnut St. Dimofte's photography interests come from a constant search for the less common perspective on otherwise classic themes and locations, from the natural beauty of a sunny island beach to the hidden corners and doors lining up an urban back alley. Check it out from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A reception will be held Friday, Sept. 11, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

DIGITAL AGE RETAILING

September 10 12:00pm - 1:30pm

The Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty gathers for a luncheon featuring speaker Joseph Turow on the transformation of retailing in the digital age. Turow is the Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication and associate dean for graduate studies at the Annenberg School for Communication. The lecture will be held in the hourglass room in the University Club in the Inn at Penn, 3600 Sansom St., and the lecture is open to all faculty, staff, and students.

courtly treasures

COURTLY TREASURES

July 18 (All day) - November 8 (All day)

The Arthur Ross Gallery will showcase artwork from the collection of Thomas W. Evans. As the American-born dentist who served the French court of Napoleon III, Evans assembled a top collection of paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. This exhibition offers an exclusive look at highlights from the Evans Collection for the first time in more than 30 years. The Arthur Ross Gallery, at 220 S. 34th St., is free and open to the public. Its hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. It is closed Mondays and some holidays. Info: www.arthurrossgallery.org.

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Event Listings

"Resolved" exhibit

LET THERE BE LIGHT

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

PAPER TRAIL

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.

GERMANTOWN TO LONDON

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.

PUBLIC ARTS

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.