Jodi Magness, a professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, discusses ancient Jewish tombs and burial customs in Jerusalem in the time of Jesus. Penn Museum. Info: 215-898-4000 or www.penn.museum.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.