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.
Adam Tooze, a professor of history at Yale University, discusses “The Global Deflation of 1920-1921 and Interwar Reconstruction” for the Penn Economic History Forum. College Hall, Levy Park, Room 209. Info: Contact Walter Licht at 215-898-5097 or email email@example.com.
Penn vs. Columbia. The Palestra, 223 South 33rd St. Info: www.pennathletics.com.
Jennifer Samuels has just discovered that she is her own twin. This stirring solo show, created by Suli Holum and Deborah Stein, delves into modern science with wit and beguiling characterization. “Chimera” is an exploration of the phenomenon of containing two different sets of DNA within one body. Harold Prince Theatre, 3680 Walnut St. Info: 215-898-3910 or www.annenbergcenter.org. $30, $45. Additional performances on Feb. 2.