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.
Mary Utter, DACVO, presents the talk, "Eye Cancer in horses - What it looks like and what you can do about it." This is part of a series of free monthly talks for horse owners and enthusiasts presented by Penn's School of Veterinary Medicine. New Bolton Center, 382 West Street Rd., Woerner Auditorium, Kennett Square, Pa. There is limited seating; RSVP to Barbara Belt at 610-925-6500 or email@example.com. Info: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/FirstTuesdays.
Penn Professor of History and Pulitzer Prize winning author Steve Hahn discusses his book, "The Political Worlds of Slavery and Freedom." Penn Bookstore, 3601 Walnut St. Info: 215-898-7595 or www.upenn.edu/bookstore.
Jennifer Wegner, associate curator in the Egyptian Section at the Penn Museum, discusses “From Actium to an Asp: The Beginning of the End for Cleopatra the Great” for the “Great Battles: Moments in Time that Changed History” lecture series. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. Info: 215-898-4000 or www.penn.museum. Admission with advance registration: $5 general public; $2 Museum members; $10 at the door based on availability.
Spoken Soul 215 is a spoken word artist collective dedicated to promoting open mic events throughout the Philadelphia region. The collective hosts The Harvest every month, where poets, vocalists, lyricists, MCs, and musicians share their gifts. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Info: 215-222-1400 or www.worldcafelive.com. $9, $11.