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 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.
The exhibit, “From War to Home: Through the Veteran’s Lens,” showcases the images and words of 40 veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The show, funded by the Veterans Administration, provides a window into the impact of military service on health and the stress of making the transition back to civilian life. The exhibit runs through March 28. School of Nursing, Claire M. Fagin Hall, 418 Curie Blvd. Info: www.nursing.upenn.edu.
George Anastasia, a former crime reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, discusses “The Future of Crime Writing.” Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk. Info: 215-746-POEM or email email@example.com.
Sonya Dal Cin, an assistant professor of communication studies at the University of Michigan, discusses “Movie Messages: Substance Use Imagery in Movies and Adolescent Health” for the Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research Speaker Series. Annenberg School for Communication, 3620 Walnut St. Info: RSVP to Heather Forquer at 215-746-3401.
Penn Contemporary Music plays at Fisher-Bennett Hall, 3340 Walnut St., Rose Recital Hall. Info: 215-898-7544 or www.sas.upenn.edu/music.