Featured Events


September 16 (All day) - April 13 (All day)

The 2015-16 Penn Humanities Forum on Sex is hoping to challenge the taken-for-granted assumptions about what sex is and what it means. It’s inviting scholars, students, and members of the public to join the discussion in a spirit of exploration and discovery. Events will take place throughout the year at various locations on campus. Info: www.phf.upenn.edu.

sacred writings


August 15 (All day) - November 8 (All day)

In honor of the first visit by Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, the Penn Museum, 3260 South St., is offering a special focus on the ancient Near East, Egypt, and the Bible Lands. A centerpiece exhibition, Sacred Writings: Extraordinary Texts of the Biblical World, highlights the many ways the Bible has been represented over time and across continents. Info: 215-898-4000 or www.penn.museum.


October 13 12:00pm

Penn Medicine’s Charles L. Nelson, an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and chief of the Joint Replacement Service, will talk about the future prospects of hip and knee surgery at the Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty luncheon, slated to be held at the hourglass room in the Inn at Penn, 3600 Sansom St. His lecture is open to all faculty, staff, and students. Info: 215-746-5972 or emeritus@pobox.upenn.edu.


October 11 7:00pm

Irish traditional music meets the New York downtown scene. With fiddlers Martin Hayes and Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh, Dennis Cahill on guitar, Iarla Ó Lionáird on vocals, and Thomas Bartlett on piano, these master musicians create a new sound that pairs memorable, yearning melodies with a progressive style. Check out The Gloaming at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St. Info: 215-898-3900 or www.annenbergcenter.org. $35.

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Event Listings



February 21 11:00am - July 28 6:00pm

“White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart” features the work of artists engaged with clothing, adornment, and self-presentation to highlight the inventive design, tactical implementation, or sartorial sense by which we multiply and complete our personalities. ICA. Info: 215-898-7108 or www.icaphila.org.


March 21 (All day) - April 19 (All day)

“Thirteen” is the fine arts senior thesis show featuring work by PennDesign students Blanca Abramek, Christine Alix, Gerald Cheng, Kate Clayton, Margaret Diacont, Anna Dorr, Maggie Edkins, Natalie Gravier, Karissa Justice, Jean Kim, Tara McConachie, Tom McQuaid, and Cindy Rodriguez. Charles Addams Hall, 200 South 36th St. Info: Contact Erin Williams at 215-573-5134 or visit www.thesis2013.upennfinearts.com.


April 18 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Valerie Bunce, a professor of international studies and government at Cornell University, discusses “Communist Federations.” Stiteler Hall, 208 S. 37th St., 1st Floor. Info: www.sas.upenn.edu/dcc.


April 18 4:30pm - 6:15pm

Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, a distinguished professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai, India, and Priyamvada Natarajan, a theoretical astrophysicist at Yale University, discuss “Can India Emerge as a Global Science Power?” for the Nand & Jeet Khemka Distinguished Lecture Series. Penn Law School, 3501 Sansom St., Silverman Hall, 240A. Info: 215-746-3159 or email casi@sas.upenn.edu. RSVP required. Seating is limited.

Saving Face


April 18 6:00pm

Every year in Pakistan, many people—the majority of them women—are victimized by brutal acid attacks, while numerous other cases go unreported. The documentary “Saving Face,” by American filmmaker Daniel Junge and Pakistani director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, chronicles the lives of acid-attack survivors Zakia and Rukhsana as they attempt to bring their assailants to justice. The annual Global Distinguished Lecture will feature a screening of “Saving Face” followed by a Q&A session with Obaid-Chinoy. Penn Museum’s Harrison Auditorium. Info: 215-898-6335 or visit www.sas.upenn.edu/mec. RSVP to: globaldistinguishedlecture.eventbrite.com.


April 18 6:15pm - 7:45pm

Andrea Berlin, a professor of archaeology at Boston University, discusses “A Tale of Two Peoples: Phoenicians and Jews in the Land Beyond the River.” Berlin sheds light on six excavations at Tel Kedesh, the largest archaeological mound in Israel’s Upper Galilee. Penn Museum. Info: 215-898-2680 or www.penn.museum. Pay-what-you-want.



April 18 8:00pm

Not-So-Silent Cinema presents Buster Keaton Shorts. View 1920’s “One Week” and 1921’s “The Goat” and “The High Sign.” Keaton delivers outrageous stunts and antics, all with the famous deadpan delivery that earned him the nickname “The Great Stone Face.” International House, 3701 Chestnut St., Ibrahim Theater. Info: 215-387-5125 or www.ihousephilly.org. $12 general admission; $10 students and seniors; free for IHP members.



April 18 8:00pm

With the release of their live, two-disc album/DVD “Tell Your Friends,” Snarky Puppy has gone from an underground secret to one of the most internationally respected names in instrumental music. The group of musicians is from two different cultures and traditions—jazz and rock kids from white America, and gospel/R&B kids from black America. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Info: 215-222-1400 or www.worldcafelive.com. $15-$18.