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.


October 1 7:30pm - October 3 7:30pm

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Toshi Reagon and friends perform her genre-defying work-in-progress based on Octavia Butler’s acclaimed novel “Parable of the Sower.” Set in a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles of the future, this gospel opera blends science fiction, African-American spiritualism, and deep insights on gender, race, and the future of human civilization. Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St. Info: 215-898-3900 or www.annenbergcenter.org. $30.

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.

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Event Listings

Black Bodies


June 6 10:00am - March 2 5:00pm

“Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster” presents 33 posters aimed at mobilizing people of color in war efforts, even as they faced oppression at home. Tukufu Zuberi, the Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations at Penn, curates the exhibition, which features posters from his private collection. Penn Museum, 3260 South St., Merle-Smith Galleries, 1st Floor. Info: 215-898-4000 or www.penn.museum. Free with Museum admission.


December 14 10:30am - March 29 11:30am

Led by an experienced volunteer guide, Winter Wellness Walks stick to the paved paths to get your heart rate up. Morris Arboretum. Walks occur weekly on Saturdays through March 29, 2014. Info: 215-247-5777 or www.upenn.edu/arboretum.

William H. Johnson


January 18 12:00pm - March 23 5:00pm

An essential figure in modern American art, William H. Johnson was skilled in various media and techniques. “William H. Johnson: An American Modern,” a new exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, will feature rare paintings by Johnson. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekends, noon to 5 p.m. at Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 S. 34th St. Info: www.upenn.edu/ARG. 

editor's pick


February 12 (All day) - August 17 (All day)

To mark half a century as one of the leading contemporary art museums in the world, the exhibition “ICA@50: Pleasing Artists and Publics Since 1963” animates the Institute of Contemporary Art’s past and propels it into the future. The ICA is celebrating the anniversary by examining lesser-known moments in contemporary art, engage today’s artists, commission new projects, and move toward the unknown. The show runs through Aug. 17. For a full list of artists included in the show, and details on free public events during the exhibition’s run, go to www.icaphila.org


February 21 5:00pm - 6:30pm

The Penn Humanities Forum hosts artist Kara Walker for the R. Jean Brownlee Lecture in Women’s Studies to discuss violence in contemporary art. Harrison Auditorium, Penn Museum. Info: Registration is required. www.phf.upenn.edu.


February 21 7:00pm

Penn vs. Harvard. The Palestra. Info: www.pennathletics.com.