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.
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.
A curatorial seminar organized by Larry Silver, a professor of history of art, culminates with “On the Wings of Eagle and Raven: Tlingit and Haida Traditions,” celebrating artifacts of Northwest Coast American Indians/First Nations. The exhibition runs through July 6. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 S. 34th St. Info: 215-898-2083 or www.upenn.edu/ARG.
In “From Rio to Brotherly Love,” International House Philadelphia exhibits the work of Daniel Gafanhoto, a fine-art photographer who photographs and processes cityscapes, including Philadelphia’s, in a distinct and personal way. The exhibition will be on display through June 30. An opening reception for the exhibit runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at IHP, 3701 Chestnut St. Info: 215-387-5125 or www.ihousephilly.org.
Listen to David Wallace’s 60-Second Lecture, “Rumors of Approaching Bubonic Plague Have Been Greatly Exaggerated.” Stiteler Plaza, 37th Street and Locust Walk. Info: www.sas.upenn.edu/60-second-lecture.
Learn how to navigate the political waters at work and elsewhere with an HR program on conflict resolution. This seminar shows how both reason and emotion can spark and fuel disagreements. Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce St. Info: Registration is required. www.hr.upenn.edu.
Join the Penn Institute for Urban Research for the final event in a four-part film series on urban planning and public health featuring a screening of “Addiction Incorporated,” a documentary about whistleblower Victor DeNoble, the research scientist at a major tobacco company who proved that cigarettes are addictive. Room B3, Meyerson Hall, 210 S. 34th St. Info: Registration is required. www.penniur.upenn.edu.
Kelly Writers House, the Department of Africana Studies, and the Annenberg School for Communication host Brenda Marie Osbey, a poet, prose nonfiction writer, and former Poet Laureate of Louisiana, for “Brave Testimony: A Celebration of Poetry of the African Diaspora.” Arts Cafe, Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk. Info: www.africana.sas.upenn.edu.
Penn vs. Drexel. Penn Park. Info: www.pennathletics.com.