Campus Events

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    The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation and Penn Live Arts present an exhibition of the work of artist and educator Chen Lok Lee. As a refugee who swam to Hong Kong to escape Chinese political persecution, Lee’s life on three continents is showcased through 18 prints, watercolors, and lithographs.

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    At the Source

    “At the Source: A Courbet Landscape Rediscovered,” the latest exhibition by the Arthur Ross Gallery, showcases a newly rediscovered Gustave Courbet modern landscape painting that has not been shown to the public in nearly 100 years. An accompanying catalogue of essays commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Arthur Ross Gallery.

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    Net-Zero Global Economy

    Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard’s Kennedy School Meghan O’Sullivan gives a talk on the possible transition to net-zero global economy and its effects in a geopolitical context.

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    Unfurling Diasporic Arts of South Asia

    Curator in Residence Aisha Khan moderates a panel that discusses Third Space Arts and its promotion of transnational, diasporic South Asian art within American contemporary art. Featured speakers include artists Chitra Ganesh, Tausif Noor, and Saba Taj.

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    Conversation with Jason Reynolds

    Join in conversation with Jason Reynolds, author of “Ghost,” a National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature, as well as a Marvel Comic, “Miles Morales: Spider-Man.”

  • A Healthier You

    The Penn Employee Assistance Program presents a webinar about the connection between fitness, nutrition, physical health, and our mental health.

  • Kate Zernike

    Author and reporter Kate Zernike delivers a talk about her new book, “The Exceptions: Nancy Hopkins, MIT, and the Fight for Women in Science.” She will be joined by Interim Provost Beth Winkelstein.

  • McNeil Center for Early American Studies (MCEAS) at the University of Pennsylvania.
    For a More Just Future

    Penn-Mellon Just Futures Postdoctoral Fellow Lucía Stavig joins in conversation with Peruvian politician Hilaria Supa Huamán to discuss the climate crisis, human rights issues, and the revitalization of indigenous cultures.

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    Cancer Interception and Prevention

    This talk will explore the potential impact of new cancer interventions that could prevent 50-60 percent of cancers if optimally employed. Scholars who will speak include: Robert Vonderheide, director of the Abramson Cancer Center; Jonathan Epstein, executive vice dean and chief scientific officer at the Perelman School of Medicine; and Susan Domchek, executive director of the Basser Center for BRCA at the Abramson Cancer Center.

  • Umm Kulthum and the Arabic Qasidah

    Huda Fakhreddine, an associate professor of Arabic literature in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, presents a talk on 20th-century Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum, who is most celebrated for their renditions of qasidah, an ancient Arabic form of poetry.

  • Israel’s Rights Revolution

    Barak Medina, the Justice Haim Cohen Chair in Human Rights at the Faculty of Law of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, presents a talk on the ongoing changes to the process of constitution-making in Israel.

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    Origins of the New Black Elite

    Camille Z. Charles, the Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Departments of Sociology and Africana Studies, gives a talk on her upcoming book, “Young, Gifted, and Diverse: Origins of the New Black Elite,” which examines the diversity of experiences among Black students in elite higher education and those newly entering the professional field.

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    YA Authors in Conversation

    Young Adult authors, Chloe Gong, Candice Iloh, and Nova Ren Suma, join in conversation about writing for a young adult audience. This event is followed by a book signing.

  • Love and Drunkenness in Persian Poetry

    Jamal J. Elias, the Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor of the Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies, gives a talk on Sufism and Sufi poetry, which is often defined by the seeking of an intimate connection with God.

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    Books as Waste

    In an interactive workshop led by Parismita Singh and moderated by Professor of English at Swarthmore College Bakirathi Mani, participants are encouraged to remake or desecrate copies of Singh’s books. The workshop explores what it means for a book to be free once it has been marked as waste.

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    The World We Inherit

    Join as the Wolf Humanities Center’s 2022-23 Undergraduate Research Fellows present their research in which themes of heritage are highlighted, which ranges from issues of national and artistic identity to coloniality.

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    Trans-Affirming Pedagogies

    Join a symposium focusing on the implementation of trans-inclusive pedagogies in academia.

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    TEDxPenn: (R)evolution

    In the largest student-run TEDx conference in the world, 10-plus speakers are invited to engage with matters such as politics, entertainment, STEM, art, social media influencing, and more. Speakers include Anthony Russo, director of several Marvel films, and Pennsylvania State Representative Jordan Harris, among others.

  • Picture of a crystal ball laying on metal in the shape of waves.
    Crystal Balls

    Jeffrey Post, curator of the U.S. National Gem and Mineral Collection at the Smithsonian, joins with Stephen Lang, Lyons Keeper of Collections in the Asian Section at Penn Museum, to place quartz crystal balls belonging to each collection within larger historical contexts.

  • Ethiopian Passover

    The 14th Street Y presents an exhibition and film screening of “Dreaming of Jerusalem,” both of which form documentation of the Jewish community in Gondar, Ethiopia. A Q&A with the film’s creator, Peter Decherney, will follow the screening.

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    Spin Class

    The Division of Human Resources sponsors this free spin class for Penn employees at Pottruck Health and Fitness Center. Registration is required; bringing water is recommended.

  • McNeil Center for Early American Studies (MCEAS) at the University of Pennsylvania.
    Regionalist Poetics in Latin America

    Assistant Professor in Romance Languages Ashley Brock gives a talk on her first book, “Lessons in Dwelling: Critical Regionalist Poetics in Latin America,” which explores the teaching of regionally specific ways of life through literature.

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    (Re)Connecting in the Classroom

    Evan C. Thompson Term Chair and Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Daeyeon Lee discusses his own path as a teacher and how to establish meaningful relationships between students and educators.

  • Hearing Romani-ness

    Ioanida Costache, an ethnomusicologist and sound studies scholar, discusses the history of Romani musical practices, particularly in feminist and de-colonial contexts.

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    Cooking Up Change

    Anne Claus, associate professor of anthropology at American University, discusses the current climate surrounding the consumption of seafood and new trends promoting sustainability in the Japanese food scene.

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    The Legacy of Ashley Bryan

    Join a symposium that celebrates the opening of the “Beautiful Blackbird: The Creative Spirit of Ashley Bryan,” which focuses on Ashley Bryan’s legacy as a children’s book author and illustrator. Events will include an exhibition tour and panel discussions on storytelling and inclusivity in literature. This is a two-day event.

  • Artists' Talk

    Fariha Khan, the Asian American Studies co-director, joins with artist Shazia Sikander and musician Arooj Aftab to discuss the future of South Asian diasporic art and contextualize its present manifestations.

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    The White Backlash

    Elijah Anderson, the Sterling Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Yale, gives a talk on white backlash in the U.S., in which white people have resisted efforts toward racial progress spanning from the Civil Rights Movement until now.

  • Oral Cancer 5k

    Oral Cancer Society, a Penn Dental Medicine student association, holds their annual walk and 5k to raise awareness for oral cancer.

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    Yoga at the Food Farm

    Join an outdoor yoga class in celebration of Earth Week. Mats are not provided.

  • Poetry, Prose, and Reckoning with History

    Clint Smith, author of “How the World is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America,” joins in conversation with Mia Bay, the Roy F. and Jeanette P. Nichols Professor of American History, to discuss the history of slavery in the US.

  • Evidence for Judean Exiles in Babylonia

    Laurie Pearce, a lecturer in Assyriology in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, discusses ancient texts that reveal the social conditions under which Judeans lived in Babylonia.

  • World Socialist Cinema

    Masha Salazkina, associate professor of Film Studies at Concordia University, Montreal, presents a talk on the history of the Festival of Cinemas of Asia, Africa, and Latin America which was organized in Tashkent, Soviet Union in the 1960s to 1980s in a challenge to the Euro-American canon of film history.

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    Inspiration to Action

    Penn College of Arts & Sciences alum Talon Bazille presents a rap performance and a talk on how music and indigenous knowledge relate to climate action.

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    Penn Relay Carnival

    Join the world’s oldest and largest track & field event and a carnival village with food, music, and other vendors. This is a three-day event.

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    Take Our Children to Work Day

    After a three-year hiatus following the coronavirus pandemic, the Division of Human Resources at Penn welcomes back Take Our Children to Work Day. Schools and centers across campus will offer special opportunities to engage with activities and programs geared toward kids ages 9-15. Advance registration is required and opens April 3.

  • RARE Drug Development

    The Penn Orphan Disease Center and Global Genes host a symposium focusing on drug and therapy development process as well as research opportunities in the field. This is a two-day event.

  • Data Science to the Rescue

    The Brian and Randi Schwartz University Professor Desmond Upton Patton joins with Director of the Penn Medicine Center for Digital Health Raina Merchant and Professor and Chair of Criminology Greg Ridgeway to discuss the use of data in positive ways: as improving health care, managing business challenges, and more. K. P. Chao Professor of Marketing Eric Bradlow will moderate.

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    Tree Giveaway

    Penn, in partnership with TreePhilly, will be distributing trees to promote increased tree planting in urban areas. Faculty and staff are eligible.