Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 15, December 15, 1998


January @ Penn

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 Academic Calendar  Children's Activities  Meetings | Conference  Exhibits
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7 Registration for undergraduate transfer students. Through January 8.

11 Spring semester classes begin.

22 Add period ends.



9 Children's Workshop: Hopi Pottery; children ages 8 through 12 learn about Hopi culture and make their own coil bowls and pots; 10 a.m.-noon; University Museum; $5 materials fee, pre-registration required, info: 898-4015 (Museum).



21 Symposium on Funding Strategies for International Health Research; 2-5 p.m.; Austrian Auditorium, Clinical Research Bldg.; info: (International Health Forum).


Admission donations and hours

Arthur Ross Gallery, Fisher Fine Arts Library: free, Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. & Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Burrison Gallery, Faculty Club: free, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Esther Klein Gallery, 3600 Market: free, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art: $3, $2/students, artists, seniors, free/members, children under 12, with PENNCard, and on Sundays 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; open: Wed.-Fri., noon-8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; tours available by appointment.
Meyerson Hall Galleries: free, Upper Gallery: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Lower Gallery: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat., noon-5 p.m.
Morris Arboretum: $4, $3/seniors, $2/students, free/with PENNCard,
children under 6; Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Rosenwald Gallery: free; 6th Floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center; open: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
University Museum: $5, $2.50/seniors and students w/ID, free/members, with PENNCard, children under 6; Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday (free), 1-5 p.m..


Sheryl Cohen: Paintings; Cohen completed a cooperative BFA program of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Penn; her paintings are brightly-colored and expressive; opening reception: January 7, 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Burrison Art Gallery, Faculty Club. Through January 29.
11 Imagining the World Through Naive Painting: Popular Art from Ibero-America; organized by Meridian International Center and brought to Philadelphia by the Consulate General of Panama; showcases artworks from Central and South American cultures represented in the greater Philadelphia area; Esther Klein Gallery. Through March 5.
16 Sticker Shock: Artists' Stickers; self-adhesive decal images in a variety of media created by artists Astrid Bowlby, Shepard Fairey, Phil Frost, Barry McGee, Jeff Morris, Chris Negrette, Douglas Ruschhaupt, Jim Winters, Forrest Myers and Aaron Rose; curator: Alex Baker; opening reception: January 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art. Through March 7.
 Photo: Hotrod, 1987-97, by Forrest Myers, a steel, plastic collage, at the ICA's Sticker Shock exhibition.
16 Three Stanzas: Miroslaw Balka, Robert Gober and Seamus Heaney; exhibit is a meditation on memory and loss; central to the exhibition: poem by Seamus Heaney (b. Ireland 1939), 1995 Nobel laureate in literature; sculptures by Miroslaw Balka (b. Poland 1958) who annotates minimalistic forms with personally symbolic substances to trace memories that make up a lifetime; and Robert Gober (b. Connecticut 1954), who combines banal handmade objects with parts of the human body; curator: Patrick Murphy; Institute of Contemporary Art. Through March 7.
16 The Work of L.N. Cottingham 1787-1847; drawings, watercolors and plans by this British architect of the Gothic Revival in England and Ireland; traveling exhibition curated by Janet Myles of De Montfort University, England; Arthur Ross Gallery. Through March 21.
23 Layers Through the Mist; photographs of Vietnamese life by Ellen Kaplowitz; taken in 1994 during the Vietnamese New Year celebration, "Tet", and in 1998, in the remote northern region of Vietnam; first floor, Sharpe Gallery; University Museum. Through March 28.


From the Lighthouse to the Laundromat: Two Exhibitions Featuring New Work by Tacita Dean and Steven Pippin; British artists Dean, working in film, video and drawing; and Pippin, working in washing machine photography. Institute of Contemporary Art. Through January 3.

Treasures of the Chinese Scholar; selections of "scholar art" from the Ji Zhen Zhai collection: calligraphy painting and artworks in wood, lacquer, ivory, stone, horn and metal from the Zhou Dynasty (770-250 BC) through the Quing Dynasty (1644-1911 AD); second floor, Changing Gallery; University Museum. Through January 3.

An Italian Journey; 33 black and white photographs by Liana Miuccio explore the journey of the photographer's family as they emigrated from Sicily, Italy to the United States. First Floor, Sharpe Gallery; University Museum. Through January 6.

Robeson Remembered; commemorating the centenary of Paul Robeson's birth with materials loaned by Charles L.Blockson and the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Temple University; Arthur Ross Gallery. Through January 13.

Fancy's Images: Envisioning Shakespeare's Words; Shakespearean images assembled from the Annenberg Rare Book and Manuscript Library; Rosenwald Gallery; 6th floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center. Through January.

Roman Glass: Reflections on Cultural Change; more than 200 examples of Roman glass from the first century BC. through the sixth century AD.; second floor, Dietrich Gallery; University Museum. Through May .

Canaan and Ancient Israel; the first major North American exhibition dedicated to the archaeology of ancient Israel and neighboring lands, features more than 500 rare artifacts from about 3000 to 586 BC. excavated by University of Pennsylvania archaeologists in Israel, Jordan, and Lebanon. Biblical Archaeology Gallery, University Museum. Long-term exhibition.


Ancient Greek World; Living in Balance: Universe of the Hopi, Zuni, Navajo and Apache; Ancient Mesopotamia: Royal Tombs of Ur; The Egyptian Mummy: Secrets and Science; Raven's Journey: World of Alaska's Native People; Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition; University Museum.

Healing Plants: Medicine Across Time and Cultures; Works by Harry Gordon; massive sculpture in wood, small pieces in granite; Butcher Sculpture Garden, Morris Arboretum.

University Museum Tours
Meet at the main entrance; 1:30 p.m. Free with Museum admission donation. Info:

9 Raven's Journey

10 The Classical World

16 Africa

17 Southwest

23 Buddhism

24 Egypt

30 Mesoamerica

31 Canaan and Ancient Israel



International House
All films are shown in Hopkinson Hall. Call 895-6542 for info/tickets.

8 Mary Jane's Not A Virgin Anymore (Sarah Jacobson, 1997); 6:30 & 8:30 p.m. Also January 9 & 10.

15 Somewhere in the City (Ramin Niami,1997); 7 & 9:15 p.m. Also January 17, 5 & 7 p.m.; January 20-22, 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.; January 23, 5 & 9 p.m.; January 24, 5 & 7 p.m.

17 Without You I'm Nothing (John Boskovich, 1990); 9 p.m. Also January 23, 7 p.m.; January 24, 9 p.m.

28 The Pigeon Egg Strategy (Max Makowski, 1997); 6:30 & 8:30 p.m. Also January 30, 6:30 & 8:45 p.m.; January 31, 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.



13 University Council; 4-6 p.m.; McClelland Lounge, Quad; PENNCard required. Observers must register in advance: 898-7005.

11 PPSA Executive Board; noon-1:30 p.m.; VPUL Conference Room, 2nd floor, Harnwell House.


16 Arts, Songs, and Spirituals; works by African American composers; 8 p.m.; Harold Prince Theater, Annenberg Center; info: Rick Cameron 898-9535 (SAS; West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance).

16 Minas: 20th Anniversary Celebration and Pagode Party; Brazilian festivities, concert/dance party; 8 p.m.; International House; info/tickets: 895-6537 or (International House).

19 A Night With Brother Paul Robeson; 7:30-9 p.m.; W.E.B. Du Bois College House, Multipurpose Room (Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.).

29 Salif Keita and the Wanda Band; rock and roots from "The Golden Voice of Mali"; 8 p.m., International House; info/tickets: 895-6537 or (I-House).


A Country Carol; 7 p.m., Iron Gate Theatre. Info/tickets: 569-9700. Through January 3 (GB Productions).

 Photo: Moiseyev Dance Company gives two performances on January 23 at the Annenberg Center in one of its rare U.S. appearances.

Annenberg Center

Call Box Office, 898-3900 for info, discounts with PENNCard and tickets.

12 Doug Varone and Dancers; 7:30 p.m.; Harold Prince Theatre. Through January 14.

23 Moiseyev Dance Company; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Zellerbach Theatre.

28 Murray Louis and Nikolais Dance; 7:30 p.m.; Zellerbach Theatre. Through January 30.


16 World Culture Day: 10th Annual Celebration of African Cultures; music, and dance performances, storytelling, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts demonstsrations, workshops;11 a.m.-4 p.m., University Museum. Free with Museum admission donation. (Museum).

18 MLK Breakfast, 9-11 a.m., Du Bois College House.

A number of programs and activities are being planned throughout campus. On January 4, a listing of all activities will be listed on the University's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. homepage at

21 Go West! Go International! Third Thursdays; special events and discounts (UCD).

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Info./tickets: 898-4519 or

4 W. Basketball vs. Princeton; 7 p.m.

8 M. Basketball vs. Yale; 7 p.m.

9 M. & W. Swimming and Diving vs. Drexel; 1 p.m.

14 M. Basketball vs. La Salle; 7 p.m.

16 W. Squash vs. Trinity; 11 a.m.

18 M. Basketball vs. St. Joseph's; 8 p.m.

21 M. Basketball vs. Drexel; 7 p.m.

23 M. Swimming and Diving vs. Navy; noon.

26 W. Basketball vs. Army; 7 p.m.

29 W. Basketball vs. Cornell; 7 p.m.

30 Gymnastics vs. Yale; 1 p.m.

For info on Intramural and Club Sports, visit or call 898-6100.



Class of 1923 Ice Rink; public staking sessions Monday & Wednesday 1:30-3 p.m., Tuesday noon-1:30 p.m.; Thursday 7-9 p.m., Friday 8-10 p.m. & midnight-2 a.m., Sunday 12:30-2:30 p.m.; 3130 Walnut Street; info: 898-1923 or

Jazzercise; 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Tues. and Thurs.; call for location; first class free; $3.50/class, $2.50/students; Carolyn Hamilton, 662-3293 (days), (610) 446-1983 (evenings).

18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Mentoring; volunteer to mentor an adult participant in Penn's Skill Development Center's Welfare to Work Program; call Isabel Sampson-Mapp, 898-2020. (Center for Community Partnership).

28 Ethnohistory: Sovereignty; learn history from a humanist, local standpoint; 4:30-6:30 p.m.; History Lounge, 3401 Walnut (History).


Writers House

All events are free and open to the public and are held at Kelly Writers House; for more information: 573-WRIT.

15 The Challenges and Rewards of Writing a Biography of a Living Writer; James West, Pennsylvania State University; 4 p.m.

18 Sherman Labovitz, author of Being Red in Philadelphia: A Memoir of the McCarthy Era; 7 p.m., Alumni Writers Series.

21 The Influence of a Specific Space on a Piece of Art and the Surrounding Community; Mei Lingh Hom, site specific artist; 5:30-7 p.m., Artists Guild Public Lecture.

23 Fleda Brown Jackson, University of Delaware; reads from her new collection, The Devil's Child; 2 p.m., Laughing Hermit Series.

25 Bob Perelman, English, reads from his recently released poetry collection, The Future of Memory; 6 p.m.

30 Full Circle, an Open Mic for Philadelphia-area poets, hosted by Cecily Kellogg and Charlie O'Hay; featuring Alicia Askenase, Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center, 8-10 p.m.


7 The Fourth Annual Thomas Langfitt, Jr. Memorial Symposium: The Patient as Consumer: Technology and Medicine in the Information Age; David Kendell, Progressive Policy Institute; David Brinkley, Pfizer; Nancy Ostrove, FDA; Richard Cleland, FTC; 5:30 p.m.; Dunlop Auditorium, Stemmler Hall; Dinner will be provided (The Office of the Vice Dean for Medical Education; The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics).

8 Rat Diseases: Bacterial, Mycotic, Neoplastic and Metabolic; William Feeney, Merck Research Laboratories; 10 a.m.-noon; Medical Alumni Hall, HUP (Laboratory Animal Medicine).

12 From the Kura to the Upper Euphrates: The Early Trans-Caucasian Cultural Complex; Anthony Sagona, University of Melbourne, Australia; 6 p.m.; Rainey Auditorium, University Museum (Hagop Kevorkian Visiting Scholar Lecture).

14 Thinking and Communicating About Environmental Hazards: Past Mistakes, Future Opportunities; Philip Lewis, Safety, Health and Environmental Affairs, Rohm and Haas Co.; 12:15-1:45 p.m.; Auditorium, Wistar Institute (Institute for Environmental Studies).

15 Rabbits: Biology, Care, Handling, Identification, Nomenclature, Breeding and Genetics; 10 a.m.-noon, Norman Lefebvre, Hazelton Research Products; Medical Alumni Hall, HUP (Laboratory Animal Medicine).

22 TBA; 10 a.m.-noon; Medical Alumni Hall, HUP (Laboratory Animal Medicine).

26 Who Cares for Children?; Lucy D. Hackney, Pennsylvania Partnership for Children; 1 p.m.; Faculty Club (Penn Women's Club).

27 Annenberg Seminar Lecture Series; Stephen Wermiel, American University; 4 p.m.; Law School, Room 240B (History; Law School).

28 The Green Gold Rush in the Gulf of Maine: Is the Sea Urchin Fishery Sustainable?; Michael P. Russell, Villanova University; 12:15-1:45 p.m.; Auditorium, Wistar Institute (Institute for Environmental Studies).

3rd Thursday: January 21

Some special 3rd Thursday events:

"Go Greek" All roads lead to the Greco-Roman world and the Museum's Ancient Greek World Gallery; from 4:30 to 8 p.m. stroll the 3rd floor galleries, enjoy live music, visit the Museum Shop and Cafe, take a gallery tour and test your world cultures savvy at a "What in the World?" game table. Half price admission, free with PENNCard. Info: or 898-4000.

Skating Anyone? Class of '23 Ice Rink offers free skating, hot chocolate and cookies. 7-9 p.m. Info: 898-1923.

The ICA will show three films by Dutch filmmaker Ansuya Blom at 6 p.m.: Ysable's Table Dance, Amazing Grace, and Dear...". A discussion will follow. Info: 898-7108.

Kelly Writer's House Artists Guild Public Lecture Series: Mei Lingh Hom 5:30-7 p.m. Info: 573-WRIT.

The Bushfire Theatre of Performing Arts presents a reading of new plays in the Cafe Theatre, 52nd & Locust Streets. Info: 747-9230.

Many area restaurants offer specials on the 3rd Thursday of each month. For a list of those participating see the web, or call 1-888-GO-WEST7.

 Academic Calendar  Children's Activities  Meetings | Conference  Exhibits
 Films  Fitness/ Learning  Music  On Stage
 Religion  Special Events  Sports  Talks

Go West! Go International! 3rd Thursdays

Readings Etc.

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 15, December 15, 1998