30 The Endlessly Beckoning Horizon': Afro American Literature at the End of the Twentieth Century; keynote speaker: Michael Awkward, English; Sheraton University City; Info: (215) 898-5141 (Center for the Study of Black Literature and Culture). Through October 2.


Now Back to the City: Culture and Vernacular Architecture of KeyWest; drawings and models by students at the University of Miami School of Architecture; Meyerson Upper Hall Gallery (GSFA). Through October 1.


22 Spike and Mike's ® 1999 Sick & Twisted ®Festival of Animation ®; 22 short films (many U.S. premieres); 7 & 9 p.m.; International House; $6.50, $5.50 students/seniors/members; Info: (215) 895-6542 (Neighborhood Film/Video Project). Also September 23, 9 p.m.; September 24 & 26, 7 & 9 p.m.


21 Guided Zazen (Seated Meditation); Fukushima Keidô, Chief Abbot of the Tôfukuji sect of Rinzai Zen Buddhism; 7-9 p.m.; Terrace Room, Logan Hall; pillows recommended (Museum; Center for East Asian Studies).

27 Part II: Financial Trends: Managing Key Business Indicators; Mario O. Vicari, Kreischer Miller; 6:30-9:00 p.m.; $185 (Wharton Small Business Management Certificate Program). Continues October 11 & 18.


25 Concert of South Indian Classical Music; Sikkil Mala Chandrasekhar, Carnatic flute; with H.N. Bhaskar, violin, and H.K. Narasimhamurthy, mridangam; 6:30 p.m.; Prince Theatre, Annenberg Center; $15, $12/SRUTI members, $5/students (SRUTI; India Music and Dance Society; South Asia Regional Studies).


22 Book Talk; Barbara Dianne Savage, history; discussing her Broadcasting Freedom: Radio, War, and the Politics of Race 1938-1948; 4:30 p.m.; 2nd floor, 3808 Walnut St. (Afro-American Studies Program; Center for Study of Black Literature & Culture).


23 HIV Clinical Monitoring: Relationship to Viral Pathogenesis; William O'Brien, U. Texas Med; 3-4 p.m.; BRB II/III Auditorium (Center for AIDS Research).

  • Patterns of Innovation and Competitive Advantage in the Semiconductor and Display Industries; Gota Kano, Kochi University of Technology; 5-6:30 p.m.; Yasuda Room, Steinberg Conference Center (Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center; ETMR Program/Huntsman Center; Reginald Jones Center; Jerome Fisher Program: Wharton Program in Technological Innovation).

24 Defining and Controlling Nonlinear Dynamics in Neuronal Systems; Steven Schiff, George Mason University; noon; suite 400A, room 470, 3401 Walnut St. (IRCS).

27 Synthetic Polymers for Control of Receptor-mediated Cellular Processes; Linda G. Griffith, MIT; 3:30 p.m.; room 337, Towne Building (Chemical Engineering; Institute for Medicine and Engineering).

  • Role of FtsZ in Bacterial Cell Division; Joseph Lutkenhaus, University of Kansas Medical Center; 4 p.m.; Wood Room, 2nd floor, J. Morgan Building (Pennsylvania Muscle Institute).
  • Between Theory and Practice: The Sciences of Agriculture, Engineering and Medicine, c. 1870-1940; Jonathan Harwood, University of Manchester; 4 p.m.; room 337, Logan Hall (History and Sociology of Science).
  • Therapeutic Strategies for Treatment of Neuromuscular Diseases; H. Lee Sweeny, physiology; 4 p.m.; Austrian Auditorium, CRB (Institute for Human Gene Therapy).
  • Visiting Artist Series; Glen Goldberg, Parsons School of Design; 5 p.m.; White Room, Morgan Building (GSFA).
  • Design versus Leisure; Gert Groening, University of Arts, Berlin; 6 p.m.; room B-3, Meyerson Hall (GSFA).

Kelly Writers House

All events are free and are held at 3805 Locust Walk. Info: (215) 573-WRIT.

23 Alumni Writers Series; Evan Sarzin, publisher of jazz and world music; 6 p.m.

  • Virgin House Band; jazz quintet; 8-10 p.m.

25 Laughing Hermit Reading Series; Gibbons Ruark and J.C. Todd, poets; 2-3 p.m.

  • Celebration of COMBO!; reading from COMBO literary journal, poetry and poetics; 6 p.m.

27 Reading by Larry Platt; author of Keeping It Real: A Turbulent Season at the Crossroads with the NBA; 7 p.m.

28 Chaucer Performing Workshop with David Wallace; 5 p.m.

29 Reading by the poets of Rattapallax, A Journal of Contemporary Literature; 8 p.m.

Deadlines: The deadline for the weekly update is each Monday for the following week's issue; for the November At Penn calendar it is October 12.

Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 4, September 21, 1999