29 Roberto Benigni's "Life is Beautiful": In Context, In Depth; 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Carolyn Hoff Lynch Lecture Hall, Chemistry Building (Center for Italian Studies; Film Studies; Jewish Studies).

 Film screening

Life is Beautiful October 28 from 7-9 p.m., Carolyn Hoff Lynch Lecture Hall, Chemistry Building.


27 20th Century Reading Group; discussion group on modernism; 4:30 p.m.; room 202, Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk (Writer's House).

  • Sangria: The Artists Group; 9:30 p.m.; room 202, Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk.

28 Yan Xin Qigong; introductory seminar on this ancient Chinese technique of mind-body training; 5:15-6:30 p.m.; Patio Room, Greenfield Intercultural Center (Greenfield Intercultural Center; Yan Xin Qigong Club).


27 Reading: Poet Kate Daniels; 6 p.m.; Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk (Kelly Writers House; Harrison College House).

30 Laughing Hermit Reading Series; David Slavitt and J.T. Barbese; 2-3 p.m.; Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk (Kelly Writers House).


28 1st Annual Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender College Fair; information for lesbian, gay and bisexual students on colleges and universities to best suit their needs; 3-6 p.m.; Terrace Room, Logan Hall (LGBT Center; Allies Network; P-FLAG Philadelphia; Au Courant; GLSEN Philadelphia).

  • Political Science Faculty Undergraduate Reception; for students interested in courses and special offerings for Spring 2000; 4 p.m.; Undergraduate Lounge, Stiteler Hall (Political Science).


26 Mechanisms of Phosphoryl and Acyl Transfer in Aminoglycoside Antibiotic Resistance Enzymes; Gerard Wright, McMaster University; noon; Austrian Auditorium, 1st Floor CRB (Biochemistry and Biophysics).

  • Unlocking the Mysteries of Degenerative Disease with the Fruit Fly; Nancy Bonini, Biology; 1 p.m.; Faculty Club (Women's Club).

27 Assorted Arcana of Sperm Cytoarchitecture; John Herr, UVA School of Medicine; noon; Hirst Auditorium, 1st Floor Dulles Building (Center for Research on Reproduction and Women's Health).

  • Genetic Variations in Platelet Adhesive Receptors as Risk Factors for Arterial Thrombosis; Paul Bray, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; 12-1 p.m.; Auditorium, BRBII/III (Pharmocology; CET; Cardiology).

28 Race and School Desegregation: Contemporary Legal & Educational Issues; Edgar G. Epps, University of Chicago; 4:30-6 p.m.; Stiteler Auditorium, Stiteler Hall (Graduate School).

  • Speaking of Sex; Deborah Rhode, Stanford University School of Law; 4:30 p.m.; room 110, Annenberg School (Women's Studies).
  • How to Get Published When You Don't Have Any Contacts; Caren Lissner and Josh Piven; 6 p.m.; Kelly Writers House (Alumni Writers Series).
  • Between King and Commoner: The Discovery of the Mansion of an Ancient Egyptian Mayor; Josef Wegener, Museum archeologist; $15, $12 Museum members and senior citizens; 7 p.m.; Rainey Auditorium, University Museum (University Museum). See picture below.

29 Normalization of 'Non-Standard' Words; Richard Sproat, AT&T Labs; 12-2 p.m.; room 470, IRCS, 3401 Walnut St (IRCS).

 South Abydos excavation in progress, summer 1999, in part of the Mayor's residence--looking west toward the desert cliffs of southern Abydos. See Talks, October 28.

Deadlines: The deadline for the weekly update is each Monday for the following week's issue; for the December At Penn calendar it is November 16.

Note: The December At Penn Calendar is scheduled to appear in the November 23 issue of Almanac.

Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 9, October 26, 1999