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Tsunami Earthquake Relief Efforts

Message From the President

The tsunami in the Indian Ocean during the winter holiday devastated countries throughout Southeast Asia. Penn joins the world in mourning this tragedy that has caused such a tremendous loss of life and destroyed homes, families and entire communities on a scale that is impossible to imagine.

In keeping with Penn’s commitment to global engagement and our educational mission, the University will raise funds to help rebuild the educational infrastructure in countries affected by the tsunami. As we now know, schools are an important sanctuary for the children who survived the tsunami. I am deeply grateful to Dr. Susan Fuhrman, dean of the Graduate School of Education, who has agreed to coordinate Penn’s efforts. We will announce details on how you can help shortly.

In addition to this fundraising initiative, many other efforts are also being undertaken on campus. For example, the Museum Café will donate its profits for the month of January to disaster-relief efforts, and the campus Penn’s Way coordinators will redirect a portion of the funds that had been allocated for the Penn’s Way volunteer thank you breakfast to efforts to assist survivors of the tsunami. I encourage you to join in the many campus activities that are being planned to remember the victims of the tsunami and to support the relief efforts.

Many faculty, students, staff and alumni have already made contributions to the disaster-relief efforts. You may go to the websites of the organizations that are helping survivors rebuild their lives.

I am confident that, in the face of this overwhelming international crisis, members of the Penn community once again will demonstrate their generous spirit by giving freely of their time, resources and expertise. As we work together to make a difference in the lives of the people affected by the tsunami, please keep those who have been directly affected by the disaster and those who are assisting them in your thoughts and prayers.

—Dr. Amy Gutmann


See www.upenn.edu/pennnews/tsunami.php
for announcements, relief organizations, news and Penn resources.


International Relief Organizations

  American Red Cross: www.redcross.org/

  AmeriCares: www.americaresfoundation.net/default.aspx

  CARE: www.careusa.org/

  Doctors Without Borders: www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

  International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies: www.ifrc.org/helpnow/donate/donate_response.asp

  Islamic Relief: www.irw.org/

•  Mercy Corps www.mercycorps.org/welcome/

•  Operation USA (OPUSA) www.opusa.org/

  OXFAM: www.oxfam.org/

  Save the Children: www.savethechildren.org/

  United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF): www.unicef.org/

 USAID: www.usaid.gov/locations/asia_near_east/tsunami/ngolist.html

  World Food Programme: www.wfp.org/

  World Vision: www.worldvision.org/


Ed. Note: Thanks to a new bill passed by Congress, cash gifts made through January 31, 2005 for tsunami disaster relief are eligible for a tax deduction on your 2004 return.


Museum Café’s Net Proceeds to Tsunami Relief Efforts

The Museum Café at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is donating all its net proceeds throughout the month of January to the relief efforts for the victims of the tsunami disaster around the Indian Ocean.

Museum Café hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. The Café, owned and operated by Bruce and Beatrice Nichols, Museum Catering Company, serves a full breakfast weekdays, lunch daily, and snacks throughout the day. Beer and wine is available for purchase. The international menu, posted on the website, changes daily: www.upenn.edu/museum/PublicServices/museumcafe.html.

The glass-enclosed Museum Café, overlooking the Museum’s inner gardens, is on the second floor of Penn Museum, 3260 South Street. There is no Museum admission charge for guests to visit the Café without visiting the Museum.

Indonesian Festival: January 21—23

Helping Red Cross Tsunami Earthquake Relief Fund
Friday, January 21

Reception for Ambassador Brotodiningrat, 6 p.m.; the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Soemadi D.M. Brotodiningrat, will be the guest of honor at a community reception at International House. This ends a day of business meetings and a luncheon with invited executives from the region. The reception  is followed by the evening’s films. The Ambassador will briefly address the audience before the film.

$20 General Admission includes admission to the film. 
Tickets available only in advance at TICKETWEB.
$8 from the sale of each ticket will be donated to the Red Cross Tsunami Earthquake Relief Fund.

Film Screening: What’s Up With Love?, 7 p.m. (Ada apa Dengan Cinta?) dir. Rudy Soedjarwo, Indonesia, 2002, 35mm, 112 mins, color, Indonesian w/ English subtitles; introduced by The Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia. An accomplished coming of age story, What’s Up With Love? helped to revitalize the Indonesian film industry in the post-Suharto era. Seventeen-year-old Cinta (actress and pop star Dian Sastrowardoyo), is a smart, confident, popular and privileged Jakarta high school student who falls for Rangga (Nicholas Saputra) a sullen, cynical loner with a bad reputation. When a poetry contest brings the unlikely pair together, the troubling political reasons for Rangga’s negative demeanor begin to emerge. “Smoothly made... What’s With Love? gives teen-movie genre conventions a political twist... the drama has surprising bite, both as romance and social study” (Ken Eisner, Variety).

Preceded byLittle Surabaya, dir. Anita Schillhorn van Veen, USA, 2004, DVD, 14 mins, color. A documentary about the Philadelphia Indonesian community.

$8 General Admission; $7 I-House Members, Students and Seniors.
Available in advance at TICKETWEB or one hour before showtime at the International House Box Office.
$2 from the sale of each ticket will be donated to the Red Cross Tsunami Earthquake Relief Fund.

Saturday, January 22

Barong Dancers

Indonesian Cultural Festival, noon-4 p.m.; celebrating the Indonesian community of the greater Philadelphia area, this family-oriented festival features traditional music and dance, workshops, visual arts and crafts and food. Scheduled to appear: Thomas Whitman, Aryani Manring, and Qian Li of Gamelan Semara Santi; barong dancers Reog Palapa Washington D.C.; batik artist Laura Cohn; photographer Rana Sindhikara; West Javanese dance teacher Detty Aziz; traditional dancers and vocal groups and much more.

$10 General Admission; $3 Children 12 and under. Available in advance at TICKETWEB or one hour before showtime at the International House Box Office.
$4 from the sale of each general admission ticket will be donated to the Red Cross Tsunami Earthquake Relief Fund.

Sunday, January 23

Democracy and Islam in Indonesia with Dr. Theodore Friend, 4 p.m.
Former President of Swarthmore College and President Emeritus of Eisenhower Fellowships, Dr. Friend is now a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He was awarded the Bancroft Prize for his book on Philippine-American history, Between Two Empires.

His most recent book Indonesian Destinies, is “a narrative of Indonesia during the last half century, from the postwar revolution against Dutch imperialism to the unrest of today. Part history, part meditation on a place and a past observed firsthand, Indonesian Destinies penetrates events that gave birth to the world’s fourth largest nation and assesses the continuing dangers that threaten to tear it apart.”

Dr. Friend, a widely recognized authority on the history and politics of the Republic of Indonesia, will lecture on “Democracy and Islam in Indonesia” and will sign copies of Indonesian Destinies. Copies of Indonesian Destinies are available for purchase at this event and a portion of the proceeds from sales of the book will be donated to the Red Cross Tsunami Earthquake Relief Fund.

Tickets available one hour before showtime at the International House Box Office.

Pay what you will. Donations accepted for for this event with all proceeds going to the Red Cross Tsunami Earthquake Relief Fund.

Patrons will be given the opportunity to make additional donations at all events.



  Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 17, January 18, 2005


January 18, 2005
Volume 51 Number 17


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