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February 24, 2009, Volume 55, No. 23

February AT PENN

On Stage


Oh Bloomer, Where Art Thou?; Bloomers, all female musical comedy troupe; 8 p.m.; Class of ’49 Auditorium, Houston Hall; $9, $8/Locust Walk; mature audiences only. Also February 27 and 28 (PAC).


Dhamaka—The Fraternity; Dhamaka, all male South Asian dance troupe; 1:30 p.m.; location TBA; tickets: www.penndhamaka.com. Also February 28, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (PAC).

Special Event


Opening of Center for Particle Cosmology; celebrate the launch of the center with talks about BLAST, the Balloon-born Large-Aperture Submillimeter and the Large Hadron Collider; 4:30 p.m.; Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall (Center for Particle Cosmology). 



Genome-Wide shRNA Screens Reveal New Insights Into Melanoma Development and Its Potential Treatment; Michael Green, University of Massachusetts; 4 p.m.; Grossman Auditorium, Wistar Institute (Wistar).


Sanskrit in a Tamil Imaginary: The Hamsasandesa of Venkatanatha; Steven Hopkins, Swarthmore College; noon; rm. 816, Williams Hall (South Asia Studies; South Asia Center; GSAC).


How to Unmake Racism? Comparative Views from Brazil and Colombia; María Inês Barbosa, United Nations Fund for Women; Claudia Mosquera Rosero, Universidad Nacional de Colombia; noon; Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall (Latin American and Latino Studies; Center for Africana Studies).


An Evening with Madeleine K. Albright; former US Secretary of State; 7:30 p.m.; Irvine Auditorium; $10; tickets: http://specevents.net/ (SPEC).


Meesing Candleholder

There will be a guided tour of the exhibit: Fulfilling a Prophesy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania on February 28, at 11:30 a.m. at the Penn Museum. Above: Lenape Meesing Candle holder made of metal and paint. Each year, the Lenape of Pennsylvania honor Meesing, the protector of the woodlands, with a fall Meesing ceremony. At the ceremony, a member of the Medicine Society, a group of men responsible for organizing and performing the Meesing ceremony, represents Meesing as a dancer. The Meesing dancer prepares for his task during the year preceding the ceremony by meditating on Meesing and making objects with Meesing’s image, which are given to the Medicine Society.  One year, the Meesing dancer made a series of Meesing candleholders.

Take a Tour on Saturday morning, at the Penn Museum: Fulfilling a Prophesy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania.
Meet at the Tresher Main entrance.

Photo by Lauren Hansen-Flaschen.

Related: Louis Kahn: The Making of a Room

Note: See www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v55/n19/febcal09.html for many more February events. 


Deadlines: Submissions for the Update are due every Monday for the following Tuesday’s issue. The deadline for the April AT PENN calendar is Tuesday, March 17, 2009. For information see www.upenn.edu/almanac/calendar/caldead-real.html.

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