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November 20, 2012 Volume 59, No. 13
Unless otherwise noted, all events are open to the general public as well as to members of the University. For building locations, call (215) 898-5000 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or see www.facilities.upenn.edu/ or the University’s website, www.upenn.edu. Listing of a phone number normally means tickets, reservations or registration required.
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On Stage Readings/

Spanning a quarter mile, the Morris Arboretum's Holiday Garden Railway presents a miniature landscape with fifteen rail lines, seven loops and tunnels, nine bridges, and buildings made of all-natural materials. Through December 31. See Exhibits.



7     Last Day of Classes.

8     Reading Days. Through December 11.

12   Final Examinations. Through December 19.

19   Fall Term ends.


Morris Arboretum
Free with admission unless otherwise noted. Register: (215) 247-5777; www.morrisarboretum.org

11   Storytime at the Morris Arboretum; 10:30 a.m.

15   Holiday Hat Parade; come in a festive hat and parade down to the Holiday Garden Railway from the Widener Visitor’s Center; 4-5 p.m. See Exhibits.

Penn Museum
Info.: www.penn.museum

7      40 Winks with the Sphinx; Museum sleepover for kids ages 6-12; 5:30 p.m.; $50; info.: www.penn.museum/40winks Continues through December 8, 9 a.m.

9      Benin Bronze; family workshop in which attendees create bronze plaques; 1-4 p.m.; free with admission.

World Cafe Live: Peanut Butter and Jams
Tickets: www.worldcafelive.com
Shows begin 11:30 a.m.; $10, $7/children unless otherwise noted.

1      The Cat’s Pajamas; rock/pop; $11/adults, $8/children.

9      Rockdale Music School Showcase; students from the Rockdale Music School perform a recital of rock/pop-centric music; $4.

30    Trout Fishing in America—Countdown to Noon!; folk rock.


Admission Donations and Hours

See 2012-13 Holidays Hours for University Services and Facilities for closings.

Arthur Ross Gallery, Fisher Fine Arts Library: free; Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., noon-5 p.m.; www.upenn.edu/ARG/

Burrison Gallery, University Club at Penn: free; Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 7 a.m.-1 p.m.; www.upenn.edu/universityclub/burrison.shtml

Carol Ware Lobby, Fagin Hall: free; Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA): free; Wed., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thurs. and Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday; www.icaphila.org

Kelly Writers House: free; Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m-10:30 p.m.; Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. noon-11 p.m.; Sun. 6-11 p.m.; http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/

Kroiz Gallery: free; Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; www.design.upenn.edu/architecture/architectural-archives-kroiz-gallery

Morris Arboretum:Daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; for prices, see www.upenn.edu/arboretum/

Penn Museum: $12/adults; $10/seniors (65+); $8/children (6-17); free/members,  PennCard holders and children under 5; Tues., Thur.-Sun, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wed., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; www.penn.museum

Van Pelt-Dietrich Library; free/ID required; for hours see http://events.library.upenn.edu/cgi-bin/calendar.cgi


Hidden Natures; Lisa Campeau, experimental landscape artist; Burrison Gallery; reception: December 7, 5 p.m. Through December 14.

Excursus III: Ooga Booga; ICA. Through December 16.

Jeremy Deller: Joy in People; a retrospective featuring installations, photos, videos, posters and performance works; ICA. Through December 30.

Holiday Garden Railway; enjoy the winter garden decorated for the holidays; Morris Arboretum. Exhibit continues through December 31, regular hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; December 15-31, extended hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. See Children’s Activities and Music.

Stat of the Union; original infographics handmade by Writers House staffers; Kelly Writers House. Through January 4.

MAYA 2012: Lords of Time; a journey through the Maya’s time-ordered universe, expressed through their intricate calendar systems; $22.50, $18.50/seniors, $16.50/children & students; Penn Museum. Through January 13. See Special Events and Talks.

Uncommon Modern: Commercial Vernacular Architecture in Greater Philadelphia, 1937-1970; photographs and rare original drawings; Kroiz Gallery. Through January 18.

9 Perspectives on a Photography Collection; Arthur Ross Gallery. Through January 27. See Films.

Paper: A Deckled Edge—The Paper Artwork of Lesley Haas; Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. Through February 15.

Resolved? God Does Not Exist; sampling of the library’s collection; 1st floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. Through February 24.

Van Pelt at 50; photographs from throughout the library’s history; 1st floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. Through February 24.

Year of Proof: Making & Unmaking Race; Penn Museum. Through August 18.

John Cage: How to Get Started; interactive installation of a rarely heard performance; Slought Foundation.

Human Evolution: The First 200 Million Years; Hover Gallery, 2nd floor, Penn Museum.

The History of Nursing as Seen Through the Lens of Art; Carol Ware Lobby, Fagin Hall.

Amarna: Ancient Egypt’s Place in the Sun; Worlds Intertwined: Etruscans, Greeks and Romans; Canaan & Ancient Israel; Living in Balance: The Universe of the Hopi, Zuni, Navajo and Apache; In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies; Mesoamerica; The Egyptian Mummy: Secrets & Science; Buddhism: History & Diversity of a Great Tradition; Africa; Iraq’s Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur’s Royal Cemetery; On the Silk Road: Tashkent; Imagine Africa!; Penn Museum.

Penn Museum Tours
Tours begin at 1:30 p.m., Warden Garden Entrance. Tour availability and topics subject to change. Free with admission.
Info.: www.penn.museum

1      Egypt of the Pharaohs.

2      The Native American Southwest.

8      Egypt of the Pharoahs.

9      The Ancient Mediterranean World.

15    Egypt: Gods and Pharaohs.

P.M. @ Penn Museum
Galleries stay open until 8 p.m., with a half-hour gallery tour at 5:30 p.m. Free w/ admission. Info: www.penn.museum

12    2nd Wednesday Quizzo; 6 p.m.

FILMS Index 

5      Monsters of Japan Film Series: Godzilla: Final Wars; 6:30 p.m.; rm. 402, Claudia Cohen Hall (East Asian Studies).

6      Envisioning Home: The Jean King and Richard Baron Story; 5:30 p.m.; rm. B3, Meyerson Hall; RSVP: http://envisioninghome.eventbrite.com/# (Penn IUR).

7      The Fighting Lady; 5 p.m.; Arthur Ross Gallery (Arthur Ross Gallery). See Exhibits.

9      Excavation; 2 p.m.; Penn Museum; free w/ Museum admission (Cinema Studies).

12   Monsters of Japan Film Series: The Host; 6:30 p.m.; rm. 402, Claudia Cohen Hall (East Asian Studies).

13   Andrew’s Video Vault: Rienzi—Der Letzte Der Tribunen (Rienzi, the Last of the Tribunes); 8 p.m.; The Rotunda (Cinema Studies, The Rotunda).

New Authors of Italian Cinema
Free admission at International House.
Screenings in Italian w/ English subtitles. RSVP: www.ihousephilly.org

1      I più grandi di tutti (The Greatest of Them All); 5:30 p.m.

         Scialla! (Easy!); 8:30 p.m.

2      I primi della lista (The First on the List); 5:30 p.m.

         Ciliegine (The Cherry on the Cake); 8:30 p.m.

International House
Tickets $9, $7/students and seniors; 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Purchase at www.ihousephilly.org

1      United in Anger: A History of ACT UP; 2 p.m.

5      Portrait (Place): It’s the Earth Not the Moon.

7      Son of Trailer Trash & Chesty Anderson, US Navy; 8 p.m.

8      Weekend.

12   Patience (After Sebald).

13   In Memoriam: Chris Marker, Cinéaste (1921-2012).

15   An Exhumed Films Double Feature: Conquest & The Brute and The Beast; 8 p.m.


Cardio Fitness; 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Tue. & Thu.; St. Agatha-St. James Parish Hall; first class free, $8/class, $5/students; info.: (267) 251-3842.

Christian Association
Info.: www.upennca.org

Prayer and Scripture; 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays.

SLANGuage; 2:30-5:30 p.m.; Tuesdays.

Through the Arts; children's mentoring; 3-5 p.m.; Wednesdays.

Animate; exploration of faith and key issues of Christianity; 7-8:30 p.m.; Wednesdays.

4      Community Dinner; 6-8 p.m. Also December 18.

6      Faith on Tap; 4:45 p.m.; graduate students meet at Christian Association and walk over to City Tap House. Also December 20.

13    Justice Conference Group; 7-8 p.m. Also December 27.

Class of 1923 Arena
Info.: www.upenn.edu/icerink

Public Skating; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, noon-1:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 5:45-7 p.m.; Sundays, 1:30-3 p.m.

15    Holiday Skate; half-price admission with Toys for Tots donation; 5:30 p.m.; Also December 16, 5:30 p.m.

College of Liberal & Professional Studies
Walk-in Wednesdays; meet recruitment specialists and program directors; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 4:30-6 p.m.; ste. 100, 3440 Market St. Also December 12, 19.

HR: Learning and Education
Open to faculty and staff. Register at knowledgelink.upenn.edu

6      Brown Bag Matinee—It's So Simple; 1-2 p.m.

11    Career Focus Brown Bag—Adapting to Your New Role; 11 a.m.-noon.

13    Brown Bag Matinee—Title IX: Law and Compliance; noon-1 p.m.

HR: Quality of Worklife
Open to faculty and staff. Register at www.hr.upenn.edu/myhr/registration

5      Avoiding Burnout and Building Resilience; noon-1 p.m.

ISC Technology Training Service
ISC Labs, 3650 Chestnut St., 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Register: www.upenn.edu/computing/isc/training

10    Access 2010 Introduction; $357. Continues December 11.

12    Excel 2010 Advanced; $190.

17    Business Objects Web Intelligence XI Beginning; $425.

18    Business Objects Web Intelligence XI Advanced; $425.

Morris Arboretum
Register: www.morrisarboretum.org

1      Keepsake Ornaments for the Holidays; 10:30 a.m.-noon; $40, $35/member.

4      Holiday Wreath; 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; $58, $48/member. Also 6:30-8:30 p.m.

13    Holiday Tabletop Tree with Lights; 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; $60, $50/member. Also 6-8:30 p.m.

Weigle Information Commons Workshops
In Class of 1968 Seminar Room, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library unless otherwise noted. Open to faculty, staff and students. RSVP: http://wic.library.upenn.edu/wicshops

4      Blackboard: Grade Center; 1-2:30 p.m. Also December 10, 10-11:30 a.m.

6      Blackboard: Office Hours; 2-3:30 p.m. Also December 12, 10-11:30 a.m.; December 18, 1-2:30 p.m.

7      Mapping and GIS: Office Hours; 2-4 p.m.

12      RefWorks; 3-4:30 p.m.

14      Zotero; 10:30 a.m.-noon.


11   PPSA Board Meeting; 1-2 p.m.; rm. 102, McClelland Hall; RSVP: ppsa@exchange.upenn.edu

18   WPPSA Meeting; 12:30 p.m.; 1st fl., Stiteler Hall; info.: lsatchel@pobox.upenn.edu


11  Dr. Paul E. Green Memorial; 4:30 p.m.; 8th fl., Jon M. Huntsman Hall; RSVP by December 3: https://whartondeansoffice.wufoo.com/forms/celebrate-the-life-of-paul-e-green/

MUSIC Index 

8     Penn Glee Club’s Holiday Themed And Seasonal Performance; celebrating the Holiday Garden Railway; 2 p.m.; Winter Garden, Morris Arboretum; free w/ admission (Arboretum). See Exhibits.

14  Frode Gjerstad Trio and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten’s The Young Mothers; double-bill of Norwegian experimental music; 8 p.m.; International House; $15; tickets: www.arsnovaworkshop.org/events/frode-gjerstad-trio-12-14-2012 (International House).

Annenberg Center
Tickets: www.annenbergcenter.org

1     Dianne Reeves: Christmas Time is Here; 8 p.m.; Zellerbach Theatre; $20-70.

16  Cherish the Ladies: Celtic Christmas; 7 p.m.; Zellerbach Theatre; $20-55.

Music Department
Info.: www.sas.upenn.edu/music/performance/schedule.html

1     Penn Wind Ensemble; 8 p.m.; Irvine Auditorium.

2     Penn Flutes; 2 p.m.; Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall.

        Ancient Voices; 3 p.m.; Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium.

4     Penn Chamber I; 7 p.m.; Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium.

5     Penn Chamber II; 7 p.m.; Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium.

6     Penn Jazz Combos; 7 p.m.; Rose Recital Hall, Fisher-Bennett Hall.

7     University Choral Society and Penn Symphony Orchestra; 8 p.m.; Irvine Auditorium.

The Rotunda
Info.: www.therotunda.org

2     World Peace Festival; eight local and touring bands perform; 7 p.m.

7     William Fields, Chuck van Zyl and Terry Furber; ambient/electronic music; 8 p.m.

9     Variations and Mixes; various artists perform John Cage works; 8 p.m.

World Cafe Live
Performances daily. For a complete listing see http://philly.worldcafelive.com/

WXPN Free at Noon Concert Series; Fridays at noon.

World Cafe Live Holiday Performances
Doors open an hour before show begins.Info.: www.worldcafelive.com

4     El Vez: Mex-mas; the Chicano experience presented and told through Elvis songs; 8 p.m.; $17-28.

7     2nd Annual York Street Hustle Holiday Spectacular; Philadelphia-based 60s soul ensemble; 9 p.m.; $10.

11  Raul Malo Acoustic Holiday Show; country, jazz, blues and vintage rock n’ roll; 8 p.m.; $32/advance, $35/door.

19  5th Annual Highkixmas Musical Extravaganza; West Philadelphia’s HighKick performs “High on Christmas 3: A Kixmas Carol,” 8 p.m.; $15.

30  Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams; folk rock and country New Year’s Eve extravaganza; 7:30 p.m.; $22/advance, $25/door.

31   New Year’s Eve with Philly Bloco; New Year’s Eve dance party featuring samba, funk and reggae; 10:30 p.m.; $25-30.


1    Topdog/Underdog; drama presented by African American Arts Alliance; 6:30 p.m.; Muravchick Family Cabaret Stage, Platt House; $8/door, $6/Locust Walk.

13  Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo; 7:30 p.m.; Zellerbach Theatre; $20-65; tickets: www.annenbergcenter.org (Annenberg Center). Also December 14, 8 p.m.; December 15, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

14  Tribe of Fools: Heavy Metal Dance Fag; 7:30 p.m.; Harold Prince Theater; $20-30; tickets: www.annenbergcenter.org (Annenberg Center). Also December 15, 7:30 p.m.

19  Poet-Tree En Motion; featured acts and open mic performance night; 7 p.m.; The Rotunda (The Rotunda).


Kelly Writers House
Info.: http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/

3     Entrepreneurial Journalism: Pitch Night; 6 p.m. (Creative Ventures).

4     We All Feel Like It; 6 p.m.

6     Penn Appétit 5th Anniversary Celebration; 6 p.m.

Penn Bookstore
Info.: www.upenn.edu/bookstore

4     Southscapes: Geographies of Race, Region & Literature; Thadious Davis, English; 6 p.m. (Center for Africana Studies).

5     An Angry-Ass Black Woman; Karen Quinones Miller; 6 p.m.

6     Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness; Susannah Cahalan; 6 p.m.

12  Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks and the Hidden Powers of the Mind; Alex Stone; 6:30 p.m. (Psi Chi).


1     Day With(Out) Art: Ribbon Bee; make red ribbons and hear readings by representatives from Fierce Pussy, GALAEI and Bebashi as they discuss the histories and current struggles of HIV/AIDS activism; 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; ICA (ICA).

3     Proof with a Reasonable Doubt; interfaith discussion, moderated by University Chaplain Charles Howard; reception and movie clips; 5-7 p.m.; Christian Association (AARC, CA, Chaplain’s Office).

5     Penn Museum Shop Holiday Sale; 10% off all purchases, 15% for PennCard holders, 20% for Museum members; Penn Museum. Through December 9 (Museum).

7     Christian Association Christmas Party; followed by caroling on campus; 5-7 p.m.; Christian Association (Christian Association).

8     Holiday Book Sale; benefitting Walnut Street West Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Friends of Walnut Street West Library).

13  Computer Connection Holiday Sale; special offers, raffle prizes, refreshments and giveaways; Computer Connection. Through December 14.

       Penn Bookstore Annual Holiday Sale; 20% off storewide with complimentary gift-wrapping, holiday photos and more; Penn Bookstore. Through December 14.

       University Club’s Holiday Reception; 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; University Club; first-come, first-serve, PennCard required. Also December 14, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

14  International House Holiday Party; celebrate holidays from around the world with holiday tree lighting, treats and seasonal music; 6 p.m.; International House; $10, $8/members (International House).

27  World Cafe Live’s 5th Annual Winter Beer Festival; 5-9 p.m.; World Cafe Live; $40; ages 21+ (World Cafe Live).

Love Your Body Campaign
Sponsored by the Penn Consortium of Undergraduate Women and the Penn Women’s Center. Info.: (215) 898-8611

2     Reflect & Restore; conversation over brunch about media and body image, followed by a yoga workshop; 1-2:30 p.m.; LGBT Center.

3     Cliteracy; learn about making and maintaining a healthy vagina; 6-7:30 p.m.; Penn Women’s Center.

4     Body Politics; Irin Carmon, journalist; 7:30 p.m.; rm. F60, Jon M. Huntsman Hall (Penn Democrats; Women’s Political League).

Penn Museum
Info.: www.penn.museum

2     17th Annual Peace Around the World: Passport to Cultures; international holiday traditions along with dancing, music, balloon art, face-painting, crafts and more; 1-4 p.m.; free w/ admission or PennCard.

6     Penn Museum’s 125-Year Anniversary Open House; meet Museum curators and archivists and listen to lectures about the museum; 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; free.

21   Maya 2012: The Final Countdown; party hosted by the Young Friends of the Penn Museum, featuring entertainment, drinks and light fare to mark the Mayans’ apocalyptic predictions; 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; Penn Museum; $60/VIP, $35/general; info.: www.penn.museum/youngfriends. See Exhibits.

The Rotunda
Info.: www.therotunda.org

15  Go West! Winter Craft Fest; local wares handmade with care; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

16  Locust Moon Comics Festival; exhibitions by comic book publishers; 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

21  2012 Winter Solstice Celebration; music, dance, storytelling, food and more; noon; $5-20 donation suggested (Indigenous Peoples Heritage Society).

29  TAKII 14: New Year’s Evolution; Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational hosts festival/convention hybrid; 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; $13/general; Also December 30, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Tickets: http://takii-eventful.eventbrite.com


2     Wrestling vs. Hofstra; 1 p.m.

3     (W) Basketball vs. Bucknell; 7 p.m.

6     (M) Squash vs. Navy; 6 p.m.

7     (W) Swimming vs. Columbia; 4 p.m.

        Gymnastics; intrasquad meet; 6 p.m.

8     (M) Basketball vs. Villanova; 8 p.m.

TALKS Index 

3     A Discussion on Arts and Public Life; Theaster Gates, artist and cultural planner; 6 p.m.; Lower Gallery, Meyerson Hall; RSVP: http://penniur.upenn.edu/events(Penn IUR).

4     Rich Jews: An Exhibition; Liliane Weissberg, German; noon; Hourglass Room, University Club; $12/full lunch, $8.80/light lunch, free/no lunch (PASEF).

The Critically Ill Foal; Jonathan Palmer, Penn Vet; 6:30 p.m.; Alumni Hall, New Bolton Center; RSVP: beltb@vet.upenn.edu (Penn Vet).

5     Identifying Tumor Suppressor and Tumor Maintenance Genes Using Mouse Models and RNA Interference; Scott Lowe, Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; 10 a.m.; Grossman Auditorium, Wistar Institute (Wistar).

         Biological Underpinning and Evolutionary History of Human Phenotypes; Benjamin F. Voight, pharmacology; noon; $12/full lunch, $8.80/light lunch, free/no lunch; Hourglass Room, University Club (ASEF).

         Food Decisions and Food Access: Evidence Driving the Food Swamp vs. Food Desert Debate; Helen Lee, MDRC; Allison Karpyn, The Food Trust; Shirki Kumanyika, biostatistics and epidemiology; noon; rm. 215, Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall (CPHI).

         Making a Good Egg: Discovery of New Key Ingredient; John Eppig, The Jackson Laboratory; noon; rm. 252, BRB II/III (CRRWH).

         Mind Wars: Brain Science and the Military from LSD to ESP to MRI and Reprogramming Ourselves to Repair Our Bodies; Jonathan Moreno, philosophy, medical ethics and health policy; John Gearhart, cell and developmental biology; 12:15 p.m.; Bell Atlantic Classroom, Steinberg Conference Center (Wharton Executive Education).

        Art Inspired by Nature and Nature Inspired by Art; Tom Moran, Grounds for Sculpture; 2 p.m.; Morris Arboretum; $20, $18/members; RSVP: (215) 247-5777 or education@morrisarboretum.org (Morris Arboretum).

         Was There a Trojan War? Assessing the Evidence from Recent Excavations at Troy; C. Brian Rose, Penn Museum; 6 p.m.; Penn Museum; $10/door, $5/advance; register: www.penn.museum/greatbattles (Museum).

6     Examining Mechanisms Required for Error-Free Cell Division; Tarun Kapoor, Rockefeller University; noon; Austrian Auditorium, Clinical Research Bldg. (Biochemistry & Biophysics).

        Brain Rumors: Public (Mis)understanding of Neuroscience and Why It Matters;  Neuroskeptic, blogger; 4:30 p.m.; rm. 214, Gittis Hall; RSVP: info@neuroethics.upenn.edu (Center for Neuroscience & Society).

         Douglas G. Lovell, Jr., Annual “Reports from the Field”; Junior Fellows of the Kolb Society at the Penn Museum present their current research; 6 p.m.; Penn Museum; pay-what-you-want (Museum).

7     Educational Implications of Ethnic Categorization in China, 1982-2005; Hua-Yu Sebastian Cheng, sociology; noon; Center for the Study of Contemporary China, Conference Room, Fisher-Bennett Hall (East Asian Studies).

        The Effects of Health Plan-Provider Integration on Prices and Quality; Austin Frakt, Boston University; noon; Auditorium, Colonial Penn Center (LDI).

         Medieval Manuscripts as Truly Open Data; William Noel, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies; 3:30 p.m.; rm. 113, Jaffe Bldg. (History of Art).

        Biophysics of Lipid and Protein Interactions and Their Modulation by Membrane Curvature; Tobias Baumgart, chemistry; 4 p.m.; rm. 218, Anatomy-Chemistry Bldg. (Biochemistry & Biophysics).

12  Health Care Reform and the Future of American Medicine and Mastering the Art and Science of Good Judgment: How Well Calibrated Are You?; Ezekiel Emmanuel, medical ethics and health policy; Philip Tetlock, psychology; 12:15 p.m.; Bell Atlantic Classroom, Steinberg Conference Cener (Wharton Executive Education).

         The End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012; Anthony Aveni, author; 6 p.m.; Penn Museum; $5 (Museum). See Exhibits.

13  Pharmacogenomics of HIV Therapy; David Haas, Vanderbilt University; noon; Reunion Auditorium, John Morgan Bldg. (Center for AIDS Research).

14  Dissecting Perturbations to Cell Signaling Arising from EGFR-activating Mutations; Matthew Lazzara, chemical and biomolecular engineering; 10 a.m.; Grossman Auditorium, Wistar Institute (Wistar).

        At the Interface Between the Actin Cytoskeleton and the Plasma Membrane; Roberto Dominguez, physiology; 4 p.m.; rm. 218, Anatomy-Chemistry Bldg. (Biochemistry & Biophysics).

        Philadelphia Science Fiction Society Program; Paul Halpern, University of the Sciences; 9 p.m.; The Rotunda (The Rotunda).


Annenberg Center Box Office Closed starting at 2 p.m. on December 21. Reopens January 2 at 10 a.m.

Arthur Ross Gallery Closed December 24-January 1. Reopens January 2.

Cashier’s Office Closed December 24, 25, 27, 29 and January 1. Open 9 a.m.-noon on December 26 and 28. 

Department of Residential Services Closed on December 21; reopens January 2 at 9 a.m.
      Residence Halls All residences are closed starting December 20 at noon except Harnwell, Harrison and Rodin College Houses, and Sansom Place East and West. Residents in closed College Houses must vacate their rooms by noon on December 20 and may return to their rooms on Saturday, January 5, beginning at 9 a.m.

Franklin Field Closed December 22-January 6 for recreational walking and jogging.

Hillel Closed December 24-January 1. Open December 20-21 and January 2-9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Normal hours resume January 9.

Hilton Inn at Penn Closes at noon December 22; reopens January 2 at 3 p.m. Penne Restaurant closes on December 20, 10 p.m., reopens January 2, 5 p.m.

Houston Hall Closed December 22-23 and December 25-January 1. December 24, TBD. January 2-8, open 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Regular hours resume January 9.

L.U.C.Y. (Loop through University City) Closed December 25 and January 1. Running all other days, 6:10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Morris Arboretum Closed December 24, 25 & January 1.

Newman Catholic Center Closed December 24, 25, 31, and January 1; otherwise open weekdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. See www.saintsaj.orgfor holiday mass information.

Office of Software Licensing Closed December 24-January 1, regular hours resume January 2.

Parking Office Closed December 24; reopens January 2 at 8:30 a.m. Contact Operations at (215) 898-6933 should you require operational assistance to access your permit facility. Visit www.upenn.edu/parking for visitor parking hours.

Penn Bookstore December 24–early closing: 4 p.m., December 25–closed. December 26-28–9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., December 29–10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., December 30–11 a.m. to 6 p.m., December 31–9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., January 1–closed, Normal hours resume January 2.

PennCard Center Closed December 24-January 1; reopens January 2 at 9 a.m.

Penn Children’s Center Closed December 24; reopens January 2 at 7 a.m. Aftercare will not be provided on Friday, December 21.

Penn Computer Connection Closed December 24, 25, 30 and January 1. Open December 26-29 and 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Normal hours resume January 2.

Penn Dining/Bon Appétit All residential dining halls will close on December 19, 3 p.m., except Kings Court/English House and Falk, 2 p.m.; reopen for dinner January 8 at 5 p.m. Houston Market closes December 19, 3 p.m., reopens for lunch on January 8; regular hours resume January 9. See www.upenn.edu/dining

Penn Home Ownership Services Closed December 24; reopens January 2 at 9 a.m.

Penn Ice Rink Open until December 24, 1:30 p.m., closed December 25. Open December 31, noon-1:30 p.m. Public skating hours: www.upenn.edu/icerink

Penn Mail Services December 21, one pickup cycle, mail received after noon will be delivered to USPS on December 26. Special delivery schedule: December 26, 27, 28: Mail will not be delivered, unless you have made special arrangements with Penn Mail; closed December 31 and January 1; regular schedule resumes on January 2.

  • USPS Express Service: Open Thursday, December 20 until 1 p.m. Closed December 24-31; reopens on January 2. Any permit mailings from external vendors needing a Penn Mail signature during the Winter Break must have paper work completed and signed by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19.

Penn Museum Closed December 25 and January 1. Regular hours in effect for all other days.

Penn Transit Services Closes December 24 at 3 a.m.; regular hours resume on January 2. All Transit Stops will be closed during this period. Limited transportation service is available December 25-January 1, 6 p.m.-7 a.m., excluding December 31; call (215) 898-RIDE (7433). Visit www.upenn.edu/transportation

Purchasing and Travel Services Closed December 24-25; open December 26-28, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; closed December 31 and January 1; resumes regular hours on January 2 at 9 a.m.

Student Financial Services Closed December 24, 25, 27, 31 and January 1; open December 26, 9 a.m.-noon and December 28, 9 a.m.-noon. Regular hours resume January 2 at 9 a.m. Check www.sfs.upenn.edu and www.upenn.edu/registrar for potential updates to this schedule.

Student Health Services Closed December 23, 25 and January 1. Open December 24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., December 26-29 and 31, 9-11:30 a.m.

Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel Open and operating on a regular schedule 24 hours per day.

Travel Agencies

  • World Travel: Open 24 hours a day, every day for emergencies. Closed December 24-25, otherwise 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.
  • Premier Travel: Closed December 25, otherwise 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Mon.–Fri.
  • Travel Guard/Marathon Travel: Closed December 25, otherwise 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Mon.–Fri.

University Club at Penn Last day of service will be December 19. Reopens on January 9.

Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Closed December 22-25, 29-31 and January 1. December 26-28, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.


Please join us in the Annual Penn Volunteers in Public Service Holiday Drive. As you buy toys and presents for the holiday season, please consider spreading some cheer to deserving members of our community. All toys and gifts donated will support the efforts of organizations including the Annual Holiday Party sponsored by Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, People’s Emergency Shelter, McMichael School, Potter’s Mission, Bridges to the Community, Intercultural Family Services and many more. All items for the holiday drive must be new, not used, and unwrapped. Below are convenient locations for you to drop off your donations:






President’s Office

100 College Hall

Brenda Gonzalez

(215) 898-0447

Provost’s Office

353B 3401 Walnut Street

Susan Curran

(215) 898-6841

Museum Reception Desk

Near Kress Gallery

Bonnie Crossfield

(215) 898-4001

Af-Am Resource Center

3537 Locust Walk

Rob Carter

(215) 898-0104

Human Resources

538A 3401 Walnut Street

Syreeta Gary

(215) 898-6018

Van Pelt-Dietrich Library

Cataloging & Metadata Dept.

Rachelle Nelson

(215) 898-9048

Netter Center

133 S. 36th Street, Rm. 504

Isabel Mapp

(215) 898-2020


265C 3401 Walnut Street

Doris Pate

(215) 573-6803


1000 SH-DH

Jennifer O’Keefe

(215) 898-1092

School of Nursing

Claire Fagin Hall, Rm. 202

Donna Milici

(215) 573-0747


203A Sansom West

Kathie Ritchie

(215) 573-3561

SAS External Affairs

3615 Market Street, Floor 2

Juliana Walker

(215) 746-8250

Compliance & Privacy

3819 Chestnut Street

Holly Miller

(215) 614-1907


4508 Chestnut Street

Cherry Sturdivant

(215) 573-7202

Research Services

Franklin Bldg., Rm. P-221

Lauren Oshana

(215) 573-6710

Student Health

3535 Market/Suite 100

Jay Effrece

(215) 746-1010


220 South 40th St., Rm. 230

Mary Jo Daley

(215) 898-4902


125 S. 31st St., Ste. 2000

Kelly Reynolds

(215) 746-8936


3701 Locust Walk

Jennifer Jones

(215) 746-5895

Abramson Cancer Reserach


James Riley

(215) 746-5520


Penn VIPS–Adopt A Family for the Holidays Program

Families are currently available!

During the holiday in December, departments from across the University "adopt" a deserving family.

The adoption is usually done in lieu of departmental gift exchanges. The assigned family is treated to presents and sometimes holiday dinner. Families participate in the program on a one-time basis. Families are assigned to departments based on request. Departments choose the size of the family they would like to adopt. Departments can also request the ages of the children they are interested in adopting.

Departments may request a "wish list" from the family or they may choose their own gifts for the family members. Departments choose the number and types of gifts they will provide. Departments are provided with size of the family, names, ages and sizes of each family member. Departments are encouraged to deliver gifts to the families, but they may also request to have gifts delivered.

Families are selected from the Carroll Park Community Council's Housing Program and Baring House Family Service Agency. A small number of referrals are also accepted.

Selection of families begins in November and assignments are made during and prior to mid-December.

Contact Isabel Mapp at (215) 898-2020 or send an email: sammapp@pobox.upenn.edu for additional information and/or to volunteer for this program.

—Isabel Mapp, Associate Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships