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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.
Academic Calendar Children's Activities conferences Exhibits Films
Fitness/Learning Meetings MUSIC On Stage Readings/Signings
Special Events Sports Talks Holiday hours volunteer opportunities


Sweet Honey in the Rock: Celebrating the Holydays

On December 12, Sweet Honey in the Rock will be Celebrating the Holydays at Annenberg Center. The a cappella ensemble is known for their stunning vocal prowess rooted in the rich textures of African American legacy. See Music.



8    Last Day of Classes.

9    Reading Days. Through December 10.

11   Final Examinations. Through December 18.

18   Fall Term ends.


5    The Cat’s Pajamas;Peanut Butter and Jams; doors: 10:30 a.m.; show: 11 a.m.; World Cafe Live; $10; tickets:http://worldcafelive.com (WXPN).

10  Arts4Youth: Motown Meets Jazz: Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble; see how signature Motown sounds emanated from the soul and style of jazz; 10:30 a.m.; Annenberg Center; prices & tickets: www.annenbergcenter.org/ Also December 11, 10:30 a.m. & 8 p.m. (Annenberg Center). 

13    Destination Greece: Coins; hands-on with replicas from the Mediterranean; 1-4 p.m.; Penn Museum (Museum).

19    All Around This World: Turkish Folk Songs; global music and world cultures program; 1 p.m.; International House; $5 (ages 2+) (I-House).

Morris Arboretum
Prices & registration: morrisarboretum.org

11    Storytime; ages 1-5; 10:30 a.m.; registration required. Also December 18.

12    Kids’ Holiday Cookies; 1-3 p.m.; registration required.

conferences Index 

1    Praxis Dialogues: The Public Good; 6:30-8 p.m.; rm. 414, Fisher Fine Arts Bldg.; info.: http://tinyurl.com/nsmahyk (Kleinman Center for Energy Policy; PennDesign).

2    Penn IUR Public Interest Event: Automation and the Future of Cities; 3:30-5 p.m.; Lower Gallery, Meyerson Hall; register: http://penniur.upenn.edu/ (Penn IUR).

3  Continuing Education Series: Genetics & UPenn Labs; 6-8:30 p.m.; Hill Pavilion; register by November 25; register: (877) PENN-VET (Penn Vet).

10   Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health: Transgender Health Symposium; 9 a.m.-noon; auditorium, BRB II/III; register: http://bit.ly/1iggbGR (CPHI).


Admission Donations and Hours          

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

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

       Charles Addams Fine Arts Gallery: free; Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

       Esther Klein Gallery: free; Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; http://estherkleingallery.tumblr.com/

       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.; www.icaphila.org        

       International House: free; hours vary; info.: http://ihousephilly.org/

       Kroiz Gallery: free; Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; www.design.upenn.edu/architectural-archives/about        

       Morris Arboretum: Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; for prices: www.morrisarboretum.org

       Penn Museum: $15/adults; $13/seniors (65+); $10/children (6-17); free/members, PennCard holders and children under 5; Tues. Sun, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; first Wed. each month, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; www.penn.museum 

       Slought: free; Tues.-Fri., noon-5 p.m.; www.slought.org

       Van Pelt-Dietrich Library: free/ID required; for hours, see http://www.library.upenn.edu/hours/vp.html


3    Scintillare: La Mer – Wildlife Series & Diatoms to Blue Whales; works in clay by Marguerita Hagan; Esther Klein Gallery; reception: December 3, 5-7:30 p.m. Through January 22, 2016.

       Straying; an exhibition revisiting Walter Benjamin’s Moscow Diary of December 1926; Slought; opening: December 3, 6:30 p.m. Through January 2016.


       This Book Belongs To…Provenance Marks and Book Ownership Through the Centuries; marks that specify who owned books; Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. Through December 8.

       Senior Seminar Fall Exhibition; original work by Fine Arts Senior Majors; Charles Addams Fine Arts Gallery; reception: December 3, 5 p.m. Through December 8. 

       untitled canvas; Brian BCASSO Bazemore; Burrison Gallery. Through December 8.

       Covered with Vines: The Many Talents of Ludwig Bemelmans; rediscover a Bemelmans now largely forgotten; Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. Through December 21.

       Becky Suss; meditative, large-scale paintings augmented by smaller studies in oil and ceramic; ICA Through December 27.

       Christopher Knowles: In a Word; text, sound, painting, drawing, sculpture and performance; ICA. Through December 27.

       Josephine Pryde: lapses in Thinking By the person i Am; her photographs recall fashion and portrait photography; ICA. Through December 27.

       The Limner; Sinéad Cahill uses stone lithography and fabric to construct pillowy sculptures, badges and quilts; Brodsky Gallery. Through December.

      Holiday Garden Railway; decorated for the holidays with lights that twinkle along the tracks; Morris Arboretum. Through January 3, 2016. See Holiday Hours & Special Events.

      Barton Myers: Works of Architecture and Urbanism; the architectural legacy of Barton Myers (GAR ’64); Kroiz Gallery. Through January 29, 2016. 

      Sex: A History in 30 Objects; highlights the ways that societies across time have approached sexuality and identity; Penn Museum. Through July 31, 2016.

      Victorious Secret: Entertaining Notions of Elite Ideals for Women 300 AD; based on originals in Piazza Armerina, Sicily; Education Commons, Franklin Field. Through February 15, 2016.

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       Year of Health–Corn: From Ancient Crop to Soda Pop; corn as an important crop that has impacted human health; Penn Museum. Through March 13, 2016.

       Children of Abraham by Abbas; traveling exhibition by Magnum Photos photographer Abbas; Arthur Ross Gallery Through March 20, 2016.

       The Civil War: An Ephemeral Lens Into the Life and Times; the Civil War on the home front and the front lines of the Union and Confederacy; Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. Through March 21, 2016.

       Let Every Heart Be Filled with Joy; history of the Savoy Company; Eugene Ormandy Gallery, Otto E. Albrecht Music Library, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. Through late 2016.

       A Waltz in the Woods; an original, site-specific stick sculpture, constructed by Patrick Dougherty; Morris Arboretum. Ongoing until deterioration.


       Audubon’s Birds of America; a new page every Wednesday; 1st fl., Van Pelt-Dietrich Library.

       IHP: The First 100 Years; archival documents; International House.

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

       Human Evolution: The First 200 Million Years; Penn Museum.

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       Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now; Penn Museum.

       Sacred Spaces: The Photography of Ahmet Ertug; Penn Museum.

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

Penn Museum Tours
Tours begin on select Fridays-Sundays at 1:30 p.m.at the Warden Garden entrance. Free w/admission. For info. on specific tours visit: www.penn.museum

4      Unearthed in the Archives. Also December 11 & 18. 

5      Highlights Tour: You Can Take It With You: Grave Goods and Beliefs about the Afterlife.

6      China & Egyptian Gallery Tours.

20    Mexico & Central America Gallery Tour.

FILMS Index 

1    Love Between the Covers; documentary on multi-billion dollar romance fiction business; 5 p.m.; rm.402, Claudia Cohen Hall(English; PHF).

2    Gen/Sex: End-of-Semester Celebration and Film Screening: Welcome To This House; about the homes and loves of poet Elizabeth Bishop; 7 p.m.; Grad Lounge, Fisher-Bennett Hall (English).

13  Mardistan; the notions of Indian masculinity through perspectives of the Punjab region of India; 2 p.m.; Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum; free w/admission (Museum; PHF).

International House (I-House)
Tickets: $9, $7/students, seniors unless noted; http://ihousephilly.org/
Shows at 7 p.m. unless noted.

2    The Stations of the Cross.

9    The Ghost Frequency; Italian.

10  The Iron Ministry.

11   Who the Hell is Juliette?; Spanish.

        Perfume de Violetas; 9 p.m.

16   The Night Porter.

17   Jauja.

Film Festival: New Italian Cinema
Free showings at International House.

3  Se Dio Vuole; 5:30 p.m.

    Meraviglioso Boccaccio; 8:30 p.m.

4   Italo; 5:30 p.m.

     Io, Arlecchino; 8:30 p.m.

5   Mi Chiamo Maya; 5:30 p.m.

    Youth; 8:30 p.m.

6  Tempo Instabile con Probabili Schiarite; 5:30 p.m.

     Mia Madre; 8:30 p.m.


1    Aerobic Cardio Fitness Class; 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays; St. Agatha and St. James Church, Parish Hall (enter at back door); first class free, $8, $5/students; info.: Carolyn, (267) 251-3842.

3   Penn Knitters; all skill levels are welcome; noon; Penn Women’s Center. Thursdays through December 17.

      Fels Information Session; 6 p.m.; Spady Room, Fels Institute; register: www.fels.upenn.edu/ (Fels).

10  Special Staff Workshop: Recognizing and Responding to Interpersonal Violence on Campus; noon; Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall; register: http://tinyurl.com/nbyepd2

11  December Wellness Walk; come dressed in your fun and crazy holiday decorations for the 1 or 2-mile route; noon; meet by Ben Franklin statue, College Green; register: http://tinyurl.com/nqtocep (CPHI; HR).

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

       Public Skating; Mon., Wed. and Fri. noon-1:30 p.m.; Sat. 5-6 p.m.; Sun. 1-2 p.m. See Holiday Hours.

13  Holiday Skate; 1 p.m.; Class of 1923 Arena; free admission with toy donation (Ice Rink). Also December 20.

HR: Healthy Living Workshops
Open to faculty and staff; free.
Register: www.hr.upenn.edu/myhr/

2      Chair Yoga; noon. Also December 16.

    Gentle Yoga; 10:30 a.m. Also December 11.

11    Guided Meditation – Take a Breath and Relax; noon.

HR: Professional and Personal Development Programs
Open to faculty and staff.
Register: http://knowledgelink.upenn.edu

2     Decision Making Strategies;1 p.m.

8      Root Cause Analysis; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; $75.

9     Career Focus Brown Bag: Resumes; noon.

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

    Breastfeeding Support Group; noon.

8      Coping and Dealing with Difficult Personalities; noon.

10    New and Expectant Parent Briefing; noon.

15   Using Mindfulness Skills to Relax Into the Holiday Season; noon.

        Tips for Effective Meetings; 1 p.m.

Liberal & Professional Studies
Register: www.sas.upenn.edu/lps

2    Walk-In Wednesday; prospective students; no appointment necessary; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. & 4:30-6 p.m.; ste. 100, 3440 Market St. Also December 9 & 16.

3    Master of Applied Positive Psychology Virtual Info Session; 5 p.m.; register.

Morris Arboretum
Prices & registration: www.upenn.edu/arboretum/

1    Pruning Conifers and Broad-Leaved Evergreens; 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

5    Holiday Wreath; 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

       Winter Wellness Walks; 10:30 a.m.; Saturdays through March 26, 2016.

12  Holiday Tabletop Tree with Lights; 9:30 a.m.-noon.

19  Create a Beautiful Holiday Arrangement for Your Table or Mantle; 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Penn Libraries Workshops
In Van Pelt-Dietrich Library unless noted. 
Register: http://tinyurl.com/objw8zp

1    Assessment and Grading in Canvas; 10 a.m.; Goldstein Electronic Classroom.

      Research to Go Office Hours; 12:30 p.m.; rm. 251, Huntsman Hall. Also December 2, 3, 7 & 8. 

2    Bloomberg 101; 3:30 p.m.; rm. 244, Yablon Financial Resources Lab.

      Research Tea – Picturing the Past and Present: Political cartoons, comics and graphic novels; 4 p.m.; rm. 113, Collaborative Classroom.

      Office Hours: Microsoft Office Software Suite; 4:30 p.m.; Education Commons, Franklin Field. Also December 7 & 14, WIC. Also December 9 & 16, Education Commons, Franklin Field.

3    Canvas Office Hours; 1 p.m.; rm. 128, WIC. Also December 9, 10 a.m. Also December 10, 1 p.m. Also December 15, 2 p.m. Also December 17, 11 a.m.

7     We Can Get That For You! (Interlibrary Loan); 10 a.m.; rm. 124, Class of ’68 Seminar Room.

8     Study Break; 5 p.m.; Class of ’68 Seminar Room.


2    University Council Meeting; 4 p.m.; Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall; RSVP: ucouncil@pobox.upenn.edu

11   PPSA Board Meeting; 11 a.m.; 3600 Market Street; RSVP: ppsa@exchange.upenn.edu

MUSIC Index 

  First Wednesday Concert; 12:15 p.m.; St. Mary’s Church; free and open to the public (St. Mary’s).

4    University Choral Society; directed by William Parberry; 8 p.m.; Irvine Auditorium; $5, free w/PennCard (Music).

  Holiday Concert with the Penn Glee Club; a fun and diverse seasonal performance; 2 p.m.; Morris Arboretum; free w/admission (Arboretum).

  Christmas with David Phelps; classic Christmas music; 6 p.m.; Irvine Auditorium; tickets: http://tinyurl.com/ojgtlbh (Perelman Quadrangle).

11   An English Holiday; traditional holiday music performed by Penn Flutes – directed by Michele Kelly; 12:30 p.m.; Penn Museum (Museum).

16   Echoes From the Bombed Dome: Eastern Psalms Recital; against the bombing and erasure of places where psalms are sung; 7 p.m.; Rose Recital Hall, Fisher-Bennett Hall (Music; Middle East Center).

Annenberg Center
Prices & tickets: www.annenbergcenter.org

5     Papo Vázquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours & Sofia Rei; Latin jazz trombonist & Argentinian-born folk vocalist; 8 p.m.; Zellerbach Theatre.

11  Motown Meets Jazz, Part 2; bassist Warren Oree and the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble; 8 p.m.; Harold Prince Theatre.

12  Sweet Honey in the Rock: Celebrating the Holydays; renowned a cappella ensemble; 8 p.m.; Zellerbach Theatre.

On Stage Index 

4  Up On Stage!; open mic night; 8 p.m.; Muravchick Stage, Platt House (Platt).


Kelly Writers House
All events located in Arts Café.
Info.: www.writing.upenn.edu/wh

1   The Body Electric; poetry reading and performance; 6 p.m.

2   The Economy of Prestige: Literary Prizes in the 21st Century; Jim English, Al Filreis and Michael Kelleher; noon; RSVP: wh@writing.upenn.edu

     Old English Live; 6 p.m.

7  Creative Writing Students Reading; Karen Rile’s Advanced Fiction Writing Class; 2 p.m.

8  Entrepreneurial Journalism Pitch Night; a Creative Ventures Program; 6 p.m.

9  Creative Writing Students Reading; Melissa Jensen’s Writing for Children Class; 2:30 p.m.

10  Creative Writing Students Reading; Kitsi Watterson’s 145: Art of the Personal Essay; 12:30 p.m.

      Ron Silliman’s Poetry & Poetics Class Reading; 2:30 p.m.

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

2    Philadelphia Liberty Trail; Michael Milne; 6 p.m.

4    On Human Flourishing: A Poetry Anthology; James Pawelski; 6:30 p.m.

9    Villages in the City: A Guide to South China’s Informal Settlements; Stefan Al, urban design; 5:30 p.m.; register: http://penniur.upenn.edu/ (Penn IUR).


1   Russian Tea; 4:30 p.m.; Cafe U Lounge, Williams Hall. Also December 8.

2   Rum & Cocktail Tasting; Cooper River Distillers; 5-7 p.m.; Living Room, University Club; $22; tickets: universityclub@pobox.upenn.edu (University Club).

     Freshman Fuerza Celebration; 6 p.m.; rm. 108, ARCH. (La Casa Latina).

4    Friday Night Lights; the Holiday Garden Rail all lit up and decorated for the season; 4:30-7:30 p.m.; Morris Arboretum; prices & register: http://bitly.com/MAFNL15 Fridays through December 18 (Arboretum). See Exhibits.

7  Makuu Kwanzaa; 6 p.m.; Hall of Flags, Houston Hall (UMOJA).

9   CASI Student Programs Open House; information on internships, travel funds and post-baccalaureate fellowships; 2 p.m.; ste. 560, 3600 Market St. (CASI).

     Christian Association Christmas Party; 6:30 p.m.; CA House (CA).

10   Penn Bookstore Sale-A-Bration; save 20% storewide; holiday festivities: free professional photo from 2-6 p.m. & hot chocolate and cookies from 4-6 p.m.; Penn Bookstore (Bookstore). Also December 11.

       Penn Computer Connection: Annual Holiday Wishbook; special offers and savings on a variety of technology, raffle prizes, refreshments and giveaways; 2-6 p.m.; Computer Connection. Also December 11.

15  Annual Holiday Party/Adopt a Family Donation Drop-off; noon; rm. 217, Stiteler Hall (WPPSA).

       All About Foaling; a special evening program focused on foaling; 7 p.m.; Alumni Hall, New Bolton Center; RSVP: (610) 925-6111 (Penn Vet).

19  Christmas Follies; a fun family friendly salute to the holidays; 3 p.m.; The Rotunda; tickets: http://xmasfollies.bpt.me/ (Rotunda).

27  8th Annual Winter Beer Festival; over 40 breweries; noon-4 p.m.; World Cafe Live; $45; tickets: http://philly.worldcafelive.com/ (World Cafe Live).    

Penn Musuem
Info.: www.penn.museum/

2    Drum Circle Workshop with Joseph Tayoun; all ages and all levels of drumming, bring your own drum; 6:30 p.m.; $15, $10/members & students with ID. Also December 9, 16 & 23.

5    Peace Around the World; world cultural holiday celebration, with dancing, storytelling, face painting and free treats for children; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sports Index 

Tickets & venues: www.pennathletics.com

2    Basketball (M) vs. Navy; 7 p.m.

4    Gymnastics; Red vs. Blue Meet; 4:30 p.m.

5    Squash (M) vs. Rochester; 1 p.m.

       Basketball (W) vs. Navy; 2 p.m.

       Squash (M&W) vs. Williams; 6 p.m.

6    Squash (M&W) vs. St. Lawrence; noon.

19   Basketball (W) vs. Drexel; noon.

       Basketball (M) vs. Ursinus; 2:30 p.m.

21   Basketball (W) vs. Wagner; 1 p.m.

TALKS Index 

1    Public Management in Practice: Positive Outcomes: Raising the Bar on Government Reinvention; Ted Gaebler, Nevada County; 11:30 a.m.; Fels Institute of Government; register: www.fels.upenn.edu/ (Fels).

       Spatial Histories of the Western Pacific, or Why the Selden Map Needs an Atlas; Robert Batchelor, Georgia Southern University; 4:30 p.m.; rm. 209, College Hall (History).

       My Horse is Colicky: Now What?; Hope Douglas, surgery; 6:30 p.m.; Alumni Hall, New Bolton Center; RSVP: (610) 925-6500 (Penn Vet).

2    Follow the Carbon: Collective Consumption and Climate Politics in Global Cities; Daniel Cohen, NYU; noon; rm. 103, McNeil Bldg. (Sociology).

       Surviving Gameworld Armageddons: What We Desire When We Desire Virtual Worlds, and What We Should Desire Instead; Timothy Burke, Swarthmore; noon; rm. 330, Fisher-Bennett Hall (Cinema Studies).

       Unconventional Teaching Texts: Techniques for Decoding, Repurposing and Exposing; Ian Lustick, political science; noon; Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall (Political Science).

       French and Indian Captives Carried to Boston: Alternative Captivities During the Imperial Wars, 1688-1750; Alexandra Montgomery, history; 12:30 p.m.; seminar rm. 105, McNeil Center (History).

       Beauty, Craft, and Creating Public Spaces in a City (Connections Lecture); Laurie Olin, OLIN; 2 p.m.; Morris Arboretum; $15/members; $20/non-members; register at (215) 247-5777, ext. 125 (Arboretum).

       Why the Non-Existence of Biological Races Does Not Mean the Non-Existence of Racism; Joseph Graves, North Carolina A&T State University, UNC Greensboro; 3 p.m.; Reunion Auditorium, John Morgan Building (Ernest E. Just Biomedical Society).

       Representation, Subjective States and Psychopathology; Ray Dolan, University College London; 4:15 p.m.; Auditorium, Smilow Center for Translational Research (Mahoney Institute of Neurosciences).

       Hanuman’s Tunnel: Legendary Histories, India and the Arab Imaginary; Scott Reese, University of Northern Arizona; 4:30 p.m.; Class of 1955 Multimedia Conference Room, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library (South Asia Center). 

       Archaeology’s Entanglements: Reconstructing a Monument on Contested Ground; Stephanie Hagan, history of art; 5:30 p.m.; Cherpak Seminar Room (rm. 543), Williams Hall (Italian Studies).

       Genghis Khan: Barbarian Conqueror or Harbinger of Democracy; Morris Rossabi, Columbia; 6 p.m.; Penn Museum; $10/door, $5/advance, $2/members in advance (Museum).

       Presentation of Recent Work; Dirk Sijmons, TU Delft, the Netherlands; 6 p.m.; rm. B3, Meyerson Hall (PennDesign).

3    Alfy on the Brain: Selective Macroautophagy and Neurodegeneration; Ai Yamamoto, Columbia; noon; Austrian Auditorium, Clinical Research Bldg. (Biochemistry and Biophysics).

       Archiving Protest in the Era of #BlackLivesMatter; Nicole Ivy, American Alliance of Museums; 12:30 p.m.; Nevil Classroom, Penn Museum (Museum).

       Political Theory Workshop; John Wallach, Hunter College; 4:15 p.m.; Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall (Political Science).

       4th Annual GVR Khodadad Lecture: The Neuroscience of Selfishness: Psychopathy as an Initial Model; Adrian Raine, criminology; 4:30 p.m.; rm. 240A, Silverman Hall; RSVP: info@neuroethics.upenn.edu (Neuroscience & Society).

       Sub domina meretrice. Circe in the Latin West; Luca Graverini, Università di Siena; 4:30 p.m.; rm. 402, Claudia Cohen Hall (Classical Studies).

       Visiting Artist Lecture; Ian Cheng, artist; 6:30 p.m.; Tuttleman Auditorium, ICA (ICA; PennDesign).

4    MUSA Lunch Speaker Series; Kate Raman, MUSA ‘14 Econsult Solutions; noon; rm. G12, Meyerson Hall; register: http://penniur.upenn.edu/ (Penn IUR).

       Penn Sociology Colloquium; Monica Prasad, Northwestern University; noon; rm. 103, McNeil Bldg. (Sociology).

       The Benefits of Medicare Spending: Evidence from the Healthcare Cost Slowdown; Jonathan Skinner, Dartmouth; noon; auditorium, Colonial Penn Center; RSVP: maddene@wharton.upenn.edu (Leonard Davis Institute).

       The Development of Corporate Governance in Toulouse, 1372-1946; Will Goetzmann, Yale; 2 p.m.; rm. 209, College Hall (History).

       Colonial Kinships: Sixteenth-Century Infanticide and the Intimate Histories of Latino Studies; Matthew Goldmark, McNeil Center for Early American Studies; 3 p.m.; Stephanie Grauman Wolf Room, McNeil Center (McNeil Center).

       Confined Space, Protein Biophysics and Drug Discovery; multiple speakers; 3:30 p.m.; (rm. 248) JF Library, Anatomy-Chemistry Building (Biochemistry and Biophysics).

       On Grounds and Backgrounds in Renaissance Painting; David Young Kim, history of art; 3:30 p.m.; rm. 113, Jaffe Bldg. (History of Art).

       Public Management in Practice: Diversity and Inclusion in Personnel Management; Clarence Johnson, Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity; 5 p.m.; Fels Institute of Government; register: www.fels.upenn.edu/ (Fels).

7    Coming in to Focus: Education and Stratification at Midlife; Eric Grodsky, University of Wisconsin-Madison; noon; rm. 103, McNeil Bldg. (Population Studies Center).

       ITMAT Symposium Seminar; Colin Funk, Queens University; noon; rm. 10-146, Smilow Center for Translational Research (Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics).

       Impulse Response Matching Estimators for DSGE Models; Lutz Kilian, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; 4:30 p.m.; rm. 410, McNeil Bldg. (Economics).

       Material Texts: Unlocking St. Frideswide’s Chest: Medieval Student Loans and the Value of Books; Jenny Adams, UMass Amherst; 5:15 p.m.; Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library (English).

8    Advocacy & Influence: Innovations Addressing Homelessness; Sister Mary Scullion, Project HOME; noon; Class of ’49 Auditorium, Houston Hall; register: https://goo.gl/j8nlA9 (CPHI).

       Internal Comparative Politics Workshop; Matthew Berkman, political science; noon; Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall (Political Science).

       Unequal Childhoods and Unequal Adulthoods: A Longitudinal Study of Social Class Differences in Family Life; Annette Lareau, social sciences; noon; Hourglass Room, University Club; RSVP: (215) 746-5972 (PASEF-Emeritus).

       A Story of the Southern Ocean; Irina Marinov, earth and environmental science; 6 p.m.; World Cafe Live (Penn Science Café).

9    Graduate Workshop – U.S. Borders and Political Rights; Allison Powers, Columbia; Elspeth Wilson, political science; noon; rm. 209, College Hall (Penn Program for Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism).

       Spotting the Elusive Majorana under the Microscope; Ali Yazdani, Princeton University; 4 p.m.; rm. A8, DRL (Physics & Astronomy).

       The Tail that Wags the Economy: Belief-Driven Business Cycles and Persistent Stagnation; Laura Veldkamp, NYU; 4 p.m.; rm. 309, McNeil Bldg. (Economics).

       A Very Queer Family Indeed; Simon Goldhill, University of Cambridge; 5 p.m.; Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum; register: www.phf.upenn.edu/ (PHF).

       The Myth of Modern Slavery: Coercion in the Age of Freedom; Max Mishler, NYU; 5 p.m.; rm. 627, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library (History).

10    Big Data and State Transparency: What the Absence of Data on Police Killings Reveals; Kelly Gates, UC San Diego; 4:30 p.m.; Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall (Penn Program for Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism).

11    Childhood Medical Coverage and Later Life Health Care Utilization; Sarah Miller, University of Michigan; noon; auditorium, Colonial Penn Center; RSVP: maddene@wharton.upenn.edu (Leonard Davis Institute).

       The American Politics Workshop; Nick Valentino, University of Michigan; noon; Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall (Political Science).

       The CSB Chromatin Remodeler and CTCF Architectural Protein Collaborate to Protect Cells from Oxidative Stress; Hua-Ying Fan, biochemistry; 3:30 p.m.; (rm. 248) JF Library, Anatomy-Chemistry Building (Biochemistry and Biophysics).

       Poetry & Poetics; Michael Leong & Amy Catanzano, poets; 6:30 p.m.; Grad Lounge, Fisher-Bennett Hall (English).

12   Visual Aspects of Middle Kingdom Stelae; Kei Yamamoto, Metropolitan Museum of Art; 3:30 p.m.; Penn Museum; $10, $7/members & PennCard holders, $5/students with ID, free/ARCE-PA members (Museum).

18   RNA-Protein Acrobatics; Gideon Dreyfuss, biochemistry; 3:30 p.m.; (rm. 248) JF Library, Anatomy-Chemistry Building (Biochemistry and Biophysics).

Holiday Hours Index 

Annenberg Center Box Office Open December 14-18 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed December 19-20. Open December 21-23 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed December 24-January 3. Open January 4-8 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed January 9-10. Regular hours resume January 11.

Arthur Ross Gallery Closed December 25-January 4. Regular hours resume January 5.

Cashier’s Office Early closing December 24 at 2 p.m. Open December 31 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Regular hours resume January 4.

Department of Residential Services Closed December 25-January 4. Office open January 5.

      Residence Halls All residences are closed starting December 19 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 19 and may return to their rooms on Saturday, January 10, beginning at 9 a.m.

Franklin Field Closed December 21-January 10 for recreational walking and jogging. Open January 11 (Monday-Friday) from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Hillel Closed December 25, January 1. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. all other days.

Hilton Inn at Penn and Penne Restaurant Open and operating on a regular schedule 24 hours per day.

Houston Hall December 18: 6:30 a.m-7 p.m. Closed December 19-20, December 25-January 3 and January 9-10. December 21-23 and January 4-8: 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m. December 24: 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. January 11-12: 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Normal hours resume January 13.

L.U.C.Y. (Loop through University City) Closed December 25 and January 1.

Morris Arboretum Closed December 24, 25 and January 1.

Newman Catholic Center Open for a half-day on December 24. Closed December 25-January 4.

Office of Software Licensing Closed December 25-January 2. Regular hours resume January 4.

Parking Office Closed December 25; reopens January 4 at 8:30 a.m. Contact Operations at (215) 898-6933 should you require operational assistance to access your permit facility. December 26 - January 3 (excluding January 1), the Penn Museum and Walnut 40 Garages will be open. Permit holders will have access to their garages with their AVI transponders or access cards throughout the duration of the holiday break. Visit www.upenn.edu/parking for visitor parking hours.

Penn Bookstore December 24–early closing at 4 p.m. December 31– early closing at 7 p.m. December 25 and January 1 closed. Weekdays open 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. & weekends open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Normal hours resume January 2.

PennCard Center Closed December 25; reopens January 4 at 8:30 a.m.

Penn Children’s Center December 24–early closing at 2 p.m. December 25-January 1–closed. Reopens January 4 at 7 a.m.

Penn Computer Connection December 24–early closing at 4 p.m. December 25 and January 1 closed. Weekdays 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. & weekends 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Normal hours resume January 4.

Penn Dining/Bon Appétit All residential halls will begin closing on December 18. All units except McClelland Café and Falk will reopen for dinner January 12 at 5 p.m. and remain open until 8 p.m. See www.upenn.edu/dining for details on specific units. 

Penn Home Ownership Services Closed December 25 and reopens January 4 at 9 a.m.

Penn Ice Rink Closed December 25 and January 1. Check public skating hours: www.upenn.edu/icerink

Penn Mail Services  December 24 there will be one delivery and pickup at all mail stops. Outgoing mail received in Penn Mail Services after 11 a.m., December 24, will be delivered to the USPS on December 28. Closed December 25 and January 1. Special delivery schedule is in effect December 28-31. No delivery or pickup will occur during this time frame unless you have made special arrangements with Penn Mail Services by close of business on December 11. Regular scheduling resumes January 4.

          • USPS Priority Mail Express Service: Processing until December 22 at 1 p.m. and resuming January 4. Any permit mailings from external vendors needing a Penn Mail signature during the Winter Break must have paperwork completed and signed by 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 17.

Penn Museum Closed December 24, 25, 31 and January 1. Regular hours in effect for all other days.

Penn Transit Services Closes December 24 at 6 p.m.; regular hours resume on January 4 at 3 a.m. All Transit Stops will be closed during this period. Limited transportation service is available December 25-January 3, 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 25 and January 1. Open December 28-31 from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Normal hours resume January 4 at 9 a.m.

Student Financial Services Closed December 25-January 4. Check www.sfs.upenn.edu and www.upenn.edu/registrar for potential updates to this schedule.

Student Health Services December 19, 24, 26, 28-31 and January 2, 9: 9-11:30 a.m. December 21-23 and January 4-6, 8, 11-12: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. January 7: 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed December 25 and January 1. Normal hours resume January 13.

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

Travel Agencies

          • World Travel: Open 24 hours per day, every day.

          • Premier Travel: Closed December 25 and January 1. Early closing December 24, 31 at 2 p.m. Otherwise Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

University Club at Penn Closed for renovations December 9. Reopening January 19. A special lunch discount will be available for University Club members who wish to dine at Penne Restaurant during the renovation period.

Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Closed December 19-20, 25-27 and January 1-3. December 21-24, 28-31 open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. January 4-8 open 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Special Winter Vacation granted to faculty and staff between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day will include December 25, as well as December 28-January 1.  In the event that an employee is needed to report to work to continue departmental operations for part or all of this period, the Special Winter Vacation may be rescheduled for another time.

View the Special Winter Vacation Policy online at www.hr.upenn.edu/myhr/resources/policy/timeoff/special-winter-vacation for more information. Recognized Holidays for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 can be found online at www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v61/n33/recognized-holidays.html


volunteer opportunities Index 

Holiday Giving With Penn VIPS: November 30-December 17

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, local schools, Potter’s Mission, Bridges to 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 898-0447
Provost’s Office 353B 3401 Walnut Susan Curran 898-6841
Museum Reception Desk Near Kress Gallery Bonnie Crossfield 898-4001
Human Resources 538A 3401 Walnut Street Syreeta Gary 898-6018
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Cataloging & Metadata Dept. Rachelle Nelson 898-9048
Netter Center 111 South 38th Street Isabel Mapp 898-2020
ISC 265C 3401 Walnut St Doris Pate 573-6803
Wharton 1000 SH-DH Jennifer O’Keefe 898-1092
ISC 203A Sansom West Kathy Ritchie 573-3561
LIFE 4508 Chestnut Street Cherry Sturdivant 573-7202
Research Services P-221 Franklin Bldg. Lauren Oshana 573-6710
Student Health 3535 Market/Suite 100 Jay Effrece 746-1006
Comptroller’s Office 312 Franklin Bldg. Celestine Silverman 898-7593
FRES 3101 Walnut St Carole Mercaldo 573-8795
AFCRI/CBio 508 Biology Research Bldg II-III Joanne Gorman 746-5550
Physics & Astronomy DRL 2E5 Michelle Last 898-5954
African American Research Center 3643 Locust Walk (right door) Colleen Winn 898-0104

Penn VIPS — Adopt A Family for the Holidays Program

       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 Baring House Family Service Agency and local shelters. A small number of referrals are also accepted. Selection of families began 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