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10        First day of classes (Monday class schedule on Wednesday).

15        Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observed (no classes).

29        Course Selection Period ends.

12       L.A. Dance Project; part of Arts4Youth series; Grades K-12; 11 a.m.; register: (215) 573-8827 (Annenberg Center).

Penn Museum

Prices & registration: or (215) 746-6774.

26       40 Winks with the Sphinx; overnight “expedition” of the Museum; ages 6-12; $55; 5:30 p.m.-January 27.

13       Asian Pacific American Law Students Association Conference; 9 a.m.; Penn Law School; register: (Penn Law).

19       Reparations. Now.; 37th Annual Edward V. Sparer Symposium; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Fitts Auditorium; info and to register: (Penn Law).

24       Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Equity Symposium; Howard K. Koh, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health; all day; Rubenstein Auditorium, Perelman School of Medicine; register: (Penn Law).

26       Journal of Constitutional Law Symposium; Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro; 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Penn Law; info: (Penn Law).

Admission Donations and Hours

            Arthur Ross Gallery (ARG): Fisher Fine Arts Library; free; hours: 

            Burrison Gallery: Inn at Penn; free; Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.;

            EKG: free; Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.;

            ICA: free; hours:

            International House: free; hours:

            Kroiz Gallery: Fisher Fine Arts Library; free; Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.;    

            Morris Arboretum: Mon.-Sun.; hours, prices:

            Penn Museum: $15/adults; $13/seniors; $10/children; free/members, PennCard holders and children under 5; Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; first Wed., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.;

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

            Van Pelt-Dietrich Library: free; hours:

            Wistar: free; Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


5         Natural Abstract: Paintings by Rebecca Jacob; capturing images with careful use of color; Burrison Gallery, University Club at Penn. Opening reception: January 11, 4-6 p.m. She is a staff member in Facilities & Real Estate Services. Through February 1.

13       Impressions in Ink: Masterworks from the Arthur Ross Collection; celebration of the Arthur Ross Gallery turning 35; opening reception: January 12 from 5-7:30 p.m. Through March 25.

19       Nikon Small World Exhibition; see the top 20 winning images from the 2017 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. Opening reception on January 19, 6-7:30 p.m.; Wistar Institute. Through March 2.


            Networks Within and Around Us; art revealing the governing principles of physical, biological and social phenomena; Esther Klein Galley. Through January 26.

            Objects Speak: Media through Time; Penn Museum. Through March 4. 

            What in the World? Early Television Meets the World of Archaeology, 1950-1966; Penn Museum. Through March.

            Moundbuilders: Ancient Artifacts of North America; Penn Museum. Through July.  

            Bearing Witness: Four Days in West Kingston; Penn Museum. Through July 15.

            Thomas W. Evans Collection Exhibit; artifacts from the collection of Dr. Thomas Evans; Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. Through April 16.

            Musical Partnerships at Play; images reflecting on the history of the Marlboro Music Festival; Eugene Ormandy Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. Through June 21, 2019.


            Out of Time; 12 photos or paintings by artist and dancer Raphael Xavier; Lobby, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

            Audubon’s Birds of America; Information desk, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library.

            Heaven on Earth: Churches of Constantinople: The Photography of Ahmet Ertug; Penn Museum.

            Marian Anderson on the World Stage; Marian Anderson Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library.

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

            We Are Not Alone; Annenberg School of Communication. 

Arthur Ross Gallery

25       Conversation with Kaja Silverman and Clifford Ross; 5:30 p.m.

30       Art Reset with Lauren Altman; 1 p.m.

Penn Museum Tours

Tours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; 1:30 p.m.; Kamin entrance; free w/admission; info:

14         The Venice Syndrome; 2 p.m.; free with museum admission; Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum (Wolf Humanities Center).

18         The Price of Memory; 6 p.m.; Fitts Auditorium (Penn Law).

International House (I-House)

Shows at 7 p.m. unless noted. $10; $8/students, seniors; free/members. Info:

5           The Sacrifice; Swedish with English subtitles.

6           Dynamite Chicken. Followed by Brand X.

12         No Maps on My Taps. Followed by About Tap.

13         When Marnie Was There; 2 p.m.; $5/adults and children, free/IHP members.        

             La Grande Bouffe; Italian & French with English subtitles.

17         Strong Island.

18         Exploded View; group of short animations from the 1960s and 1970s.

19         Bodymania; group of films depicting the complex nature of desire.

20         Shape and Structure; group of films that highlight the use of shape and structure in film; 2 p.m.

             Introspection; group of short animations from 1970s and 1980s; 5 p.m.

             Underground Cartoons; group of short counterculture cartoons; 8 p.m.

25         Dog Star Man.

26         The Great Silence.

31         Blood of Jesus.

25           Exploring the Benefits of Penn Home Ownership Services; noon; Large Conference Room, Business Services; register: (PHOS).

Liberal and Professional Studies


2            Master of Environmental Studies Virtual Café; noon.

17          Master of Chemical Sciences Virtual Information Session; 5:30 p.m.

              Organizational Dynamics On-Campus Information Session; 6 p.m.

HR: Professional and Personal Development Programs

Sessions at 12:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Open to Penn faculty and staff. Register:

          Learning with Lynda: Building Accountability into Your Culture; free.

10          STEP UP Introduction: First Steps to Excellence; 9 a.m.; $150 for entire seven-part course.

17          Tools for Career Assessment and Development; free.

18          Project Management; 9 a.m.-noon; $75.

23          TED Talk Tuesday: Yves Morieux-How too many rules at work keep you from getting things done; free.

31          Leading Productive One-on-One Meetings; free.

HR: Quality of Worklife Workshops

Open to faculty and staff; free. Register:

10          Admissions Brown Bag: Navigating the High School Curricular Waters; noon-1 p.m.

22          Mindfulness Monday: From Mind Full to Mindful; 12:30-1:30 p.m.

26          Guided Meditation: Take a Breath and Relax; noon-1 p.m.

Healthy Living Workshops

Workshops at noon. Open to faculty and staff. Register:

16          Gentle Yoga; free. Also January 30.

19          Indoor Wellness Walk; free.

23          Zumba; free.

24          Chair Yoga; free.

Penn Ice Rink, Class of 1923 Arena

More information:

13          Winterfest Skate; 4:30 p.m.; $5; includes skates.

Morris Arboretum

Prices & info:

6          Winter Wellness Walks Saturdays; 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Also January 13, 20, and 27.

        Winter Wellness Walks Sundays; 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Also January 14, 21, and 28.

30           Penn Professional Staff Assembly Open Meeting; featuring Provost Wendell Pritchett; info: (PPSA).

26           Music in the Pavilion; Kleine Kammermusik, chamber music group; 7 p.m.; Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library; free. Preceded by discussion with Penn faculty at 6:15 p.m. (Music Department, Kislak Center).

31           Beyond Bebop: Jazz, Classical and the Third Stream; The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia; 7:30 p.m.; Harold Prince Theatre, Annenberg Center; $30, $20 with subscription; tickets: (Annenberg Center).

Penn Museum

Info & tickets:

13           Music of the World; part of Second Saturdays; 11 a.m.; free with general admission.

14           Not So Quiet City; Peter Evans and the Relache New Music Ensemble; 2 p.m.; $20, $15/seniors, $10/Museum members, $5/students.

World Café Live 

Performances daily. For a complete listing, see:

13           L.A. Dance Project; collective of contemporary dancers making their Philadelphia debut; 2 p.m.; Zellerbach Theater, Annenberg Center; tickets: (Annenberg Center).

22           Annoy No Cop; Law Review article; Josh Bowers, UVA; 1:30 p.m.; info: (Penn Law).

19           Open House Mixer for LGBTQ+ faculty; 4 p.m.; Penn LGBT Center (LGBT Center).

Penn Museum


27           Chinese New Year Celebration; a celebration of Chinese culture; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; free with general admission.

Prices and locations:

           (M) Basketball vs. Princeton; 7 p.m.

           (W) Basketball vs. Princeton; 1 p.m.

10           (M) Squash vs. Rochester; 5 p.m.

12           (W) Basketball vs. Cornell; 5:30 p.m.

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

13           (M/W) Squash vs. Yale; 2:30 p.m.

               (W) Basketball vs. Columbia; 4:30 p.m.

               (M) Basketball vs. Columbia; 7 p.m.

14           (M/W) Squash vs. Brown; 11 a.m.

17           (M) Squash vs. Drexel; 6 p.m.

19           (W) Swimming vs. Army West Point; noon.

               (M) Swimming vs. Army West Point; 3 p.m.

20           (M) Basketball vs. Temple; 2 p.m.

               (M/W) Fencing hosts Philadelphia Invitational; all day.

21           (M) Tennis vs. Old Dominion; noon.

               (M/W) Fencing hosts Philadelphia Invitational; all day.

26           (M/W) Swimming vs. West Chester; 5 p.m.

               Gymnastics vs. Southeast Missouri; 7 p.m.

27           Wrestling vs. Bucknell; noon.              

               Wrestling vs. Binghamton; 2 p.m.

               Wrestling vs. Franklin & Marshall; 7 p.m.

               (M) Basketball vs. Saint Joseph’s; 7 p.m.

28           (W) Basketball vs. Gwynedd Mercy; 1 p.m.

31           (M/W) Squash vs. Princeton; 5 p.m.

3             Somatic Mutations, Clonal Hematopoiesis and Cardio-metabolic Risk; Kenneth Walsh, Boston University School of Medicine; 4 p.m.; Smilow Center (Cardiovascular Institute).

10           Hippo signaling in heart regeneration; James Martin, Baylor College of Medicine; 4 p.m.; Smilow Center (Cardiovascular Institute).

12           Ice and the Ecological Rise of Dinosaurs; Paul Olsen, Columbia; 11 a.m.; rm. 358, Hayden Hall (Earth & Environmental Science).

               Kadesch Prize Presentation; Philipp Mews; 12:30 p.m.; CRB Austrian Auditorium; info: (Genetics).

               Applied Math and Comp Sci Colloquium; Kirill Serkh, NYU; 2 p.m.; location info: (Math).

               Fusing Photographs and Breaking Eggs: The Langenheims’ Niagara Series Stereographs; Michael Leja, History of Art; 3:30 p.m.; Jaffe Bldg. rm. 113 (History of Art).

15           Computational Studies of Functionalization of C-H, C-C Bonds and Olefins; Peng Liu, University of Pittsburgh; noon; Lynch Lecture Hall, Chemistry Complex (Chemistry).

16           A Novel Class of PN3-Pincer Complexes: Cooperative Catalysis and Beyond; Kuo-Wei Huang, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology; noon; Lynch Lecture Hall, Chemistry Complex (Chemistry).

               Rethinking Maya Heritage: Community Archaeology and Future Development; Richard Leventhal, anthropology and executive director of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center; noon; Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall (Latin American and Latino Studies Internal Speaker Series).

17           Penn Sociology Colloquium Series; Lauren Rivera, Northwestern University; noon; rm. 103, McNeil Bldg. (Sociology).

               Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City; Robin Nagle, writer; noon; 2nd Floor Conference Room, Graduate Student Center (English).

               Signaling Pathways in Cardiovascular Development and Disease; Mark L. Kahn, Perelman School of Medicine; 4 p.m.; Smilow Center (Cardiovascular Institute).

               Immersive Content @ Google; Matt Apfel, Google Inc.; 4:30 p.m.; rm. 245A, Silverman Hall (PennLaw).

18           Physical Chemistry Seminar; Ignacio Franco, University of Rochester; 1 p.m.; Lynch Lecture Hall, Chemistry Complex (Chemistry).

               Analysis Seminar; Dong Dong, UIUC; 3 p.m.; rm. 4C8, DRL (Math).

               CAGE: Philadelphia Area Combinatorics and Algebraic Geometry Seminar; Andy Wilson, Mathematics; 3 pm.; rm. 3C6, DRL (Math).

               Penn Center for Pulmonary Biology Seminar Series; Mark Gladwin, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; 4 p.m.; Smilow Center for Translational Research (Pulmonary Biology).

19           The Long Arm of Resistance: Gender-Equalizing Reform and Parental Care; Rachel Brule, NYU-Abu Dhabi; noon; Ste. 560, 3600 Market St. (Center for the Advanced Study of India).

               Networks Within and Around Us; Danielle Bassett, Engineering; 5 p.m.; 8th floor, 3711 Market St. (Esther Klein Gallery).

22           Center on Professionalism Presents: Women in Mergers and Acquisitions Panel Discussion; noon; Gittis 213, Kushner Classroom (Penn Law).

23           Ti-Catalyzed Nitrene Transfer Reactions: Harnessing the TiII/TiIV Redo Couple for New Organic Methods; Ian Tonks, University of Minnesota; noon; Lynch Lecture Hall, Chemistry Complex (Chemistry).

               Campaigning Abroad: Transnational Elections and Diaspora Influence in Latin America; Michael Paarlberg, political science; noon; rm. 320, 3440 Market St. (Latin American and Latino Studies Internal Speaker Series).

24           Penn Sociology Colloquium Series; Douglas Massey, Princeton; noon; rm. 103, McNeil Bldg. (Sociology).

               Queer Ethics in Hard Times: The Promise of Melancholoy Utopias; Janet Jakobsen, Barnard College; noon; rm. 300, Annenberg School (English).

               Chasing the Boogieman: Race, Racism, and Critical Methodologies in Medicine; Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, Vice-Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow; noon; rm. D26/D27, Caster Bldg. (SP2).

               CVI Seminar; Robert Gorman, Perelman School of Medicine; 4 p.m.; Smilow Center (Cardiovascular Institute).

               Transitioning into Noise: 1930s Audio Technologies and Sound Cinema in India; Neepa Majumdar, University of Pittsburgh; 4:30 p.m.; Class of 1955 Room, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library (South Asia Center).

               Urban Life in the Era of Climate Change; Ashley Dawson, Princeton Environmental Institute and Daniel Aldana Cohen, sociology; 5 p.m.; Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum (Wolf Humanities Center).

25           Native Initiatives at the American Philosophical Society; Maggie McKinley and Alyssa Mt. Pleasant, American Philosophical Society; noon; S245A (Penn Law).

               Invited Speaker Seminar Series; Eddy Yang, University of Alabama-Birmingham; noon; rm. 8-146AB, Smilow Center (Radiation Oncology).

               Biological Chemistry Seminar: Immune System Activation; Catherine Grimes, University of Delaware; 3 p.m.; Lynch Lecture Hall, Chemistry Complex (Chemistry).

               Political Theory Workshop; Robert Gooding-Williams, Columbia; 4:15 p.m.; Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall (Political Science).

               A Body, Undone: Living On After Great Pain; Christina Crosby, Wesleyan University; Janet Jakobsen, Barnard College; 5 p.m.; Wolf Room, McNeil Center (Wolf Humanities Center).

26           Enterprise Practice in Communist Commerce & Industry: The People’s Republic of China, 1952-62; Philip Scranton, Rutgers; 2 p.m.; rm. 209, College Hall (History).

27           The Marsha Bagoish Underwater Project; Emad Khalil, Alexandria University; 3:30 p.m.; rm. 345, Penn Museum; tickets: $10/public; $7/members, faculty and staff; $5/students; free/children (Museum).

29           Control Societies Speaker Series; Ingrid Barrington, Data & Society; 4 p.m.; rm. 500, Annenberg School (SP2).

30           The Caroline Zelaznik Gruss and Joseph S. Gruss Lectures in Talmudic Civil Law; Christine Hayes, Yale; 5:30 p.m.; S245A (Penn Law).

31           Slavery & Iberian Expansion: Africans as Surrogate Settlers; David Wheat, Michigan State University; 10 a.m.; rm. 111, Annenberg School (Latin American and Latino Studies External Speaker Series, Africana Studies, Center for Africana Studies).

               Penn Sociology Colloquium Series; Ashley Mears, Boston University; noon; rm. 103, McNeil Bldg. (Sociology).

               The Materialist Ontology of the Neorealist Image; Filippo Trentin, Wolf Humanities Center; noon; rm. 330, Fisher-Bennett Hall (Cinema Studies).

               Programming and Reprogramming Cardiac Cell Fate; Laurie Boyer, MIT; 4 p.m.; Smilow Center (Cardiovascular Institute).

               Seville and the Atlantic: The Indies Fleets and 16th-Century Transatlantic Slave Trade; David Wheat, Michigan State University; 4:30 p.m.; rm. 209, College Hall (History).

               Māyājāl: Cotton, Cannons, and Poetry in the History of Gujarati Capitalism; Samira Sheikh, Vanderbilt University; 4:30 p.m.; Class of 1955 Room, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center (South Asia Center).

MLK Commemorative Symposium Events Calendar

See for the latest information. These events are free and open to the Penn community and general public.

15           Day of Service Breakfast; breakfast with performers and guest speaker Representative Chris Rabb; doors open at 8 a.m., program 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Hall of Flags, Houston Hall (BGAPSA; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium Committee).

               Community Beautification Projects; volunteers will work on service projects at Lea School, Martha Washington Elementary School, and Laura Simms Skate House. Dress for cleaning and painting. Light refreshments will be provided.  Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the main lobby of Houston Hall for transportation to locations. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium Committee).

               Children’s Banner Painting; children of all ages will paint commemorative banners while listening to stories and songs about Dr. King’s life. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Class of ’49 Auditorium, Houston Hall (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium Committee).

               Helping Hands at Houston Hall; participants will create gifts that will be donated to those in need in the West Philadelphia area. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Reading Room, Houston Hall (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium Committee).

               Penn Reads Literacy Project; volunteers will create audiobooks to promote literacy for Philadelphia youth. Please bring a short multi-cultural children’s book to donate. Books can also be purchased through “MLK Book Drive 2018” (wish list) – 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Weigle Information Commons, Van Pelt Library (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium Committee).

               Class of ’80/Sayre Mentoring Program; members of the Class of ’80 and Sayre High School students will make art projects and lap blankets that will be donated to local hospitals and senior centers. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Hall of Flags (2nd floor Balcony), Houston Hall; (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Symposium Committee).

               Clothing Drive; clothing, shoes, stockings, socks, etc. (business attire) will be donated to Career Wardrobe for women and men re-entering the workplace. Only new or clean, and gently worn clothing accepted. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Reading Room, Houston Hall (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium Committee).

               A Pocketful of Toiletries; volunteers will construct a “Making Life Kinder” bag and fill them with personal toiletries specifically geared toward women. Volunteers will also decorate and personalize individual cards that will accompany each bag. These bags will be donated to area shelters. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium Committee).

               Powerful Philly Voices; this event will offer an opportunity for Penn undergraduates to engage in a community-led service experience that includes critical dialogue around issues faced by communities and the dominant narratives we hear in social justice work. Participants will travel in groups to one of three community sites and will have a chance to debrief their experience at the end of the day. Lunch and SEPTA costs will be covered. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Civic House & Three Community Partner locations (Civic House).

               Finding Your Path to STEM; workshop on careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine) for high school students interested in healthcare, science, or engineering careers. A STEM panel will discuss their personal journey, and offer advice for the next generation. This program is especially intended for minority and first-generation, low-income students, but all are welcome to attend. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Hall of Flags, Houston Hall (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium Committee).

               Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Candlelight Vigil; walkers will join the Distinguished Gentlemen of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mighty Psi Chapter for the Annual Candlelight Vigil. The vigil will begin outside Du Bois College House and proceed with songs and quotes from Dr. King during the walk through campus; 7 p.m. (Alpha Phi Alpha).

16           The Future of Religion and Global Politics; Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks; noon; Perry World House. Rabbi Sacks is an international religious leader, philosopher, award-winning author and respected moral voice. He will converse with Chaplain Charles Howard on the topic of the future of religion and global politics followed by a Q&A; noon-2 p.m. (Penn Hillel, Perry World House, SPARC).

17           WOCAP MLK Noontime Network Lunch Series; Women of Color at Penn (WOCAP) hosts this annual lunchtime conversation; noon-2 p.m.; info: (WOCAP, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium Committee).

               Queer and POC Today; a conversation between Amber Hikes, director of LGBT Affairs for the Mayor/Penn Alumna, and Damon Humes, executive director of Colours, the city’s only Black LGBT organization.  Moderated by Tiffany Thompson, they will discuss being queer and black for themselves, their careers and the Philly LGBT community; 6 p.m.; LGBT Center (LGBT Center).

               Peace-A-Thon; film showings, live performances, book signings, panel discussion, video screenings and communtiy resources; Rotunda Theatre; 4 p.m. Info: Maurice at (Perelman School of Medicine).

18           Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Program and Awards Commemoration; with the presentation of the MLK awards, this annual Interfaith program emphasizes our common humanity and acknowledges individuals whose active service exemplifies Dr. King’s vision and works to empower marginalized members of our community through education and advocacy. 6 p.m.; Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium Committee, Office of the Chaplain, Office of the President).

19           Performance Art for Social Change; performance art program that highlights the work and legacy of Dr. King. Featuring TheUnity, Dr. Maurice Henderson and The Black Spoken Words Arts Tour; 5-8 p.m.; St. Mary's Church, 3916 Locust Walk; info: (African-American Resource Center, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium Committee).

              LEFT: The historical scars that plague engagement of people of color in HIV research. How can we in the community change the dialogue and reality?; this panel discussion promises to explore the role that medical distrust and systematic racism plays in engaging people of color in HIV research and how this distrust further exacerbates access issues and hurts science; noon; DuBois House; register: or call (215) 746-7352 (Center for AIDS Research, BEAT-HIV, It Takes A Village).

22           NewCore (New Conversations on Race and Ethnicity) presents “Conversations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”; student leaders from the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) will view one of Dr. King’s more seldom replayed speeches and discuss his words, their views, and its relevance to our times today; 6-8 p.m.; D26/27, School of Social Policy and Practice, 3701 Locust Walk; info: (NewCORE, School of Social Policy & Practice, African-American Resource Center).

23           Penn Lightbulb Café; Herman Beavers, a professor in Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences, will discuss his new book, Geography and the Political Imaginary in the Novels of Toni Morrison, along with related topics, such as how her novels show violence as a form of “vertical placemaking,” the role African-American women play in establishing spaces of resistance and the ways in which race figures into the transition from indentured labor to paid labor; 6 p.m.; World Café Live (Penn School of Arts and Sciences, AARC, Office of University Communications).

24           Queer Ethics in Hard Times: The Promise of Melancholy Utopias; Alice Paul Center’s Diversity Scholar, Janet R. Jakobsen, Chair and Claire Tow Professor of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, Barnard College, Columbia University will facilitate this event. Registration required:; rm. 300, Annenberg School (Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality and Women).

               MLK Hallmark Program: What Can Colleges and Universities Do?; this program will examine what colleges and universities are currently doing to improve K-12 education in Philadelphia. 5:30-8 p.m.; Houston Hall (Netter Center, MLK Executive Committee, PHENND, African American Resource Center).

               Working Together to Achieve a Culture of Health Equity; the fourth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Equity Symposium will bring together experts in health policy, veterans’ health, LGBT health, child health and global women’s health. Registration link:; 11:30 a.m.; Smilow Center for Translational Research; Arthur H. Rubenstein Auditorium (The Office of Inclusion & Diversity, Perelman School of Medicine).

25           Sacrifice and Service: When Women Come Marching Home; a panel discussion that portrays the courage of women veterans as they transition from active duty to their civilian lives; the traumas they faced, their invisible as well as physical injuries and all their challenges in receiving benefits and care; 3-4:30 p.m.; Penn Bookstore, 2nd floor meeting room (Office of Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity Programs, Cohen Military Family Clinic, Veterans at Penn Committee).

               Anti-Racist Reading Group for Aspiring Allies to Educate Themselves; join us to discuss thought-provoking articles on racism and anti-racist work. No prior knowledge on these topics is required. All participants must come committed to doing anti-racist work, including challenging how racism has affected your own thoughts and behaviors. The goal is to gain a clearer understanding of the effects of racism on society at all levels and how to combat its virulent hold over ourselves and our culture. 6:30-7:45 p.m.; Room 305, Graduate Student Center; (Students Confronting Racism and White Privilege).

26           Jazz for King; come out of the cold and into a hot night of jazz, spoken word, great food and good friends. Enjoy the sweet sounds of “Reference Point” featuring Glenn Bryan; 6-9 p.m.; African American Museum, 701 Arch St. (African-American Resource Center; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium Committee).

29           Being Black in Philly: We Choose To Stay!; it’s been more than four years since Philly Magazine published the now-infamous article by Robert Huber entitled, Being White In Philly, an implicit manifesto seeking to uncover White thinking about Blacks (and Race) in Philadelphia. The article sparked a myriad of reactions and prompted rebuke from many of the city’s Black officials and leaders. Being Black in Philly: We Choose To Stay will kick off a continual exploration, agenda setting and community action process. 5:30-8 p.m.; Terrace Room, Cohen Hall; info: (Shomari Kazi, African American Resource Center, School of Social Policy & Practice, Graduate School of Education, Black Graduate and Professional Students Assembly, Makuu Black Cultural Center).

31           MLK Lecture in Social Justice; a Conversation with Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of the Advancement Project; Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice; Amber Hikes, executive director of the Office of LGBT Affairs for the City of Philadelphia; and Marc Morial, president and chief executive officer of the National Urban League. In the spirit of Dr. King’s human rights positions, these guests will engage in a discussion of topics related to the state of the country and the continuing struggle for social justice. 5:30 p.m.; Jon Huntsman Hall, G06 (Center for Africana Studies).

Penn Museum’s Chinese New Year Celebration will be held on January 27. The festive day features traditional Chinese music, contemporary Asian film and Asian-American art, zodiac gallery tours, tangram workshops, tai chi, falun gong and kung fu martial arts demonstrations, calligraphy, family crafts and much more—with the grand finale drums and the roar of the lion dance and parade. Activities are held in the Museum’s Rotunda, which houses one of the finest collections of monumental Chinese art in the country, and throughout the international galleries of the Museum.


L.A. Dance Project will perform on January 12 and 13 in the Zellerbach Theater at the Annenberg Center.


First place image in the 2017 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition of immortalized human skin cells expressing fluorescently tagged keratin in the upcoming exhibition at Wistar. Photo credit: Dr. Bram van den Broek, et al.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with his daughter Yolanda King. Photo by James Karales.


Banners painted by children during an MLK Day of Service.



Paintings by Rebecca Jacob.


From Audubon's Birds of America exhibit.


Objects Speak will be on display until March 4 at the Penn Museum. Curated by students, it includes objects, drawn from over 4 millennia, that show how ruling figures used various media to make their power known.


What in the World was a Penn Museum television program that ran from 1951-1955. This exhibit of the same name, on view until March at the Museum, explores the history of this influential game show via video clips, documents, and photos.


Part of Fusing Photographs and Breaking Eggs: The Langenheims’ Niagara Series Stereographs. William Langenheim, Frederick Langenheim at Niagara Falls, 1858, albumen stereograph, collection of Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City.