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11        Last day of classes.

12        Reading days. Through December 13.

14        Final examinations. Through December 21.

21        Fall Term ends.

Peanut Butter and Jams

Tickets: $10.05; info:

Doors: 10:30 a.m. Shows: 11 a.m.

2           The Cat’s Pajamas Album Release Spectacular!

Penn Museum

Prices and register:

1           40 Winks with the Sphinx Museum Sleepover; ages 6-12; 5:30 p.m.-9 a.m.

5           Museum Playdate: Solstice Celebration; ages 3-5; 10:30-11:30 a.m.

9           Second Saturdays: Winter Solstice; 11 a.m.

Morris Arboretum

Prices, info & register:

8           Free Storytime at the Arboretum; 10:30 a.m.

9           Kids Holiday Cookies; ages 6-10; 1 p.m.

17         Kids Holiday Centerpieces; ages 6-12; 10:30 a.m.

5           CT3N Symposium; 8:15 a.m.-6:20 p.m.; Gaulton Auditorium and Lobby, BRB; free/Students and Academia, $100/Industry; register: (Penn Engineering).

13         Jews and the Natural World: Bodies, Animals, Evolution; 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies; RSVP by December 6: (Katz Center).

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.;

            Esther Klein Gallery: 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.


            A View of One’s Own; Arthur Ross Gallery. Through December 10.

            The Worlds Between: An Exploration of Magic, Folklore, and the Occult; Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. Through December 15.

            Local Landscapes by Lisa Learner; Burrison Gallery, 2nd floor, Inn at Penn; reception: December 1, 5-7 p.m. Through December 20.

            Intertwined Worlds; Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. Through December 22.

            Speech/Acts; ICA. Through December 23.

            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.


            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. 

Penn Museum Tours

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

New Italian Cinema Studies

Free; International House; in Italian.


1          There is a Light; 3 p.m.

            Friends by Chance; 5:30 p.m.

            After the War; 8:30 p.m.

2          Children of the Night; 3 p.m.

            Holding Hands; 5:30 p.m.

            Pure Hearts; 8:30 p.m.

3          Indivisible; 3 p.m.

            At War for Love; 5:30 p.m.

            Fortunate; 8:30 p.m.

International House (I-House)

Prices & info: 

Unless noted, all films start at 7 p.m.

7           Bob le Flambeur; French.

8           Leon Morin; French.

9           Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror 3-D and Dracula vs. Frankenstein; 8 p.m.

13         Canyon Cinema 50.

14         Le Doulos; French.

15         Army of Shadows; French.

16         Le Cercle Rouge; French; 5 p.m.

             Un Flic; French; 5 p.m.

29         Rebels on Pointe.

1           Yoga with Anisha; noon; Arthur Ross Gallery; free/Penn students, $5/all others. Also December 8 (ARG).

Liberal and Professional Studies

          Graduate Certificate in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) On-Campus Information Session; noon; suite 200, Goddard Bldg.; register: 

5           Master of Environmental Studies Virtual Café; noon; register: 

7           Master of Applied Positive Psychology; 5 p.m.; register: 

Morris Arboretum

Prices, info & register: 

1           Holiday Wreath Making Workshop; 11 a.m. Also December 2.

          The Living Forest – New Knowledge About the Forest; 2 p.m.

9           Holiday Tabletop Tree with Lights; 11 a.m.

17         Create a Beautiful Holiday Arrangement for Your Table; 1 p.m.

Professional and Personal Development Programs 

Open to faculty and staff. Register at

1           Designing Your Résumé; 12:30-1:30 p.m.; PSOM; free. 

12         Penn Perks; 12:30-1:30 p.m.; free. 

14         Setting SMART Goals; 12:30-1:30 p.m.; free.

20        Writing Series Session 4 – Comparison of Business and Academic Writing; 9 a.m.-noon.; $75. 

            Writing Series Session 4 – Comparison of Business and Academic Writing; 1-4 p.m.; PSOM; $75.

            Productive Work Habits; 12:30-1:30 p.m.; free. 

Quality of Work Life Workshops

Open to faculty and staff. Register at

15         Guided Meditation: Take a Breath and Relax; noon–1 p.m.; free.

18         Mindfulness Monday: From Mind Full to Mindful; 12:30–1:30 p.m.; free. 

19         Emotional Composure – Remaining Unruffled and Dynamic Under Stress; 3 p.m.; free.

Healthy Living Workshops

Open to faculty and staff. Register at

1           Be in the Know Biometric Screenings; 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; free for benefits-eligible faculty and staff.

5           Gentle Yoga; noon; Studio 414. Also December 19.

13         Chair Yoga; noon-1 p.m.; free. 

14         Spinning; 11:30 am; Studio 306.

15         December Wellness Walk—walk with a future doc; noon-1 p.m.; free. 

20         ZUMBA; noon.; free.

6               University Council Meeting; 4 p.m., Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall.

8                PPSA Board Meeting; open to any monthly-paid exempt staff; noon-1 p.m.; Penn Museum; RSVP:

12              WXPN Policy Board Meeting; noon; WXPN, 3025 Walnut St.; info: (215) 898-0628

2           Holiday Concert with the Penn Glee Club; Glee Club’s holiday repertoire; hot cocoa and cookies in the garden; 2-3 p.m.; Morris Arboretum; free w/admission (Arboretum). 

             Penn Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble; 8 p.m.; Irvine Auditorium (Penn Music Department). 

3           Penn Flutes; performance group; 2-3 p.m.; Hall of Flags, Houston Hall; free (Penn Music Department). 

             Ancient Voices; performance group; 3-5 p.m.; Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium; $5 general admission, free w/Penn Card (Penn Music Department). 

8           University Choral Society; 8 p.m.; Irvine Auditorium; $5 general admission, free w/ Penn Card (Penn Music Department).

Annenberg Center


7           An Evening with David Rawlings; acoustic singer-songwriter; 7:30 p.m.; Zellerbach Theater. 

9           Irish Christmas in America; Irish and Scottish holiday ballads and Irish dancing; 8 p.m.; Zellerbach Theater. 

10         Canadian Brass: Christmas Time is Here; a mix of holiday standards and upbeat festive tunes; 2 p.m.; Zellerbach Theater.

World Café Live

Performances daily. For a complete listing, see: 


18              Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker; 7 p.m.; Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center; (Annenberg Center Live). 

Kelly Writers House

Unless noted, all events take place in the Arts Café. 


1           PoemTalk; Amiri Baraka; noon.

4           Penn and Pencil Club Reading; 6 p.m.

5           NourbeSe Philip and Kyoo Lee; 6 p.m.

8           Penn Plays Fellowship Reading; 10:30 a.m.

Penn Bookstore

4           John Getchell-Sign of the Apocalypse; 6 p.m.

Penn Book Center

6           Eve Ewing, Electric Arches; 6 p.m. (English, Africana Studies, ICA).

5           Get Lost: Working Dog Center Tour; 2-3 p.m.; Working Dog Center, Pennovation Works; free; register: (215) 898-2200 (PennVet).

7           Penn Bookstore Sale-A-Bration; 2-6 p.m.; savings, photo booth, and refreshments, also at Computer Connection (Business Services). Also December 8. 

12         Hanukkah Party; 5-6 p.m.; Hillel.

13         University Club Holiday Party; 4-7 p.m.; Harrison Room, Inn at Penn; open to University Club members and one guest (University Club). 

14         Philanthropic Event: Holiday Open House; noon-4 p.m.; Houston Hall (PPSA).

21         Up & Over, Under & Through: Working Dog Center Tour; 10-11 a.m.; Working Dog Center, Pennovation Works; free; register: (215) 898-2200 (PennVet).

Penn Museum

Prices, info & register:

3           Celebrations Around the World; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; free.

5           Ancient Brews: Rediscovered and Recreated; 6 p.m.; 21+; tickets: $20, $15/members.

6           Drum Circle Workshop; 6:30 p.m.; $15, $10/members and students. Also December 13.

7           DIY Craft Night: Turkish Silk Scarf; 6 p.m.; tickets: $45.

Morris Arboretum

Prices, info & register:

          Holiday Garden Railway Display; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Through December 31.

             Friday Night Lights; 4:30-7:30 p.m.; register: Also December 8, 15, 22, and 29.

2           Winter Wellness Walks Saturdays; 10:30 a.m. Also December 9, 6, 23, 30.

          Winter Wellness Walks Sundays; 1 p.m. Also December 10, 17, 31.

Tickets, venues, information:

1           Wrestling vs. Rider; 7 p.m. 

3           (M/W) Squash vs. St. Lawrence and Williams; 11 a.m.

9           (W) Basketball vs. Notre Dame; 1 p.m.

10         Wrestling vs. Lehigh; 1 p.m.

22         (W) Basketball vs. Rhode Island; 1 p.m.

27         (M) Basketball vs. Delaware State; 7 p.m.

29         (M) Basketball vs. Toledo; 4 p.m.

1         Explaining Evolutionary Stasis; Derek Turner, Connecticut College; 11 a.m.; rm. 358, Hayden Hall (Earth and Environmental Science). 

            The Colonial Construction of Political Orders: Uneven State Formation and its Consequences in South Asia; Adnan Naseemullah, King’s College London; noon; CASI, ste. 560, 3600 Market St. (CASI). 

            Real Returns: State Bonds, Lottery Tickets, and Savings Accounts in the Postwar USSR; Kristy Ironside, McGill University; 2 p.m.; rm. 209, College Hall (History).

             Utamaro and the Case of the Snow, Moon, and Flowers Triptych; Julie Davis; 3:30 p.m.; rm. 113, Jaffe Bldg. (History of Art).

4           Mother’s Employment Patterns and Consequences for Adolescent Outcomes; Alexandra Killewald, Harvard; noon; rm. 103, McNeil Bldg. (Sociology).

            How We Became Environed: Toxic Risks, Evolutionary Theory, and the Transformation of American Environ-mentalism; Etienne Benson, HSS; 3:30 p.m.; rm. 337, Claudia Cohen Hall (HSS). 

            Franklin & Hall’s Printing Blocks: Anti-Countering Techniques on Mid-Atlantic Colonial Paper Currency; Jessica Linker, Bryn Mawr; 5:15 p.m.; Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center (Classical Studies).

5           Sticky Droplets and Sinking Bubbles: Curious Physics of Yield-Stress Fluids; Randy Ewoldt, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; 10:45 a.m.; Wu and Chen Auditorium, Levine Hall (MEAM). 

            Latin American and Latino Studies Seminar; Jairo Moreno, music; noon; Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall (Latin American and Latino Studies). 

            Capitalizing on the Cacophony of Cancer Biology; Michael White, Pfizer Worldwide Research & Development; noon; Glen Gaulton Auditorium, BRB II/III (Wistar).

            The Welfare Implications of Risk Adjustment in Imperfectly Competitive Markets; Evan Saltzman, Wharton; 3:30 p.m.; rm. 103, McNeil Bldg. (Economics).

             Is GLP-1 a Hormone: Whether and When? David D’Alessio, Duke; 4 p.m.; rm. 12-146, Smilow Center (Penn Diabetes).

            New Bolton 911: Tales From the Emergency Room; Janet Johnson, Barbara Dallap-Schaer, Maia Aiken, and Louise Southwood, Penn Vet; 6:30 p.m.; New Bolton Center, Kennett Square; RSVP: (Penn Vet). 

6          Universal Basic Income, Jobs and Politics; Ioana Marinescu, SP2; noon; rm. D26/D27, Caster Bldg. (SP2). 

            Design and Self-Assembly of Molecular-Mimicking Colloidal Particles; Zhihong Nie, University of Maryland; 3 p.m.; Wu and Chen Auditorium, Levine Hall (Chimical and Biomolecular Engineering). 

            Experience is Proof: Text versus Observation in Isaac Lampronti’s Pahad Yitzhak; Debra Glasberg Gail, New York University; 3:30 p.m.; Herbert D. Katz Center (Religious Studies).

          Piconewton-sensitive biosensors to investigate molecular forces in cells; Carsten Grashoff, Max Planck Institute; noon; Austrian Auditorium, CRB (Biochemistry and Biophysics).

            Medieval Medicine for Modern Infections; Erin Connelly, Penn Libraries; 1 p.m.; Class of ’78 Pavilion, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library; RSVP: (PASEF). 

            The Living Forest: New Knowledge About the Forest and New Ideas About How to Save It; Joan Maloof, Salisbury University; 2 p.m.; Widener Visitor Center, Morris Arboretum; tickets: $15/members, $20/public; RSVP: (Arboretum). 

            Pseudo Deterministic Algorithms and Proofs; Shafi Goldwasser, MIT; 3 p.m.; Wu and Chen Auditorium, Levine Hall (CIS). 

            Interesting RNA; Jeremy Wilusz, biological chemistry; 3 p.m.; Carolyn Hoff Lynch Room, Chemistry Bldg. (Chemistry).

            Making a Hole: Transcroptional Control of Stomatal Disorder; Keiko Torii, University of Washington; 4 p.m.; Tedori Family Auditorium, Levin Building (Biology).

            Porph. Fr. 381, 382, and 383 Smith: Homerica or Platonica?; Irini Viltanioti, KU Leuven; 4:30 p.m.; rm. 402, Claudia Cohen Hall (Classical Studies).

            Speaker Series; Jessica Boon, UNC-Chapel Hill; 4:30 p.m.; rm.204, Claudia Cohen Hall (Religious Studies).

            Inclusive Public Leadership: Fundraising for Campaigns; Aubrey Montgomery, Rittenhouse Political Partners; 5:30 p.m.; Spady Room, Fox-Fels Hall; RSVP: (Fels).

            Systemic Antibioticss to Treat Periodontal Diseases: Do We Have a Cure?; Ricardo Teles, periodontics; 6 p.m.; William W.M. Cheung Auditorium, Penn Dental; RSVP: (Penn Dental). 

8           Waiting to Be Found: The Citizen Poets of Philadelphia, 1789-1820; Paul Lewis, Boston College; 3 p.m; Wolf Room, McNeil Center for Early American Studies (McNeil Center).

            What’s in a Name? Signature or Keeping Count? A Close Examination of the Fields from 8th-13th Century Rayy in the Penn Museum; Ranata Holod; 3:30 p.m.; rm. 113, Jaffe Bldg. (History of Art). 

11         The Mexican Health and Aging Study: Evolution and Research Opportunities Over More Than 15 Years of the Study; Rebecca Wong, UT-Sealy Center on Aging; noon; rm. 103, McNeil Center for Early American Studies (McNeil Center).

            The Materiality of Syllabi and the History of Literary Study; Rachel Sagner Buurma, Swarthmore; Laura Heffernan, University of North Florida; 5:15 p.m.; Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center (Classics).

12         Vincent J. Cristofalo Memorial Lecture: Insulin Signaling and Quality of Life with Age; Coleen Murphy, Princeton; noon; Sarah and Matthew Caplan Auditorium, Wistar Institute (Wistar).

            Responding to Hurricane Irma’s Risks: Choices and Adjustments Over Time; Gabrielle Wong-Parodi, engineering and public policy; noon; Wharton School (Penn Law). 

            Adipose Tissue Leukocyte Activation and Metabolic Disease; Carey Lumeng, University of Michigan; 4 p.m.; rm. 12-146, Smilow Center (Penn Diabetes).

13         Anthropocene and Animal Studies; Kate Marshall; noon; 2nd Floor Conference Room, Graduate Student Center (English).

14         Invited Speaker Seminar Series; David Gius, Northwestern; noon; rm. 8-146 AB, Smilow Center (Radiation Oncology).

            The Media, Putin and Trump; Masha Gessen, journalist; 5 p.m.; Annenberg Public Policy Center (Russian and East European Studies).

16         An Unusual Libation Basin in the Glencairn Museum; Jennifer Houser Wenger, NELC; 3:30 p.m.; rm. 345, Penn Museum; tickets: $10; $7/members and faculty/staff; $5/students; free/children (Museum). 

19         Of Mice and Men in the Dietary Manipulation of the Gut Microbiome: The Importance of Human Research; Gary Wu, gastroenterology; 4 p.m.; rm. 12-146, Smilow Center (Penn Diabetes).

Annenberg Center Box Office: Closed December 22-January 1. Open January 2-5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed January 6-7. Open January 8-11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular hours resume January 12. 

Arthur Ross Gallery: Closed December 11-January 12. Regular hours resume January 13 with a new exhibit.  

Cashier’s Office: Closing early on December 21, 2 p.m. Closed, December 22-January 7. Regular hours resume on January 8, 11 a.m.

Department of Residential Services: All residences - EXCEPT Harnwell College House, Harrison College House, Rodin College House, Sansom Place East and Sansom Place West are closed during Winter Break.  

Franklin Field: Closed December 24-January 8 for recreational walking and jogging. Open January 9, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

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

Hilton Inn at Penn: Open and operating on a regular schedule unless otherwise indicated on their website.  

Houston Hall: Open December 22, 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Open December 23, 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Closed December 24-January 2. Open January 3-6, 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed January 7-8. Open January 9-10, 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Normal hours resume January 11.  

L.U.C.Y. (Loop through University City): Closed December 26 & January 2. 

Morris Arboretum: Closed December 24-25 & January 1.

Newman Catholic Center: Closed December 25-January 2. 

Office of Software Licensing: Closed December 25-January 1. Regular hours resume January 2.

Parking Office: Closing December 22 at 2 p.m. Reopens January 2 at 8:30 a.m. Contact the Operations office at (215) 898-6933 should you require operational assistance to access your permit facility. December 23-31 (excluding December 25), the Penn Museum & Walnut 40 Garages will be open. All garages closed January 1.

Penn Bookstore: Closed December 25 and January 1. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December 24 and 31. 

PennCard Center: Closed starting December 25. Reopens at 8:30 a.m. on January 2. 

Penn Children’s Center: Early closing on December 22 at 3 p.m. Closed December 25 through January 1. Reopens January 2 at 7 a.m.

Penn Computer Connection: Closed December 25 and January 1. Open weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Early closing at 4 p.m. on December 24 and December 31. Regular hours resume on January 2. 

Penn Dining: All residential halls and retail cafes will begin closing on December 21. Please visit for more details. 

Penn Home Ownership Services: Closed December 25-January 1. Reopens January 2 at 9 a.m.

Penn Ice Rink: Closed December 25 and January 1. Check public skating hours at  

Penn Mail Services: Closed December 25. Open 8 a.m.-noon December 26-29. Closed January 1. Regular hours resume January 2.

Penn Museum: Closed December 24-25, 31 and January 1. Open regular hours December 26-30.

Penn Transit Services: Closed December 24 at 7 a.m. Regular hours resume on Tuesday, January 2 at 3 a.m. Limited transportation service is available December 25-January 1 from 6 p.m.-7 a.m., excluding December 31. Call (215) 898-RIDE (7433). Visit for more information. 

Purchasing and Travel Services: Closed December 25 and January 1. Service is available on December 26-December 29, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The office reopens on January 2. 

Student Financial Services: Closed December 26-January 2. Check and for potential updates to this schedule.

Student Health Services: Open December 20, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., December 21, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., December 22, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., December 23, 9-11:30 a.m., December 26-30, 9-11:30 a.m. Closed December 25 & January 1. Open January 2-3, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; January 4, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; January 5, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; January 6, 9-11:30 a.m.; January 8-9, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Regular hours resume January 10 at

Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel: Open and operating on a regular schedule.

World Travel: Agents are available 24 hours per day, every day. Book travel online through Concur or call World Travel directly at (888) 641-9112.

Premier Travel: Closed December 26 and January 2. Early closing on December 23 and December 30 at 2 p.m. Otherwise the office will be open from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on weekdays.

University Club: Closed December 22- January 7. Reopens January 8.

Van Pelt-Dietrich Library: Closed December 24, 25 and 31 and January 1. Open December 23 and January 6-7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Open December 22 and December 26-30, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Open January 2-5 and 8-9, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Each year, the President, Provost and EVP assess the feasibility of observing Penn’s traditional Special Winter Vacation. Thus, the Special Winter Vacation granted to faculty and staff will be December 26, 27, 28 and 29, 2017. If an employee is required to work to continue departmental operations for part or all of this period, the Special Winter Vacation can be rescheduled for some other time. Staff members who are absent from work either the work day before a holiday, the work day after a holiday or both days will receive holiday pay if that absence is charged to pre-approved paid time off or to sick days substantiated by a written note from the staff member’s health care provider. Vacations and holidays for hospital employees or those staff members in collective bargaining units are governed by the terms of hospital policies or their respective collective bargaining agreements.

—Division of Human Resources

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 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 Office100 College Hall    Brenda Gonzalez  


Provost Office      353B 3401 WalnutSusan Curran


Museum Reception DeskNear Kress GalleryBonnie Crosfield 


Human Resources538A 3401 Walnut StreetSyreeta Gary 


Van Pelt LibraryCataloging & Metadata Dept.Rachelle Nelson


Netter Center111 S. 38th St. - 2nd FloorIsabel Mapp


ISC265C 3401 Walnut StMaureen Goldsmith


Wharton 1000 SH-DJennifer O’Keefe898-1092
ISC  203A Sansom WestKathie Ritchie


LIFE     4508 Chestnut StreetCherry Sturdivant


Research ServicesP-221 Franklin Bldg.Lauren Oshana


Student Health3535 Market/Suite 100Jay Effrece


Comptroller’s Office312 Franklin Building  Celestine Silverman


FRES      3101 Walnut Carole Mercaldo


AFCRI   421 Curie Boulevard Joanne Gorman


Physics & AstronomyDRL 2E5Michelle Last           898-5954
Nursing  3rd & 4th Flr. Mailroom Fagin HallPat Adams 


AARC 3643 Locust WalkColleen Winn898-0104
DAR    2929 Walnut-Suite 146Gretchen E. Ekelan



Penn Volunteers in Public Service “Adopt a Family for the Holidays” Program

Several departments have adopted a deserving family for the holidays and will be providing the family with toys and gifts so that they too can have a joyous holiday. Families are currently available and assignments are made during and prior to mid December. During 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. Contact Isabel Mapp at (215) 898-2020 or send an e-mail: for additional information and /or to volunteer for this program.

Coat Drive: December 1-December 16

Does your gently used winter coat still have some serviceable miles on it or do you have a new coat to donate? Warm coats new or in good condition, for both children and adults, are needed by a number of charitable organizations in the Philadelphia area. Penn VIPS in the Netter Center for Community Partnerships (NCCP) office is organizing a Winter Coat Drive.  If you have a coat (or coats) to contribute to the drive, you are welcome to donate them at NCCP 111 South 38th /2nd  Floor. They do not have the facilities or funds to clean donated items. Freshly laundered (or recently cleaned) items are especially appreciated.  Bring in your gently used coats to be donated to area shelters. Contact Isabel Mapp at (215) 898-2020 or send an e-mail: for additional information and /or to make a donation.

Cat’s Pajamas

The Cat’s Pajamas return to the World Café Live on December 2 to promote their new album, Kitten Kaboodle. An all-ages, not-to-be-missed concert for anyone who loves to laugh and sing along! 


Objects Speak

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.


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Intertwined Worlds, on display at the Goldstein Family Gallery in Van Pelt-Dietrich Library until December 22, examines pre-modern religious traditions in South and Southeast Asia. This dynamic exhibit includes manuscripts, pieces of art, and other artifacts from the Jainist, Buddhist, and Hindu traditions.



Until July 15, 2018, stop by the Penn Museum to view Moundbuilders, the story of 5,000 years of Native American history. This exhibit contains artifacts of Native American memorial mounds, including photographs and items (including pottery and sculptures of mythical creatures) from the sites.


What in the World

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.