Special Exhibition: Moundbuilders
You might be familiar with some of the more famous monuments around the globe—the Great Pyramids in Egypt; Stonehenge in England; Machu Picchu in Peru. But did you know we have our own impressive monuments right here in the United States? Some even older than the pyramids, these spectacular earthworks give us glimpses into more than 5,000 years of Native North American history. Moundbuilders explores the fascinating story of Native American moundbuilding through a variety of photographs, artifacts, archival materials, and excavation records.
August 1, 2017 9:00am to December 2, 2019 5:00pm
Penn Museum
Can Shared Norms and Ideas Reduce Ethnic Discrimination?
Event Speaker: Nicholas Sambanis, Presidential Distinguished Professor and Chair of Political Science. Large waves of immigration in Europe and other economically developed parts of the world have resulted in conflict between native and immigrant populations. To what extent is that conflict due to cultural reasons or ascriptive (ethnic, racial, religious) differences? Could conflict be mitigated if immigrants demonstrate that they share the native population's norms and ideas about appropriate civic behavior? In his talk, Nicholas Sambanis, Director of the Penn Program on Identity and Conflict, will present experimental evidence from Germany on the power of civic norms to reduce discrimination against immigrants.
November 14, 2019 12:00pm
Amado Recital, Irvine Auditorium
Emancipating the Colonial Exhibition of Africa in the West
Penn Museum Africa Gallery Opening, Symposium & Film Screenings.
November 15, 2019 10:45am to 7:00pm
3260 South Street
Daedalus Quartet: Migration through Music
The Daedalus Quartet, Penn’s quartet-in-residence, explores migration through music, illustrating how centuries of cultural cross-pollination has enriched our artistic and spiritual life. Music truly has no borders, unifying through the universality of the human experience. In this performance, which will include selected literary readings voiced by KWH community members, the quartet will perform works that exhibit the richness and complexity of this cultural convergence, including the Philadelphia premiere of a new work by Gabriel Bolanos Chamorro and a world premiere by Penn graduate student composer Ania Vu.  Sponsored by: Creative Ventures at Kelly Writers House, the Music Department, the Center for Africana Studies, the Middle East Center, the South Asia Center , the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the Center for East Asian Studies, and the Wolf Humanities Center - Humanities at Large
November 15, 2019 12:00pm
Kelly Writers House
#Deaftravel An Ethnography of Deaf Tourist Mobilities
A talk by Erin Moriarty Harrelson, Assistant Professor of Deaf Studies, Gallaudet University. Tourism scholars have noted that tourists tend to seek out new, yet familiar, experiences. As a part of what Erin Harrelson calls “the deaf global circuit,” deaf tourists often want to visit deaf spaces and meet other deaf people. They make a point of seeking both to better understand differences, especially between sign languages and cultural status. Harrelson will discuss Deaf tourist practices and the moralities that have been built around the deaf global circuit, showing clips from her ethnographic film as part of her 2018 fieldwork in Bali. Reception to follow.
November 20, 2019 5:00pm
Lightbox Film Center, 3701 Chestnut Street
Master Class with Amadou Kane Sy and Muhsana Ali
The Senegal-based artist team, Amadou Kane Sy and Muhsana Ali, Center of Africana Studies Fall 2019 Artists in Residence, will discuss their creative process in the production of their  permanent sculptural installation for the Penn Museum’s new Africa Gallery. 
November 23, 2019 10:45am
Collectivizing Kinship Rural China’s Women in the 1950s
A talk by Gail Hershatter, Distinguished Professor of History, University of California, Santa Cruz. In the first several decades of the People’s Republic of China, ambitious state initiatives worked to reshape everything about rural communities. State authorities created powerful new gendered roles for rural women, mostly in the realm of collective labor and political action. Drawing from research in Shaanxi province, Gail Hershatter explores the sometimes surprising interactions between Woman as socialist icon and the gendered everyday of family and community life. A historian of Modern China, Hershatter was among the first Western scholars to conduct extended research in China following the end of the Cultural Revolution.
December 4, 2019 5:00pm
Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
A New Jim Code?
A talk by Dr. Ruha Benjamin, Princeton University. A New Jim Code? Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life.
December 9, 2019 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500
Rethinking Care Work Dis(Affection) and the Politics of Paid Household Labor
A talk by Premilla Nadasen, Professor of History, Barnard College. Debates on the idea of care have come to dominate scholarship and activism on domestic work and social reproduction. What role did the struggle for rights and inclusion among African American household workers in the 1970s play in current debates? And how does naming this labor as “care” reveal a shift from Fordist (assembly line) ideas of workers’ rights towards one that equates human worth with social need? Widely published on feminism, alternative labor movements, and grassroots organizing, Professor Nadasen considers the negative implications of this shift on the struggle for dignity and human rights, offering a way to rethink care.
February 12, 2020 5:00pm
Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Kinship at the Heart of Slavery Luanda (Angola) in the 18th Century
A talk by Roquinaldo Ferreira, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania. The Portuguese colony of Angola grew out of a settlement established at Luanda Bay in 1576. From its inception, Portuguese Angola existed to profit from the transatlantic slave trade, which drove the colony’s economy for the next 300 years. Using the city’s eighteenth-century baptism records, Penn Professor Roquinaldo Ferreira, who specializes in African, Atlantic, and Brazilian history, reconstructs fictional kinship ties created by free and unfree people. Known as compadrazgo networks or mutually supportive relationships, these ties reveal a rich portrait of social life in Luanda under colonialism at the height of the slave trade, including how Christianity, community-building, and other African strategies helped people avoid deportation to the Americas.
February 26, 2020 5:00pm
Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street