Past Events

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 10:00am - Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 6:30pm

The Penn Relays is the largest annual track and field meet in the United States and the largest annual relay meet in the world. Over the course of three days, 19,000 athletes from all levels will race in front of 115,000 spectators. According to, the biggest draw of the entire event is the USA vs. The World races, which feature some of the best and most famous track athletes in the world. This year, the Relays will be taking place between April 24th and April 28th, with tickets available to the public for the last three days of events.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Udi Bar-David, renowned cellist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Artistic Director of Intercultural Journeys, and Mika Hary, Israeli superstar singer/songwriter, with her acclaimed band, The Mika Hary Group, pay tribute to the treasures of Israeli artistry, from folk to klezmer, with a touch of jazz and the classics.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 6:30pm - 10:00pm

Cinémathèque is a foreign film series curated by an independent media arts collective. These intimate screenings take place in designated venues within Center City Philadelphia with the intention of expanding the discussion surrounding international film language. On April 25, Cinémathèque presents Jaromil Jires' Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970). Screening of the film will be followed by a discussion. Speaker TBA.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 6:30pm - 10:00pm

Dr. Aidan Dodson, Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol, England, speaks on the reign of the pharaoh Shoshenq I (ca. 943–922 BCE), who had briefly restored Egypt’s international standing as a powerful player in the early Iron Age Mediterranean, and the following decades that saw a gradual slide towards renewed disunity. This event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE-PA). Admission: $8 general public, $5 for Penn Museum members and PennCard holders, and free for ARCE-PA members.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 8:00am - 12:00pm

Global Interdependence Center and Drexel University's LeBow College of Business present this annual half-day conference. April 24, the Monetary & Trade Conference will convene to explore how changes in the size and composition of a country's population may influence that country's economic growth and political stability.

Monday, April 23, 2012 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

UNA-GP presents a program on the [email protected] initiative, which aims to save lives in the third world through vaccination, especially of mothers and children. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

FREE Movie Event! Celebrate Earth Day, and the first Friends of PNA Movie Night, by joining Emmy Award winning director Bob Frye for a screening of In My Lifetime, a film exploring can end nuclear weapons "in our lifetimes." This important, inspirational and informative film highlights the clear and present dangers of nuclear weapons, and encourages us towards solutions to a world beyond nuclear weapons. After the film, we welcome your participation in a dialogue with Bob! Questions? E-mail [email protected] or call (215) 546-3030

Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

The American Swedish Historical Museum honors Swedish soccer legend, Pia Sundhage, at its annual dinner and auction. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvre during a silent auction, followed by dinner and the presentation of the Outstanding Achievement Award to Ms. Sundhage. Don’t forget to also check out the accompanying online auction in the weeks leading up to the event. RSVP by email ([email protected]), phone (215 - 389 -1776) or online by April 8, 2012.

Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

RSVP to [email protected]. The South Asia Center of the University of Pennsylvania is launching a new series of teachers’ workshops to further the teaching of South Asia and the pedagogical tools and resources needed for a curriculum which would implement this education. We are pleased to invite all teachers to our South Asia Teacher’s Workshop on “South Asia Literature and Its History as a Pedagogical Tool”. The workshop is for Middle and High School teachers in the Greater Philadelphia and Delaware Valley regions.

Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 9:00am - Friday, August 10, 2012 - 5:00pm

The work of major Renaissance artists will travel to the Michener Art Museum in the exhibition Offering of the Angels: Treasures from the Uffizi Gallery. Drawn from the holdings of the incomparable Uffizi Gallery in Florence and curated by its director, Antonio Natali, the exhibition will feature examples of art created between the 15th and 17th Centuries.

Friday, April 20, 2012 - 7:30pm - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 4:00pm

The Philadelphia Dance Company celebrates its rich Philadelphia relationships and infuses high-spirited movement with passion, color, and theatrics. This exuberant program features Tribute, a full-company piece celebrating the soulful sounds of Philadelphia International Records, and Wake Up, a new dance by Rennie Harris that explores the birth and evolution of Hip Hop. Between the April 20th and 22nd, the Kimmel Center will be hosting 4 performances by PHILADANCO in their Perelman Theater.

Friday, April 20, 2012 - 6:00pm - Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 10:00pm

Come join us for the second annual Philadelphia Science Festival, a ten-day, city-wide celebration of science and knowledge taking place this April 20th through April 29th. The community focused festival features lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions and a variety of other informal science education experiences for Philadelphians of all ages. With something interesting and engaging for everyone, this is one festival you don't want to miss.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

The Penn Museum's Imagine Africa project presents Dr. Cheikh Anta Babou, Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, and his lecture on the adjustments and accommodations that Africans have to make when they move into African-American communities and the stereotypes that both groups face. On April 18th, his lecture titled "Cultural Encounters in the Diaspora: When African and African-American Cultures Meet" will be located at the Penn Museum, and admission will be pay-what-you-want.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Noted African American literati and scholars will join Art Sanctuary and Rap Sessions as they host 'Rebirth of a Nation: Race and Gender Politics in Today's Media' - a community dialogue on the role of African Americans in the media in the new millennium. Moderated by journalist and author Akiba Solomon, the all-star panel includes Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Mark Anthony Neal, Joan Morgan, and Elizabeth Mendez Berry in an interactive town hall style meeting that takes a look at current depictions of African Americans in the media, the disproportionately high negative media coverage of African Americans in this seemingly post-racial America, and the role of positive African American images in the media as it relates to inducing social change in our communities. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 4:30pm - 6:30pm

On April 18th, Samba Sessão exhibition visitors are invited to participate in a Capoeira demonstration outside the Arthur Ross Gallery (4:30 PM - 5:30 PM) and a Samba workshop inside the Gallery (5:30 PM - 6:30 PM). The Capoeira demonstration will be led by Alex Shaw, and the Samba workshop by Angelica Cassimrio. The Samba Sessão Exhibition is presented by the Halpern-Rogath Curatorial Seminar, which is supported by the Department of the History of Art and the Arthur Ross Gallery. For more on Samba Sessão, please visit this detailed event posting.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 8:00am - 12:00pm

Learn how to use available financing tools to close or expand export sales! Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the region’s leading trade finance lenders to receive the latest information on new financing programs available with U.S. government backing from the Export – Import Bank of the United States and the Small Business Administration.

Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 6:30pm - 10:00pm

Cinémathèque is a foreign film series curated by an independent media arts collective. These intimate screenings take place in designated venues within Center City Philadelphia with the intention of expanding the discussion surrounding international film language. On April 15, Cinémathèque presents Ingmar Berman's Persona (1966). Screening of the film will be followed by a discussion led by Dr. Zhenya Kiperman, Professor of Film at Drexel University.

Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Latin Fiesta, the charitable arts organization dedicated to building cultural bridges through musical performances, presents an educational interactive performance series featuring renowned artists who are experts on both the historical and technical areas of their craft. On Sunday, April 15 at 6PM, the Evolution Series kicks off at the Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park with The Evolution of Tango, featuring Argen-TangoTM Dancers, Vittoria Natale and Guillermo Elkouss. Ticket prices are $20 general admission, $10 for seniors and students, and free for children under 12.

Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 7:00am - 10:00am

Einstein Medical Center provides culturally sensitive, preventative and transplant care to multicultural communities in the Greater Philadelphia region. Join Team Einstein for the 17th Annual Dash for Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness, to take place on Sunday April 15, and help support programs to educate Philadelphia's international communities about the importance of organ and tissue donation.

Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

From -- Dia del Niño, meaning "day of the child," will be an international celebration of children through Latin culture on Saturday at the Please Touch Museum. Activities throughout the day include music, dance, theater. Throughout the day, children's singer Louie Miranda will perform folk songs in English and Spanish. Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders and the football team's mascot, Swoop, will give a special presentation at noon. And TV network Telemundo will have a working television studio on-site where kids can go in front of the camera and report the weather in Spanish or English. They can later watch their weather-report performance online at