Homecoming 2021

Homecoming 2021

Schedule of Events


Arts at Homecoming Launch Party: New Visions for Arts and Culture at Penn

Monday, November 1, 12p.m. - 1:15p.m. EST | Virtual Program

Join us for a lively virtual conversation with Penn’s newest arts and culture leaders for a glimpse into what the future holds for Arts and Culture at Penn!

Bill Cullina, F. Otto Haas Executive Director, Morris Arboretum
Chris Gruits, Executive and Artistic Director, Penn Live Arts / Annenberg Center 
Zoe Ryan, Daniel W. Dietrich II Director, ICA
Chris Woods, Williams Director, Penn Museum

Moderated by John McInerney, Executive Director, Sachs Program for Arts Innovation. Introduction and Welcome by Ann Nolan Reese CW74, President, Penn Alumni

Sculpture Tour

Monday, November 1, 4p.m. - 5p.m. EST | Virtual Program

Please join Lynn Smith Dolby, Collections Manager and Registrar of the Penn Art Collection on a virtual tour of campus sculptures that are “off the beaten path” including Andrea Blum’s Plateau and Costantino Nivola’s Family of Man. 

More Tales from the Crypt

Tuesday, November 2, 12p.m. - 1p.m. EST | Virtual Program

Join Penn Dental Medicine’s head of the Dental Library Laurel Graham and Vice Dean Elizabeth Ketterlinus for another deep dive into the fabulous Evans art collection, rare book holdings as well as new curious tales from one of the nation’s oldest colleges of dentistry.

Taking Action and Fighting for Racial Equity

Tuesday, November 2, 12p.m. - 1p.m. EST | Virtual Program

Join Penn Arts & Sciences and experts in race equity and social justice for the first event in our new series, Conversations on Equity & Antiracism. Hear from alumni fighting for equity and social change and learn about barriers to equity and actionable steps you can take to advocate for inclusion. 

Featured speakers:
Victor Scotti, C’13, Program Manager of Global Emerging Talent at Netflix
Shakirah Simley, C’07, Executive Director of the Booker T. Washington Community Service Center
Jessica Tollette, C’08, Senior Specialist for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Innovations for Poverty Action

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, C’01, Executive Director of the Lawyers for Civil Rights

Conversations on Equity & Antiracism is a new series of events that will give the Penn Arts & Sciences community the opportunity to continue to learn about antiracism, equity, and actionable steps to advocate for inclusion and belonging in their personal and professional lives. Alumni experts in equity and inclusion will share their knowledge and skills through a series of conversations and live Q&A from the audience. 

Please submit questions for the panelists when registering. Your questions will help guide the conversation.

Architecture Tour: New Buildings

Tuesday, November 2, 4p.m. - 5p.m. EST | Virtual Program

Join Penn’s Architect, Mark Kocent, C'82, GCP'91, GFA'91, for a virtual tour of Penn’s newest buildings.

Trauma-Informed Pelvic Care and Considerations for LGBTQ+ Health

Tuesday, November 2, 6p.m. - 7p.m. EST | Virtual Program

Stephanie Tillman (she/her) is a midwife in Chicago and a PhD student in health care ethics at Saint Louis University, where she is focusing on consent in pelvic care. Stephanie blogs under the name Feminist Midwife, and through that online platform, academic and public writing, and professional speaking engagements, seeks to interact with providers and consumers in conversations about consent in health provision, queer care, sex positivity, nurses and advanced practice clinicians in abortion care, and trauma-informed frameworks.

This event is co-sponsored by the Penn Nursing Center for Global Women’s Health, Penn LGBT Center, Penn Public Health, Penn Women’s Center, Ortner Center on Violence and Abuse, as well as Penn Nursing’s Women’s Health/Gender-Related Nurse Practitioner Program, Nurse-Midwifery Program, Penn Violence Prevention, GSWS, and Penn Nurses.

Recreating an Egyptian Palace Throne Room

Wednesday, November 3, 12p.m. - 1p.m. EST | Virtual Program

With one of the largest collections of Egyptian and Nubian material in the United States, the Penn Museum has the exciting opportunity to revisit the collection and design new galleries to showcase the contributions and ingenuity of ancient Egyptian culture. Join us for a deep dive into the research, conservation, and unique problem-solving involved in reconstructing the monumental pieces of the Palace Throne Room, an impactful feature of the new galleries. 

Curator’s Tour of Penn’s Architectural Treasures: The Penn Museum

Wednesday, November 3, 4p.m. - 5p.m. EST | Virtual Program

One of the most loved (and visited) landmarks on the Penn Campus, the Penn Museum is the ultimate architectural “work in progress.” Begun in 1893, it is a building has never truly been completed. Join William Whitaker, Curator of Penn’s Architectural Archives, as he leads you through the remarkable everchanging story of this building, its inner workings, and engaging legacy.

Penn Engineering Update with Dean Vijay Kumar

Wednesday, November 3, 5p.m. - 6p.m. EST | Virtual Program

Please join Nemirovsky Family Dean and Professor Vijay Kumar for a State of the School Update including a brief overview of the newly established Center for Precision Engineering for Health at Penn Engineering.

Dean Kumar's update will be followed by a presentation, "Engineering living biology with nanomachines," by Professors Jennifer E. Phillips-Cremins and Marc Miskin, with a moderated Q&A session.

(Un)Learning Asian America: A Homecoming Discussion Space for Penn AAPI Alumni and Students

Wednesday, November 3, 7p.m. - 8p.m. EST | Virtual Program

Join a small group discussion about AAPI identity in America. Current Penn students from the Asian American studies department and Pan-Asian American Community house will be facilitating virtual breakout discussions for Homecoming. From the bamboo ceiling to the history of the term "Asian American," come to learn and share with the Penn community.

Around the Globe with Penn Libraries

Thursday, November 4, 12p.m. - 1p.m. EST | Virtual Program

Join the bibliographers at Penn Libraries as they take attendees around the globe and provide a glimpse of different cultures through the lens of civic engagement. This event will be making virtual stops at three separate countries and attendees are encouraged to interact and ask questions along the way!

Fine Arts Alumni Discuss "It goes by fast" at the Annenberg Center

Thursday, November 4, 1p.m. - 2p.m. EST | Virtual Program

Fine Arts Alumni discuss "It goes by fast," the inaugural exhibition for the new Arts Lounge at the Annenberg Center

In September, The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation and Penn Live Arts at the Annenberg Center opened the inaugural exhibition in the Annenberg Center’s new Arts Lounge, a hub for the creative community at Penn and part of a $2M renovation of the Annenberg Center’s public spaces made possible by a generous gift from alumni Keith and Kathy Sachs. Martha Rich: It goes by fast presents new works by the artist and Weitzman School of Design Alum Martha Rich (MFA ‘11). To celebrate this exhibition, and the opening of the Arts Lounge, the Weitzman School of Design and The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation will host a virtual conversation between Martha Rich and Kay Seohyung Lee (MFA '21), facilitated by Chloe Reison (MFA ‘12), Associate Director of the Sachs Program, on Thursday, November 4 from 1-2 pm.

Gallery Hop

Friday, November 5, 12p.m. - 1:15p.m. EST | Virtual Program

The annual Hop will be virtual this year but we will still look at fascinating art and objects from four of Penn's galleries! We will start with the Arthur Ross Gallery and tour God Complex: Different Philadelphia. With a grant from The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation, the Office of the Curator invited Roberto Lugo, a Philadelphia artist, ceramicist, social activist, poet, and educator, to curate an exhibition drawn from the Penn Art Collection. Working virtually on the project during the pandemic, Lugo’s own works are installed in dialogue with Penn’s portrait collection.

Then we will shift to the Architectural Archives for a behind the scenes look at the making of Richard Saul Wurman and Eugene Feldman’s 1962 book The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn.

Our penultimate stop will be Penn Libraries, where guests can take a closer look at some recently acquired comic books, one of them being the first issue of All Negro Comics, the first known comics magazine written and drawn solely by African-American writers and artists.

And finally, we will end at the Institute of Contemporary Art where we will hear about Ulysses Jenkins: Without Your Interpretation, the first major retrospective on the work of groundbreaking video/performance artist Ulysses Jenkins, a pioneering video artist whose work interrogates race and gender as they relate to ritual, history, and the power of the state.

Featuring: Arthur Ross Gallery: Lynn Marsden-Atlass, Executive Director and University Curator; Architectural Archives: William Whitaker, Barton and Victoria Myers Director of the Architectural Archives; ICA: Meg Onli, Andrea B. Laporte Associate Curator. Moderated by Sara Stewart, Assistant Director Development & Marketing, Arthur Ross Gallery

86th Annual Alumni Award of Merit

Friday, November 5, 7p.m. - 8p.m. EST | Virtual Program

The Alumni Award of Merit Gala, sponsored by Penn Alumni, celebrates Penn's most passionate and dedicated alumni volunteers. The Gala provides us with a chance to recognize alumni on their accomplishments and contributions to the University. Please join us online November 5, 2021 at 7:00 PM ET for a virtual celebration of the Alumni Award of Merit recipients.

Admission Dean's Welcome and Applying to College in a Pandemic

Saturday, November 6, 9a.m. - 10a.m. EST | Virtual Program

Meet Vice Provost and Dean of Admissions, Whitney Soule, and learn more about applying to selective colleges in a pandemic. Dean Soule will offer tips and general guidance as we continue to navigate admissions during a pandemic. Bring your questions to this webinar, time for Q&A will be provided.

Deconstructing the Meaning of Simone Leigh’s "Brick House"

Saturday, November 6, 11a.m. - 11:50a.m. EST | Virtual Program

Learn about the new sculpture on College Green - Simone Leigh’s Brick House - with a panel discussion moderated by Professor Gwendolyn Dubois Shaw with Lynn Marsden-Atlass, University Curator; Zoe Ryan, Director of ICA; Joey Magliocco, C’87, PAR’21, PAR’22; and Margo Crawford, Professor of English and Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor for Faculty Excellence.

Pre-Game Grab & Go (IN PERSON)

Saturday, November 6, 11:30a.m. - 1p.m. EST | College Green

Coming back to watch the Penn Football take on the Cornell at Franklin Field? Stop by College Green for a boxed lunch before you head to the game. Cost: $15.

Dedication Ceremony for Simone Leigh’s Brick House Sculpture (IN PERSON)

Saturday, November 6, 12p.m. - 12:15p.m. EST | 34th & Walnut Street

Join us for the formal dedication of this new sculpture with remarks from University leaders. Take a picture and print it out on site too!

Dedication Ceremony for Simone Leigh’s Brick House Sculpture (VIRTUAL)

Saturday, November 6, 12p.m. - 12:15p.m. EST | Virtual Program

Join us for the formal dedication of this new sculpture with remarks from University leaders. *This event is a livestream of an on-campus event.

Museum Voyagers: Destination Egypt! (IN PERSON)

Saturday, November 6, 1p.m. - 2p.m. EST | Penn Museum, Harrison Auditorium

Join the crew for a journey to Egypt from the comfort of a chair! Examine art of the pharaohs to decipher their ancient codes of communication. Discover what mummified Egyptians don’t take with them to the afterlife. Hear an ancient story that explains why the bodies are wrapped. Your fellow voyagers will help you explore along the way!

Celebrating National First Gen Week at Homecoming: Finding Your Voice as FGLI

Saturday, November 6, 4p.m. - 6p.m. EST | Virtual Program

Those who identify with the first generation and/or lower income (FGLI) experience have the unique journey of discovering what the college experience can be, carrying with them the aspirations of their communities. Part of that journey is how these students and alumni pursue creative endeavors connected to their values and dreams. Join us for a conversation with students and alumni on how their FGLI identities and experiences fuel their creativity and how they use art as an outlet and tool in finding one’s voice. This program is part of a weeklong series celebrating First-Generation Students and Alumni. To learn more about this and other events, please visit www.alumni.upenn.edu/firstgenweek

Morris Arboretum Welcomes Penn Alumni and their Families! (IN PERSON)

Sunday, November 7, 10a.m. - 5p.m. EST | Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum, a historic public garden and educational institution located in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, invites Penn alumni and their families to enjoy a complimentary visit during regular admission hours on Sunday, November 7, 2021. 

Learn more about planning for your Morris Arboretum visit: http://morrisarboretum.org/visit_hours.shtml

What About Water Jeopardy

Sunday, November 7, 11a.m. - 12p.m. EST | Virtual Program

Virtual Homecoming Farewell Brunch Featuring What About Water Jeopardy Game.  Contestants will be from the water industry.