2015 Spring Conference

TCPW Spring 2015 Conference: "Penn: The Art of the Matter"

Thursday, April 16, 2015

12 - 1 PM

New Member Orientation

Inn at Penn, Woodlands Ballroom
3600 Sansom Street

New TCPW members, their mentors, and committee co-chairs are invited to help new members learn more about TCPW.

1 - 2:30 PM

Opening Luncheon: Penn’s Leadership in the Arts – Highlighting the Humanities

Inn at Penn, Woodlands Ballroom
3600 Sansom Street

This is a huge moment of change and opportunity in the humanities, and Penn is at the forefront, so we will explore: Why Do Humanities Matter? Why Study the Arts? How Does Penn Do Digital Across Disciplines?
Join fellow TCPW members as we welcome our newest members and kick-off the Spring Conference with a fabulous luncheon. The Sixth Annual TCPW/Provost Award will be presented to Engineering Professor Susan Davidson, to recognize her contributions in advancing the role of women in higher education and research at Penn.

Then, we will hear from:
    Anita Allen, HOM, 98, Vice Provost for Faculty about the importance of the arts and humanities

    Will Noel, Director of the Penn Libraries Kislak Center for Special collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts about how digital technologies can help us study the arts

    Ken Lum, Penn Design Fine Arts Professor and Undergraduate Director, about why the humanities are an integral part of an overall education
Artworks by current Penn students will be on display.

2:45 - 4:15 PM

Write On - The Arts Café at Kelly Writers House

Kelly Writers House
3805 Locust Walk

We invite you to see why writers of all kinds gather at Kelly Writers House - join us for a collaborative close reading facilitated by Al Filreis, Kelly Professor and Faculty Director of the Kelly Writers House. We will hear about the spectacular success of their recent Coursera course Modern and Contemporary American Poetry. Students will also join us to read from their own works.

4:30 - 6:30 PM

Committee Meetings

Inn at Penn, Various Rooms
3600 Sansom Street

7 - 9 PM

Thursday Evening Dinner: The Penn Museum: Past, Present and Future

College Hall, Room 200
Blanche Levy Park

We are pleased to announce that our dinner will feature Julian Siggers, Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. In this entertaining and informative talk, Dr. Siggers will touch on the past, present and future of the Penn Museum, its excavations and collections. These collections are featured prominently throughout the recent publication History of the World in 1,000 Objects introducing new generations of art, archaeology and anthropology enthusiasts to the importance of the Museum’s holdings.

9 PM


Living Room, The Inn at Penn
3600 Sansom Street

End the day relaxing, enjoying conversation with fellow TCPW members and listening to a musical performance by Penn Jazz.

Friday, April 17, 2015

8 - 10 AM

Breakfast and Panel Discussion

Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 8th Floor
3730 Walnut Street

8 – 8:30 AM. – Breakfast
8:30 – 10 AM – From Locust Walk to Hollywood Walk - Successful Penn Women in the Art of Entertainment

Our breakfast panel consists of high-powered, highly successful women who have made their mark in entertainment. Hear how their Penn liberal arts education helped pave the way to their success and how a strong liberal arts education can translate into a rewarding career in the entertainment industry.
    Stacey Snider, C’82 - Co-Chair, 20th Century Fox, TCPW member

    Meredith Stiehm, C’90- Executive Producer and Writer, Homeland, TCPW member

    Janet Kagan, C’84 - Producer/Co-Founder of Maxolev Productions, the Broadway production firm of Pippin and Porgy and Bess

    Linda Simensky, C’85 - Visiting Professor of Cinema Studies and Vice President of Children’s Programming at PBS

10 AM - Noon

General Meeting and Hot Topic Discussion

Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 8th Floor
3730 Walnut Street

12 - 2 PM

Closing Luncheon – What Arts Means to Me - How to Cultivate Your Inner Muse

Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 8th Floor
3730 Walnut Street

We will hear from four leading women in the arts about what art has meant to them both personally and professionally. Explore how to build an art collection and how to appreciate museum collections. Learn about how the Penn panelists have been inspired in their careers. The TCPW Student Leadership Award, Huber-Giles Award, and Athletic Achievement Awards will also be presented during lunch.
    Judith Dolkart, G’97, GR’04 - Director of the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy Andover. Judith was previously the Chief Curator at the Barnes.

    Nancy Micklewright, CW’75, G’82, GR’86 - Interim Head, Public and Scholarly Engagement, Freer and Sackler, Smithsonian. Prior to this role, Nancy served as the Senior Program Officer for the Getty Foundation.

    Kathy Sachs, CW’69 - Emeritus Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania.

    Amy Sadao - Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at Penn. Previously, Amy was the executive director of Visual AIDS.

    Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw - Associate Professor of History of Art and Undergraduate Chair, University of Pennsylvania

Post Conference Activities

2:30 - 3:30 PM

Institute of Contemporary Art Tour - Barbara Kasten exhibition – Stages

118 South 36th Street

Barbara Kasten: Stages is the first major survey of the work of artist Barbara Kasten. Widely recognized for her photographs, since the 1970s Kasten has developed her expansive practice through the lens of many different disciplines, including sculpture, painting, theater, textile, and installation. Spanning her nearly five-decade engagement with abstraction, light, and architectonic form, this exhibition situates Kasten’s practice within current conversations around sculpture and photography. Kasten’s interest in the interplay between three- and two-dimensional forms, her engagement with staging and the role of the prop, her cross-disciplinary process, and her new approaches to abstraction and materiality are all intensely relevant to the present artistic moment, resulting in a new generation of artists who have drawn inspiration from Kasten’s aesthetic and method. Our tour will be led by Alex Klein, the Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE'60) Program Curator.

2:30 - 3:30 PM

Golf Clinic


Penn Golf Center, Hutch Gym - The Tse Ping – Cheng Cheung Ling Sports Center
219 South 33rd Street
Penn’s Women’s Golf team has offered to give members a few tips and pointers to better their golf game.

8 PM

RUBBERBANDance Group Empirical Quotient

Zellerbach Theater, Annenberg Center
3680 Walnut Street

With sleek hip-hop and graceful ballet moves, RUBBERBANDance Group returns to Philadelphia with the full-length work, Empirical Quotient. A fierce display of athleticism and precision, the piece explores human relationships and the effects of time and experience on self-perception and identity. Artistic Director Victor Quijada skillfully merges opposing dance worlds to create exciting choreography with street-smart attitude.

For More Information

Please contact Terri Welsh at welsh@upenn.edu or 215-898-3463.

For those who cannot attend the conference, we will hold a conference call to discuss the important topics you may have missed. Conference dial-in numbers will be sent to all members before the call.

Post-Conference Call

Tuesday, April 21st at 12:00 Noon ET

Our Mission

The Trustees’ Council of Penn Women is an international network of Penn Alumnae. These leaders, by power of their example, support, foster, and promote the advancement of women and women’s issues within the University, thus enriching the University community as a whole.

Dawn Porter Eringis, CHE’85, WG’89

Hildegard Kanamuller Toth, FAS’79

Sarah E. Jones, NU’95, GNU’13
Cheryl Peisach, W’87 
Lori Pearlman Wachs, W’90 – Incoming Chair

Special Thanks to Karen Beckman, Professor of Cinema and Modern Media in the department of the History of Art, and TCPW member Kathy Sachs, for their work in helping to coordinate this program.

Register here for the Spring Conference.

Please visit the TCPW website to pay your dues, make a donation or help defray the costs of our conference.