Saturday Events


8:00 – 10:00 AM

Homecoming 5K

Shoemaker Green
Come join Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics for our annual 5K race through scenic Penn Park! You can register for the race in person at our Membership Office located on 37th and Sansom or by visiting our website at www.upenn.edu/recreation. Pre-registration is $20/runner (t-shirt included).

9:00 - 9:30 AM: Breakfast
9:30 - 10:30 AM: Panel


Panel Discussion on Darkwater Revival: After Terry Adkins

Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania
220 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Between Walnut and Spruce Streets, housed in the Fisher Fine Arts Library building Introduced by Frederick Steiner (MRP’77, MA’86, PhD’86), PennDesign’s new dean, and moderated by Lynn Marsden-Atlass, Arthur Ross Gallery Director and University Curator, this panel provides insight into the exhibition Darkwater Revival: After Terry Adkins, exploring the late PennDesign faculty member’s legacy through the work of former students and colleagues. The exhibition features many of Adkins original works from Darkwater: A Recital in Four Dominions, Terry Adkins after W.E.B. Du Bois, his homage to Du Bois, 100 years after the publication of the Philadelphia Negro (published by University of Penn in 1899). Learn more at www.arthurrossgallery.org/article/news/darkwater-revival-after-terry-adkins-2/. Register to attend this event through the Penn Alumni Homecoming Registration Form here.

Panelists:
Dejáy B. Duckett, Arthur Ross Gallery Associate Director and Associate Curator
Demetrius Oliver, Penn Grad, (MFA’04), artist and former student of Terry Adkins
Joshua Mosley, Professor of Fine Arts, PennDesign, former colleague of Terry Adkins

9:00 - 10:15 AM

Penn Alumni Board of Directors Meeting

College Hall, Room 200
All alumni are invited to attend the annual meeting of the Penn Alumni Board of Directors. Come to learn about the events and activities of the Board, in addition to hearing from Geoffrey Garrett, Dean, Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise, and Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 am. Advanced registration requested. Register to attend this event through the Penn Alumni Homecoming Registration Form here.

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Navigating College Admissions

Claudia Cohen Hall, G17 | 249 South 36th Street
Penn's Dean of Admissions, Eric J. Furda '87, will discuss the college admissions process generally and Penn's admissions process and policies for legacy candidates. Dean Furda will provide a framework for students and parents navigating the process which is outlined on his blog http://page217.org/. Register to attend this event through the Penn Alumni Homecoming Registration Form here.

9:00 - 11:00 AM

Penn GSE: Innovation Begins With You: Teaching in a Changing School Landscape

Penn GSE, Room 121 | 37th and Walnut Streets
Penn GSE’s The Educator’s Playbook is pleased to announce “Innovation Begins with You: Teaching in a changing school landscape,” over Homecoming Weekend. Much attention has been focused on how schools and school systems can be overhauled. But research shows that teachers can have the biggest impact on student performance and improvement. We'll discuss different approaches teachers are taking to help their students. This event is sponsored by Penn GSE and is open to the whole Penn community.

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Penn Back Then

Locust Walk and around campus
Alumni from all generations are invited to contribute notable Penn anecdotes and remembrances to Penn Back Then, a web-based audio scrapbook. Look for roving Penn Back Then recorders and tell them your best story. For past recordings, visit http://www.sas.upenn.edu/pennbackthen/

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sweeten Hospitality Suite

E. Craig Sweeten Alumni House, 3533 Locust Walk

9:30 - 10:30 AM

Hollywood - History, Industry, Art: Behind the Scenes with Professor Peter Decherney

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, Sixth Floor
3420 Walnut Street
How do you make a massive open online course (MOOC) chronicling a century of growth and complexity in Hollywood? What do you ask an Academy Award winner? Why did the University take on Fair Use legal doctrine to produce this course? Join Professor Peter Decherney, his teaching assistants, and other participants of Alumni Education’s third annual online course for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this one-of-a-kind MOOC. Register to attend this event through the Penn Alumni Homecoming Registration Form here.

10:00 - 11:30 AM

Tour Penn’s 19th Century Architectural Masterpieces

Tour leaves from the steps of College Hall
Join Dr. David Brownlee, Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor of the History of Art, and co-author of Building America’s First University: An Historical and Architectural Guide to the University of Pennsylvania, for a walking tour of the architectural masterworks on Penn’s Campus from the 19th century. Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 35. Register to attend this event through the Penn Alumni Homecoming Registration Form here.

10:30 - 11:00 AM

Class Officer Installation

College Hall, Room 200
The Alumni Class Leadership Council will recognize and honor all new Class Officers from the years of 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996, 1991, 1986, 1981, and 1976. Open to all alumni, family , and friends, registration preferred.

10:00 - 11:30 AM

SERVICE ON SATURDAY!

The Netter Center for Community Partnerships
111 South 38th Street (corner of Sansom Street), Second Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Drop in Homecoming Weekend to put together Creative Care Packages for Children's Hospital! ALL alumni, friends and family members, and Penn students are welcome! Hosted by the Class of '89 in conjunction with the Netter Center.

Donated children's books are also being collected at Sweeten Alumni House (3533 Locust Street) throughout Homecoming Weekend.

Contact Lisa Golden (C'89) for more information: 646-382-7251

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Penn Alumni Arts Fair

College Green
Talented Penn alumni will exhibit their original artwork, jewelry and artisan crafts for purchase on College Green. If you would like to participate as a vendor please contact Sandra Scutt at sscutt@upenn.edu or 215-746-3239. Please note there is a $30 vendor fee.

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Penn Alumni Regional Clubs Open House

Arch 108
The Penn Alumni Regional Clubs team invites you to join us for an open house. Stop by to connect with your Regional Clubs liaison, mingle with club leaders, receive information on upcoming training opportunities and volunteer retreats, or learn more about getting involved with your local club. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

10:45 - 11:45 AM

Tour of The Golden Age of King Midas

Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Please use the Daniel G. Kamin Entrance which is located across the street from Franklin Field on South Street, closest to 33rd Street
Tour of the world premiere exhibition, The Golden Age of King Midas with exhibition curator and Director of the Gordion Archaeological Project, Dr. C. Brian Rose. Ticket includes a copy of the exhibition guidebook and special issue of Expedition Magazine. Space is limited. Advanced registration required. Cost: $10. Register to attend this event through the Penn Alumni Homecoming Registration Form here.

10:45 - 11:45 AM

Bringing It All Back Home: The Music and Lyrics of Bob Dylan

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, Sixth Floor 3420 Walnut Street
Join Professor Ralph Rosen, alumnae Amy Paeth and Mandana Chaffa, College sophomore Jackson Betz, and staff member Patrick Bredehoft for an interactive discussion and acoustic performance of songs from the Bob Dylan album Bringing It All Back Home. Whether you’re a Bob Dylan super-fan or simply enjoy live music, this session is for you. Our panelists will offer interpretations of lyrics, touch on the cultural and political significance of Dylan’s music, and share why it’s still relevant today. Register to attend this event through the Penn Alumni Homecoming Registration Form here.

10:45 - 11:45 AM

60-Second Lectures – Alumni Edition

Fisher-Bennett Hall, Rose Recital Hall, Room 419, 3340 Walnut St
Alumni take over for a special Homecoming edition of Penn Arts and Sciences’ 60-Second Lecture Series! In just one minute each, College alumni will cover how their liberal arts degree has influenced their careers, the value of the Penn network, or what advice they would give their younger selves. Join us for this distillation of Penn’s impact and influence. Register to attend this event through the Penn Alumni Homecoming Registration Form here.

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Benjamin Franklin Society Breakfast

Houston Hall, Bodek Lounge, 3417 Spruce Street
By Invitation Only
In honor of their leadership annual giving to the University of Pennsylvania, Benjamin Franklin Society members and their families are invited to a pre-game brunch celebration. Members will receive invitations with registration instructions via postal mail. For more information, please contact bfs@lists.upenn.edu.

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

QuakerFest

College Green
Don’t miss this family-friendly pre-game tailgate and picnic. Enjoy kid-friendly activities and Penn entertainers, and then continue the celebration at Franklin Field. Cost is included with the purchase of a Red or Blue Homecoming Pass. Register to attend this event through the Penn Alumni Homecoming Registration Form here.

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Classes 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992 Mini Reunion at QuakerFest Pre-game Taligate

College Green
Join us to reconnect with our unique mini-generation at Penn! Look for our signage. Red or Blue QuakerPass needed for entry.

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

GAPSA tailgate at QuakerFest

College Green
Join current graduate students and graduate school alumni at the PennFair and QuakerFest and enjoy a tailgate with beer, food and fun games to reinvigorate your Penn Pride! Look for GAPSA signs to find the area reserved for graduate students/alumni. Then, head over to Franklin Field at 1 pm to cheer for the Penn Quakers as they match up against the Brown University Bears! Entry to the football game is free for current students. Entry to pre-game activities is included with the purchase of a Red or Blue Homecoming Pass here. Contact gapsa.president@gmail.com with questions.

11:00 AM -1:00 PM

50+ and Old Guard Brunch

Houston Hall, Hall of Flags, 3417 Spruce Street
All alumni who have passed their 50th Reunion are invited to enjoy brunch with friends and classmates before cheering on the Penn Quakers! Register to attend this event through the Penn Alumni Homecoming Registration Form here.

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Day of the Dead Celebration

Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Please use the Daniel G. Kamin Entrance which is located across the street from Franklin Field on South Street, closest to 33rd Street
Enjoy Mexican culture and the rich traditions of Día de los Muertos at this family-friendly afternoon filled with music and dance, puppetry and storytelling, and arts and crafts. The centerpiece of the afternoon, presented in the Museum’s majestic Rotunda, is a traditional Day of the Dead altar created by artists from the Mexican Cultural Center and the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia, built just for the celebration.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Nurse Networking

College Green
Nursing alumni are invited to connect with current Penn Nursing students and fellow alumni who are interested in various fields and are eager to hear about the careers and job experience of our alumni. Stop by consider sharing job-hunting tips and insights on managing your career and education. Look for the reserved Penn Nursing tables in the QuakerFest tailgate area. Contact mailto:NursingAlumni@nursing.upenn.edu?subject=Nurse%20Networking for more information.

Noon - 2:00 PM

Association of Native Alumni Luncheon

Houston Hall, Ben Franklin Room, 3417 Spruce Street
All are welcome to join the Association of Native Alumni for a delicious lunch and conversation. Alumni, register to attend this event through the Penn Alumni Homecoming Registration Portal here. Students and community members, please register at www.alumni.upenn.edu/anahomecomingluncheon

1:00 PM

Penn Football vs. Brown

Franklin Field, 235 South 33rd Street
Come out to Franklin Field and cheer on your Quakers as they take on the Brown Bears.

2:00 - 3:30 PM

Daedalus Quartet Performance

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
The Daedalus Quartet, Penn’s string quartet in residence, will perform a series of compositions by Ludwig van Beethoven, Anna Weesner, and more. A Penn student quartet will open the concert, and a reception will follow on the Moelis Reading Terrace in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. Register to attend this event through the Penn Alumni Homecoming Registration Form here.

2:00 - 4:00 PM

Tour Penn’s 20th Century Architectural Masterpieces

Tour begins on the top level of Garage #40 (above Fresh Grocer), 40th and Walnut Streets
Join Dr. David Brownlee, Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor of the History of Art, and co-author of Building America’s First University: An Historical and Architectural Guide to the University of Pennsylvania, for a walking tour of the architectural masterworks on Penn’s Campus from the 20th and 21st centuries. Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 35. Register to attend this event through the Penn Alumni Homecoming Registration Form here.

2:00 - 4:00 PM

Kelly Writers House Open House

Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk
Renew your acquaintance or get to know this lively and innovative home for writers of all ages and genres as you join members of the Writers House community for informal conversation, coffee, and light refreshments. Advance registration is not required, but we'd love to hear from you. RSVP to whhomecoming@writing.upenn.edu or call (215) 746-POEM.

2:30 PM

Counterparts 35th Anniversary Celebration: Part of the Classes of 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992 Mini-Reunion during Homecoming

Iron Gate, 37th and Chestnut
Contact Lolita Jackson for more information.

2:30 - 4:30 PM

Penn Women's Center Homecoming Weekend Gathering

Penn Women's Center
Were you involved in the Penn Women's Center as a student? Are you interested in learning more about its 40+ year history? Then join us for PWCan's Homecoming celebration featuring warm drinks and snacks - and friends old and new. Space is limited, so RSVPs are strongly encouraged. To register please email: vpul-pwc@pobox.upenn.edu

3:00 PM

Sculpture Scavenger Hunt

Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 South 34th Street
Discover Penn’s outdoor sculptures through a fun and informative scavenger hunt. At 3pm, participants can pick up scavenger hunt clue books at the Arthur Ross Gallery. Clue books can be returned to the Arthur Ross Gallery at 3:30. Advance registration not required.

3:00 - 5:30 PM

Daily Pennsylvanian Alumni Open House

4015 Walnut Street
Stop by The Daily Pennsylvanian offices for drinks and a lite bite to eat after the game. Check out the current operation and visit with current staffers and former classmates.  Register to attend this event through the Penn Alumni Homecoming Registration Form here.

3:30 - 5:00 PM

Sphinx/Friars Homecoming Reception

Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street
Please join your fellow Sphinx and Friars alums for our annual Homecoming get-together immediately following the Penn-Brown Game. Wine/Beer and snacks will be served.

Immediately following the Penn vs. Brown Football Game

Engineering Alumni Society Post-Game Reception

Melvin J. and Claire Levine Lobby, 3330 Walnut Street
Join your fellow Penn Engineers and their families and friends at this annual post-game celebration hosted by the Engineering Alumni Society.

4:00 - 6:00 PM

The Presidential Election

Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk
Join us for a discussion of the presidential election with political journalists Jim Newell (C’07) of Slate and Emily Schultheis (C’11) of CBS Interactive, moderated by Penn faculty member Dick Polman, national political columnist at Newsworks. Before becoming a politics writer in the Washington bureau of Slate, Newell wrote for Salon and Wonkette. Until joining CBS Interactive, Schultheis served as the primary reporter covering Hillary Clinton and the 2016 Democratic primary for the National Journal. Polman covered the 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004 U. S. presidential campaigns for The Philadelphia Inquirer where he wrote for 22 years, most notably as the national political writer/columnist. Reception to follow. Advance registration is not required, but we'd love to hear from you! RSVP to whhomecoming@writing.upenn.edu or call (215) 746-POEM.

4:00 - 6:30 PM

Gallery Hop

Begins at the Arthur Ross Gallery, Fisher Fine Arts Library, 220 South 34th Street
The annual Hop will start at the Arthur Ross Gallery, then move on to the Architectural Archives, and end at the Institute of Contemporary Art. There will be a director/curator at each site to discuss the exhibition, and we welcome you to refresh yourself at the end of the tour with hors d’oeuvres and dessert at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Here is more information about each exhibition on the Hop: Arthur Ross Gallery: Darkwater Revival: After Terry Adkins This exhibition will honor Adkins’ legacy and explore his influence as an artist, scholar, professor, colleague, and mentor at the University of Pennsylvania. The exhibition is a work of collective memory—both spiritual and conceptual in nature—that draws on his 2002 ARG exhibition Darkwater: A Recital in 4 Dominions, Terry Adkins After W.E.B. Du Bois, and includes ten artists who have been deeply inspired by his artistic practice. These artists are: Jamal Cyrus, Nsenga Knight, Ernel Martinez, Matt Neff, Tameka Norris, Sean Riley, Jessica Slaven, Ivanco Talevski, Sarah Tortora and Wilmer Wilson. Harvey & Irwin Kroiz Gallery, Architectural Archives: Back Matter: The Making of Robert Venturi’s Complexity & Contradiction This exhibition explores broadly the making of Robert Venturi’s Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966) on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of its publication. Grounded in the twelve works of architecture which form the book’s final chapter – with a few surprises – this exhibition charts Venturi’s activities as an architect, teacher, and writer in the decades leading up to his “gentle manifesto.” ICA: The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now This large-scale group exhibition links the vibrant legacy of avant-garde jazz and experimental music of the late 1960s (particularly within the African American arts scene on the South Side of Chicago) and its continuing influence on contemporary art and culture today. Register to attend this event through the Penn Alumni Homecoming Registration Form here.

4:00 - 6:30 PM

The Black Alumni Society Homecoming Reception

The ARCH 108/109 | 3601 Locust Walk
The Black Alumni Society welcomes you home and invites you to join them for food and conversation. Drinks and appetizers will be served. Alumni, register to attend this event through the Penn Alumni Homecoming Registration Portal here.Students, please register at: www.alumni.upenn.edu/BAS2016Homecoming.

4:30 - 6:30 PM

Blutt Band Slam

College Green
Get ready to rock after the game at the fifth-annual Blutt Band Slam, a friendly battle of the bands featuring diverse musical groups ranging from rock to A capella to jazz. Grab a drink and a snack at the Quaketacular Spectacular beer garden, and cheer for your favorite act.

4:30 PM

Classes 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992 Mini-Reunion at Beer Garden

College Green


5:30 – 7:30 PM

PennGALA (LGBTQ Alumni) Social

Penn Women’s Center, 3643 Locust Walk
Join PennGALA (Gay and Lesbian Alumni) and friends for their annual Homecoming Happy Hour. Drinks and light appetizers will be provided in the Penn Women's Center's lovely garden. Register to attend this event through the Penn Alumni Homecoming Registration Form here. Students, please register at: www.alumni.upenn.edu/penngalahomecoming

6:00 - 7:30 PM

Platt Student Performing Arts House Celebrates 10 Years: A Reception with Marc Platt

Platt Student Performing Arts House, 3702 Spruce Street
Platt Student Performing Arts House provides leadership and support for the creation and implementation of arts programming for students at Penn.  We advise and train students pursuing their extra-curricular passions for the performing and visual arts and those preparing for a career in the arts.  Platt Student Performing Arts House is named for 1979 graduates Marc E. and Julie Beren Platt.  Join the Marc Platt and the Platt House family for a celebration of all that our students and alumni have accomplished in the past ten years.  All are welcome, must be 21 to partake of adult beverages.  RSVP required.  Register to attend this event through the Penn Alumni Homecoming Registration Form here.

6:00 - 8:00 PM

University of Pennsylvania Asian Alumni Network (UPAAN) Happy Hour

City Tap House (3925 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA)
The University of Pennsylvania Asian Alumni Network (UPAAN) invites you to join us at our Homecoming Alumni and Student Happy Hour. This is a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new ones! Delicious food and drink tickets will be provided. Alumni, register to attend this event through the Penn Alumni Homecoming Registration Portal here. Students (21 and over only), please register at: www.alumni.upenn.edu/UPANNHomecomingHH .

6:30 – 8:30 PM

Christian Association 125th Anniversary Celebration

University City Sheraton Hotel
Come celebrate the 125th anniversary of the CA, the nation's oldest active ecumenical campus ministry. Join us for an evening filled with great food, fellowship, special guests, raffle prizes, a silent auction, and more! To register visit http://upennca.org/125celebration Cost is $60.

7:00 – 9:30 PM

Dinner & A Movie

Exclusive Private Screening of “Take my nose…please!” Women, Comedy & Plastic Surgery
The Arch 208 | 3601 Locust Walk
Followed by talk back with Director Joan Kron, Editor Nancy Levy-Novack, C’87 and moderated by David Novack ENG’86
Register to attend this event through the Penn Alumni Homecoming Registration Form here.

8:00 PM

Liz Vice Concert

Harold Prince Theatre, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts 3680 Walnut Street
Gospel, soul and R&B combine in the timeless vocals of breakout artist Liz Vice. This inspiring, up-and-coming artist is dedicated to making positive social change through her genuine yet playful approach to soul-filled music.

Penn Alumni receive a 10% discount on tickets, which can be purchased at: www.annenbergcenter.org/event/liz-vice

9:00 - 11:00 PM

Alumni Bacchanal

Platt Student Performing Arts House, 3702 Spruce Street
You don’t want to miss this event! This annual shindig has received a glamorous makeover in celebration of Platt Student Performing Arts House’s 10th anniversary. Co-sponsored by Penntertainment, the 2016 Alumni Bacchanal will feature Penn alums and current students performing on stage, as well as the delicious refreshments and mingling you have come to enjoy year after year. Connect with your performing arts friends and meet new ones. All are welcome, must be 21 to partake of adult beverages. RSVPs not necessary, though appreciated. platthouse@pobox.upenn.edu.

9:00 PM - 12:00 AM

yPenn Highball - 1740 Lounge and Karaoke Dance Party

Houston Hall, Bodek Lounge, 3417 Spruce Street
Whether you're winding down or just starting your night, join us for our annual yPenn Highball! Compete in a karaoke competition (beginning at 9:30pm) to win big prizes, get your dance party on, and/or chill in our 1740 lounge. We'll stock the bar, roll out the carpet, and see you there! Cost is $10 at the door or included in the Quaker Pass. Register to attend this event through the Penn Alumni Homecoming Registration Form here.

10:30 PM- Close

Classes of 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992 Mini-Reunion during Homecoming

City Tap House, 3925 Walnut Street
Join us to reconnect with our unique mini-generation at Penn! Look for the reserved space on the patio around the fire pits.