Penn Graduate Student Center

Penn Theme

About Penn Theme

Each year, the Penn Provost’s office sponsors a series of events around a theme chosen by faculty, staff and students.  Past themes have included: Evolution, Arts & the City, Water, Games, and Sound.

2014-15 is the Year of Health.  During the year we will explore health, wellness, and welfare across many areas of our lives. What role does health play in defining our history and guiding our future? In our relationships and interactions with others? In technological development? In business? How does health differ throughout the world, both conceptually and physically? What are some of the ethical and legal questions health raises? Join us for events devoted to this fascinating topic. And let us know if you have ideas for events related to Health during the year!

Let's Talk About Sex!

The Vagina Monologues: Discounted Tickets and Pre-Show Discussion

Friday, February 27, 2015, 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Room 305 (3rd Floor), Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Ticket sales start: Sunday, February 01, 2015
Ticket sales end: Friday, February 27, 2015
Price: $5 each, limit 2 per Graduate Penn Card

Join the Grad Center to watch the 15th annual UPenn performance of the Vagina Monologues! The award-winning play is based on V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women from around the world. With humor and grace, the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength. Through this play and the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives. For more than a decade, The Vagina Monologues has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public and brought a deeper consciousness to the conversation around ending violence against women and girls. Learn more about the V-Day movement here.

Tickets are on sale for the discounted price of $5 each, only 20 tickets are available through the Grad Center at this price. First come first serve. So come to the Grad Center and get your tickets early!


Students will meet at 7:00pm in Room 305 of the Graduate Student Center to get their tickets and join in the pre-show discussion. At 7:40 students will walk to Irvine Auditorium as a group.  

Sustainability Series

Come join us for our Arts & Recreational Activities that are a part of the Graduate Student Center's Sustainability series!

Canning Workshop

Wednesday, February 04, 2015, 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Penn Women's Center, 3643 Locust Walk
Ticket sales end: Wednesday, February 04, 2015
Price: $5 each, limit 2 per Graduate Penn Card

Join Master Gardener Lois Fischer in this canning workshop! Learn how to can salsa, fruits, vegetables, jams, jellies and other preserved food items! Try samples and take some home!

Year of Health

Mindful Meditation
Show dates

Join your fellow grad students for guided meditation with Sandi Herman of Campus Health Initiatives. Mindful Meditation sessions will be held every Thursday at 12 noon in the lower level meeting room in the Grad Center at 3615 Locust Walk. 

Stewart Friedman: Balance Work and Play

Wednesday, February 04, 2015, 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Room 305 (3rd Floor)

Stewart Friedman, Practice Professor of Management and Director of the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project, will give a presentation on the balance of work and play in life.  His most recent book is Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life. This talk is co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Education Wellness Program.

New Research on Imposter Syndrome

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Room 305 (3rd Floor)

Many people experience the imposter syndrome at some point in their lives, believing that they are not as competent as everyone seems to think they are. In fact, if you have ever entertained this thought, you are in the company of likes of Tina Fey, Sheryl Sandberg, and Rafa Nadal among others.  Join Basima Tewfik, a Wharton PhD student in the Management Department, as she reviews research on the topic and lays out strategies on how to deal with the syndrome. This talk is co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Education Wellness Program. 

Common Room Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9AM-8PM Friday: 9AM-6PM Weekends: 12 NOON-6PM

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221