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, Water, Games, Sound, and Health

2016-17 is the Year of Media, devoted to exploring the theme of media across many areas of inquiry. Join us for events devoted to this fascinating topic. And let us know if you have ideas for events related to Discovery during the year!

Year of Media

Year of Media Movie Night: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Thursday, September 15, 2016, 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Common Room Back (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

In 2002, cable news producer Kim Barker (Tina Fey) decides to shake up her routine by taking a daring new assignment in Kabul, Afghanistan. Dislodged from her comfortable American lifestyle, Barker finds herself in the middle of an out-of-control war zone. Luckily, she meets Tanya Vanderpoel (Margot Robbie), a fellow journalist who takes the shellshocked reporter under her wing. Amid the militants, warlords and nighttime partying, Barker discovers the key to becoming a successful correspondent.

Free food and drinks will be provided! Please register ahead. 

Year of Media: Presidential Debate Watch Party
Show dates

Watch the three presidential debates with other graduate students and start a dialogue about the issues that affect our lives! Late-night snacks and drinks will be provided. 


Year of Media Movie Night: Citizen Kane

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Common Room Back (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk
Registration start: Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. The fresh, sophisticated, and classic masterpiece, Citizen Kane (1941), is probably the world's most famous and highly-rated film, with its many remarkable scenes and performances, cinematic and narrative techniques and experimental innovations in photography, editing, and sound. 

Food and drinks will be provided. Please register ahead! 

Year of Media Movie Night: Spotlight

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Common Room Back (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk
Registration start: Monday, October 17, 2016

SPOTLIGHT tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world's oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper's tenacious "Spotlight" team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Tom McCarthy, SPOTLIGHT is a tense investigative dramatic-thriller, tracing the steps to one of the biggest cover-ups in modern times.

SPOTLIGHT won the Academy Award for Best Picture along with Best Original Screenplay. 

Free food and drinks will be provided. Please register ahead! 

Common Room Summer Hours:

Monday - Friday: 12 Noon-5PM
Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Academic Year Hours begin August 29

Monday-Thursday: 9AM-8PM Friday: 9AM-6PM

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221