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 Media during the year!

Events

Celebrate Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week: Donuts and Coffee Break!

Thursday, April 06, 2017, 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Common Room Front (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Join us to celebrate YOU during Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week! We'll provide delicious donuts (including vegan options!) and coffee--come out and take a break with Grad Center staff and fellow students. We look forward to celebrating with you!

Year of Media

YoM Movie Night: The Mask You Live In

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Common Room Back (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America's narrow definition of masculinity.

Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become "real" men.

Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the "boy crisis" and tactics to combat it. The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

Free food will be provided!

Free Mural Art Walking Tour in Center City

Friday, April 14, 2017, 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Meet at the Grad Center

See the world’s largest collection of outdoor public art during this fun walking tour!  You will travel with us through the streets of the center city, admire some of the greatest mural masterpieces, and learn how these monumental works of art embody the creativity and culture of Philadelphia.

In Philly, every wall is a potential blank canvas, and stunning murals adorn building exteriors all over the city. Begun in 1984 to help eradicate graffiti, the Mural Arts Program enables professional artists and young Philadelphians to showcase their artistic talent in a constructive way. To date, the program has produced more than 3,600 murals.

We will meet at the Graduate Student Center and take the subway to the heart of the city together. This tour will last approximately one hour and cover 14+ murals. The tour is free and tokens will be provided. Limited spots, please register in advance!

Common Room Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9AM-8PM Friday: 9AM-6PM Saturday-Sunday: 12PM-6PM

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221
215-746-6868
center@gsc.upenn.edu