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: Citizen Kane

Wednesday, November 02, 2016, 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Common Room Back (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

NOTE: The date of this event has been changed to Nov 2, Wednesday, 6-8pm. 

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! 

Election Day Happy Hour

Tuesday, November 08, 2016, 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Common Room Front (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Join us on this historic election day to watch election coverage on our big screen, have a drink and some light food, and talk with other grad students who are interested in the election!

This event is FREE for graduate and professional students at Penn; you must show grad ID to be admitted. Please register ahead!

The first 50 students who arrive wearing an 'I voted' sticker or carrying proof of volunteering at the polls will receive a gift!



Year of Media Movie Night: Spotlight

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Common Room Back (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk


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 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