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.  In 2008-09 the theme was Evolution, 2009-10 was Arts & the City, 2010-2011 was the Year of Water, and 2011-12 was the Year of Games.

2012-13 is the Year of Proof.  The year will be devoted to the question How do we know that what we know is TRUE? Although the approaches and standards for proof differ among disciplines, they share a similar process, involving experimentation, research, gathering evidence, applying general knowledge and common sense... and ultimately, some degree of faith. Join us for a year of terrific events devoted to this fascinating topic. And let us know if you have ideas for events related to Proof during the year!

Year of Health

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Mindful Meditation


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. 

Urban Bike Safety

Monday, September 29, 2014, 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Room 305 (3rd Floor)

New at biking? Want to learn how to safely navigate urban landscapes on a bike? Join us in learning about urban bike safety! Presenters -- including PennCycle, Penn’s Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT), and Student Health Services -- will provide information about different bike resources and safety. Refreshments will be served and a raffle to win a gift card to a local bike shop!

Book Discussion: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

Monday, October 20, 2014, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Room 305 (3rd Floor)

Join other graduate students in discussing this year's reading project text The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down with Kathleen McCauley, Professor of Cardiovascular Nursing and Associate Dean for Academic Programs.  Wine and cheese will be served. You can purchase the book at the Graduate Student Center for $5.

The Spirit Catches You, by Anne Fadiman, explores the story of a Hmong family, refugees from Laos who immigrated to California, whose young daughter was diagnosed with severe epilepsy.  Despite the best intentions of everyone involved – medical workers and family members – cultural misunderstandings led to tragedy.  The Spirit Catches You explores both global medical issues, as well as those central to American healthcare practices. Read more about the book here.

Book Sale: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

Price: $5 each, limit 1 per Graduate Penn Card

Purchase a discounted copy of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down for $5 and join us for our book discussion on October 20th.

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
215-746-6868
center@gsc.upenn.edu