University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
International Classroom

Want to learn more about world cultures, both past and present? International Classroom provides opportunities for global learning by connecting K-12 communities with international educators, artists, and Museum-affiliated archaeologists and anthropologists.


Our educators will take you to amazing places around the world through three types of intercultural programs.

  1. World Culture Educators
  2. Archaeology and Anthropology Experts
  3. Performing Arts Around the World

Promoting Global Competence

International Classroom workshops incorporate key 21st Century Skills such as world languages, multiple perspectives, intercultural communication, and appreciation for cultural diversity. A range of activities are designed to enhance knowledge, skills and awareness that are essential to succeed in the increasingly interconnected global society.

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World Culture Educators

Learn more about a country directly from a person who lived there! This series provides very personal student interactions with educators from other places around the globe. Our diverse workshops feature cultures from the following continents, regions, or countries:

KENYA - Kangas: Message Carriers of East Africa (Virtual and Outreach available)
by Beatrice Bolger

Grades: 3 and above, Virtual Program option available

A kanga is a traditional garment in East African culture. This printed cotton fabric is designed with bright colors and inspirational messages in Swahili. The kanga serves many functions and communicates messages through riddles and proverbs. Ladies traditionally will wrap a kanga in their own fashion, while gentlemen will offer kangas as gifts. A Kenyan instructor teaches students about the history of kangas, their cultural meanings, their functions and basic Swahili greetings. Students then create individual kangas using paper collage that feature their own messages and African symbols.

KENYA - Methali, the Proverbs: East African influences from the Sunny Motherland to the Western World
by Beatrice Bolger

Grades: 3 and above

Swahili oral tradition is observed through greetings and proverbs prevalent from the motherland. In many African cultures, proverbs were used as the main source of instruction for children and youth. They contained important guidelines and principles of behavior towards God, ancestors, neighbors, and themselves. This educational method is still actively used in schools, where proverbs are studied for their linguistic and social importance. In this workshop, student groups learn different proverbs in Swahili, then translate them into English to engage with their various interpretations. Students link their proverbs to real-life lessons and learn how the proverbs serve as guides to improve behavior in traditional African culture.

SOUTH AFRICA - Listening for a New Nation: Introducing post-apartheid cultural politics through contemporary indigenous music making in South Africa
By Larissa Johnson

Grades: 8 and above

Musical bows are structurally simple instruments that produce complex sounds. They can be found across the world but are most prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa with many variations. In what is now the Republic of South Africa, musicians use these instruments to tell stories of contact between indigenous Southern and South East African peoples and Portuguese, Dutch and English colonists. Bows and related instruments found in the Americas tell similar stories related to the trading enslaved African people across the Atlantic Ocean. In this workshop students will learn to hear and imitate basic sounds of Umrhubhe and Uhadi, musical bows of the Xhosa people of eastern South Africa, and listen to Classical and contemporary Xhosa music. Through play and discussion, students discuss themes and questions around cultural-political identity in the complex history of a country still grappling with the consequences of its colonial and apartheid past.

Also see South America for African Diaspora topic.

CHINA- Celebrate the Year 4717: Chinese New Year Rituals (Virtual and Outreach available)
by Haibin Wechsler; Shuhan Meng

Grades: 3 and above, Virtual Program option available

Chinese New Year is a time of exploding firecrackers and leaping dragon dancers. This workshop takes a closer look at rituals and customs associated with Chinese New Year celebrations and explores the historical origins of these activities. Students will gain an understanding of these rituals, along with their cultural and social significance.

CHINA- Chinese Characters: A Journey Across Time (Virtual and Outreach available)
by Haibin Wechsler; Shuhan Meng

Grades: 3 and above, Virtual Program option available

What is a Chinese character? Where do Chinese characters come from? How hard is to write a Chinese character? This workshop will examine the developmental history of Chinese characters, a journey of many thousand years. By looking at the transformation of these characters over time and many historical factors behind such changes, students gain a better understanding not only about Chinese characters but of Chinese history and culture, as well. Students also practice writing Chinese characters during the workshop.

CHINA- The Race for the Chinese Zodiac
by Haibin Wechsler; Shuhan Meng

Grades: K-8

Have you ever heard of the Chinese Zodiac? Do you know which animals are in the Zodiac and what they represent? This workshop introduces students to the origin of Chinese Zodiac animals with engaging, vivid storytelling, and will explore the spirit embodied by each Zodiac animal. Students learn the relationship between the year and its corresponding Zodiac animal.

JAPAN - My Life in a Bento Box: Ethnography of Japanese School Lunch (Outreach available)
by Hitomi Yoshida

Grades: 3 and above

This workshop will introduce students to Japanese school life and culture by closely examining the school lunch period. What do Japanese students have for lunch? Who prepares it? Where do the students eat and how is lunch served? Following a brief discussion of the definition and key components of culture, students will analyze the school lunch period as a case study. Students explore the concept of "wa", which emphasizes harmony, unity and togetherness, grounded on the collectivist culture of Japan. Depending on the age group, the workshop concludes with a hands-on team activity to decorate their own Bento Boxes (lunch boxes) with colorful materials.

INDIA - Sattriya: Classic Dance from Hindu Monasteries (Outreach available)
by Madhusmita Bora

Grades: All

In this workshop, Madhusmita Bora, a performer of the Sattriya Dance Company, takes you on a journey through a 600-year-old dance tradition. This dance was only preserved, nourished, and practiced by monks in a little island in Northeast India until recently. Students will be exposed to stories from Hindu mythology through the dance, and will also learn about the monks and their lives. There will be masks, costumes and props on display. Along the way, students will be led in movement exercises and will learn related vocabulary of this ancient Indian tradition. Groups of less than 120 students will receive a talk and dance demonstration without the formal performing costume. Groups of 120 students and more will watch a live dance performance with the dancers in formal performing costume.

INDIA - Language of Odissi Dance, a classical dance of Odisha (Eastern State of India)
By: Kakali Paramguru

Grades: All, note the last two lines for group size

In this workshop, students will explore the Odissi Dance, a classical dance of Odisha, a State in the eastern India. Kakali Paramguru, a doctoral student of dance at Temple University, will guide students through the history of this dance form, dating back to the 2nd century BC. The body movements, expressions, and gestures of Odissi dance illustrate Indian mythological stories and devotional poems. Kakali will demonstrate how stories are told through this ancient dance expressions, and students will learn the language of Odissi Dance and express themselves through basic dance gestures. Groups of less than 120 students will receive a talk, dance demonstration and instructions without the formal performing costume. For a group of more than 120 students, the dance will be performed by Kakali in the formal costume.

LENAPE - Eastern Woodlands Culture: Daily Life and Stories, Pre- and Post-Contact (Outreach available)
by Uhma Ruth Py

Grades: K-10

What it was like to be a Native American before and after European contact? During this program, an educator with Lenape ancestry will use artifacts and storytelling to explain the history and traditions of different Native American cultures. Storytelling was an important aspect of the Native culture, and remains just as important to many Nations today. These stories appeal to different age levels and are complemented by artifacts that students may touch. These artifacts have been acquired or made by the educator herself, and help demonstrate the different roles each gender and age group play in daily village life.

See Anthropology Section for more options

BRAZIL - Let's Play Capoeira! Merging Afro-Brazilian Cultures in a Fight for Freedom
By Mestre Maxuel Moreira Santos

Grades: 1 and above

Capoeira is a martial art disguised as a dance, with its own acrobatics, songs, and music. Afro-Brazilian slaves, who weren’t allowed to defend themselves, created Capoeira in the 16th century. They would pretend to be dancing and celebrating, but in fact were preparing a means to escape and form communities in the Brazilian forests called ‘Quilombos.’ In 2014, UNESCO listed the Capoeira “roda” (or circle, inside which Capoeira is played in pairs) as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity. In this workshop, students will learn about the origins and evolution of Capoeira as part of Brazil’s socio-cultural history, discover the musical instruments, rhythms, and songs specific to Capoeira, and learn some basic Capoeira moves so that they can participate in their first “roda” by the end of the workshop.Cross-listed in World Culture Educators: Africa / African Diaspora.

GREECE - The Crossroads of Three Continents: History, Culture and Identity (Outreach available)
by Kyriakoula Micha

Grades: 3 and above

In this workshop students will have the opportunity to learn about Greek culture and identity from ancient Greece to the present day, which can help develop the critical eye and mind. The guide for this expedition is our native speaker, Kyriakoula Micha, who has a background in archaeology and first-hand knowledge of the history, culture and daily life of Greece. Through visual examples and vivid verbal descriptions of contemporary Greece, students will be able to see and perceive Greece and its narrated history as a living, breathing context, to gain insight not only into Greece and the Greeks, but also into our shared and unique cultural identities. This experience can provide a context through which students can draw exciting connections between their studies of ancient Greece, artifacts on display at the Penn Museum, and the Greece of today.

Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr: Beauty of Muslim Celebrations
by Moumena Saradar, Abdulhadi (Hadi) Al-Karfawi

Learn more about the well-known, but potentially misunderstood Muslim observation of Ramadan and the celebration which marks the end of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr. When is Ramadan? What is the true meaning behind it? What are those celebrating encouraged or discouraged to do, and why? What happens when Ramadan ends? How is Eid al-Fitr celebrated? Students learn more about how these important religious customs and events are practiced all over the region and clarify beliefs and practices associated with these special moments. Moumena, originally from Syria, or Hadi, originally from Iraq, also share their personal family traditions from growing up in the Middle East.

Rebuilding New Life: Photo Memories from Iraq
by Yaroub Al-Obaidi

If you had to choose only 10 items you can fit in your backpack to leave home for a new country, what would you bring? What do you choose to leave? Will you make a choice based on your personal values or based on necessity for survival? In this session, Yaroub Al-Obaidi, a designer, shares his long journey traveling from Iraq, through Syria, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and finally to Philadelphia. He will “visit” each point of his journey with a set of artifacts ---- items that he packed for his departure to a new land. Describing the memories, challenges and hopes he had at each transition, Yaroub explains the contexts of global conflicts and refugee issues, and highlight what life is like for refugees in different parts of the world. Dialogues prompted by Yaroub’s vivid photographs encourage students to think about the complex issues of international affairs in a very personal way.


Archaeology and Anthropology Experts

Our Museum-affiliated scholars share their experiences in the field through visuals, hands-on activities, and interactive discussions. Programs include:

Anthropology 101: Material Cultures and Stories from Native American Voices
by Stephanie Mach
Grades: 3 and above

Did you know that there are more than 500 federally-recognized Native tribes in the United States? In this workshop, students will explore the diversity of Native cultures and gain deeper understanding through learning about one of the Native American nations (tribes), the Navaho or the Lenni Lenape. Students will learn how their artifacts have unique histories and meanings, and how their material cultures convey stories about the people(s) who created and used them, and the cultures from which they come.

Essentialism, Stereotypes, and Appropriation
by Stephanie Mach
Grades: 6th and above

Anthropology is the study of humans, but is research always passive or objective? This workshop raises questions around who is being represented, how they are represented, and who is representing whom. Student will learn about how anthropology, as an academic field, has contributed to both deepening understanding in human cultures, and unintentionally essentializing cultures and stereotyping people. How did it happen? Where do we see it happening today? This workshop promotes critical thinking and visual literacy by engaging students in examining the representations Native Americans—in history texts, inside museum, and in pop-culture.

Identity, Politics, Culture: Case Analysis of U.S. Expansion
by Stephanie Mach
Grades: 9th grade and above

The United States has had a relationship with the Indigenous Nations of this land since before the writing of the Constitution. When did Indigenous nations lose their sovereignty? Why was there a genocide against the indigenous people of this land? What is cultural assimilation and how are anthropologists implicated in this history? Today, there are more than 500 federally recognized indigenous Nations within the United States. This workshop explores the history of Indigenous-US relations, and the fight for sovereignty, agency, land, and culture. Students will learn about Manifest Destiny, structural racism, and anthropology, providing a critical lens on identity, politics, and culture today.

Archaeology: Helping the Past Speak to Us (Outreach available)
by Nick Eiteljorg, Ph.D.
Grades: 3 and above

Archaeologists find artifacts in groups, not one at a time, using the whole of what is found to learn about the past. This workshop guides students through a discussion of archaeological method, based on the fictitious murder of the speaker and a 300-years-after-the-fact recovery of the body. Participants learn that the important discovery is not the body but the sum of the artifacts buried with the body: coins, eyeglasses, a pocketknife, personal jewelry, and so on. This example is followed by a discussion of a single artifact and the importance of context for its understanding, stressing that objects found together in context tell a stronger story than individual objects. Students will then apply their contextual analysis skills to a case study highlighting the excavation of an Italian cemetery. The idea of context can be applied to literature, history, and many other disciplines.

Can You Dig It?: Archaeology of Ancient Egypt (Virtual available)
by Shelby Justl
Grades: 5 and above, Virtual Program option available

Every year, Egyptian archeologists brush away sand and discover unknown pharaoh’s tombs or ancient hidden cities. Ever wonder what an archeologist actually does? How do she decide where to dig? Egyptian archaeologist Shelby Justl shows students a typical day in the field, reveals recent incredible discoveries, and introduces them to experimental archaeology—a method of understanding and recreating the past by attempting these practices from ancient records (such as mummifying animals, firing pottery, building houses, mixing medical poultices and perfumes, and baking bread). Cross-listed in Archaeology and Anthropology Experts: Egyptology.

Women and Archaeology (Virtual available)
by Shelby Justl
Grades: 5 and above, Virtual Program option available

When archaeological research began in the early 20th century, there were only a handful of female practitioners in the field; women now make up roughly half of the archaeologists in the United States. While women are generally accepted in the field, female archaeologists still encounter many professional issues. Meet a female archaeologist and learn what challenges and opportunities women face in the field, from the classroom to the dig site. Hear about the real-life experiences of an archaeologist working in the mountains of Greece or the deserts of Egypt!

Is Archaeology Really Like Indiana Jones? (Outreach available)
by Stephen Phillips, Ph.D.
Grades: 3 and above

Petra, "The Rose-Red City Half as Old as Time,” is nestled in a mountainous basin in a remote, rugged corner of Jordan. Recently named one of the New Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Petra is famous for its rock-cut tombs and monuments, including a Roman theater capable of seating as many as 8,500 people. Petra served for a time as one of the major trading centers of the ancient world. It also served as a backdrop for scenes in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. After a series of earthquakes in about 400 AD, Petra lay essentially abandoned; it was not rediscovered until 1812. Archaeological investigations at Petra continue to the present day. This presentation takes students behind the scenes on an actual dig at the site, where they learn archaeology techniques, and whether or not archaeology is really like Indiana Jones.

Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict
by Shelby Justl
Grades: 7 and above

There are growing international concerns about the threats modern society poses to Egyptian cultural heritage. Current archaeological digs lie next to modern villages with residents walking through them and wildly spread rumors of treasure leading to illegal digging and black-market artifact sales. This workshop explores the effects of modern people on Penn’s archaeological site in Abydos. Students will engage in a broader discussion of cultural heritage preservation through examination of political events such as Arab Spring, which affected Egyptian museums and archaeological sites. In the end, students can debate important questions such as, “Should objects remain in their country of origin in times of conflict?,” “Do you think statues, jewelry, and mummies should be transported to museums worldwide to reach a broader audience or should they remain in Egypt as their cultural property?”

CSI: Ancient Egypt, Forensic Anthropology 101 (Outreach available)
by Stephen Phillips, Ph.D.
Grades: 5 and above

In an effort to learn more about the physical aspects of humankind, both past and present, anthropologists developed methods and techniques to evaluate human skeletal remains, techniques that apply in modern forensic (criminal) investigations. Using human remains from Dr. Phillips’ own research, this program introduces the audience to those scientific methods and techniques through digital images of actual human bones from ancient Egypt, some as old as the pyramids themselves. Participants learn, in non-technical terms, the basic steps in determining a female from a male, younger skeletons from older ones, and other information that bones can tell us about a person. A highlight of this talk is a re-examination of a possible 3,300 year-old royal murder case using modern forensics. Cross-listed in Archaeology and Anthropology Experts: Egyptology.

In Sickness or in Health: The Archaeology of Disease
by Stacey Espenlaub
Grades: 7 and above

Archaeologists can gain a great deal of knowledge about past people just by looking at their bones. In this program, students learn what techniques and methods archaeologists use to reveal information about a person’s age, sex, height, previous injuries, cause of death, etc. Special emphasis is given to the evidence for disease in ancient cultures. Focusing on excavations in Italy as examples, Espenlaub and the students investigate the clues left in human remains to learn about which diseases may have affected these individuals in the past and the physical consequences these diseases had on them.

Exploring the Classical World through Artifacts (Virtual and Outreach available)
by Sarah Linn, Emily French, Olivia Hayden
Grades: 5 and above

How do we know what we know about the ancient Greek and Roman worlds? What types of evidence do we have to answer our many questions about these civilizations, which are often considered the foundations of Western culture? Archaeology and the study of objects allow us to move beyond the reading of history as a body of facts to actively inquiring about the past. Using examples from two current excavations in Greece, students explore some of the exciting methods of archaeological and historical analysis, ranging from the examination of ancient texts to ultra-scientific studies of objects and even soils. Students then have the opportunity to interact with objects and formulate their own questions about objects and the ancient world.

Gifts for the Greek Gods (Virtual and Outreach available from Spring 2018)
by Sarah Linn; Emily French
Grades: 3 and above, Virtual Program option available

Religion dominated many aspects of life in ancient Greece. The ancient texts and sacred rituals related to ancient Greek religion were often kept secret, so we rely on the objects that remain from these gifts and sacrifices to tell the story. The number and range of ritual artifacts found through excavations of sanctuaries reveals that people of all ages, genders, classes, and geographical locations gave gifts to the gods. These included the bones from thousands of sacrificed animals and votive dedications, ranging from small and inexpensive ceramic objects to elaborate ivory sculptures covered in gold. Why did the ancient Greeks spend so much time, money, and resources on these gifts, and what was the meaning behind such sacrifice? After exploring how, why, and what gifts were given to the gods, students create their own votive dedications that express their personal identity, individual style, and desired outcome.

Who were the Romans?
by Emily French
Grades 5 and above

What do we mean when we talk about Romans and the Roman world? This workshop invites students to explore Roman culture by looking beyond Italy to variations of this culture around the ancient Mediterranean, from Spain to Syria. Students will work as archaeologists, learning how to recognize and interpret different kinds of Roman architecture and sculpture, using critical and creative comparative analysis to highlight variations. Students will also have the opportunity to handle ancient artifacts. In doing so they will learn firsthand how archaeological evidence is used to ask questions about daily life in different parts of the Roman world.

I Want My Mummy! (Outreach available)
by Stephen Phillips, Ph.D.
Grades: 3 and above

Provide students with an introduction to the history behind ancient Egyptian mortuary practices, both how the mummification process developed through time and how mummies were actually made. Students also closely examine the history behind why ancient Egypt’s mummies hold such a fascination in popular Western culture. Unpublished images of actual ancient Egyptian mummies, some collected as part of Dr. Stephen Phillip’s own archaeological excavations in Egypt, are used to illustrate this talk. This program is perfect for middle school students.

Sweet Home Egypt: Ancient Egyptian Cities and Daily Life (Virtual available)
by Shelby Justl
Grades: 5 and above, Virtual Program option available

Travel back in time to 1500 BCE to see ancient Egypt beyond the pyramids and mummies with Egyptologist Shelby Justl. Explore ancient Egyptian settlements and daily life, including the glamorous palaces of pharaohs, the elaborate villas of private officials, and the simple dwellings of workmen. Students learn about the ancient Egyptians’ childhood, family life, occupations, leisure activities, clothing, and diet. Sweet Home Egypt also shares how ancient Egyptians handled challenges like illness, grief, theft, lazy co-workers, and bad bosses.

Not Quite as Easy as ABC: Learning to Write Sumerian
by Philip Jones, Ph.D.; Katherine Burge; Kia DaSilva
Grades: 3 and above

The Sumerians of ancient Mesopotamia created perhaps the earliest written collection of stories in the world—or rather, their children did. Archaeologists have unearthed thousands of tablets on which Sumerian children practiced learning to write. These exercises included copying signs, myths, and legends. Using both ancient tablets from the collection of Penn Museum and modern clay and styluses, students will follow the path of the ancient scribes as they learned the mysteries of the cuneiform writing system.

Life in the Swamps of Sumer
by Darren P. Ashby, Ph.D.
Grades 6 and above

Swamps have a bad reputation in modern society. They are wet, full of nasty creatures, and they spread disease. Why have people made swamps their home from the distant past to the modern day? In this presentation, students will learn about the ancient and modern people who have lived in the swamps of Sumer, modern southern Iraq. They will consider what benefits swamps provide, and how people can adapt to live in them. Students will also learn about the important role that swamps play in maintaining a healthy ecosystem, and what can happen when they suddenly disappear.

Puabi: A portrait of a Queen in Early Mesopotamia
by Katherine Burge
Grades 6 and above

The Royal Cemetery at Ur provides unparalleled insights into early Mesopotamian funerary customs of the elite. What do we know about the woman who was given the elaborate burial known as PG 800? In early Mesopotamia, women - even elite women - were generally described in relation to their husbands. Students will learn how the occupant of PG 800 proves the exception, as she is identified solely as "Puabi, Queen." The considerable wealth of her tomb attests to her power, importance, and prestige as an early Mesopotamian ruler. In this workshop, students will explore the archaeological context, burial goods, and forensic remains that teach us about the life, death, and afterlife of Queen Puabi.


Cultural Performers

Local performing artists introduce cultural rituals, traditions, and stories from around the world. These workshops use a range of arts to educate students about vibrant cultural traditions. Please note: some programs are only available for large groups.

Dance in Egypt as a Celebration of Daily Life (Outreach available)
by Habiba (Barbara Siegel)
Grades: All ages, for groups of 120+ students at the Museum OR for school outreach only

The traditional dances of Egypt provide a record in movement of a vanishing way of life. They reflect aspects of village life such as water gathering, ritual combat, and the celebration of weddings. These dances symbolize a continuity of traditions in different Egyptian ethnic groups: the Fellahin, Bedouin, and Nubian peoples. Through discussion, demonstration, and by encouraging audience participation, Habiba explains the dances and movement styles of these three Egyptian groups and reveals something of the character and the essence of these peoples.

Habiba: History and Mystery of Belly Dance
by Habiba (Barbara Siegel)
Grades: All ages, for groups of 120+ students at the Museum OR for school outreach only

“Raks sharqi” is the Arabic name for the solo interpretive dance that we call belly dance. It is one of the oldest documented dance forms and can be traced back to ancient Egypt. It has a long history as a dance done by professional entertainers, but also as a social dance that both men and women learn as soon as they are old enough to stand. Here, dance and music are inseparable from daily life, and are a vital part of weddings, feast days, and family gatherings. Habiba presents the history of the dance from ancient times to the present and demonstrates its impact on the western perception of the Middle East. She explains how the modern belly dance performance came into being and how to appreciate a belly dance performance like an Egyptian would. Habiba then performs and invites the audience to practice some moves themselves.

Sattriya: Classic Dance from Hindu Monasteries (Outreach available)
by Madhusmita Bora
Grades: All, see notes on group size

In this workshop, Madhusmita Bora, a performer of the Sattriya Dance Company, takes you on a journey through a 600-year-old dance tradition. This dance was only preserved, nourished, and practiced by monks in a little island in Northeast India until recently. Students are exposed to stories from Hindu mythology through the dance, and will also learn about the monks and their lives. There will be masks, costumes, and props on display. Along the way, students will be led in movement exercises and will learn some vocabulary of this ancient Indian tradition. A group of less than 120 students receives a talk and dance demonstration without the formal performing costume. A group of more than 120 students can include a live dance performance with the formal performing costume.

Language of Odissi Dance, a classical dance of Odisha (Eastern State of India)
by: Kakali Paramguru

Grades: All, note the last two lines for group size

In this workshop, students will explore the Odissi Dance, a classical dance of Odisha, a State in the eastern India. Kakali Paramguru, a doctoral student of dance at Temple University, will guide students through the history of this dance form, dating back to the 2nd century BC. The body movements, expressions, and gestures of Odissi dance illustrate Indian mythological stories and devotional poems. Kakali will demonstrate how stories are told through this ancient dance expressions, and students will learn the language of Odissi Dance and express themselves through basic dance gestures. Groups of less than 120 students will receive a talk, dance demonstration and instructions without the formal performing costume. For a group of more than 120 students, the dance will be performed by Kakali in the formal costume.

People and places that make me: A poetic excavation
by Ujjwala Maharjan
Grades: 5 and above

Where do you come from? What communities do you belong to? What is your family like? What are your cultural identities? Using memories and stories from our communities as excavation grounds, we will explore what we find within us that has been passed down by our families, communities, cultures or the places we have lived. Instructor Ujjwala Maharjan, a spoken word poet and educator from Nepal, will demonstrate her work and stories developed by students from Nepal. Then Ujjwala will share poetic tools that students can use to dig through their memories and to unearth relics that describe them and their stories. In the end, the class will collect their findings as a group and piece these together to write a short, spoken word poem.

Aesop's Fables: Puppet Show (Outreach available)
by Steve Abrams
Grades: Pre-K to 5, for groups of120+ students at the Museum OR for school outreach only

A brave mouse, a lazy fox, and a very determined turtle are featured players in a new puppet version of Aesop's Fables. Puppeteer Steve Abrams performs Aesop's Fables as part of an introduction to puppet theater. The audience participates in designing a puppet and experiences how a puppet moves and speaks.

Raven's Feast: Puppet Show (Outreach available)
by Steve Abrams
Grades: Pre-K – 8, for groups of 120+ students at the Museum OR for school outreach only

See the creation of the world and the return of the sun as puppeteer Steve Abrams performs stories and myths from the Native American culture of the Northwest Coast. Steve uses a tabletop, props, and puppets to introduce the Raven in three tales. This inventive and entertaining program has a message that resonates across ages and cultures.

Read the full list of International Classroom program descriptions.


Program Formats and Fees

International Classroom programs are offered in three ways:

  1. At the Museum
  2. In Your Classroom (or other learning center)
  3. Through Virtual Programs. More Information HERE
Ages See Workshop Descriptions
Length 1 hour
Price

In the Museum: $100 per 30 students plus group admission ($7 per student; $12 per additional adult; all teachers with school ID are FREE)

In your classroom or community: $200 per 30 students for a location within 20 miles of the Penn Museum; $300 + travel cost per 30 students for a location beyond 20 miles from the Penn Museum (50% discount applies for additional sessions); Large assembly format up to 200 students is also available upon request.

Group size Flexible (In the Museum: one adult REQUIRED for every 10 students)
Timing

In the Museum: Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm depending on speaker availability

In your classroom or community: Flexible depending on speaker availability

When to book Six to eight weeks in advance

Collaborators

International Classroom Program collaborates with university centers and non-profit organizations with a global focus. Our current collaborators are:

University of Pennsylvania:
Graduate School of Education
Middle East Center
South Asia Center

Non-Profit Organizations:
Global Philadelphia Association
World Affairs Council


Contact

International Classroom

ic@pennmuseum.org

215.898.8729

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