November 2020

Sunday, 11/1

Monday, 11/2

Tuesday, 11/3

Wednesday, 11/4


7:30 PM (ET) on Zoom and YouTube

Our student-run open mic night welcomes all kinds of readings, performances, spectacles, and happenings. You’ll have three minutes on Zoom to read, sing, or perform (poetry, prose, music, stand-up: it’s up to you!). Registration for the event will open soon!

Thursday, 11/5

Eric Bazilian: "My Life as a Song"

RealArts@Penn Program

6:00 PM ET on YouTube

Hosted by: Anthony DeCurtis

Best known as a founding member of the Hooters and the writer of "One of Us," a Top 5 hit for Joan Osborne, Bazilian will discuss the art of songwriting and perform some of his work.

Friday, 11/6

Saturday, 11/7

Sunday, 11/8

Monday, 11/9

The Scholar Artists

Arts at Homecoming Annual Launch Program

12:00 PM via YouTube

Hosted by: Al Filreis
watch: here

Among the members of Penn’s faculty are scholars who are also practicing artists. Or, as they will argue at this exciting session: artists who understand their scholarly, critical and theoretical activity to converge with the art they make. Learn the stories of people who have thrived with this special convergence. Al Filreis will moderate a panel of such scholar-artists: Herman Beavers, Sharon Hayes, Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, Ken Lum, and Simone White.

A meeting of the writers house planning committee

5:00 PM (ET) on Zoom


The Kelly Writers House is run collectively by members of its community. The Writers House Planning Committee – also known as "the Hub"— meets monthly to discuss Writers House projects and programs. Join us at this first meeting of the year to find out about some of the things we will work on this year and to find out how you can get involved with community-led events and projects. This meeting will take place on Zoom. Please register by email to

Tuesday, 11/10

Changing Lives: The RealArts@Penn Program

An Arts at Homecoming event

12:00 PM via YouTube

watch: here

Join us for a panel discussion featuring RealArts@Penn interns, hosts, and mentors. This will be an informational session about this dynamic program and the effects it has had on students and alumni over the last ten plus years.

RealArts@Penn is a program that encourages students to deepen their understanding of creative industries. Through internships, mentorships, and apprenticeships, RealArts@Penn provides a foundational introduction to a variety of creative fields.

Wednesday, 11/11

A reading by Derek Beaulieu

6:00 PM (ET) on YouTube

introduced by: Al Filreis

Derek Beaulieu is the author/editor of over twenty collections of poetry, prose, and criticism, including two volumes of his selected work, Please, No More Poetry (2013) and Konzeptuelle Arbeiten (2017). His most recent volume of fiction, a, A Novel was published by Paris’s Jean Boîte Editions. Beaulieu has exhibited his visual work across Canada, the United States, and Europe and has won multiple local and national awards for his teaching and dedication to students. Derek Beaulieu holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Roehampton University and is the Director of Literary Arts at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. He can be found online at

Thursday, 11/12

Friday, 11/13

Saturday, 11/14

Sunday, 11/15

Monday, 11/16

Tuesday, 11/17

Breaking Through: Taylor Johnson

A collaborative review led by Simone White

5:00 PM on YouTube

Taylor Johnson is from Washington, DC. Their poems recently appear in The Paris Review, Academy of American Poets, and The Baffler. Their first book, Inheritance, will be published in November with Alice James Books.

Wednesday, 11/18

A conversation with Diana Henriques

Weber Symposium

6:00 PM via YouTube

Hosted by: Al Filreis

Photo credit: Fred Conrad

Diana B. Henriques is the author of A First-Class Catastrophe: The Road to Black Monday, the Worst Day in Wall Street History and the New York Times bestseller The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust, both published by Henry Holt. She is currently at work on a history of Wall Street regulation for Random House.

A contributing writer for the New York Times, which she joined in 1989, she was previously a staff writer for Barron's magazine, a Wall Street correspondent for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and an investigative reporter for the Trenton (N.J.) Times. In 2005, she was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and won a George Polk Award, the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting and Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize for her 2004 series exposing insurance and investment rip-offs of young military consumers. She was also a member of the New York Times team that was a Pulitzer finalist for its coverage of the 2008 financial crisis.

In May 2017, HBO released its film-length adaptation of The Wizard of Lies, with Robert De Niro starring in the title role and Ms. Henriques playing herself and serving as a consultant to the screenwriting team. The film was nominated for four Emmy awards, including “best picture.”

Henriques is also the author of three previous books: The Machinery of Greed, Fidelity's World and The White Sharks of Wall Street. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, on whose board of trustees she served from 2011 until 2019. She and her husband Larry live in Hoboken, N.J.

Thursday, 11/19

A conversation with David Browne

RealArts@Penn Program

5:00 PM ET on YouTube

Hosted by: Anthony DeCurtis

A senior writer at Rolling Stone, David Browne is the author of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock's Greatest Supergroup and So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead, among other books. Browne will join us for a discussion of his storied career as a music journalist, in a conversation hosed by Anthony DeCurtis.

Friday, 11/20

Saturday, 11/21

Sunday, 11/22

Monday, 11/23

Tuesday, 11/24

Wednesday, 11/25

Thursday, 11/26

Friday, 11/27

Saturday, 11/28

Sunday, 11/29

Monday, 11/30

A reading by Amir Ahmadi Arian

Bob Lucid Memorial Program in Fiction

12:00 PM (ET) via YouTube

hosted by: Fatemeh Shams

Amir Ahmadi Arian has published a collection of stories, a nonfiction book, and two novels in Persian. In English, his work has appeared in The New York Times, New York Review of Books, Paris Review, The Guardian. He currently lives in New York where he earned an MFA in the NYU Creative Writing Program as The Axinn Foundation/E.L. Doctorow Fellowship recipient, and teaches literature and creative writing at CUNY City College and Baruch College.