Penn Global Week

World Story Slam

Thursday, September 13

6:00 - 8:00 PM | Iron Gate Theater, 3700 Chestnut Street

Join us for the inaugural World Story Slam, an “open mic” event where students can share short stories about their experiences traveling to new countries, engaging with new communities, and learning about new cultures -- whether in the course of traveling abroad or while coming to Penn.

Through the art of storytelling, students will meet new classmates, strengthen friendships and develop a richer understanding of the global communities at Penn. Participants and audience members alike will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite storytellers. Food and beverages will be available.

Advance registration is encouraged.

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6:00 PM | Doors Open & Registration

6:15 PM | Welcome by MC, Yuduo Zhao

6:20 PM | Story Slam Begins

7:10 PM | Intermission & Performance

7:15 PM | Story Slam Recommences

7:45 PM | Voting Concludes & Prize Winners are Announced


  • Participants are invited to share a short story (5 minutes maximum) about their experience traveling around the world, or about their journey to Penn.

  • Short stories may cover a range of topics including, but not limited to the following:

    • New horizons and new adventures

    • Lost in translation

    • Culinary adventures

    • Navigation woes

    • Culture clash

  • Participants must tell an original, true story.

  • Participants must have permission to tell the story. Please do not share someone else's short story unless you've been given explicit permission to do so.

  • Participants are encouraged to be creative!

Stories will be voted on by the audience and the story with the most votes will win a grand prize!


  • All Penn students are eligible to participate and attend to hear these global stories.

Are you interested in sharing your short story? Register today to secure your spot before it fills up!  

Click Here to Register

Iron Gate TheatreThe event will be held at the Iron Gate Theatre, a registered national historic landmark located on 3700 Chestnut, Philadelphia, PA 19104.




Penn Global Week LogoThis event is hosted by Penn Global as part of Penn Global Week, an annual event for the university to showcase the depth and breadth of cultural activity and global programming available across campus. To learn more about Penn Global Week, please visit: