Solistimum IV: Autumn Arrives

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8:30pm Wednesday, October 1st | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

You’re invited to the fourth (and penultimate) solistimum of the semester! This solistimum will be a celebration of all things autumn – fresh pumpkin pie, delicious muffins, and some sweet decorative gourds arranged in a tricked out cornucopia. To sweeten the deal, our members will be around for lively conversation and discussions, and I will be present to answer any lingering questions you might have about the application process.

What are Solistima? Want to get to know Philos qua Philo? Or are we just weird enough to be intriguing? Either way, come to our Solistima, held 3-4 times every semester. We talk, carouse, solve mysteries, dance, and wear zany outfits, but above all else we learn from each other.

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Meeting the III: The Masculine Mystique: A brief history of the men’s rights movement

220px-Warren_Farrell_photo8:00pm Friday, September 26th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Do you feel oppressed by the throes of masculinity? Are you concerned about the growing war on male virginity? Are you interested in participating in a masculinist shamanic ritual? If you answered yes to any of the above, the Men’s Movement may be right for you! Join Lauren Leung and Philo this Friday for a literary exercise that will explore the multi-faceted Men’s Movement, as well as feminism and other contemporary gender transition movements. Fedoras are optional. Refreshments will be served.

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Of Oligarchs and Imperial Nostalgia: Putin Remembers the USSR

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8:30pm Thursday, October 2nd | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

One was among the most feared diplomats of the 20th century, while the other continues to polarize Western audiences amidst soaring approval ratings. The rise and fall of the Soviet Union signified major cultural and political shifts in both Slavic and world history, and many of these changes are still apparent in Russia today: How exactly has Stalin’s cultural and political legacy informed that of Putin’s modern-day Russia? Join the Philomathean Society and Dr. Kevin Platt for a discussion on how elements of these two milieus both overlap and collide.

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Solistimum III: Mad Tea Party

3:00 PM Sunday, September 21st, 2014 | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

An autumn chill is moving in. We hope that you’ll join us to remember the summer in an indoor garden party with Philo this Sunday. We’ll begin at 3 p.m., and go until we have exhausted all possible topics of conversation. We’ll have our usual comestibles, as well as some foods geared towards a ‘Mad Tea Party’ theme. Weather permitting, we’ll have a game of croquet on college green – weather not permitting, we might still try to figure out a way to play croquet inside the halls.

Come for the spread of delicious food, and stay (as always) for the gentle madness. Hope to see you there!

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Meeting the Second: The Political Tsunami of the 2014 Indian General Election

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8:00pm Friday, September 12th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

This year, one of the biggest elections of all time occurred in India. Join Alex Polyak, a senior in the Society, for his Litex on the issues and events leading up to and following this momentous event. Learn more about the Congress and its candidate, and about why the BJP triumphed. And, of course, also join us for endless fun and food on a delightful Friday evening. Please enter through the East Entrance of College Hall (across from Fisher Fine Arts). We hope to see you there!

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Afternoon Tea with Rajiv Gandhi

4:00pm Friday, September 12thA TEA ON TEA | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library) Professor Rajiv Gandhi’s research focuses on algorithm design, specifically on designing efficient algorithms that yield near-optimal solutions for intractable problems. Beyond that, he is a passionate educator of students from many different places and backgrounds, teaching at the high-school and college level in New Jersey, Philadelphia, and India. This breadth of experience will make for a stimulating tea!
What is Afternoon Tea? Love to spend your Friday afternoons broadening your horizons? Our tea guests want to help you do so. Considered by many to be the flagship Philo event, the Kojo Minta Memorial Tea Series runs almost every Friday from 4:00pm-5:00pm during the semester and unites interested students with interesting people over sweets, savories, and fresh-brewed tea. Come warm your souls and minds this Friday!

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Meeting the First: How Immortality Will Kill You

Slide18:00pm Friday, April 25th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Why do we age? Why should we age? The discovery of the telomere and subsequent studies into its length regulation have sparked dreams of eliminating skin wrinkles, curing neurodegenerative disorders, and, yes, even living forever. However, immortality, even at the cellular level, can be particularly deadly. These questions and more will be addressed by Jordan Driskill this Friday. Come discover why we should embrace our gray hairs (not physically, unless that’s your thing) and appreciate our ticking biological clocks.

 

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Afternoon Tea with Daniel Shapiro

4:00pm Friday, September 5thA TEA ON TEA | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library) According to Daniel Shapiro, we may be able to “speak” within the medium of music. Are musical and linguistic hierarchies related? Come observe and inquire into the cutting edge of music theory, touching on neuroscience, history, and linguistics along the way. Mr. Shapiro is also a graduate student here, and might be willing to enlighten us on that experience. What is Afternoon Tea? Love to spend your Friday afternoons broadening your horizons? Our tea guests want to help you do so. Considered by many to be the flagship Philo event, the Kojo Minta Memorial Tea Series runs almost every Friday from 4:00pm-5:00pm during the semester and unites interested students with interesting people over sweets, savories, and fresh-brewed tea. Come warm your souls and minds this Friday!

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The Philomathean Society’s NSO Solistimum: Masque of the Red Death

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8:30pm Monday, August 25th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

You are cordially invited to a night of intrigue with the Philomathean Society, Penn’s oldest student organization and the nation’s oldest continually existing collegiate “literary” society. Enjoy conversation with members and other guests, while participating in an interactive murder mystery game based on Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death.” Guests are welcome to partake in any portion of the night. Delicious refreshments will be served throughout the evening, and there are prizes for all players! We hope that you’ll come for the gentle madness, and stay for the food and conversation.

What are Solistima? Want to get to know Philos qua Philo? Or are we just weird enough to be intriguing? Either way, come to our Solistima, held 3-4 times every semester. We talk, carouse, solve mysteries, dance, and wear zany outfits, but above all else we learn from each other.

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Lindback Lecture Series: Prof. Jed Esty

Web_025:00pm Monday, April 28nd | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Superpower Paranoia and Alien Invasions from H.G. Wells to Steven Spielberg
Published in 1898, The War of the Worlds spawned multiple feature films as well as the infamous radio broadcast that convinced the nation of an alien invasion. Dr. Esty explores the renowned work of H.G. Wells and its subsequent adaptations, tying in relevant social and cultural themes. Come to the lecture to hear more about this fascinating topic!

More on the Lindback Lectures Series:
Love to learn? These professors love to teach. As the recipients of the 2013 Lindback Award, these professors have been honored by the University for their pedagogical excellence. Come to hear from Penn’s top teachers at the top of College Hall!

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