Feminism in Shakespeare with Dr. Phyllis Rackin

Wednesday 4:00PMm
4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the east entrance across Fisher Fine Arts)

Join Dr. Phyllis Rackin and the Philomathean Society as we critically examine the role of women in the life of the great playwright Shakespeare, from the women Shakespeare depicted in his plays to the women he encountered in his daily life. Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Rackin is a well-known and influential feminist Shakespeare scholar, whose work on the subject has been widely published and frequently cited and reprinted. Dr. Rackin is a former President of the Shakespeare Association of America, has published numerous scholarly articles on Shakespeare in journals like PMLA, Shakespeare Quarterly, and Shakespeare-Jahrbuch, and has also published five books on Shakespeare.

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Solistimum I (Wednesday 8:30PM)


Wednesday 8:30PMm
4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the east entrance across Fisher Fine Arts)

p>On this day in history… Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is first published in England on January 28th, 1813. Come to Philo’s first Solistimum to enjoy food and company from the dawn of the regency period. Help us celebrate the book’s witty banter, embarrassing relatives, and empire waist lines, since “for what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?”

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. As always, come as you wish to be seen. We’ll have the usual fare of food and drink!

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Afternoon Tea with Allyn Miner (Friday 4PM)

A TEA ON TEA Friday 4:00pm
4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the east enntrance across Fisher Fine Arts)

Allyn Miner has been a Senior Lecturer in South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania since 1988. She teaches a number of courses on North Indian performing arts and musical traditions. Her publications have included a number of works on Hindustani music in the 18th and 19th century. Furthermore, she is one of the leading experts on the role of the sitar in modern north Indian musical traditions. An enormously accomplished sitarist herself, Allyn Miner underwent classical sitar training in India. Her advanced musical studies were completed by studying under the extremely influential sitarist Ali Akbar Khan, colloquially referred to as ‘Ustad’ or master. She has given many concerts over the years in the US and abroad and is greatly admired for her skill on the sitar and her knowledge of the Hindustani musical field. Philo is honored to have her not only come and speak with us, but also perform for us on the sitar. A truly spectacular time awaits.

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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Keats and Beats: Leslie Shinn

Keats and Beats
5:00pm Wednesday, November 19th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Leslie Shinn is the coordinator of the College Biochemistry Program and Vagelos Molecular Life Science Program. She ALSO published a book of poems, Inside Spiders, which won the Lexi Rudnitsky Book Prize in 2013. Come for a reading and discussion!

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Afternoon Tea with Ilya Vinitsky (Note day change from Thursday to Friday!)

Original4:00pm Thursday, November 13th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Ilya Vinitsky has been a Professor in the Slavic Languages and Literatures Department at Penn since 2003. He especially focuses on eigtheenth- and nineteenth-century Russian romanticism, literature, and spiritualism. Come join us for an engrossing talk! If we are lucky Professor Vinistky will call back our deceased ancestors. Please note that the tea is occurring on Thursday this week.

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 VI: I Like Mike: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neo-Liberal Transportation Policy

10805036_10153298579089008_591964162_n8:00 PM PhST (8:26 PM) Friday, November 14th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Modern American cities have begun to utilize a series of unique tools to manage and build their transportation systems. These tools are grounded in a political framework that has a significant impact on the citizens and users of these systems. Join litex presenter and senior member Ariel Ben-Amos and the Philomathean Society this Friday to learn more about these tools, and how they impact urban day-to-day life.

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A Discussion on American Exceptionalism and Foreign Policy with Robert Vitalis

Dr. Robert Vitalis5:00pm Thursday, November 6th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

From its origins in Manifest Destiny to the neoconservative movement of today, American exceptionalism has long been a fixture within US politics. Join the Philomathean Society for a discussion with Dr. Robert Vitalis on exceptionalism and its impact on US foreign policy, as well as on the field of international relations.

Dr. Vitalis is a recipient of the Organization of American Historians Bernath Prize, and his research interests include expansionism, the history of international relations and development studies, and race and American international relations theory. You won’t want to miss what is certain to be an engaging and provocative discussion.

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A Reading by Patrick Flanery with the Philomathean Society and the CompLit UAB

patrick flanery5:30pm Wednesday, November 5th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Join Philo and the Comparative Literature Undergraduate Advisory Board for a reading by novelist Patrick Flanery.

His two critically acclaimed novels, Absolution (2012) and Fallen Land (2013), have been translated into eleven languages and shortlisted for a number of prizes in America, Britain, and France. Absolution was most recently shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize and the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize; it won the Spear’s/Laurent Perrier Best First Book Award in 2012.

Flanery holds a BFA in Film and Television Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a Doctorate in Twentieth-Century English Literature from the University of Oxford. He has been a residential fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center and the Santa Maddalena Foundation in Italy. He is currently Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Reading.

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Meeting the V: Financial Frankenstein: Restitching the Post-Recession Economy

Wall_Street_Sign8:30pm Friday, October 31st | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

In a dark dark city, there was a dark dark trading floor, and on that dark dark trading floor, there was a dark dark data room, and in that dark dark data room, there was a corporate charter for a special purpose entity, and within that special purpose entity, there was an assortment of collateralized loan and mortgage obligations hedged by a series of credit default swaps. 

No, this isn’t some cherished childhood horror stories collection from Alvin Schwartz, it’s the modern American economy: an amalgam of increasingly incomprehensible financial instruments that attempt to monetize everything from the future price of a corn to “Bowie Bonds” (securities backed by the revenues of future sales from David Bowie albums). Is this the modern trajectory of capitalism, or are we creating some monstrous creature that will eventually set itself on fire on an ice block (spoiler alert)?

Join us Friday evening for a litex by Benjamin Marchi, and, as always, delicious food and drink.

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Speakgreen: Honoring the Voices of Naturalist Writers and the Modern Land Conservation Ethic

10533455_10152451590957076_185646428327900289_n5:30pm Wednesday, October 22nd | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Join the Penn Environmental Group in collaboration with the Kelly Writers House and the Philomathean Society for an environmental speakeasy. Come to read or listen to a poem, sentence, or narrative– could be your own or someone else’s. There will also be readings ready for you if you simply cannot decide: John Muir, Rachel Carson, Aldo Leopold, Everett Ruess, Wendell Berry, and many others. Refreshments will be served.

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