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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Meeting the Eighth: Landing a Plane: So Easy Your Computer Can Do It

Web_028:00pm Friday, April 25th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Robotics and automation has been a field of rapid development over the past decade. Join us and explore how through a basic application of robotics principles we can get a plane to land itself. Come and learn how to start building your robot army!

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Afternoon Tea with Prof. Ponzy Lu

Web_Tea24:00pm Friday, April 25th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

What is an antisense molecular beacon? What’s the chemistry behind truffles and the physiology behind taste?  How can we “get jollies” from hedonism? Prof. Lu is hilarious.  He also happens to direct the Vagelos Program. Find the dark amusement at the heart of good science and good eating.

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A Tea on Tea

A TEA ON TEA5:30PM Monday, Apr. 21st | Faculty Lounge, Fisher Bennett Hall

Join the Philomathean Society and the Penn English Department for our Tea on Tea with Professor Chi-ming Yang. We will discuss the history, politics, and social impact of tea, all while drinking tea!

This event is co-hosted by the Penn English Department and the Philomathean Society.

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Keats & Beats: Ὀδύσσεια for Our Time Too

PosterK&B35:00PM Monday, Apr. 21st | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Are you Team Fagles or Team Rieu? Join Professor Emily Wilson to discuss the translation of Homeric verse and compelling depictions of epic violence. The talk will include passages from her current project: a new English rendering of the Odyssey itself.

Keats & Beats encourages the campus’s young poets; supports established poets; and stimulates passionate discussion of poetry. We view poetry as an ongoing conversation, and honor poetry’s oral roots through readings and panels. All of our events are free and open to the public.

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Meeting the Seventh: The Complete History of Penn Theater

Web8:00pm Friday, April 18th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

From 1757 to today, Penn students have taken to the stage to produce theatre. Come see the story of each and every student group that has ever produced theatre at Penn (and there are dozens). See Penn theatre explode at the turn of the Twentieth Century, die down in the Great Depression, and then rise starting in the Seventies to become the diverse community it is today. Come learn the complete history of student theatre at Penn.

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Afternoon Tea with Prof. Eve Troutt Powell

Web_Tea24:00pm Friday, April 18th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Prof. Troutt Powell explores the history of servitude and the slave trade in the Middle East.  She’s the Associate Dean of the College’s graduate program, so she would probably be relatively welcoming to your self-serving existential questions about your life choices after college.  But let’s play it safe and talk about the turbulence of modern Egypt, the development of the slave trade in Africa and the Nile River Valley, and how societies mourn and remember institutional tragedies.

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Dante and Cervantes: Text and National Identity

Poster6:30pm Monday, April 14th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library) Come join the Philomathean Society for a stimulating panel discussion on Divina Comedia and Don Quijote, codified disparate dialects (topolects) into one language. Our guests, Professors Sonia Velázquez and Kevin Brownlee, will discuss these authors’ implicit and explicit national aspirations, the works’ location within a historical nexus, as well as contemporary interpretations of what role these authors and works played in the formation of national and national/textual identities. Refreshments will be served!

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Philomathean Wine Class

Wine Class PosterThis semester, the Philomathean Society will be hosting our annual wine class starting tomorrow, Thursday April 10th. The wine class will consist of four two-hour long sessions centered around the themes of Old World and New World wines and taught by instructors from the Wine School of Philadelphia. The classes will take place on Thursdays from 7-9 PM, beginning on the 10th, and will continue through the rest of the month, with the last class on Thursday May 1st.

More details, including a form to sign up for the wine class, can be found here.

Try to sign up as soon as possible to be sure to get a seat. We also offer group rates for groups of four, and single class passes. We will accept names for a wait-list, but the chances of getting off said list are usually pretty low. If you have any questions or would like more information, feel more than free to email Emmett Wynn at emwynn@sas.upenn.edu.

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Afternoon Tea with Prof. Patricia Irwin

Web_Tea copy4:00pm Friday, April 11th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Prof. Irwin is what we might call “well-studied.” She has degrees in English, Philosophy, Painting, Information Systems, English Language and Syntax, and Linguistics. She knows ASL, Dutch, French, German, Korean, Latin, and Nepali. And she’s also one of our leading experts on why Boston says “paHk the caH,” why we say “so” and “totally,” and how predicates can get hijacked. Let’s talk tea, syntax, danger, and all the enchanted forking pathways of academia #TheRealestInterdisciplinarian

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