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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Solistimum V: Applicants’ Reception

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This will be the final solistimum of the semester, and I hope that you can stop by to converse with our members and other guests. Even if this will be the first Philo event that you attend, I encourage you to stop by and learn a little bit more about who we are and what we do. There is still time to apply to the society, so if you think you might be interested in applying please talk to me!

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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Afternoon Tea with Peter Holquist

holquist4:00pm Friday, October 24th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library) 

Peter Holquist has been a history professor at the University since 2006. He works on the history of Russia and (the conjunction chosen here being, of course, fraught) Europe. Join us for Tea this Friday for a stimulating conversation about Professor Holquist’s current, past, and future work on the laws of war in Europe and Russian history from imperialism to Stalinism. 

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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Afternoon Tea with Provost Price

4:00pm Friday, October 17thvp-2.0.289.2666.3709.600.835.c | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library) 

Provost Price has been Provost at the University since 2009, and he recently had his term renewed. A Provost, he has helped Penn move into the 21st-century with many programs looking to integrate knowledges across disciplines. In addition, he has done universally commended work within the field of communications, publishing a ground-breaking work on public opinion and disagreements on its definition. Come this Friday for an excellent discussion with one of University’s most important officers.

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 IV: Globalization and the Authentic Self: On cultural appropriation, music, and Western conceptions of us versus them

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7:30pm Friday, October 17th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Globalization is a problem on everyone’s minds, not only in the political and economic realm but also the cultural. How do we draw boundaries around cultural production such that we don’t appropriate? How specifically has music become a global- and globalized- phenomenon? These questions and more will be addressed by our litex this week, given by Christina Hesketh. Come for the contemporary problematic, stay for the globally-sourced comestibles.

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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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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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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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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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