Meeting the Sixth


Friday, March 17 8:33 PM

Founded in 1813, Philo is a student-run literary society that arranges and hosts public events, teas, discussions, debates, exhibitions, and more. Check us out at

General Meetings are held eight Fridays a semester with food and potation. They feature Reports on the Society’s news and functions; a Stump Debate, by nature a whimsical and largely meaningless pancration; a Literary Exercise, wherein a member presents on a topic of their choice; and some vestigial slack-fill of arcane & unfounded traditions, best not taken seriously at all.

Please use the East Entrance of College Hall, by Fisher Fine Arts Library.

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Lindback Lecture: Professor Josh Klein


Tuesday, March 14 5 PM

Dr. Joshua Klein is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his doctorate from Princeton University in 1994 where he wrote his thesis on searching for the H Dibaryon. Join us as he gives a lecture on his work over tea and snacks.

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Houses for a New World: Builders and Buyers in American Suburbs, 1945–1965.

Lecture: Sunday, March 19th, 2:00pm

Between 1945 and 1965, more than thirteen million houses—most of them in new ranch and split-level styles—were constructed on large expanses of land outside city centers, providing homes for the country’s rapidly expanding population.
Focusing on twelve developments in the suburbs of Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Los Angeles, Barbara Miller Lane tells the story of the collaborations between builders and buyers, showing how both wanted houses and communities that espoused a modern way of life—informal, democratic, multiethnic, and devoted to improving the lives of their children. The resulting houses differed dramatically from both the European International Style and older forms of American domestic architecture.

Professor Barbara Miller Lane, Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus of Humanities and Professor Emeritus of History, is professor emeritus at Bryn Mawr College. She helped to found the Growth and Structure of Cities Program, and served as its director. Within the Cities Program, she introduced courses in the history of urban form and the history of modern architecture.

This event is arranged by the Philadelphia chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians DOCOMOCO.
Please enter through the east entrance of College Hall by Fisher Fine Arts.


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Keats and Beats

Keats and Beats

Thursday, March 2 8 PM

It’s back. It clawed its way out of a shallow grave of two-year discontinuity that seems to plague everything in Philo. Keats and Beats is here to stay. And what is Keats and Beats you might ask? Well. Keats and Beats is for readers, writers, and lovers of poetry. It’s a time for closet poets to come out, and veteran poets to read their Eliot-inspired verse in the company of other bards. Come prepared to read if you’re ready, to write if you’re not, or to simply enjoy the roundtable discussion at this metrical resurrection.

Please use the East Entrace of College Hall, by Fisher Fine Arts Library.

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Solistimum IV: Special Meeting


Monday, February 20 8 – 11 PM

The last solistimum of the semester!

Solistima are informal social events held in the Philo Halls, open to all Penn students and guests. They are meant to give prospective applicants the chance to casually converse and engage with members of the Society in a relaxed setting. I encourage all those interested in joining Philo to attend. Everyone is most welcome, regardless of whether or not they intend to apply to Philo this semester.

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Friday Afternoon Tea: James A. Pletcher

Friday, February 17 4-6 PM

James A. Pletcher, graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (C’93) and senior member of the Philomathean Society, received his Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews and currently serves as a lecturer on the classics at Brooklyn College. An expert on drama and prose of the classical period as well as modern reception of classical works, his recent research examines the relationship between criminality and authority in early Greek literature.

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Keats and Beats

Thursday, Feburary 16 8 PM

This is a story all about how
Keats and Beats came back to town
And I’d like to take a minute
Just sit right there
And invite you all to a lyrical fanfare

Please use the East Entrace of College Hall, by Fisher Fine Arts Library.

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Meeting the Fourth: Shakespeare in Quotation Marks


Friday, February 10th 8 PM

In recent years, the quotation of proverbs from Shakespeare’s plays has become an institution in and of itself. Far more readers have gained exposure to the Bard through Polonius’ “to thine own self be true” or Iago’s “good name in man and woman…” than they have through the works themselves. This litex, led by Philo member Nathan May, will look at two moments in time when this process of proverbial excerption became particularly pervasive. Throughout, we will see how a history of Shakespearean proverbial quotation, far from serving as a merely amusing trifle, raises vital questions about the nature and purpose of literature itself.

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Solistimum the Third: Live Clue


Tuesday, February 7th 8 PM

Was it the Moderator in the Library with a gavel? Or the First Censor in the Art Gallery with a broken teacup? Come one, come all to what should be the event of the semester! For just one evening, the Philo Halls will transform into the scene of an old English murder mystery. Sleuth alongside Philos and friends, and be the first to unmask the culprit!

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Meeting the Third: The Neuroscience of Language Impairment


Friday, February 3rd 8:30 PM

Junor member Joseph Coffey ’17 will be presenting research he has been doing at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with diffusion MRI and mapping language pathways in the brains of children. Using his findings, he will explore how researchers can use this data to predict language ability in autistic and atypically-developing populations. Lastly he will explore some of the limitations of neuroimaging research in the modern world.

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