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The Annual Oration
The highlight of the Society’s academic year, the Annual Oration is an address to the campus community from a prominent public intellectual organized by the Society and usually featuring the co-sponsorship of multiple university departments, offices, and student groups.

Some previous Orators have included:
2016: John Mearsheimer, “The failure of US Policy in the Middle East”
2015: Sylvia Nasar, “The Revival of Marxism”
2014: Julian Treasure
2013: Richard Dawkins
2012: Gary Kasparov
2011: Jared Diamond, “Why Societies Fail or Choose to Succeed”
2010: Judith Butler, “From Performativity to Precarity”
2009: Stanley Fish
2008: Daniel Dennett
2007: Vali Nasr
2006: John Lukacs
2005: Malcolm Nance
2004: Arthur Miller
2003: Salman Rushdie
2001: Brian Greene
2002: Joe Klein
2000: Fareed Zakaria
1990: Joyce Carol Oates
1978, Tony Auth
1972: Susan Sontag
1968: Nat Hentoff, Is There Life Before Death?”
1966: Prof James MacGregor Burns, “Increase Planning”
1957: Hans Morgenthau
1956:Clyde K.M. Kluckhohn, “The Antropology of Russia”
1955: Henry Steele Commager
1888: Hampton L. Carson
1845 Henry Gilpin, “Enthusiasm”
1840: George Bethune, “Work”
1838: Prof. William Brad Reed, “The American Revolution”
1836: Thomas M. Pettitt, “Education”
1832: James C. Biddle, “The Real Patriot”
1827: Joseph Ingersoll, “The Value of a Study of the Classics”
1826: George Bacon Wood

Annual Orators of unknown dates include:
Joe Klein
Hon George Sharswood
Lincoln Eyre
John Ciardi
Ayn Rand
Andrew Sullivan
Camille Paglia
Fareed Zakaria
Margaret Mead
Jerzy Kosinski
C. Everett Koop
William Styron
George Plimpton

Dr. Jane Goodall: The Philomathean Society Annual Oration

Thursday, September 29 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM Harrison Auditorium at Penn Museum We is proud to announce our 2016-2017 Annual Oration, featuring Jane Goodall! Following the Oration, there will be a book signing with Dr. Jane Goodall. A … Continue reading

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Annual Oration: Julian Treasure

7:00pm Tuesday, March 25th | Huntsman Hall G06 Do you hear that? Come and listen about how sound impacts every aspect of your life from bird song and ocean waves to that ambient music in Starbucks. Discover the ways in … Continue reading

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Annual Oration Media: Proof, Science, and Skepticism

On March 12, 2013, the Philomathean Society welcomed Dr. Richard Dawkins, former Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University and one of the world’s most prominent evolutionary biologists and outspoken atheists, as our Annual Orator. … Continue reading

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Announcing Annual Oration 2013: Dr. Richard Dawkins

Date: March 12, 2013 Time: 6:30 PM Location: Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce Street We’re excited to announce our 2013 Annual Oration speaker, Richard Dawkins. Richard Dawkins is the former Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford … Continue reading

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Garry Kasparov – Annual Oration 2012

The Philomathean Society of the University of Pennsylvania and the Provost’s Year of Games are proud to announce a public lecture: A Talk by Garry Kasparov Date:  April 3, 2012 Time:  6:00PM (Doors open 5:30PM) Location:  Harrison Auditorium Penn Museum, … Continue reading

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Jared Diamond – Annual Oration 2011

The Philomathean Society of the University of Pennsylvania and the Provost’s Year of Water are proud to announce a public lecture: A Talk by Dr. Jared Diamond Washed Up: The Role of Water in the Collapse of Civilizations Date:  April 6, … Continue reading

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Past Event: Judith Butler – Annual Oration 2010

6 PM, 3 March, 2010 | Hall of Flags The Annual Orator for 2010 was Dr. Judith Butler, who delivered her oration on “From Performativity to Precarity” in 
the Hall of Flags, Houston Hall, on Wednesday, March 3, 2010. For … Continue reading

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