Friday Afternoon Tea: You, Yes You!

Philomathian Society, College Hall, Univ. of Pennsylvania

Philomathian Society, College Hall, Univ. of Pennsylvania

Friday, October 21 4pm

Come for a Friday tea with… you! Come for a round table to meet other students and discuss anything on your mind. Open to Philos and non-Philos. Afternoon Teas with Philo provide an opportunity for anyone to interact with a distinguished visitor in an informal setting. Located in Philo’s Harrison Presidential Library, 4th Floor College Hall, teas generally consist of a short talk followed by a Q&A session. Treats and teas (of course!) will be served. All are welcome.

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Solistimum V, P’derrigerreo: Presidential Debate Punk Concert

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Wednesday, October 19 8pm

Once upon a time, a group of five pieces of trash rose out of the ashes like the holy phoenix and declared, we’re not going to take this anymore! And they grabbed as many instruments out of the dumpster that they could and they annoyed all their neighbors.
P’derrigerro. Puhdarigereo. Pidarre y gerreo. Pffgerpodo. pdg. This amorphonymous punk wonder can’t be pinned down with just one name, rather, they inspire 99 Beautiful Names to merely hint at their essence, like a punk Allah.
Originally from Wesleyan University, Pederastygeraldo are now touring the continental United States.

Philo will also be screening the 3rd Presidential Debate over the paraharmonic cluck revelry of P’idgeondorrito. We feel that this pairing is thematically appropriate, as this arranged raucous clamor of anguish will complement the punk music.

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Meeting the Fifth: Calibration of Diaspora in the 21st Century

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Friday, October 21st 8:33pm

Some questions of Diaspora membership are as old as time. What does it mean to be a member of a Diaspora? Is being part of a common culture, ethnicity, or shared tradition sufficient? Does being a Diaspora require that all people once lived together in the same place, or can Diasporas naturally arise, and join together, without ever sharing a common linkage to land.

In today’s globalizing world, we must consider the role of Diaspora even more. Is the concept of a political Diaspora consistent with traditional notions of the Western nation state? Should members of a Diaspora have political power? Do they deserve influence on their homelands, or does moving abroad from an original state or territory forfeit ones right to effect change? Can landless people be members of a Diaspora?

This litex will look at how various states and non-profits are looking to capitalize and integrate Diaspora political action into the modern nation state, and will primarily focus on the Irish and Jewish diasporas, while also looking at the global Cuban, Macedonian, Chinese and Indian diaspora communities.

We will ask what political power our cultural heritages ought to hold, and how we should or should not integrate these facets of identity into modern citizenship. Join Rebecca Heilweil (C’18) in her literary exercise as she guides us through these questions and more!

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Meeting the Fourth: Generational Trends

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Friday, 14 October 2016 8:33pm

Are you a good-for-nothing millennial? Or an entrepreneurial Gen z’er? And why the heck are we talking about alphabets? The beliefs and behavior of Americans – from political convictions to work-related attitudes to sexual mores – have changed dramatically from decade to decade. It’s a common belief that the attitudes and ideas of younger generations displace those of their parents and grandparents. But the reality is much more complex. To what extent are these cohorts accurate? How do marketers jump on generational trends and anthropologists see generations in terms of microevolution? And do they help or hinder our attempt to contextualize historically-based social movements? Join me as we explore these seemingly arbitrary divisions and the challenge to define our collective memory. Find out in junior member Rachel Dinh’s (C’17) literary exercise!

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.

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Solistimum IV: Yeee-Haw Fall Farmer’s Fair!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016 8:30pm

A YEEE HAW!! Come celebrate the fall with the farmer’s fair. We’ll have apple cider, donuts, pecan pie, fried pumpkins, pumpernickel casserole, haystack juice, groat slurry, black corn stew, mashed squash, pumpkin spice enemas, yard waste salad, and turkey stuffed turkeys!

Solistimae are casual get-togethers with food and drinks for the public to explore Philo Halls. They are hosted and overseen by the First Censor. To enter College Hall, please use the East Entrance by Fisher Fine Arts Library

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Friday Afternoon Tea: Dr. Sarah Tishkoff

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Friday September 30th 4pm

Dr. Tishkoff studies genomics of African populations to (i) examine the relationship between genotype and and environment in determining traits (ii) better understand the genetic and phenotypic diversity and structure within Africa. Specific topics include the genetics of disease resistance and adaptation in human populations.

She’s done a lot of field work traveling through Africa to collect DNA samples from diverse populations, and her lab also develops statistical methods to better identify signatures of selection in DNA.

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Meeting the Third: Minds, Machines & Meaning, an exploration

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Friday, September 30 8pm

Are we really just computers? Can a computer ever be conscious? How large is a room that speaks Chinese? We’ll take a whirlwind tour through early 20th century mathematics, culminating with an overview of Godelian paradoxes and their relevance to machine and human intelligence. Come watch special member Shaanan Cohney (SEAS ’20) get mathephilosophical with his literary exercise “Minds, Machines & Meaning”.

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Phield Trip: Explore the Reading Viaduct!

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Saturday September 24 3pm

David Hollenberg has been the University Architect for just over a decade. He oversees the design of the physical development and preservation of the campus. During his tenure he has overseen the design of the Music Building extension, Penn Park, Shoemaker Green, ARCH renovations, Weiss Pavilion at Franklin Field, Golkin Hall, and most recently, New College House, Levin Hall, and Perry World House. Come get tea with the man who shapes Penn’s built environment!

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Friday Afternoon Tea with University Architect David Hollenberg

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Friday, September 23 4pm

David Hollenberg has been the University Architect for just over a decade. He oversees the design of the physical development and preservation of the campus. During his tenure he has overseen the design of the Music Building extension, Penn Park, Shoemaker Green, ARCH renovations, Weiss Pavilion at Franklin Field, Golkin Hall, and most recently, New College House, Levin Hall, and Perry World House. Come get tea with the man who shapes Penn’s built environment!

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Solistimum III: Autumnal Equinox ft. Sun Ra

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Wednesday September 21st 8pm

We will be celebrating the Equinox with jazzy selections of Sun Ra and the Arkestra. We can’t promise a transcendental pilgrimage to Saturn, but we do have some pumpkin spice gastroparaphernalia and some maple cookies from Trader Joe’s.

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