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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Lecture and Discussion with Prof. Nadia Heninger

Nadia Heninger6:30pm Tuesday, April 8th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Join the Philomathean Society for an open-ended discussion on online security, Bitcoin, and deep web economics with Professor Nadia Heninger. Dr. Heninger conducts research for Penn’s Security Laboratory, and has presented her findings on cryptography at Stanford’s Real World Crypto and the 2013 RSA Conference. Join us for what is sure to be a riveting event!

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A Lecture by Stan Veuger and Michael Strain: What You Need to Know about the Economy You Will Be Entering

AEI6:30pm Monday, April 7th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Join the lecture and Q&A session by American Enterprise Institute scholars Stan Veuger and Michael Strain. Come and hear about their views on the current state of the American economy. Dessert and refreshments will be served.

This event is co-hosted by the American Enterprise Institute and the Philomathean Society.

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Political Rhetorics and Dynamics in Chinese Cultural Revolution

Web7:30pm Friday, April 4th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Explore how politics is linguistically symbolized to polarize, categorize and mobilize the mass and how rhetorics shape the social structure during Chinese Cultural Revolution. Though in name of ‘Culture’, the revolution is permeated with bloody collective torture and killing of artists, intellectuals and officials and the irreversible destruction of traditional heritages. All these were justified by propaganda and political slogans in poster,operas and literature that induced mass zeal. The suffering of nearly one seventh of the Chinese population is hardly recorded. Even now there is no official answer to how the campaign started and why such extreme measures were taken. Based on western theories of linguistic mind and political rhetorics, our very own Yi Wang will explore an alternative perspective on current Chinese domestic studies on Cultural Revolution. Join us as we find out how communication patterns pushed the revolution and how it shaped the modern day China.

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Afternoon Tea with Prof. Domenic Vitiello

Web_Tea New4:00pm Friday, April 4th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Prof. Vitiello has spent his career studying how cities feed themselves, cope with mass migration, and maintain their cultural heritage. He’s also the founding president of the Philadelphia Orchard Project, which trains communities to plant and maintain orchards in vacant lots. Join the Philomathean society as we discuss the rise and partial fall and subsequent slumpy stagnation of Philadelphia, how recent development projects have affected the character of the city, food security, and Philly’s rich immigrant enclave communities.

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Afternoon Tea with Prof. Irina Marinov

Web_Tea_Small4:00pm Friday, March 28th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Prof. Marinov studies climate change, principally through her work with oceanography. Naturally, she’s interested in the political influence that climate-change scientists can exercise. Even more naturally, she just got back from an expedition to Antarctica. Come learn about climate change in the Southern Ocean, the Antarctic lifestyle, and when the hell we’ll do something about rising sea levels.

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Annual Oration: Julian Treasure

Website7:00pm 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 which it impacts your health, business, and even your daily routine in unexpected ways; learn the techniques to harness the power of sound.

Julian Treasure is author of the book Sound Business, the first map of the exciting new territory of applied sound for business, and he has been widely featured in the world’s media, including TIME Magazine, The Economist, The Times, UK national TV and radio, as well as many international trade and business magazines. His three TED talks have been viewed an estimated four million times.

Julian is chairman of The Sound Agency, a UK-based consultancy that helps clients like BP, Harrods, Helm Bank, Sonae Sierra, Nokia, Honda, Unilever, Marks & Spencer, London InterContinental Hotel Park Lane, Saga, Colgate-Palmolive, Nestlé and BAA achieve better results by optimizing the sound they make in every aspect of business.

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Meeting the Fifth: Industrialization and the Chinese Hand-Reeled Silk Industry

Web7:30pm Friday, March 21st | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Does ‘Silk Road’ sound familiar to you? Ever been intrigued by the elegant fabric the famous trade route’s been named after? Like to know how it’s produced and where? Join the Philomathean Society and our senior Yingnan Xu this Friday to learn more about the art of handcrafting and machine reeling silk. Join in as we explore the modern as well as historical themes that revolve around the precious fabric: silk.

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