Lindback Lecture Series Presents Dr. Paul Offit


Monday, January 23 5 PM

Paul Offit is a pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases and an expert on vaccines, immunology, and virology. He is the co-inventor of a rotavirus vaccine that has been credited with saving hundreds of lives every day. Offit is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology, professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, and the director of the Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
He has been a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Offit is a board member of Every Child by Two and a founding board member of the Autism Science Foundation (ASF). Pandora’s Lab is his seventh book.

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Meeting the 2nd: More sex is safer sex: Economics of our Lives


Friday, January 20 8:33 PM

Ever wonder why people commit crimes, companies pay such high wages, or second hand car salesmen are so sleazy? This litex will explore the economic explanations behind the common social phenomenea we see in our lives and lead to the ultimate conclusion that more sex is indeed safer sex.

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Wednesday Afternoon Tea: Associate Professor Katherine Milkman


Sunday, February 22 4 – 6 PM

Katherine Milkman is an associate professor at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, she has a secondary appointment as an associate professor at the Perelman School of Medicine, and she is the co-director of Wharton People Analytics. Her research relies heavily on “big data” to document various ways in which individuals systematically deviate from making optimal choices. Her work has paid particular attention to the question of what factors produce self-control failures (e.g., undersaving for retirement, exercising too little, eating too much junk food) and how to reduce the incidence of such failures.

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Friday Afternoon Tea: Professor Peter Fader


Friday, January 20 4 – 6 PM

Peter S. Fader is the Frances and Pei-Yuan Chia Professor of Marketing at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His expertise centers around the analysis of behavioral data to understand and forecast customer shopping/purchasing activities. He works with firms from a wide range of industries, such as telecommunications, financial services, gaming/entertainment, retailing, and pharmaceuticals. Managerial applications focus on topics such as customer relationship management, lifetime value of the customer, and sales forecasting for new products. Much of his research highlights the consistent (but often surprising) behavioral patterns that exist across these industries and other seemingly different domains. These insights are reflected in his book, “Customer Centricity: Focus on the Right Customers for Strategic Advantage.”

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Solistimum I: Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday Party

Tuesday, January 17 8 PM
A long-time Philo tradition, we will spend the evening celebrating the birth and life of our University’s proud founder on this, his three hundred and eleventh birthday. This year, these birthday festivities will be combined with our semester’s first Solistimum! Join us for an evening of cake and birthday rituals, and of course the usual assortment of comestibles and conversation.

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

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Keats and Beats is back!

Thursday, January 19 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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Meeting the First: Masculinity, Stoicism, and the Military


Friday, January 13 8:33 PM

In a 1997 New York Times article, Richard Rayner posed the question “Is there something uniquely male about the warrior?” In the first literary exercise of the night, Andrew P.D.G. Everett (SEAS PhD ’21) will analyze the cultural image of the military and its relationship with society, from Spartacus to Star Trek and beyond.

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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533rd Cabinet

At Meeting VIII of the 532nd Session, we held elections for the upcoming spring semester. Please join us in welcoming the 533rd cabinet of the Philomathean Society:

Moderator: Andrew Bortvin
First Censor: Michael Freeman
Second Censor: Nick Joyner
Scriba: Prakash Mishra
Treasurer: Heather Tang
Recorder: Abhinav Suri
Librarian: John Schifalacqua
Archivist: Jeremy Cohen

sic itur ad astra! Φ

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Voices High and Low: Selections from an Accidental Archive


Monday, December 5 5-6pm

Join us for an exploration of a multilingual, multicultural and multicentric archive!

Part time-machine, part-archive, the Cairo Genizah is a collection of various writings of Jewish communities from the Middle Ages through the late 19th century. The collection was orginially deposited in the storeroom of an Old Cairo synagogue in the 10th century and consisted mainly of Psalms and Scriptures. It eventually grew to include over 200,000 written fragments ranging from Hebrew poetry and magic amulets to romantic correspondence and merchants’ receipts, written in a variety of languages including Hebrew, Aramaic and Judeo-Arabic. The Genizah presents an intimate, complicated paper trail of medieval Mediterranean society.

Mediterranean snack platters from Shalom Pizzeria and other refreshments will be provided.

A Jewish Studies Bassini Internship Project
Curated by Dalia Wolfson

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Meeting the Eighth: Forays into Bad Statistics


Friday, Decemeber 2 7:30pm

It was Andrew Lang who once said: “Politicians use statistics in the same way that a drunk uses lamp-posts—for support rather than illumination.” Join junior member Kathleen Zhou (W’17) as she takes us on a regression ride through the world of misrepresentative statistics.

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