Meeting the Second : Building the Empire of the Dead

Meeting II Fall'15

Building the Empire of the Dead

Beneath the city of Paris lies a vast limestone quarry system that has been overtaken by skeletons. One entry to the labyrinthine tunnels proclaims “Arrête! C’est ici l’empire de la Mort” (“Stop! This is the empire of the dead!”), a declaration of sovereignty delineating between the lands of the living and the deceased. The aboveground empire lives, breathes, and functions, while beneath its hollow foundations is a world devoted to bones, and death. Paris’s Catacombs reveal changes in our understanding of mortality as well as a societal shift in how we engage in a discourse with death. This literary exercise, presented by Kristen Kelly, will explore the Catacombs of Paris and discuss monumental and funerary architectural practices through the ages.

Come to Philo this Friday for the scintillating conversation, and stay for the spooky scary skeletons!

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Afternoon Tea with Professor Mitchell A. Orenstein

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Mitchell A. Orenstein is Professor of Central and East European politics in the Slavic Department at the University of Pennsylvania. His published work focuses on the political economy and international affairs of Central and Eastern Europe. Orenstein’s first book, Out of the Red: Building Capitalism and Democracy in Postcommunist Europe compares strategies for economic reform adopted in the Czech Republic and Poland after 1989 and their political, economic, and distributional consequences. It shows why democracies, under certain circumstances, can be more effective than dictatorships in economic policy making. Professor Orenstein has also published two books on European social policy with the World Bank. Come chat with Professor Orenstein at Philo’s first tea of the semester!

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Writing Workshop With Diana Spechler

Ms. Diana Spechler

The Philomathean Society is delighted to host a writer’s workshop led by Diana Spechler. Spechler is the author of the novels Who By Fire (Harper Perennial, 2008) and Skinny (Harper Perennial, 2011) and the New York Times column Going Off. She has written for GQ, O the Oprah Magazine, CNN Living, Esquire, New York Magazine, New York Observer, Paris Review, Self, Details, The Wall Street Journal, Salon, Slate, Nerve, Glimmer Train Stories, PANK, Brevity, The Southern Review, and elsewhere, an appeared in a number of anthologies, including Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader (W.W. Norton, 2013) and True Tales of Lust and Love (Counterpoint/Soft Skull, 2014).
She is also a seven-time Moth StorySLAM winner and has been featured on The Moth Radio Hour, The Moth podcast, The Daily Dish, and NPR. Flavorwire named her one of “50 Writers You Need To See Read Live.”” In addition to teaching, Ms. Spechler will also be speaking on her experience expressing narratives and blogging about mental health.

Please join us this Tuesday, 4:00 PM, in the Philomathean Halls for this truly exciting opportunity.

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NSO Fall 2015

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Hop on aboard the insulin train, for it’s CHOO CHOO for CHOCOLATE! The Philomathean Society is kicking off its fall schedule during New Student Orientation by converting itself into the Philo Choco Factory filled to the brim with cupcakes, chocolates, candies, and cweets. Additionally, we’ll be screening Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

Everyone is welcome! Come to relax, enjoy the sugar, and meet the members!
Doors open at 9pm on the Fourth Floor of College Hall. Use the East entrance.

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Philograd 2015

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Members of the Philomathean Society, Spring 2015

After a tumultuous year in Philo Halls, we bid farewell to the Class of 2015 and welcomed fourteen new Senior Members! Exercises began promptly at 5:30ΦST, followed by a dinner. In the sweltering heat we reconvened in Philo Halls. The Bowl Oration was composed and read by the dizzy Kieona Cook, and Orations were given in Latin, Doubletalk, Arabic, and Sardonic Prose. The Charles F. Ludwig Award was awarded to Alex Polyak, and the John Frederick Lewis Memorial Award was awarded to Jordan Driskill for his literary exercise How Immortality Will Kill You. Toasts concluded the memorable night.

Have a nice summer!

Emmett and Sarah could not make it*

New senior members!

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Afternoon Tea with Fariha Kahn

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4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the east enntrance across Fisher Fine Arts)

Professor Fariha Khan is the Associate Director of the Asian American Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania. This interdisciplinary program is one of a few contemporary university departments that is pioneering the long-neglected study of Asian Americans. Her research focuses primarily on the South Asian American experience as well as the experiences of South Asian Muslim Americans in particular. At a time when the topic of race looms large in our national political discourse, this tea will be a fantastic experience to learn and ask questions about one of America’s most rapidly growing demographic groups. Come join us for a brilliant conversation over tea and dessert!

Love to spend your Friday afternoons broadening your horizons? Our tea guests want to help you do so. Considered by many to be the flagship Philo event, the Kojo Minta Memorial Tea Series runs almost every Friday from 4:00pm-5:00pm during the semester and unites interested students with interesting people over sweets, savories, and fresh-brewed tea. Come warm your souls and minds this Friday!

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American Obsession with Immortality: A Talk with Ezekiel Emanuel

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4th Floor College Hall

(Please enter by the east entrance across Fisher Fine Arts)

The Philomathean Society is proud to present a talk by Professor Ezekiel Emanuel on the American obsession with immortality, this Thursday at 5PM in 4th floor College Hall!

Ezekiel J. Emanuel is the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, and Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Dr. Emanuel was the founding chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and held that position until August of 2011. Until January 2011, he served as a Special Advisor on Health Policy to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and National Economic Council. He is a breast oncologist and author.

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Feminism in Shakespeare with Dr. Phyllis Rackin

Wednesday 4:00PMm
4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the east entrance across Fisher Fine Arts)

Join Dr. Phyllis Rackin and the Philomathean Society as we critically examine the role of women in the life of the great playwright Shakespeare, from the women Shakespeare depicted in his plays to the women he encountered in his daily life. Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Rackin is a well-known and influential feminist Shakespeare scholar, whose work on the subject has been widely published and frequently cited and reprinted. Dr. Rackin is a former President of the Shakespeare Association of America, has published numerous scholarly articles on Shakespeare in journals like PMLA, Shakespeare Quarterly, and Shakespeare-Jahrbuch, and has also published five books on Shakespeare.

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Solistimum I (Wednesday 8:30PM)


Wednesday 8:30PMm
4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the east entrance across Fisher Fine Arts)

p>On this day in history… Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is first published in England on January 28th, 1813. Come to Philo’s first Solistimum to enjoy food and company from the dawn of the regency period. Help us celebrate the book’s witty banter, embarrassing relatives, and empire waist lines, since “for what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?”

What are Solistima? Want to get to know Philos qua Philo? Or are we just weird enough to be intriguing? Either way, come to our Solistima, held 3-4 times every semester. We talk, carouse, solve mysteries, dance, and wear zany outfits, but above all else we learn from each other. As always, come as you wish to be seen. We’ll have the usual fare of food and drink!

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Afternoon Tea with Allyn Miner (Friday 4PM)

A TEA ON TEA Friday 4:00pm
4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the east enntrance across Fisher Fine Arts)

Allyn Miner has been a Senior Lecturer in South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania since 1988. She teaches a number of courses on North Indian performing arts and musical traditions. Her publications have included a number of works on Hindustani music in the 18th and 19th century. Furthermore, she is one of the leading experts on the role of the sitar in modern north Indian musical traditions. An enormously accomplished sitarist herself, Allyn Miner underwent classical sitar training in India. Her advanced musical studies were completed by studying under the extremely influential sitarist Ali Akbar Khan, colloquially referred to as ‘Ustad’ or master. She has given many concerts over the years in the US and abroad and is greatly admired for her skill on the sitar and her knowledge of the Hindustani musical field. Philo is honored to have her not only come and speak with us, but also perform for us on the sitar. A truly spectacular time awaits.

What is Afternoon Tea? Love to spend your Friday afternoons broadening your horizons? Our tea guests want to help you do so. Considered by many to be the flagship Philo event, the Kojo Minta Memorial Tea Series runs almost every Friday from 4:00pm-5:00pm during the semester and unites interested students with interesting people over sweets, savories, and fresh-brewed tea. Come warm your souls and minds this Friday!

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