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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Afternoon Tea with Prof. Valerie Ross

Web_Tea4:00pm Friday, March 21st | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Have you ever wondered what’s up with Critical Writing Seminars? Where have they been and where are they going? Join the Philomathean Society for an afternoon tea with Valerie Ross, the Director of the Critical Writing Program and an English professor specializing in cinema studies. Come and partake in the discussion: “The Case of Woody Allen: should we take the biography of an artist into account in judging his or her work?”

We’ll also explore Prof. Ross’s previous incarnations as a literary editor, a business writer, a management consultant, and a founder of a nonprofit jazz school and a co-founder of TIMBA, a nonprofit afterschool academy for West African children of the diaspora (an invisible immigrant/ minority community for which there is currently little other support).

Suggestions for tea? Email tea@philomathean.org!

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Solistimum III: Applicants’ Reception

Web_Solistimum8:30pm Wednesday, March 19th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Join Philo this Wednesday, March 19th, for our Applicants’ Reception. Though the express focus is on our dear prospectives, all are welcome to come. There will be food, drink, music, and delightful conversations to be had.
The reception will begin at 8:30 in the halls. Please come as you wish to be seen.

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Tea with Philo

tea with philo4:00pm Friday, March 7th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Come tea with us, and be our guests

And we will all the pleasures prove

That stairs and censors, halls and fields,

Woods, or sleepy scribas yield…

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Solistimum II: Masquerade

Web_Solistimum_28:30pm Wednesday, March 5th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Join the Philomathean Society on the 4th floor of college hall for the second Solistimum of the semester. Come disguised, or borrow a mask from us to mingle with current Philos and phellow prospective members over food, drink, and conversation.

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