Meeting the Second: The Political Tsunami of the 2014 Indian General Election

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8:00pm Friday, September 12th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

This year, one of the biggest elections of all time occurred in India. Join Alex Polyak, a senior in the Society, for his Litex on the issues and events leading up to and following this momentous event. Learn more about the Congress and its candidate, and about why the BJP triumphed. And, of course, also join us for endless fun and food on a delightful Friday evening. Please enter through the East Entrance of College Hall (across from Fisher Fine Arts). We hope to see you there!

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Afternoon Tea with Rajiv Gandhi

4:00pm Friday, September 12thA TEA ON TEA | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library) Professor Rajiv Gandhi’s research focuses on algorithm design, specifically on designing efficient algorithms that yield near-optimal solutions for intractable problems. Beyond that, he is a passionate educator of students from many different places and backgrounds, teaching at the high-school and college level in New Jersey, Philadelphia, and India. This breadth of experience will make for a stimulating tea!
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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Meeting the First: How Immortality Will Kill You

Slide18:00pm Friday, April 25th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Why do we age? Why should we age? The discovery of the telomere and subsequent studies into its length regulation have sparked dreams of eliminating skin wrinkles, curing neurodegenerative disorders, and, yes, even living forever. However, immortality, even at the cellular level, can be particularly deadly. These questions and more will be addressed by Jordan Driskill this Friday. Come discover why we should embrace our gray hairs (not physically, unless that’s your thing) and appreciate our ticking biological clocks.

 

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Afternoon Tea with Daniel Shapiro

4:00pm Friday, September 5thA TEA ON TEA | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library) According to Daniel Shapiro, we may be able to “speak” within the medium of music. Are musical and linguistic hierarchies related? Come observe and inquire into the cutting edge of music theory, touching on neuroscience, history, and linguistics along the way. Mr. Shapiro is also a graduate student here, and might be willing to enlighten us on that experience. 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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The Philomathean Society’s NSO Solistimum: Masque of the Red Death

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8:30pm Monday, August 25th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

You are cordially invited to a night of intrigue with the Philomathean Society, Penn’s oldest student organization and the nation’s oldest continually existing collegiate “literary” society. Enjoy conversation with members and other guests, while participating in an interactive murder mystery game based on Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death.” Guests are welcome to partake in any portion of the night. Delicious refreshments will be served throughout the evening, and there are prizes for all players! We hope that you’ll come for the gentle madness, and stay for the food and conversation.

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.

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Lindback Lecture Series: Prof. Jed Esty

Web_025:00pm Monday, April 28nd | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Superpower Paranoia and Alien Invasions from H.G. Wells to Steven Spielberg
Published in 1898, The War of the Worlds spawned multiple feature films as well as the infamous radio broadcast that convinced the nation of an alien invasion. Dr. Esty explores the renowned work of H.G. Wells and its subsequent adaptations, tying in relevant social and cultural themes. Come to the lecture to hear more about this fascinating topic!

More on the Lindback Lectures Series:
Love to learn? These professors love to teach. As the recipients of the 2013 Lindback Award, these professors have been honored by the University for their pedagogical excellence. Come to hear from Penn’s top teachers at the top of College Hall!

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Meeting the Eighth: Landing a Plane: So Easy Your Computer Can Do It

Web_028:00pm Friday, April 25th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Robotics and automation has been a field of rapid development over the past decade. Join us and explore how through a basic application of robotics principles we can get a plane to land itself. Come and learn how to start building your robot army!

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Afternoon Tea with Prof. Ponzy Lu

Web_Tea24:00pm Friday, April 25th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

What is an antisense molecular beacon? What’s the chemistry behind truffles and the physiology behind taste?  How can we “get jollies” from hedonism? Prof. Lu is hilarious.  He also happens to direct the Vagelos Program. Find the dark amusement at the heart of good science and good eating.

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A Tea on Tea

A TEA ON TEA5:30PM Monday, Apr. 21st | Faculty Lounge, Fisher Bennett Hall

Join the Philomathean Society and the Penn English Department for our Tea on Tea with Professor Chi-ming Yang. We will discuss the history, politics, and social impact of tea, all while drinking tea!

This event is co-hosted by the Penn English Department and the Philomathean Society.

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Keats & Beats: Ὀδύσσεια for Our Time Too

PosterK&B35:00PM Monday, Apr. 21st | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Are you Team Fagles or Team Rieu? Join Professor Emily Wilson to discuss the translation of Homeric verse and compelling depictions of epic violence. The talk will include passages from her current project: a new English rendering of the Odyssey itself.

Keats & Beats encourages the campus’s young poets; supports established poets; and stimulates passionate discussion of poetry. We view poetry as an ongoing conversation, and honor poetry’s oral roots through readings and panels. All of our events are free and open to the public.

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