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Lectures and Panels

Lectures and Panel Discussions

What are Philomathean Society lectures and/or panel discussions?
The Philomathean Society’s Lecture Series, which takes place each semester of the academic year, is an important tradition at Philo. In each lecture, one of the University’s most beloved professors presents his or her research to intellectually curious students. A panel discussion involves multiple professors presenting on the same theme, rather than a discussion about panels. We host those too.

What lectures and panel discussions will be delivered this semester? When will they be?
Lectures are typically held in the evenings, after classes. To learn about lectures in advance, sign up to Hebdo, our weekly email list.

Do you keep a record of past lectures?
Yes! When the professor gives permission, we post an audio recording of their lecture. Check out our postings under audio for recordings of past lectures.

Who can come to lectures and panel discussions?
Like all Philo events, lectures and panels are open to all members of the community – faculty, staff, students, and the public.

Where are lectures and panel discussions held?
All lectures and panels, unless otherwise advertised, are held in the meeting room of the Philomathean Halls on the fourth floor of College Hall. To access the Halls, use the staircase directly across from the elevator.

Who should I contact if I have questions about lectures and panels?
For questions, email the Second Censor.

American Obsession with Immortality: A Talk with Ezekiel Emanuel

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4th Floor College Hall

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

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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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Of Oligarchs and Imperial Nostalgia: Putin Remembers the USSR

Poster 8:30pm Thursday, October 2nd | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

One was among the most feared diplomats of the 20th century, while the other continues to polarize Western audiences amidst soaring approval ratings. The rise and fall of the Soviet Union signified major cultural and political shifts in both Slavic and world history, and many of these changes are still apparent in Russia today: How exactly has Stalin’s cultural and political legacy informed that of Putin’s modern-day Russia? Join the Philomathean Society and Dr. Kevin Platt for a discussion on how elements of these two milieus both overlap and collide.

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Lindback Lecture Series: Prof. Jed Esty

5:00pm 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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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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A Lecture by Stan Veuger and Michael Strain: What You Need to Know about the Economy You Will Be Entering

6:30pm 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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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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Hacking Language: A Conversation on New Frontiers in Linguistics, Math, & Everything Else with Mark Liberman

7:30pm Thursday, February 27th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Can cellphones save endangered languages? What can regression analysis tell us about State of the Union addresses? Does the rhythm of our speech reflect natural rhythms in the brain? How can grammar be taught cogently in public schools–and should calculus be required at all?

Join us for a discursive conversation with Prof. Mark Liberman to learn where new technological advances are taking the field of linguistics and what we can know about reproducible research (and why most of today’s science isn’t).

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Computer modeling in the Humanities with Daniel Singer

Dan Singer Web26:30PM Wednesday, Feb. 19th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

As computers and computation become even more important to the academy and the world, new methods and approaches can (and should?) be found to unite the unique attributes of computer modeling with research in the humanities. Join the Philomathean Society this February 19th at 6:30PM as we invite one of our alums and Professor Daniel Singer as he explains his work with computer modeling in philosophy and the ramifications of this kind of work within academia. Light refreshments will be served.

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Baudelaire via Bernstein

7:45 PM Tuesday, February 11th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Charles Baudelaire became one of the most important predecessors to the Symbolists. His and their innovative poetry launched the end of the classical period of poetry and opened the floodgates to the radical poetic experimentation of the 20th century. Come join the Philomathean Society and Charles Bernstein as he, a poet in his own right, takes us through the poetry and poetics of Baudelaire through an eclectic combination of poems, translations, and ruminations.

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POSTPONED DUE TO THE WEATHER: Lindback Lecture Series: Dr. Jed Esty

6:00pm Tuesday, December 10th | 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. Help Philo celebrate our bicentennial by coming to hear from Penn’s top teachers at the top of College Hall!

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