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Professor Teas

Afternoon Tea with Professors & Other Notables

OriginalWhat is Afternoon Tea?
Afternoon Tea is an informal conversation between a professor (or other distinguished guest) and intellectually curious students over tea and other refreshments. It is an forum to share knowledge with those who would exchange it freely with you. It also provides an all-too-scarce opportunity to engage in intellectual discussion with members of the University faculty on topics of academic import.

When are Afternoon Teas held?
 Who’s coming?
Generally, teas are held every Friday afternoon at 4:00pm while classes are in session. Upcoming teas are posted below; for a complete schedule, check out our calendar or sign up to Hebdo, our weekly email list.

**Who can come to Afternoon Tea?
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Like all Philo events, Afternoon Tea is open to all members of the community – faculty, staff, students, and the public.

Where are Afternoon Teas held?

Afternoon Teas are held in the Library 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 tea?
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For questions, email the Tea Chair.

Afternoon Tea With Professor Andrew Lamas

Andrew Lamas is a professor in the Urban Studies department where he focuses on the theoretical and practical dimensions, as well as the philosophical and religious bases, of social justice and economic democracy — in the context of urbanization. Beginning in 2007, with support from the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program at the University of Pennsylvania, he launched a research project on alternative currency in communities across the globe.Join Philo for a fruitful conversation with Andrew Lamas!

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Afternoon Tea with Professor Mitchell A. Orenstein

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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Afternoon Tea with Ilya Vinitsky (Note day change from Thursday to Friday!)

4:00pm Thursday, November 13th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Ilya Vinitsky has been a Professor in the Slavic Languages and Literatures Department at Penn since 2003. He especially focuses on eigtheenth- and nineteenth-century Russian romanticism, literature, and spiritualism. Come join us for an engrossing talk! If we are lucky Professor Vinistky will call back our deceased ancestors. Please note that the tea is occurring on Thursday this week.

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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Afternoon Tea with Daniel Shapiro

4:00pm Friday, September 5th

A 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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A Tea on Tea

5:30PM 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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Afternoon Tea with Prof. Ponzy Lu

4:00pm 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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Afternoon Tea with Prof. Eve Troutt Powell

4:00pm Friday, April 18th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Prof. Troutt Powell explores the history of servitude and the slave trade in the Middle East. She’s the Associate Dean of the College’s graduate program, so she would probably be relatively welcoming to your self-serving existential questions about your life choices after college. But let’s play it safe and talk about the turbulence of modern Egypt, the development of the slave trade in Africa and the Nile River Valley, and how societies mourn and remember institutional tragedies.

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Afternoon Tea with Prof. Patricia Irwin

4:00pm Friday, April 11th | Philomathean Hall, 4th Floor College Hall (Please enter by the East Entrance, across from Fisher Fine Arts Library)

Prof. Irwin is what we might call “well-studied.” She has degrees in English, Philosophy, Painting, Information Systems, English Language and Syntax, and Linguistics. She knows ASL, Dutch, French, German, Korean, Latin, and Nepali. And she’s also one of our leading experts on why Boston says “paHk the caH,” why we say “so” and “totally,” and how predicates can get hijacked. Let’s talk tea, syntax, danger, and all the enchanted forking pathways of academia #TheRealestInterdisciplinarian

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Afternoon Tea with Prof. Domenic Vitiello

4:00pm 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

4:00pm 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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