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Monday, March 25 — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Michael Brooks is our quarterback.
Menu: Green Salad, Pulled Chicken in a Sweet Pepper Sauce over Polenta. Dessert TBD.
Thursday, March 28 — Luncheon Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Speaker is Paige Talbott. Dr. Talbott is a Senior Fellow at the Drexel Center for Cultural Partnerships, and Principal of the firm Talbott Exhibits and Planning. An experienced interpretive and exhibition planner, she currently is Project Director for the Philadelphia History Museum. She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College, M.A. from the University of Delaware/Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, and M.A. and Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania.
Menu: Tomato Soup, Mac and Cheese with Salad, Dessert TBD.
Monday, April 1 — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Alan Penziner is our quarterback.
Tuesday, April 2 — Supper Roundtable, starting at 6 PM
Speaker is Dotty Brown, who will talk about her book Boathouse Row: Waves of Change in the Birthplace of American Rowing.
A photo-filled introduction to the history and culture of this iconic landmark, it focuses on how people of different genders, races and classes have sought access to the sport. www.boathouserowthebook.com.
Dotty Brown, a longtime reporter and editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer, penned “Boathouse Row: Waves of Change in the Birthplace of American Rowing,” exploring its significance. A rower for 15 years and a member of the Vesper Boat Club, Brown looks at the early history of rowing in Philadelphia. She is the author of a blog “Unretiring” unretiring.blogspot.com (“people on their journey to the next great thing”).
Menu: Green salad with dressing, fresh Roasted Chicken, Roasted Potatoes, and Vegetable Orange cake
Thursday, April 4 — Luncheon Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Speaker is Clemence Scouten, former philanthropic advisor, with a B.A. from Penn and a master’s degree from the Sorbonne. She has founded a firm called Attics Anonymous, which helps people explore and preserve their family heritage.
Her April-4th title is “Family History Projects: research and print your family’s history.” It will be an overview of key online genealogical research tools, with advice on research tactics/best practices, and guidance on how to print a book with your findings.
Monday, April 8 — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Alina Macneal is our quarterback.
Thursday, April 11 — Luncheon Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Speaker is John Frye, President and CEO of Drexel University.
Monday, April 15 — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Basil Talbott is our quarterback.
Thursday, April 18 — Luncheon Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Speaker is Lynn Yeakel, organizer of the centenary celebration of Women’s Right to Vote.
Yeakel was a founder of Women’s Way, the first and largest women’s fundraising coalition in the nation, and served as its CEO from 1980 until 1992, when she ran for the U.S. Senate and was a central figure in what has become known as the “Year of the Woman 1.0.” She drew national attention, winning the primary and nearly unseating the longtime incumbent. In 1994, she was appointed by President Clinton to the position of Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Yeakel is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate and former trustee of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and received a Master of Science in Management degree from the American College of Insurance. She has long been active in leadership positions for local and national non-profit organizations and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for leadership and humanitarian contributions, including the Pennsylvania Citizen Action Award, the Lucretia Mott Award, the Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania Award, the John Gardner Lifetime Achievement Award from Common Cause, the Alice Paul Equality Award from the Alice Paul Institute, and the Helena Devereux Award from the Main Line Chamber of Commerce, among others.
Monday, April 22 — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Roberta Kangilaski is our quarterback.
Friday, April 26 –Monthly Club Dinner, starting at 5:45 PM
Speaker is Tobey Oxholm on prison reform.
Tobey Oxholm is the interim Executive Director of the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity. He has been a fixture of Philadelphia’s pro bono legal community for decades: Trustee of Community Legal Services for twenty years, and co-founder of Philadelphia VIP, the Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project, and the Homeless Advocacy Project. He began his service with PLSE as a volunteer staff attorney in September 2016 and was appointed its Interim Executive Director in January 2018.
Within the Philadelphia Bar Association, he served for a decade as an Officer and member of the Board of Governors, chaired the Delivery of Legal Services Committee, and helped create the Public Interest Section. Following graduation from Harvard Law School in 1979, his career as a civil litigator began at Dechert LLP, included service in the Philadelphia Office of the City Solicitor and partnership in Fox Rothschild, and ended as General Counsel of Drexel University, after which he went on to senior administrative leadership positions in three area universities and one community college.
Monday, April 29 — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Bill Untereker is our quarterback.
Monday, May 6 — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Dick Goldberg is our quarterback.
Tuesday, May 7 — Supper Roundtable, starting at 6 PM
Speaker is Lynn Miller on his forthcoming book (with co-author Therese Dolan)
Salut! France Meets Philadelphia: The French Presence in Philadelphia’s History, Culture, and Art.
The book includes the impact of France and the French on individual Philadelphians over more than three centuries. Both authors were long-time members of the Temple University faculty, Dr. Dolan in the Department of Art History and the Tyler School of Art, Dr. Miller in Political Science and the College of Liberal Arts. Both are now emeritus faculty and directors of the Alliance Française de Philadelphie.
Thursday, May 9 — Luncheon Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Speaker is David Brigham, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the nation’s first museum and first school of fine arts. Dr. Brigham is leading PAFA through a period of growth and vitality. Joining PAFA in 2007 as the Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum, he was promoted by the Board of Trustees in 2010 to President and CEO. During that time, PAFA increased its operating budget from $12 million to $20 million, while maintaining a balanced budget each year.
Monday, May 13 — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Michael Brooks is our quarterback.
Friday, May 17–Monthly Club Dinner, starting at 5:45 PM
Speaker is Charlie McMahon, artistic director of the Lantern Theater.
Founded in 1994 by Charles McMahon and Michael Brophy, the Lantern Theater Company has produced over 100 plays by a wide range of contemporary and celebrated classic playwrights. During its 25th anniversary season in 2018/19, it is reaching a growing annual audience of over 36,000 through three award-winning core programs.
Monday, May 20 — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Gresham Riley is our quarterback.
Monday, May 28 — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Palmer Hartl is our quarterback.
Tuesday, June 4 — Supper Roundtable, starting at 6 PM
Speaker is Innmate Frank Hoffman. Professor Frank J. Hoffman, PhD is Professor of Buddhist Studies at the International Buddhist Studies College of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University and Visiting Scholar Associate in the South Asia Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his PhD in Philosophy of Religion at King’s College London, and an MA in Philosophy at the University of Hawai’i.
Dr. Hoffman has 125 published items, including 4 books: Rationality and Mind in Early Buddhism, Introduction to Early Buddhism, Breaking Barriers (with Godabarisha Mishra) and Pali Buddhism (with Mahinda Deegalle). He was Chair of the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium and President of the Oriental Club of Philadelphia twice. Dr. Hoffman was an NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) summer institute/seminar participant at Harvard, Columbia, UH and UCLA. He held Rotary Grants for the University Teachers and taught Philosophy at the University of Madras (India) and in China at the universities of Wuhan and Peking.
In the USA, he was full Professor at West Chester University and President of the Society for Philosophical Study of Religion, Science, and Asian Thought.