Programs for Aug 1-31

August 3, Monday Quarterback luncheon, 12:30 – 1:45

Gresham Riley is our Quarterback

August 6 Thursday Luncheon Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Innmate Dan Rottenberg is our speaker. His topic: “Luck vs. Agency in our Lives.” Dan will discuss a turning point in his own life, and how the 2016 musical comedy film La-La Land changed his perception of his role in those long-ago events. Innmates will be invited to contribute similar anecdotes of their own.

Dan, an Innmate since 1993, is the author of 11 booksmost recently The Outsider: Albert M. Greenfield and the Fall of the Protestant Establishment. He has edited seven publications, including Broad Street Review, the arts and culture website he founded in 2005. He’s currently writing his memoirs.

August 10 Monday Quarterback luncheon, 12:30 – 1:45

Dick Goldberg is our Quarterback

August 13 Thursday Luncheon Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Speaker is Innmate Matthew J. McGovern.  His topic is “Virtue, Silence, Love: Freemasonry in 18th Century Philadelphia”.

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest (and for some, mysterious) fraternal groups.  While its foundations formally date to 1717 in London, its historical and allegorical foundations date back centuries and millennia to the stonemasons guilds of medieval Europe and the great civilizations of the past.  In his presentation Virtue, Silence, Love: Freemasonry in 18th Century Philadelphia, Matthew J. McGovern will help to dispel some of the mystery surrounding Freemasonry as he sheds light on its origins in England, traces its movement across the Atlantic, and examines the lives and events  over the course of the 1700s that laid the groundwork for (and, on at least one occasion, almost ended) its now nearly three-century history here, in the City of Brotherly Love.

Matthew J. McGovern is an educator, historian, and native Philadelphian. A graduate of La Salle College High School and two-time graduate of La Salle University, Matthew takes great pleasure in supporting his hometown and the things that make it unique. A passionate Freemason, Matthew was entered, passed, and raised as a member of University Lodge No. 51, where he currently serves as Senior Warden. He is a member of numerous additional Masonic groups and organizations.  He joined The Franklin Inn Club in 2020 as a Junior Member.

August 17 Monday Quarterback luncheon, 12:30 – 1:45

Mathew McGovern is our Quarterback

August 20, Thursday Zoom Lunch Roundtable 12:30 – 1:45

Speaker is Brian Campbell, who will speak on Mural Arts in the Age of Covid

Amherst native Brian Campbell has worked for Mural Arts in different capacities for the last fifteen years.

Mural Arts Philadelphia is the nation’s largest public art program, dedicated to the belief that art ignites change.

For 30 years, Mural Arts has united artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives. Mural Arts engages communities in 50–100 public art projects each year, and maintains its growing collection through a restoration initiative. Core Mural Arts programs such as Art Education, Restorative Justice, and Porch Light yield unique, project-based learning opportunities for thousands of youth and adults.

Each year, 12,000 residents and visitors tour Mural Arts’ outdoor art gallery, which has become part of the city’s civic landscape and a source of pride and inspiration, earning Philadelphia international recognition as the “City of Murals.”

August 24 Monday Quarterback luncheon, 12:30 – 1:45

Roberta Kangilaski  is our Quarterback

August 27, Thursday Zoom Lunch Roundtable 12:30 – 1:45

Innmate Ben Waxman is our speaker. His topic: “My Days with DA Larry Krasner.” Ben will discuss working with Philadelphia’s DA, criminal justice reform, and the DA’s upcoming reelection campaign.

Ben joined the Franklin Inn Club this summer, two years after his first visit, during the taping of Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal episode featuring her interview with Krasner at the Inn. At that time, he was Director of Communications for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, a position he held after first serving as spokesperson for the Krasner campaign in 2017 and then for the post-election transition.

August 30 Monday Quarterback luncheon, 12:30 – 1:45

Basil Talbot is our Quarterback