Programs for Nov 19-Dec 10

Monday, Nov. 26th –Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Dick Goldberg is our quarterback.
Menu: Tomato Soup, Roast Chicken and Herbed Rice, dessert TBD

Thursday, Nov. 29th — Luncheon Roundtable
, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Club member Alina MacNeal will speak on “Is our City Hall a monument to Philadelphia’s Insecurity?

Alina taught in the Architecture Department at Drexel University from 1989-2012. She currently teaches in Drexel’s Honor’s College and the Visual Arts program. She has a B.A. from Yale University, and M.A. and M.L.S  degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.Aside from teaching she writes poetry, translates poetry from Polish literature, and hosts a monthly poetry series at Fergie’s Pub.

Menu: Green Salad, Brown Rice Risotto, dessert TBD

Monday, Dec. 3rd,  — Quarterback Roundtable,12:30 – 1:45 PM
Alina MacNeal  is our quarterback.

Tuesday, Dec. 4th — Evening Buffet Supper, starting at 6 PM
Club member Howard Callaway will describe his new book Henry Cabot Lodge, Alexander Hamilton and the Political Thought of the Gilded Age.

“We are currently witnessing a renewal of broad public interest in the life and career of Alexander Hamilton—justly famed as an American founder. This volume examines the possible present-day significance of the man, noting that this is not the first revival of interest in the statesman. Hamilton was a major background figure in the GOP politics of the Gilded Age, with the powerful US Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, Sr. drawing on Hamilton to inspire a new, assertive American role in the world. Hamilton was first prominent as a soldier and aide to General Washington, and believed in centralization of power in the federal government and an energetic presidency. He founded the American financial system as the first Secretary of the Treasury, and was a great moving force of America’s first nationalist-conservative party—the Federalists. As shown here, close scholarly attention to Lodge’s biography brings out the darker sides of the celebrated hero. Hamilton’s deeper conviction was the need of an elitist “aristocratic republic,” and he was an advocate of military-commercial empire. The Gilded Age Hamilton revival helped inspire the Spanish-American war of 1898 and an American overseas empire. This book will be of interest for students and professionals in political philosophy, political science, American history and American studies.”

Professor H.G. Callaway has published widely in both the US and Europe on the philosophy of language and meaning and on the interpretation of American intellectual history. He holds a doctorate in philosophy, has lectured widely in both the US and Europe, and has taught at American and European universities and at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. His work in American philosophy and intellectual history includes many professional articles and reviews, critical editions of works by Ralph Waldo Emerson and William James, and a critical study of A.J. Dallas and the philosophy of law in the foreign relations of the early American republic. His most recent monograph, Pluralism, Pragmatism and American Democracy, was published in 2017.
Thursday, Dec. 6th — Luncheon Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Speaker is John van Horne, Director Emeritus of the Library Company of Philadelphia. Topic:  “Dueling Ideologies Then (and Now?) — Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, John Marshall, and the Beginnings of Party Politics.” After two decades, van Horne is returning to the Franklin Inn Club, where he had previously served as Club Secretary. Van Horne recently reconstructed (digitally) a long-lost collection of more than 800 documents that Jefferson had gathered to counter the Federalist narrative of the founding of the U.S. and the origins of party politics in the 1790s.  Whose story would prevail?  Van Horne will discuss how the new discovery ns the origins of partry politics in the 1790andundwas made,and about how the struggle for the minds and hearts of the people set the state for today’s polarization.  Van Horne was educated at Princeton, holding a Ph.D. in History from the University of Virginia.

Monday, Dec. 10th,  — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Tom Ricks is our quarterback.

Friday, Dec. 14th,  — Holiday Luncheon,  starting 11:30 AM

The Holiday lunch begins upstairs at the Inn with the famous Fish House Punch and other refreshments. Then, downstairs for the festive lunch.  Entertainment will be provided by members Dan Rottenberg, and Joe and Sarah Jordan.

Monday, Dec. 17th,  — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
David Freeman is our quarterback.


Jan. 7           Palmer Hartl

Jan. 14         Michael Brooks

Jan. 21         Roberta Kangilaski

Jan. 28         Basil Talbott