We offer more than a hundred intellectually stimulating and personally enriching programs each year.


Monday Quarterback luncheons – a 20-20 hindsight of the previous weeks’ editorials and news topics – arranged by Alina Macneal and hosted by a rotation of members 12:30pm-1:45pm.

Thursday Roundtable lunch: guest speakers present a wide range of topics, followed by discussion: 12:30pm-1:45pm.

Past Recorded Events:

Recent events with recordings are listed below. Click on Play Event to view. To see Closed Captions, move your cursor to the lower right corner of the video to see available options, click on the “cc” icon, and then click on the “English (auto-generated) cc” option in the pop-up menu. To view other event recordings, beginning with October 2020, scroll down to Current Events, click on a month and scroll down to the event of interest.

June 6 – David Hyman – City Hall: A New Generation of Leadership Play Event

May 30 – Mike Sielski – The Changing Place of Sports in American Society Play Event

May 2 – Jerry Prout. His topic – Chasing Automation: Technology and Politics in mid 20th Century America Play Event

April 25 – Gresham Riley. His topic – Life in Mississippi: Growing Up in the Rural South. Play Event

April 11 – Ian S. Listici. His topic – What Makes Talking about Israelis and Palestinians so Difficult? Play Event

April 4 – Steven Ujifusa The Last Ships from Hamburg: A Pre-WWI Race to Save Russia‘s Jews. Play Event

March 28 – Speaker is Dan RottenbergHis topic –What Frank Rizzo Could Teach Us About Donald Trump Play Event

March 21 – Speaker is Rogers M. Smith. His topic – America’s New Racial Battle Lines: Protect versus Repair. (note-audio missing in 5 min segment)  Play Event

March 7 – Speaker is Lance J. Sussman. His topic – Nationalism, Religion, and Race: The Triple Tragedy of the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Play Event

February 29 – Speaker is Innmate Palmer Hartl, on Tyranny of the Minority: Why American Democracy Reached the Breaking Point, a new book by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. Play Event

February 22 – Speaker is David R. Brigham. His topic – The Historical Society of Pennsylvania at 200: Into a Third Century Play Event

February 1 – Speaker is Cara Schneider Bongiorno. Her topic – Philadelphia’s Grand Centennial Celebration Play Event

January 11 – Speaker is attorney and Innmate Robert Heim. His topic – Building a Better Bench: The Case for Merit Selection of Judges. Play Event

December 7 – Speaker is attorney Robert Swift, a pioneer in international and national human rights litigation. His topic – Remedies for Victims of Terrorism and Human Rights Abuses. Play Event

November 30 – Speaker is Marta Hanson, honoring Nathan Sivin’s legacy as “a gentleman scholar.” Her topic – Nathan Sivin: Self-Proclaimed Generalist and Dilettante. Play Event


Club dinners: Dinners generally are held on the first Thursday and third Friday of the month: Cocktails at 5:30pm, speaker at 6:15pm, dinner at 7pm.


January: Annual Business Meeting of the general membership followed by the J. William White Dinner with toasts to Dr. White, our founder, as well as to first president S. Weir Mitchell and to Benjamin Franklin (on an evening closest to Benjamin Franklin’s birthday, January 17th).

Summer: Picnic usually at the home of an Innmate.

December: Holiday Lunch, featuring Fish House Punch, beginning at 11:30am.