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.

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

November 9 – Speaker is author Cordelia Biddle, on her newest novel They Believed They Were Safe.  Play Event

October 20 – Speaker is Maia Otarashvili,   Her topic—Russia’s War in Ukraine: Implications for the United States and Europe. Play Event

October 5 – Speaker is Joan Rollins Tropp,   Her topic—Insights on Hospice Care: Another Boon of Jimmy Carter’s Post-Presidency. Play Event

Sept 28 – Speaker is Carlos Obrador. His topic is U.S.–Mexico Relations: Friends, Allies, Partners, and Neighbors. Play Event

June 29 – Jonathan Smith and Reid Murray:  Walk, Don’t Run: 500 Miles on the Camino de Santiago.. Play Event

June 22 – Paula Marantz Cohen on What Conversation Means to Us: The Human Connection. Play Event

May 26 – Jonathan Zimmerman – Let Free Speech Ring: Why It’s Under Threat, and Why It’s More Important Than Ever. Play Event

May 26 – Richard (Rick) Pasquie – Better Living With Chemistry: Can Better Regulation Improve Chemical Safety? Play Event

May 11 – Speaker is Ann E. Moyer, professor of history at Penn. Her topic – What Would Cicero Say? Play Event

May 4 – Speaker is Robert Jordan, virologist and nephew of Innmate Joe Jordan. His topic – A Virologist’s View of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Play Event

April 13 – Speaker is Matthew Skic, curator of exhibitions at the Museum of the American Revolution. His topic – The Forten Family: Telling the Story of Black Founders. Play Event

April 6 – Speaker is Philadelphia Councilperson Mark Squilla joining us for roundtable discussion of a round of issues in the ciy. Play Event

March 30 – Speaker is Sharon Bisaha on Philadelphia’s Civil War Refreshment Saloons. Play Event

March 23 – Speaker is Marsha Levick. cofounder of the Juvenile Law Center. Her topic – Reforming Juvenile Injustice: Play Event

March 3 – Speaker is Dieter Forester on Nuclear Fusion, and Some Thoughts on the History of Technology Play Event

February 23 – Speaker is Robert Stiefel, His topic—Who Wanted What: A First-hand Account of Craft and Commerce in Colonial Philadelphia. Because of recording difficulties, a similar presentation at the American Philosophical Society is linked here: 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.