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Literary Award for Art and Architecture

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 5:30 PM

George H. Marcus and William Whitaker, The Houses of Louis Kahn. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013.

Although no one needs to introduce Louis Kahn, architect for the Kimbell Art Museum, the Salk Institute, and the National Assembly Complex in Bangladesh, to the Philadelphia community, few recognize the importance of his residential design. Marcus and Whitaker focus on nine major private houses, illuminating the architect’s process through client relations, attention to detail and a commitment to finding the best design for each client and residence. George H. Marcus is adjunct assistant professor of the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. William Whitaker is curator of the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania, which houses the Louis I. Kahn Collection.

Book signing and reception to follow.

Free. RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or email events@philaathenaeum.org


Nathaniel Popkin, Lion and Leopard

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 5:30 PM

Nathaniel Popkin’s latest book and debut novel, Lion and Leopard, dares to portray an event previously unexplored in fiction: the mysterious death of John Lewis Krimmel, one of the first artists to capture scenes of urban street life in America. Showing the rise and tragic fall of Krimmel through the eyes of multiple characters, Popkin imagines the chaotic time at the end of Krimmel’s life when he clashed with Charles Willson Peale & Sons, the gatekeepers of Philadelphia’s budding art scene. Into this world come three young men from a small village, hungry for a taste of city life. Along the way, they encounter the enigmatic Krimmel, the maddening Edward Hicks, and the eminent Peales. Their interactions and conversations inspire them to begin a “book of American masters.” But which of these artists — all of them self-taught — will make the cut? Throughout clashes between fathers and sons, peers and rivals, lovers and mentors, Popkin illuminates a pivotal period when American art and culture were in their infancy. 

Book signing and reception to follow.

Free for Athenaeum Members. RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or email events@philaathenaeum.org

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Popkin Lecture Non-Member



Literary Award

Monday, May 19, 2014, 5:30 PM

Adrian Raine, The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime. New York: Pantheon, 2013.

The New York Times Book Review praises Raine’s book as “Provocative. . . . [Raine] makes a good case that certain genetic, neurological, and physiological factors do predict violent behavior. . . . He argues, convincingly, that . . benign and relatively cheap interventions could have huge social benefits.” Provocative, controversial but readable are all terms applied to Raine’s well-researched and timely book. Dr. Adrian Raine is Richard Perry University Professor and Chair, Department of Criminology, for the University of Pennsylvania. He has published widely on the neurobiology of antisocial behavior in children and adults.

Book signing and reception to follow. 

Free.  RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or email events@philaathenaeum.org




Jim Hedtke, The Freckleton, England, Air Disaster: The B-24 Crash That Killed 38 Preschoolers and 23 Adults, August 23, 1944.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 5:30 PM

Free for Athenaeum Members. RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or email events@philaathenaeum.org

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Hedtke Lecture Non-Member



Society Hill: Hot and Healthy

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 2:30 PM

Dr. Larisa Syrow, "Brain Attack: All About Strokes."

Dr. Larisa Syrow is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Cooper University Hospital in South Jersey. Dr. Syrow completed her residency in neurology at Montefiore/ Einstein Hospital in New York and did her fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia. She sees patients with a variety of neurological disorders including strokes, migraines, multiple sclerosis, dementia, seizures and others.  Dr. Syrow often speaks and writes on the topic of neurological disorders in order to promote health in the community. She has maintained an active role in teaching neurology to medical students and residents and has won many awards doing so.

Free.  RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or email events@philaathenaeum.org


Society Hill: Hot and Healthy

Friday, October 24, 2014, 2:30 PM

Dr. Sarah Mathews, "How to Combat Anxiety and Depression."

Dr. Sarah Mathews is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Mathews completed both her residency in psychiatry and fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.   She has a particular interest in issues related to the behavioral health of aging and aged women, including the management of cognitive disorders, depression, and anxiety and is recognized as a North American Menopause Society Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP).  She provides clinical services at the Penn Center for Women's Behavioral Wellness, and is actively involved in education for the University of Pennsylvania's medical and psychiatry programs.

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