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Society Hill: Hot and Healthy!
Rosalie Elenitsas, M.D., F.A.A.D., “Prevention and Detection of Skin Cancers”

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 2:30 PM

Rosalie Elenitsas is Professor of Dermatology, and Director of Dermatopathology at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Free.

RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing


The Athenaeum Literary Award

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 5:30 PM

Gino Segrè and Bettina Hoerlin
The Pope of Physics: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age

Enrico Fermi is unquestionably among the greats of the world’s physicists, the most famous Italian scientist since Galileo. Called the Pope by his peers, he was regarded as infallible in his instincts and research. His discoveries changed our world; they led to weapons of mass destruction and conversely to life-saving medical interventions. In their revealing book, The Pope of Physics, Gino Segrè and Bettina Hoerlin bring this scientific visionary to life. An examination of the human dramas that touched Fermi’s life as well as a thrilling history of scientific innovation in the twentieth century, this is the comprehensive biography that Fermi deserves.

Judith Stein
Eye of the Sixties: Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art

Journey back to the early sixties, to the beginning of the market for contemporary art, when the art dealer and tastemaker Dick Bellamy (1927-1998) made history but chose not to make money. At the fabled Green Gallery on Fifty-Seventh Street, Bellamy launched the careers of Pop, Op and conceptual artists, as well as mavericks and minimalists, artists such as Claes Oldenburg and James Rosenquist, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin, Mark di Suvero and Lucas Samaras, and Robert Morris and Larry Poons. The story of Dick Bellamy, a beatnik with a legendary eye, unfolds as postmodernism elbowed the past aside. Based on decades of research and on hundreds of interviews with Bellamy’s artists, friends, colleagues, and lovers, Judith E. Stein’s Eye of the Sixties recovers the lost history of the elusive art dealer.

This event has received generous support from The Charles Wharton Stork Lecture Fund.

Free. RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing


Tempesta di Mare Concert

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 5:30 PM

Philly-based chamber ensemble Tempesta di Mare, lauded by Germany’s Göttinger Tageblatt for its “technical virtuosity, lucid music making, and joy of discovery,” brings music to the Athenaeum linking composer Felix Mendelssohn to the baroque music revival. The ensemble of two flutes, two violins, cello, harpsichord and lute will perform chamber music by J.S. Bach and some of his younger contemporaries from the collection of the eighteenth-century Berlin salonnière, Sara Levy, who was Mendelsohn’s great-aunt. Celebrating its 15th season, Tempesta has made a name for itself worldwide with its fresh orchestral and chamber performances of established repertoire and rediscoveries of lost masterpieces. Reception to follow.

This event has received generous support from the Alice Beardwood Lecture Fund and from Elizabeth and Donald Roberts.

This is an event for Shareholders only (Shareholders are welcome to bring one guest).  RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing

Photo: Becky Oehlers

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