PBK Delaware Valley Upcoming Events

January 26, 2021 - 7:00 pm.

Virtual Presentation - "Frank Furness and George Hewitt:  Architects of a Historic Moment" - Monica Zimmerman, Vice President, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)

Ms.Zimmerman, whom we greatly enjoyed hearing in Nov. 2020, will now discuss with numerous images, what was going on in post-Civil War Philadelphia in terms of the social and industrial revolution elements contributing to the creation and execution of PAFA's iconic Landmark Building at 118 N. Broad St., Philadelphia.  On April 22, 1876, while America celebrated its centennial, PAFA opened a new building that rose 70 feet above the sidewalk, a towering fortress filled with radical design elements that awed citizens at the time and still engages and intrigues vistors to this day. Ms. Zimmerman will explore the process of commissioning the building and sourcing its materials, as well as the intertwining design motifs of the American landscape and the American industrial revolution that wind through its galleries.  In doing so, she will illuminate the rich story of the initial 100 years of American progress since the nation's founding. Ms. Zimmerman has a most engaging presentation style and shares little known background stories as part of her lively descriptions. $10 per PBK Delaware Valley member e-address; $12 per non-member e-address.  Click here to register.

January 28, 2021 - 7:00 pm.

Phi Beta Kappa Young Professionals virtual casual Happy Hour, followed by optional Game Night event.

 

Virtual casual Happy Hour gathering using a format starting with a Zoom main room for initial welcome, followed by rotating peer-moderated breakout rooms to meet, converse, share and enjoy the company of like-minded PBK colleagues in good conversation.  The breakout groups will rearrange mid-hour so everyone can meet more peer PBK's! Following the Happy Hour will be an optional game night event.   During the wrap-up, you can share your LinkedIn address, etc., in the Chat, if you like, to be able to reconnect with new contacts later. Bring your favorite beverage & snacks!  No charge event.  Click here to register.

February 11, 2021 - 7:00 pm.

Virtual Book Club - "Archeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past", by Sarah Parcak

 

Virtual discussion of "Archeology From Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past", by National Geographic Explorer and TED prize winner, Sarah Parcak, which reveals how high-resolution images from space have changed our conception of many past events, identifying previously unknown settlements, roads, fortresses, palaces, and tombs.  Winner of the 2020 Phi Beta Kappa Book Award for Science, and a top Ten Book of 2019 by the esteemed journal Nature.  Obtain from your favorite bookseller or library, and click here to register to meet via Zoom on February 11, 2021, at 7:00 PM, for a thoughtful, interactive discussion.  No charge event.

February 25, 2021 - 7:00 pm.

Phi Beta Kappa Young Professionals virtual casual Happy Hour, follwed by optional Game Night event.

 

Virtual casual Happy Hour gathering using a format starting with a Zoom main room for initial welcome, followed by rotating peer-moderated breakout rooms to meet, converse, share and enjoy the company of like-minded PBK colleagues in good conversation.  The breakout groups will rearrange mid-hour so everyone can meet more peer PBK's! Following the Happy Hour will be an optional game night event.   During the wrap-up, you can share your LinkedIn address, etc., in the Chat, if you like, to be able to reconnect with new contacts later. Bring your favorite beverage & snacks!  No charge event.  Click here to register.

March 2, 2021 - 7:00 pm.

Virtual Presentation - "COVID, Climate Change, and Communication:  How Can We Learn from One Crisis to Address Another?" - Rachel Valletta, PhD, Franklin Institute.

 

Dr. Valletta is the Environmental Scientist for the Franklin Institute, and director of the Climate and Urban Systems Partnership (CUSP) .  COVID and climate change are intimately interlinked and both have consequences for public health, the global economy, and even for our cultural traditions.  Join Dr. Valletta to learn what insights we can gain from the global COVID-19 response and how we can apply those to become more resilient in the face of climate change.  $10 per PBK Delaware Valley member e-address; $12 per non-member e-address.  Click here to register.

March 11, 2021 - 7:00 pm.

Virtual Movie Club - "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"

Virtual discussion of the film, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom", from the play of the same name by acclaimed playwright August Wilson, based on the life of talented vocalist and entertainer Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, known as the "Mother of the Blues" (Blues Foundation Hall of Fame 1983; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1990).  Depicting a recording session in the late 1920's, Ma Rainey (Viola Davis) has a conflict with an ambitious horn player in her band (Chadwick Boseman - said to perhaps be his best film before his untimely death), as well as with the management who wants to control her work.  Considered a 2021 Academy Award contender.  View on Netflix, and click here to register to meet via Zoom on March 11, 2021, at 7:00 PM, for a thoughtful, interactive discussion.  No charge event.  

April 8, 2021 - 7:00 pm.

Virtual Book Club - "A Promised Land", by Barack Obama

 

Virtual discussion of "A Promised Land", the first volume of Barack Obama's memoir, covering up to May 2011.  Said to be a very introspective book, the 44th President opens up about his thinking behind decisions large and small. A best seller and NY Times "Notable Book of 2020".  Obtain from your favorite bookseller or library, and click here to register to meet via Zoom on April 8, 2020, at 7:00 PM, for a thoughtful, interactive discussion.  No charge event.  

May 13, 2021 - 7:00 pm.

Virtual Movie Club - "The Mauritanian"

 

Virtual discussion of the film, "The Mauritanian", based on a true story, starring Tahir Rahim as a Guantanamo captive held for 10 years without charge or trial, finally able to connect with lawyers (Jodie Foster with assistant Shailene Woodley), with Benedict Cumberbach as a military prosecutor.  Academy Award contender. View online, and click here to register to meet via Zoom on May 13, 2021, at 7:00 PM, for a thoughtful, interactive discussion.  No charge event. 

June 10, 2021 - 7:00 pm.

Virtual Book Club - "The Sympathizer", by Viet Thanh Nguyen

 

Virtual discussion of the best seller and 2016 Pulizer Prize and Andrew Carnegie Medal winner, "The Sympathizer", by noted California author and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Viet Thanh Nguyen.  The narrator is an undercover communist spy acting as a captain in the South Vietnamese army, and reveals his actions during the end of the war, the fall of Vietnam, and later in the US, spying among the immigrant community. Ultimately the protagonist finds himself of two minds when his allegiance is called into question.  Obtain from your favorite bookseller or library, and click here to register to meet via Zoom on June 10, 2021, at 7:00 PM, for a thoughtful, interactive discussion.  No charge event.

To be rescheduled in 2021

Saturday tour of Doylestown Museums with Lunch.

 

The Mercer Museum is a six-story reinforced concrete castle designed by Henry Mercer (1856-1930), archeologist, ceramist, scholar, and antiquarian, which was completed in 1916.  With Mercer's 40-room eclectic home, Fonthill Castle- a mix of medieval, gothic, and Byzantine architectural styles and home to Mercer's extensive collection of prints and tiles, it is one of Bucks County's premier cultural attractions and a Smithsonian affiliate.  IIt features local and national traveling exhibits, as well as a over 50,000 pre-Industrial tools covering sixty different crafts/trades, and is one of the world's most comprehensive portraits of pre-Industrial American material culture. 

Rachel Valletta, PhD

PAFA Landmark Building

Mercer Museum

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