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Tempesta di Mare

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 5:30 PM

Philly-based baroque music ensemble Tempesta di Mare, lauded by Germany’s Göttinger Tageblatt for its “technical virtuosity, lucid music making, and joy of discovery,” returns to the Athenaeum with Holiday in Paris, a program based on Georg Philipp Telemann’s 1737 eight-month sojourn in Paris, which inspired him to compose two sets of —now revered—quartets. The composers besides Telemann from which we’ll hear are the musicians that Telemann names as the first to play his Paris Quartets with him: Blavet (flute), Guignon (violin) and Forqueray (gamba). These were the same musicians who had invited Telemann to visit them in their city, where he was celebrated like a rock-star.

This event has received generous support from The Francis R. and Jean L. Grebe Lecture Fund

Reception to follow.
This is an event for Shareholders only (Shareholders are welcome to bring one guest).
RSVP: Call 215-925-2688 or email

Photo: Armato Photography

Stephen Fried
“Reclaiming Our “Lost” Founding Father, Dr. Benjamin Rush”

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6:30 PM

In 1887, at the hundredth anniversary celebration of the College of Physicians, its president lamented that the organization’s founder and most famous member, Benjamin Rush, whose death in 1813 was compared to those of Washington and Franklin, had become largely misunderstood and even overlooked by history. Stephen Fried has dug deep into the historical record, and accessed an extraordinary amount of unpublished work by and about Rush, to recreate not only the life of the most important Founding Father we barely know, but the amazing history he was able to observe: as the editor of Common Sense, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, author of landmark essays against slavery and racial prejudice, improving military medical care, initiating public schools, separating church and state, and modernizing care for mental illness and addiction. He did all this while becoming the most famous and controversial physician and teacher of his day—whose writing still provides a powerful reality check on the American experiment, and the role of medicine.

Stephen Fried is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author who teaches at Penn and Columbia. He has written seven acclaimed nonfiction books, including a biography of Fred Harvey which won the 2010 Athenaeum Literary Award. A two-time winner of the National Magazine Award, his work has appeared in Smithsonian, Vanity Fair, GQ, Glamour and Philadelphia magazine (where he was also editor-in-chief.)

This event is presented jointly with the College of Physicians and will take place at
6:30 PM at the College, 19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia.

Reception and book signing to follow.

Athenaeum Members: $5.00
General Public: $10.00

Qty Description Price
Stephen Fried Lecture: Athenaeum Member
Stephen Fried Lecture: General Public

The Shakespeare Comedy Project, or Four Guys Explain Comedy in Shakespeare

Monday, November 26, 2018, 5:30 PM

“Professor” Charles McMahon, Artistic Director of Lantern Theater Company, will entertain the question: Was William Shakespeare a great comic genius or a bald playwright who wrote silly jokes that would send his audiences howling but now leave us flat. McMahon’s “lecture” will feature Philadelphia actors Dave Johnson and J Hernandez, both featured in the Lantern’s 2017/18 production of The Tempest in the dual roles of Trinculo/Sebastian and Caliban/Antonio, respectively. They will be joined by longtime Lantern artistic collaborator Anthony Lawton who played the artist and art forger Han van Meegeren in the Lantern’s recent world premiere of The Craftsman. Together, they will explore the hypothesis that “the essence of comedy is talented people on the verge of great embarrassment” by enacting and explaining scenes from The Tempest.

This event has received generous support from The Edith Ogden Harrison Lecture Fund

Reception to follow.
This is an event for Shareholders only (Shareholders are welcome to bring one guest).
RSVP: Call 215-925-2688 or email

Photo: Dave Johnson and Frank X in the Lantern’s The Tempest
Mark Garvin, Photographer

Thomas Childers
The Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 5:30 PM

Based in part on German documents seldom used by previous historians, The Third Reich brings to life the Nazis’ rise to power and their use and abuse of power once they achieved it. This important book charts the dramatic, improbable rise of the Nazis; the suffering of ordinary Germans under Nazi rule; and the horrors of World War II and the genocidal Holocaust. This critically acclaimed study is the most comprehensive and readable one-volume history of Nazi Germany since the classic Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.

Thomas Childers recently retired as the Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author or editor of several books on modern German history and the Second World War. His 1995 book Wings of Morning, won the Athen
aeum Literary Award.

This event has received generous support from The Henry Paul Busch Fund

Reception and book signing to follow.
Athenaeum Members: Free. RSVP: Call 215-925-2688 or email
General Public: $15

Qty Description Price
Thomas Childers Lecture: General Public

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