Sounds Made Up: (True) Tales From the History of Science
Sun, Apr 27
*Food and Beverage will be available for purchase
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
SpeakersAlexis JeffcoatAlexis received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and European History from Temple University and her Masters in Arts & Humanities from Arcadia University. She manages marketing and programming for the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Laurel Hill Cemetery as a historic site. As a fan of history, Alexis enjoys sharing the stories of the cemetery’s varied “residents.” She is a co-editor for the Cemetery’s anniversary book, 175 Years of Reflections: Laurel Hill Cemetery, 1836-2011.Audra WolfeAudra J. Wolfe is a writer, editor, and historian based in Philadelphia. Her research centers on the role of science in the Cold War, whether in the form of weapons or cultural diplomacy. Her first book, Competing with the Soviets: Science, Technology, and the State in Cold War America, was published in 2012, and her articles have appeared in both scholarly and more popular online venues, including Slate.com, The Guardian, and the Atlantic.com. She is also the founder of The Outside Reader, an editorial and publishing consultant firm, and has taught on the history of science at the University of Pennsylvania.Cast of Study HallThe cast of Study Hall is made up from members of various Philly Improv Theater House Teams with one purpose- to be class clowns. They have been trained to find the funny in even the most mundane or grotesque historical and scientific lectures. You will learn and then you will laugh.Chip ChantryChip Chantry has been a Philadelphia-based standup comedian since 2003. He has performed for crowds in theaters and clubs across the country. A regular at Helium Comedy Club in Philadelphia, he is a four-time finalist in their annual Philly's Phunniest Competition. He recently released his first live comedy album, "Across from the Adonis", and philly.com named his twitter account one of the "12 Best Twitter Accounts in Philadelphia" for 2012. Wow, he sounds like a really cool guy.Darin HaytonDarin Hayton is Associate Professor of the History of Science at Haverford College. He is particularly interested in how political systems use and therefore shape scientific knowledge. Darins research focuses on science in pre-modern Central Europe, where we see rulers turning increasingly toward science in their effort to establish and extend their political authority. Darin has just finished his first book on astrology and propaganda in the Holy Roman Empire. He looks forward to starting research on his second book on the role of scientific expertise in Renaissance Hungary. When hes not galavanting around Europe doing research, Darin teaches courses on the history of science and speaks to audiences of all sorts about the history of science.Elly TruittElly R. Truitt is an assistant professor of medieval history at Bryn Mawr College. Her book, Medieval Robots: Automata, 800-1450, will be coming out in 2014 from Penn Press.Emily & Micah McGrawEmily and Micah started singing together as soon as they met in 1999. Broke and bored in Los Angeles, they mostly sat around and wrote comedy songs. After moving to Philadelphia in 2005, they began performing at comedy venues around the city. The McGraws live in West Philly with their cat, Regis and daughter, Nico.Michael YudellMichael Yudell, PhD, MPH,is the Director of the Program for the Study of Public Health Ethics and History and Associate Professor atthe Drexel University School of Public Health where he studies the history of public health and science. Yudell also writes the blog "The Public's Health" for the Philadelphia Inquirer. The blog covers thecontemporary, historical, and ethical challenges that lie ahead for public health in the 21st century. He received his B.A. from Tufts University, an MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and a PhD from Columbia University. He is the author of two books on the human genome project and a forthcoming book on the history of the race concept. Yudell is currently writing Ages of Uncertainty: Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Search for Cause and Cure, a history of autism spectrum disorders.Secret PantsSecret Pants is the longest-running consistently active sketch comedy group in Philadelphia. They perform in and around Philadelphia and farther away when making it to work on time isn’t a concern. They have produced nearly one-hundred online videos and have been featured on Comedy Central, College Humor, and other sites that steal videos and post them as their own. They won the first and second Dirtiest Sketch in Philadelphia competition and other things that didn’t award prize money. Also, they’re negative.
PartnersPhilly Improv TheaterPhilly Improv TheaterPhilly Improv Theater (PHIT) is a showcase for Philadelphia comedy shows – and home to the best improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy Philadelphia has to offer. In addition to our more than 300 popular and affordable BYOB shows at The Shubin Theatre each year, PHIT has also produced for the Philly Fringe Festival and taken its company on the road throughout the United States. PHIT’s Training Center is the largest of its kind in the country and introduces hundreds of everyday people to the world of comedy each year. We offer extensive training in improv, sketch comedy, stand-up, and storytelling for students of all ages in a relaxed community setting with a focus on having fun, learning, and laughing a lot. Students and instructors from PHIT have gone on to become performers on our stage, hot acts at comedy festivals around the country, published authors, and even writers and performers for TV.Haverford CollegeHaverford CollegeHaverford College is one of America's leading liberal arts colleges, a close-knit intellectual community that combines the Quaker values of dignity, tolerance, and respect with a rigorous academic program.Drexel UniversityDrexel UniversityDrexel University enrolls more than 22,000 students and offers 96 bachelor’s programs, 88 master’s programs, 35 doctoral programs, a doctor of medicine program, a juris doctorate and 45 graduate-level certificate programs. Drexel is ranked among the best national doctoral universities by U.S.News & World Report in its “America’s Best Colleges 2011,” and many of Drexel’s other programs across its colleges and schools are consistently ranked among the nation’s best.Bryn Mawr CollegeBryn Mawr College