Sounds Made Up: Tales From the History of Science
Price: $5 advance / $7day of
Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19106
SpeakersAsteroid!PHIT house team Asteroid! is known for its playful, high energy shows that can quickly turn from dark to silly and always gets physical. Inspired by film, Asteroid! loves to play with an array of different genres and styles. Asteroid! won the 2013 WitOut Award for Best Improv Team and Best Short Run Show for "Asteroid! presents The Improvised B-Movie". Asteroid! has been featured at the Philadephia Improv Festival, the F Harold Festival, the Philly Fringe Festival, the Del Close Marathon, and the New York Improv Festival. Asteroid! is directed by Mike Marbach.
Event featuring Asteroid!: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 just 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.
Events featuring Chip Chantry:Darin Hayton
Darin 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. Darin’s 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 he’s not gallivanting around Europe doing research, Darin teaches courses on the history of science and speaks to audiences of all sorts about the history of science.
Event featuring Darin Hayton: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.
Events featuring Elly Truitt:Emily & Micah McGraw
Emily 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.
Event featuring Emily & Micah McGraw:Michael YudellMichael Yudell, PhD, MPH, is the Director of the Program for the Study of Public Health Ethics and History and Associate Professor at the 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 the contemporary, 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.
Events featuring Mike Yudell:Rebecca Onion
Rebecca Onion is a postdoctoral fellow at the Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science. She holds a Ph.D in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Her current book project is titled How Science Became Child's Play: Science and the Culture of American Childhood, 1900-1980. Originally from New Hampshire, Rebecca is also a freelance writer and runs Slate.com's history blog, The Vault. Her website is www.rebeccaonion.com.Secret Pants
Secret Pants is the longest-running consistently active sketch comedy group in Philadelphia. As a live troupe, they perform monthly in and around Philadelphia; sometimes further away when making it to work on time isn’t a concern. As a marginally successful internet sketch group, they have produced nearly one-hundred online videos and have been featured on Comedy Central, College Humor, FuseTV, Digg, and other sites that steal videos and post them as their own. Secret Pants was the winner of the first and second “Dirtiest Sketch in Philadelphia” competition and other things that didn’t award prize money. Also, they’re negative.
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PartnersChemical Heritage FoundationChemical Heritage FoundationThe Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) initially was launched in 1982 as the Center for the History of Chemistry. Since its beginnings, CHF has striven to foster an understanding of chemistry’s impact on society. As an independent and educational nonprofit organization, CHF maintains major collections of instruments, fine art, photographs, papers, and books which preserve the rich and extensive history of chemistry. CHF continues to inspire a passion for chemistry within the city of Philadelphia through its public programs, museum exhibitions, conferences, and scholarly research center.Philly 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.