Meetings of the American Philosophical Society are held biannually in Philadelphia with attendance at each, including Society members, their spouses and distinguished guests, approaching 350.
Remaining true to Franklin's intention of "promoting useful knowledge," papers and symposia are diverse in content and address both the theoretical and practical in the sciences, social sciences and humanities. A typical three-day session might include one symposium on the current state of U.S. research universities and another on healthcare reform. Papers, given both by members and non-members, are equally diverse, with topics ranging from underwater archaeology off Turkey to the role of music in politics, funerals in the ancient world, and the prehistory of silicon electronics. This eclectic mix produces a spirited dialogue among the participants, often without regard to academic discipline or professional affiliation. Informal discussions continue at meals. In addition, individual professional and intellectual accomplishments are recognized during the Meeting by the induction of new members and the presentation of various Society prizes and awards.
Society Meetings are open to the public and attract participants from the academic communities as well as the professions. Seating is limited and preregistration is required. Inquiries regarding attendance should be directed to westcott [at] amphilsoc [dot] org. Those interested in a specific speaker, paper, or symposium are encouraged to view the live Society webcast of the Meeting by clicking the link available on the Society’s homepage at the time of the Meeting or, post-Meeting, by visiting the online archive of past webcasts. Transcripts of papers and symposia are printed in the Society's Proceedings and may be obtained through the Publications office.