Lunch at the Library

Lunch at the library

The American Philosophical Society hosts a spring and fall series of informal lunch presentations on new research and emerging topics by and for APS staff, research fellows, and other scholars. From the U.S. Constitution to 18th-century French mathematicians, the topics are as varied as the research interests and collections at the APS.

Lunch and the program are from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Philosophical Hall (104 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia).

APS Lunch at the Library invitations are available to Friends of the APS who contribute at the Supporting Circle and beyond ($500+). Registration is required. RSVP to Adrianna Link at

Spring 2019 Calendar

January 16: Madalina Veres, 2017-2018 APS Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital History on the APS 275th Anniversary Digital Timeline

February 14: William Butler, The John Edward Fowler Distinguished Professor of Law, Dickinson Law, Pennsylvania State University, and Emeritus Professor of Comparative Law in the University of London, on "Peter Du Ponceau: Legal Bibliophile"

March 27: Nancy Farriss, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History, Emerita, University of Pennsylvania, on her book Tongues of Fire: Language and Evangelization in Colonial Mexico (University of Oxford Press, 2018)

April 10: Jonathan Burton, Executive Director, Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks, on recent projects at Powel House, Grumblethorpe Historic House and Garden, Hill-Physick House, and Historic Waynesborough

May 9: Robin Wolfe Scheffler, Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society (STS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a 2012-2013 APS Library Research Fellow on his book, A Contagious Cause: The American Hunt for Cancer Viruses and the Rise of Molecular Medicine (University of Chicago Press, 2019)

NOTE: This talk will be held in Benjamin Franklin Hall (427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia).

June 27: Mark Somos, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow and Senior Research Affiliate at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany, on his book, American States of Nature: The Origins of Independence, 1751-1775 (University of Oxford Press, 2019)

NOTE: This talk will be held in Benjamin Franklin Hall (427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia).