The American Philosophical Society, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, proudly bears the title of the nation's oldest learned society.  Our founders participated in the birth of American democracy. It pains us greatly that all these years later, our nation's promise has yet to be fulfilled.  We join all Americans of good will in deploring the senseless murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. Over these past months the Society has hosted a number of virtual programs.  Even as we now resume our work with the offering of new programs, our attention remains focused on the senseless loss of innocent lives and our commitment to the difficult, necessary conversations and actions we must all take to begin to ensure that such tragedies end. Read more about virtual programming and resources that can be accessed remotely. Read more about the APS response to COVID-19.

Membership Meetings

Meetings of the American Philosophical Society are held biannually in Philadelphia and offer an engaging selection of talks in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

The APS hosts nearly 350 of its Members, their families, and distinguished guests each April and November at its biannual General Meetings. These Meetings appeal to the diverse interests and expertise of attendees and provide a unique opportunity to indulge the audience’s breadth of intellectual curiosity. Past Meetings have included a state-of-the-art drone demonstration, an intimate conversation with a sitting Supreme Court Justice, and a coherent, four-minute explanation of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.

Meeting talks are typically 20 minutes in length and delivered by a leading expert in that particular field. All talks aim to engage the “intelligent layperson.” In addition to the presentations, fellowship and casual interaction and conversation further enrich these Meeting occasions.

Questions regarding APS Meetings should be directed to Annie Westcott at westcott@amphilsoc.org or 215-440-3441.

Meeting Archive

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