February Meeting Canceled

Because of the expected winter storm on Saturday, February 21, the PhACT meeting scheduled for that afternoon is canceled. We will reschedule the speaker (Alan Mann) for a future meeting.

Monthly Lectures

Monthly lectures are usually held on the third Saturday of each month (except in the summer and December), at 2:00 PM at the Community College of Philadelphia's Main campus in Center City Philadelphia, PA. Exceptions are noted below.

Parking is available for $4.00 in the college parking garage on 17th St. The garage is open until 6 PM. Note: Free parking in the Bonnell lot across the street is no longer available.
Click here for a campus map.

PhACT thanks Dr. David Cattell and the Philadelphia Community College for providing us with an excellent meeting space.

The general public is more than welcome to attend our lectures. You do not need to be a PhACT member to attend.
For more information, contact Bob Glickman at president@phact.org
Executive meetings are held prior to the monthly lectures, at 1:00 p.m. Any member may attend.

Upcoming Meetings

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

Time: 2:00 PM
Location: To Be Determined Details
Speaker: David Cragin and Faye Flam
Toxicologist Dr. David Cragin and Science Journalist Faye Flam will discuss the controversy of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO).

This lecture will be part of the Philadelphia Science Festival. This date is tentative and may be changed. Please check back later.

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - PhACT Expedition to the Mullica River

Time: 10:00 AM
Location: On site Details
James F. McCloy and Ray Miller, Jr in Phantom of the Pines (1998) wrote that in 1928 not far from Batsto "William Bozarth encounters the Jersey Devil along the Mullica River". And in 1936 at Batsto he "sees the Jersey Devil again." Henry Charlton Beck in Jersey Geneses: The Story of the Mullica River (1945) had noted that the obituary for Fire Warden Bozarth stated that he "was the last man known to have seen The Jersey Devil."

Our guide, Don Nigroni, will trace two folkloric traditions concerning the Jersey Devil, namely, the witch tradition, dating back to at least 1859, and the curse tradition, from at least 1887, to the present day. Accompanying the expedition will be Robb Kerr and Jeff Cooney, who will be providing zoological and botanical information about the Pine Barrens, and professional photographer Ned Levi, who will be photo-documenting the day's activities. We will meet at the Visitor Center at Historic Batsto Village (http://www.batstovillage.org/) at 10:00 AM. After walking through the village, where scenes for 13th Child: Legend of the Jersey Devil (2002) were filmed, we will hike the Tom's Pond Trail (1.8 miles) which proceeds over the Mullica River. After lunch, participants can take a self-guided tour of Batsto Village.

Although we may not find any monsters, we will learn about the history of the bog iron era in the 18th and 19th centuries in the Pine Barrens and see pink lady's slippers and carnivorous plants like sundews and pitcher plants. Bring insect repellent, sturdy shoes, lunch, and a camera. The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, September 19, 2015 - TBD

Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Community College of Philadelphia, Room C2-28 Details
Speaker: Paul Halpern

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