Scientists have been trying to understand the minds of criminals for decades. There is increasing evidence showing a biological basis for violent behavior, but how this knowledge should be used to protect society and what it means in the courtroom are open questions. Tragedies ranging from the streets of Philadelphia to Sandy Hook, CT lead us to wonder—could this behavior be predicted and...

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You’re invited to join us for a series of discussions about the ideas, issues and communities that will shape Philadelphia’s future. This three-part event series is brought to you by Next City in partnership with the media organizations, 900AM-WURD and AL DÍA News, with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. All events are...

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AVA's free opera preview. When a shipwreck causes its passengers, including an Italian beauty in search of her lover, to be captured by the Bey of Algiers, emotions and tensions flare in Rossini’s jovial operatic drama. Written when the composer was twenty-one, the opera flaunts charm and humor that often blurs the lines between blatant sentimentality and utter lunacy.

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Wednesday Nights

Oct 29, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014

This event occurs weekly, on Wednesday.

The Museum’s main building is open until 8:45 p.m. every Wednesday. Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday Nights are casual, exciting, and illuminating. Explore the Museum and its remarkable collections in inventive, interactive, and dynamic new ways. Mini-film festivals showcase international independent films and artist’s films as well as old favorites. “Happenings” offer...

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Join us for a unique musical experience: a fun and engaging presentation of the didgeridoo by professional musician, Frank May. What is a didgeridoo? A didgeridoo is a wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians about 1500 years ago and is still in widespread use today in Australia and around the world. Sometimes described as a natural wooden trumpet or “drone pipe”, a...

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Why have so many artists, including Charles Burchfield and N.C. Wyeth, been influenced by the writings of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson? Professor Ashton Nichols will discuss Transcendentalism and its significant influence on American culture. Nichols is the Walter E. Beach ‘56 Distinguished Chair in Sustainability Studies and a Professor of Language and Literature at...

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Join us at the Chester County Library & District Center on Wednesday, October 29th at 7:13 pm for a collection of scary stories from our area.   Local author and resident Charles J. Adams III will share with us stories of ghosts and other lore from Chester County and the Philadelphia area. Enjoy spooky treats and spirits before the presentation, which begins promptly at 7:13...

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