December 9, 2007 |
They stumble onto this dusty downtown block like accidental pilgrims on a Center City stroll. They are sidewalk daydreamers. Philosophers. Artists. Ravaged souls. They stay for a moment or something slightly more. And they stare in prayerful silence at a three-ton steel ball. It hypnotizes as it lifts, drops, sways and crashes into eight stories of city concrete like a thunderous wave in an ocean storm. There is magic in the shadow of the wrecking ball at 13th and Race Streets.
November 29, 2007 |
Michael J. Kerlin of Lafayette Hill, a professor of philosophy at La Salle University for more than 40 years, died Friday of leukemia at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was born 71 years ago. Dr. Kerlin had taught at La Salle since 1966 and served as chairman of the philosophy department for 28 years. In 1986, he received the school's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. One student nominator referred to him as "perhaps the world's greatest discussion leader.
November 26, 2007 |
Michael A. Duzy, 92, of Bryn Mawr, president of Harcum College for 20 years, died last Monday at Lankenau Hospital of complications after hip surgery. Dr. Duzy served as president from 1963 to 1983 when Klein Hall, Pennswood Hall and the academic center were built on the Harcum campus in Bryn Mawr. "Dr. Duzy ably led the college through a period of unprecedented change and growth," Jon Jay DeTemple, Harcum president, said in an interview last week. Born in 1915 in Mahanoy Plane, Schuylkill County, Dr. Duzy graduated from Ridley Park High School in 1931 and entered the order of De La Salle Christian Brothers that same year.
October 24, 2007 |
Qrescent Mali Mason, a third-year grad student in philosophy at Temple University, snared a $138 discount fare and made it down to the "Athens of the South," complete with its own full-scale Parthenon. Lina Buffington, who earned her Ph.D. in philosophy at Emory University and now works for the nonprofit Philadelphia Futures, gave a talk on how she applies her work on philosophers Wilhelm Dilthey, Jean-Paul Sartre and John Dewey to help young blacks stay in college. Jameliah Shorter, a sophomore philosophy and religion major at Paine College in Augusta, Ga., asked her mother to drive her eight hours through rough mountain roads to attend.
October 24, 2007 |
Anita Allen remembers an extraordinary remark made by one of her white, male University of Michigan philosophy professors in the 1970s when she was in graduate school seeking a Ph.D. in philosophy - a field that at the time lacked a single black woman professor. " 'Anita,' he told me," recalls Allen between the good-natured laughs that punctuate the seriousness of what she says, " 'you will have to pee on the floor of the American Philosophical Association convention to not get a job in philosophy.
April 23, 2007 |
Standing on a hill in East Jerusalem, amid the clash of religious and political orthodoxies, stands a musty old museum devoted to human progress. When you walk into the Rockefeller Museum, with its old-fashioned display cases crowded with ancient pottery shards and oil lamps, you can begin by looking at the stone tools of early man. Then you proceed room by room through the invention of agriculture and cities, winding up finally with the statues and reliquaries of the medieval era. What you're really looking at is a philosophy of history.
February 23, 2007 |
Though you probably don't know her name, there's a good chance you've heard Asha Puthli's voice, no matter what type of music you're into. For jazz fans, she's the mystery woman who kept pace with Ornette Coleman on two cuts of the free-jazz maestro's 1972 album "Science Fiction. " In European dance circles, she's known for a couple of mid-'70s disco hits - one of which, "Space Talk," introduced Puthli's voice to modern hip-hop fans via Diddy, 50 Cent and Notorious B.I.G. samples.
January 19, 2007 |
The one thing that strikes you about Ikea's new North America Service Center in Conshohocken is how uncorporate it is. Colorful, comfortable and homey - in a birch-veneer Ikea way, of course. Three levels high, 75,000 square feet of light concrete and glass, the building has most of the same design features as the big-box Ikea store next door, and it's furnished with the stuff of the international home-furnishings chain's catalog - except for the bedroom accoutrements. Still, there are showers in the ground-floor restrooms if an employee needs one after a trip.
October 4, 2006 |
You might compare the 76ers' training camp to a study-abroad program, headed by Maurice Cheeks, head coach and professor of defense. For each of the four days and the five practice sessions they have had in Spain, the Sixers have listened to Cheeks lecture, teach, and painstakingly go over the defensive principles he would like to see in his team. He said his players have listened, although one wonders whether he might pull a pop quiz on them. "It's a little bit more challenging, more standing around," Cheeks said.
June 8, 2006 |
A change in philosophy will guide the Flyers next season, and club chairman Ed Snider already has imparted it to general manager Bob Clarke: No more trading youth and draft picks for veteran players. "We're going back to our roots," Snider said yesterday at the Flyers Skate Zone in the Far Northeast, where he and 200 children from the School District of Philadelphia celebrated the successful first year of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation. "We're not going to go and trade picks anymore, or trade our kids ever again for veterans.