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Flags: Woven Symbols of Culture and History

Mon, July 17, 2017 7:00 P.M.
Social Science and History Department at Parkway Central Library

No one has died defending a yield sign. No one has pledged allegiance to a park plaque. What makes a piece of colored fabric so different from all the other signs and symbols we encounter every day? Join us as Simon M. Joseph explores where flags came from, where they're going, and the current redesign movement that is captivating cities (and countries!) around the world. A question and answer period will follow the presentation, where you will be sure to learn how to pronounce the word "Vexillology" (the study of flags).

Mr. Joseph created and moderates the 88,000 subscriber Vexillology community on He also hosts the Vexillogicast, a podcast about flags. He is a co-boss of Nerd Nite Philadelphia, a monthly lecture series that was the first to indulge this interest. A graduate of Notre Dame, Mr. Joseph is currently Assistant to the Director of Membership and Prizes at the American Philosophical Society. He is active in many cultural and philanthropic endeavors around Philadelphia.

This event is free, but advanced registration is recommended. Please visit to register or call the Social Science and History Department at 215-686-5396.

Social Science and History Department
Room 201

Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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