Scholars Gild

The Scholars Gild

Special Zoom Scholars Meeting

Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara
Speaker: Jeana Carey
Arden Scholars Gild evening
Tuesday, June 15, 7:30 PM via Zoom

R ecent exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum and others have shown their rich collections of art, ceramics, precious metals, metalwork, books, fabrics, and musical instruments of the Sahel region on the southern shores (edges) of the Sahara desert in central Africa. (the Sahel is currently defined as the 6-country region from Senegal to Chad.) Africa now has more new archaeological sites than any other continent! It’s a hot topic nowadays, and we have a special opportunity to learn more. Africa was one of the world’s main sources of gold during medieval times when Muslims came thru the north African continent conquering gold-rich areas as they went. It was African gold that filled European bibles, books, and paintings in Medieval Europe. During our exploration of the material culture of the era and the region, we will see a surprisingly complete 12th-century map of the world as well as trace the movements of merchant caravans. These caravans stayed in special “caravanserai” along the Saharan “gold routes.” When the richest man in the world (probably worth the equivalent of four hundred billion dollars in today’s money), Ibn Batutta, an African king, and his immense caravan traveled to Mecca, he spent gold so lavishly in Egypt that the price of gold dropped for many months afterward.

This talk is based on recent outstanding exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Block Museum at Northwestern University, and the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

Speaker Biography

Our speaker, Jeana Carey, has been an active and enthusiastic volunteer Guide at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for over 15 years, including two full years of training. She holds a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University in Art and Architectural History, specializing in Medieval and Early Modern art. She first became familiar with the Ardens over 40 years ago, making and selling Funnel Cakes with her brother at the Arden Fair. Jeana made many visits over the following years, and finally moved to Ardentown from Ardmore, PA, three years ago. She recently became Gild-Mistress Emeritus for our very active Arden Club Gardeners Gild.

Zoom link for this Scholars Gild evening:

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The Scholars Gild meets on the third Tuesday of the month, September through June. This season, we will continue to meet virtually via Zoom until further notice.

There is no fee to attend Scholars Gild discussions.  Since we usually ask for donations to the Arden Club at our live evenings, we would like to encourage all to continue this tradition by making a donation on http://ardenclub.org/donate/.  Your support helps keep the virtual and in-person lights on at the Club and makes possible dynamic programming like concerts, theater, dance, and of course, our Scholars Gild evenings.

Follow the “Arden Scholars’ Gild” on Facebook to get all the updates.  If you would like to receive email notifications about this or future Scholars Gild events, contact Scholars Gild via ScholarsGild@gmail.com.


Scholars Gild Zoom Meeting Archives

“From a Taller Tower: The Rise of the American Mass Shooter”
Our speaker, Seamus McGraw traced for us the extensive and devastating myths we’ve constructed to shield us from our own cultural culpability for this ceaseless phenomenon. The myths are pernicious and are now inextricably woven into the fabric of our popular culture, a culture that prizes fame but does not distinguish it from infamy, turns grievance and victimhood into a commodity, and is awash with deadly hardware that has become cultural totems, and in some cases are even fetishized.

Watch this video and learn more about how you can contribute to the solution to this tragic cultural trend.


It is quite remarkable that Shakespeare’s plays are continually staged throughout the world over 400 years after his death. There is a huge variety of interpretive choices that can be found in those texts for readers, directors, designers, and actors. These different interpretations can be a help or a hindrance to understanding the text. April’s Scholars Gild talk, in collaboration with the Arden Shakespeare Gild, guides us through some of those interpretations and explores why we continue to “find ourselves” in Shakespeare’s plays and in the settings in which they are staged.
Linda Emerick is a retired teacher of English language arts and Shakespearean Studies.  Watch this fascinating talk on examining the choices made in various productions of Shakespeare’s As You Like It on both stage and film within the previous twenty-five years. 


“Delaware’s Wild Side: The Bayshore Initiative”

Our speaker, Anthony Gonzon, the coordinator of the Bayshore Initiative for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), filled us in on the details of what the state with its local partners have been doing to conserve, restore, and promote the lands and waters of the Delaware Bayshore. Watch this fascinating talk about parts of the Delaware Shoreline that you might not have ever known about.


“The Science and Development of Vaccines with Dr. Craig Hooper from Thomas Jefferson University”

In this archive video, Dr. Hooper discusses the history of vaccination, different types of vaccines, and why the current Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are the most advanced and safest yet. Watch on the Scholars Gild YouTube Channel


“The Psychological Benefits of Western Spiritual Beliefs”

Our speaker Scott Kushner explored the Judeo-Christian religious tradition, its principles, and rituals, as a complete psychological meaning system.  Whatever meaning system one uses, it’s important to understand its components and how they relate to one another.  A lively dialog follows the initial presentation. Watch on the Scholars Gild YouTube Channel here.


“Little Brain within the Heart”

The recording of one of the latest Scholars evening talks with James Schwaber is now available on our new YouTube channel at this link: https://youtu.be/hbGdZiBCmmk Look for future recordings of Scholars evenings to be posted on our Facebook page and on the Arden Club.


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The Scholars Gild meets the third Tuesday of the month, September through June. This season we will continue to meet virtually via Zoom until further notice.
There is no fee to attend Scholars Gild discussions. Since we usually ask for donations to the Arden Club at our live evenings, we would like to encourage all to continue this tradition by making a donation at http://ardenclub.org/donate/. Your support helps keep the virtual and in-person lights on at the Club and makes possible dynamic programming like concerts, theater, dance, and of course, our Scholars Gild evenings.

Follow the “Arden Scholars’ Gild” on Facebook to get all the updates. If you would like to receive email notifications about this or future Scholars Gild events, contact the Scholars Gild via ScholarsGild@gmail.com.

These lectures will be recorded and made available here on the website at a future date.


A gild of the Arden Club, the Scholars Gild explores and discusses topics of interest to the gild members and those of the community.  Each month a different topic is presented and discussed.  We have covered topics ranging from issues of poverty and race to the culture of  Native American tribes of the lower Delaware River valley, to the current research on how the immune system works, and much, much more.

The mission of the Scholars Gild is to provide an environment where those attending can learn about an interesting subject and participate in a free-flowing discussion on the subject.  Our monthly discussions are like having a conversation with our friends and family on an interesting subject in our living room with an expert in the room.

Visit our blog on this website to see the upcoming discussion topic.

Our Discussions

The Arden Scholars Gild holds regular monthly discussions at 7:30 pm on the third Tuesday’s of the month (except July and August).  Our discussions are held in the lower Gild Hall.  These discussions are open to all. Other programs are periodically held which are aligned with our mission.  These events are held at other times and locations.

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Use this form to request inclusion on our email distribution list, make comments on our past programming, make suggestions for future programming, or simply any other point you would like to convey.

Our History – The “new” Arden Scholars Gild

In February, 2010, the Arden Club Board unanimously approved the creation of the new Scholars Gild. Some people don’t see this as the creation of a new gild but the resurrection of an old one. According to oral history, the Club had a Scholars Gilds in the 1930’s and again in the 1950s and 1960s.

As a quick summary, the Village of Arden was founded on three pillars: Arts & Crafts, planned community, and Henry George’s single tax. The Georgist Gild covers the latter; the Scholars Gild will (as currently conceived) explore the ideas, concepts, and thinking on arts, crafts, and community as they impact the Ardens and our broader community today.  This concept represents our starting point. We expect the gild to evolve over time.

The creation of the new Scholars Gild was easy. Some 35 members in good standing signed a petition that was presented to the Arden Club Board of Directors at their January meeting. (Only 15 signatures were required.) The petitioners confirmed their support of the gild and their willingness to sustain it. Also presented was a statement of purpose, goals and objectives, and financial responsibilities.

  • Purpose: The purpose of the New Scholars Gild is to promote scholarly dialog among members of the Gild, the Arden Club and the broader community, by bringing in learned people on subjects of interest and importance to the community.
  • Goals and Objectives: The New Scholars Gild will produce and promote lectures open to the general public on subjects and by lecturers selected by Gild members. These lectures will increase participants’ knowledge and awareness of the selected topics and provide a basis for future dialog.
  • Financial Responsibilities: The Scholars Gild accepts contributions for support of our programs. Additional funding for support of our programming will be raised by the Gild by soliciting grants and charging admission to programs.

Recommended:

by Larry Strange: Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries over 200 Years in 4 minutes, a YouTube video from BBC.