Drexel at 125: Finding the Past, Building the Future
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Drexel at 125: Finding the Past, Building the Future

Drexel at 125: Finding the Past, Building the Future

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Drexel University

Dornsife Center & URBN Center Annex

Philadelphia, PA 19104

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The Leonard Pearlstein Gallery of Drexel’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design will host a symposium on Friday, March 3rd and Saturday, March 4th, 2017. Noted speakers will discuss the university’s urban setting and Anthony J. Drexel’s decision to locate his Institute of Art, Science and Industry within a district where rail yards, factories and warehouses sat side-by-side with the neighboring family rowhouses of Powelton and Mantua. The symposium complements the current exhibition at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery: 125 Years: Drexel and the City curated by Art & Art History chair Elizabeth Milroy. The public is invited to attend the symposium free of charge although registration is requested.




Symposium Schedule (times may be subject to change):

Friday, March 3:
Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, 3509 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia

7:00 p.m. Looking Forward: West Philadelphia and University City after University-Driven Change
Harley Etienne, Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Taubman College, University of Michigan





Saturday, March 4

URBN Annex Screening Room, 3401 Filbert Street, Philadelphia

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Coffee and Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. The Drexel Legacy
Anthony Drexel: A Vision for Equality
Cordelia Biddle, Adjunct Instructor, Pennoni Honors College, Drexel University

Recruiting Students: The Early Years of the Drexel Institute Museum
Elizabeth Milroy, Professor of Art & Art History, Westphal College, Drexel University

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Histories from the Neighborhood
Here, but Then: Drexel's Neighborhood before Drexel
Jeffrey Cohen, Growth and Structure of Cities Term Professor, Bryn Mawr College

Powelton Village: Modern Respectability in the Midst of the "Great Taboo"
Douglas Ewbank, Emeritus Research Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

It Takes a Village
Mark Brack, Associate Professor of Architectural History, Westphal College, Drexel University

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch

2:00 p.m.-3:30pm Drexel and the Community
Drexel, University City and the Future of Philadelphia
Richardson Dilworth, Professor of Politics, College of Arts & Sciences, Drexel University

Panel discussion – Historical Perspectives on the University Campus in an Urban Setting
Moderated by Harris Steinberg, Executive Director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Architecture and Interiors







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