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Drexel at 125: Finding the Past, Building the Future
Start Date: 3/4/2017Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Date: 3/4/2017End Time: 3:30 PM

Event Description
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. 

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

Contact Information:
Name: Leonard Pearlstein Gallery
Phone: 215.895.2548
Email: gallery@drexel.edu
Leonard Pearlstein Gallery
URBN Annex, 3401 Filbert St, Philadelphia, PA
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