Roxboro House Roundtables

The Roxboro House Roundtables are interdisciplinary discussions on any topic from health and science, to fashion, economics, and politics. These talks provide an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to explore and consider a variety of themes in the cozy, historical Roxboro House living room. Join us for discussion on a topic that interests you. Freely express your ideas, learn new information and meet colleagues with similar interests.

The Roundtables are held Thursday afternoons in the Arlen Specter Center at the Roxboro House. For more information about attending or leading a Roxboro House Roundtable, please contact Evan Laine.

Past Roundtables are available in the archive below. You can also subscribe to our podcast on the following sites:

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Upcoming Roundtables: 


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Past Roundtables:



Civil Discourse Episode 1

December, 2018 Roxboro House

LSPN (Law & Society Podcast Network)

These Law & Society Sophomores differ political on almost every topic; however, while their ideologies may clash, their worldviews occasionally intersect. Rather than underscoring their differences, this podcast celebrates the value of discussing our views in a respectful and constructive manner.

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Host: Nick Franchi and Sierra Reddi



I Survived the Holocaust

November 14, 2018 2pm Roxboro House

Listen to the inspirational story of David Tuck and his story as a holocaust survivor. An educator worldwide, David Tuck shares his experiences, his hardships, and his gratitude. During a time of high political climate, Mr. Tuck offers reassurance to a younger generation.

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Host: David Tuck; Holocaust Survivor



Working Internationally -Visas Travel Language-Oh My!

October 25, 2018 4pm Roxboro House

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Host: Tracey DePedro; Director; Jefferson East Falls; Career Services



Latino Identity in the Trump Era

September 20, 2018 4pm Roxboro House

In this podcast, Jefferson University members of the Latin American Student Association, (L.A.S.O.) discuss life as Latinos in the Trump era. In this very emotional and frank roundtable, students reflect on the pain they experience due to negative judgment by other Americans, judgement they perceive is stoked by a president who they believe is hostile to their community. Student presenters explain how this negativity affects their self-image and increases pressure to be exemplary members of their community.

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Host: Ally Concepcion & the Members of the Latin American Student Association



How Should Jefferson University Handle the Complicated and Controversial Past of its Namesake

September 6, 2018 4pm Roxboro House

In 2017, Jefferson University, previously known as Philadelphia University, merged with Thomas Jefferson University. With the renaming of the University, the issue of how to properly deal with the complicated legacy of one our Nations’ founding fathers arose. It is accepted that Jefferson, a slave-owner to his dying day, fathered children with Sally Hemings, a much younger slave. Many believe that any sexual relations with a slave amounts to rape. For several years prior to the merger, one of PhilaU’s academic buildings featured a statue of Jefferson on a bench writing the Declaration of Independence. After the merger, several students raised the issue that the presence of Jefferson, in light of his history, was distressing to students of color on the campus. As a result, based upon the decision of then President Stephen Spinelli, the statue was quickly removed without discussion. The issue at this roundtable was how should Jefferson University, as a learning institution, best deal with the legacy of a man who, while accomplishing great deeds, also behaved in ways considered morally repugnant today. Listen to Professor Evan Laine, Law & Society student Co-Host Dontresse Hazelett, and a panel of Jefferson University students as they discuss this controversial issue and suggest possible solutions.

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Host: Professor Evan Laine and DonTrease Hazelett; Law & Society Sophomore



A Sexual Harassment Conference Across Two Campuses

April 19, 2018 4 PM Roxboro House

Listen to Dr. Kathy Smith, Director of Law and Justice at Harcum College, Dr. Rick Frei lead researcher for the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society, Dr. Evan Laine, Program Director for Law and Society at Jefferson University and students from Jefferson University’s forensic psychology class and Community College of Philadelphia’s descriptive research methods class, as they discuss the future of sexual harassment by examining the results of their recent survey on commonly accepted sexual harassment myths. You will be surprised at the beliefs individuals have regarding sexual harassment, what it means and why it occurs.

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The Impact Of Partisanship On Stem Cell Research And Abortion Rights

April 12, 2018 4 PM Roxboro House

Congressional Funding And Health Policy: Listen to nationally known archive expert and Arlen Specter Ctr. for Public service research fellow Dr. Sean Kelly of University of California Channel Islands discuss with the panel how Congressional funding affects policy, law and practice. Dr. Kelly discussed how the interaction of the democratic process and personal beliefs of politicians influences federal funding and how that impacts healthcare and practice in the United States. More particularly, the penal discussed how President G.W. Bush’s ban of federal funding for stem cell research negatively affected the advancement of research in that area. Further Dr. Kelly discussed with the panel how provisions within funding bills has seriously impacted a woman’s right to chose.

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Host: Sean Q. Kelly, Ph.D.; Arlen Specter Center Research Fellow and Professor, Political Science, California State University, Channel Islands



Forging trust: cooling tensions between African-Americans and the Philadelphia police 1970 – 1979

April 5, 2018 4 PM Roxboro House

Listen to Arlen Specter research fellow Menika Dirksen of Temple University as she discusses with the panel how in the 1970s tensions between the police and black community in Philadelphia, aggravated by a series of unfortunate events between black citizens and white police, were alleviated by actions of Arlen Specter and others through the use of community organizations such as PAL and Safe Streets Incorporated. In addition, present at the Roundtable was former city manager under Mayor Rizzo, Prof. Hillel Levinson and Dr. Reed a member of the Crisis Intervention Network in the 70s.

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Host: Menika Dirksen; Arlen Specter Center Research Fellow and PhD student in history at Temple University



Supreme Court Justice Confirmation; Substance Or Show

March 29, 2018 4 PM Roxboro House

Listen to this Roundtable hosted by Arlen Specter Ctr. research fellows Jessica Schoenherr and Elizabeth Lane of Michigan State University as they discuss the confirmation process for Supreme Court Justice in the United States. Are these hearings “vapid and hollow charades” as described by Associate Justice Elena Kagan, or are they important windows the minds of these future justices. Is the process a mere political spectacle held for the entertainment of the public or are they serious political vetting processes? Finally, the panel discussed whether the confirmation process is even valid in today’s political climate.

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Hosts: Elizabeth Lane and Jessica Schoenherr; Arlen Specter Center Research Fellow and PhD students in political science at Michigan State University



How do We Create Safe Campuses? The Role of Clery Act Timely Warnings & Emergency Notifications

March 1, 2018 4 PM Roxboro House

In this podcast you will learn about how we as a society are to create safe campuses for all students to attend. How to know you are in danger and what you are to do. Learn about what we can do to enhance the effect of the Clergy Act.

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Host: Travis Douglas; Arlen Specter Center Research Fellow and MEd, doctor of management in strategic leadership, student at Thomas Jefferson University



Algorithmic Justice For Health Care Data

January 18, 2018 4PM Roxboro House

Health care and our digital trail are two things vital in our society. In this podcast you will notice and learn about the generated systems that are piecing together information to know who we are. Tax Companies such as Experian do a lot more than just your taxes.

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Sponser: Mary Ebeling



The Future Of Work

January 18, 2018 4PM Roxboro House

In this roundtable you find the invigorating conversation regarding the future of work. Where will society be along with the economy in the near future with the support of Artificial Intelligence? Will our jobs be lost? What are now considered "safe" jobs?

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Sponsor: Dr. Stephen Spinelli





What is going on with the ACA or Trump Care and how will it affect the future and quatilty of medical care in the United States?

November 30, 2017 4PM Roxboro House

Join us as we diagnose the current state the healthcare system in the United States with Dr. David Nash, Dean of the Jefferson University College of Population Health. At our roundtable, we discussed why so much is spent in healthcare and why the quality of care does not reflect such massive spending. We also investigated what might happen in the near future if the A.C.A. is repealed or substantially altered. Throughout this roundtable, we compared healthcare systems in the United States to others that offer universal coverage such as in Canada and most of Western Europe. We then explored how the system’s current philosophy of treatment over prevention negatively impacts the health of the citizenry and substantially increases cost.

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Sponsor: Dr. David Nash




November 16, 2017 4PM Roxboro House

What is Gerrymandering, and how did it come about? In this Roundtable, we discussed what affect Gerrymandering had/has on modern day politics, and how it significantly alters election results. The negative impact this practice has on representative democracy was explored in addition to what can be done to produce elections that more fairly represent the citizenry. Join us to gain insight on Gerrymandering, learn how and why how the lines are drawn, and why this has become a controversy.

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Sponsor: Laura Richlin



The Independent Party in American Politics 

November 9, 2017 4PM Roxboro House

Being a Democrat or a Republican is simple, but how simple is it is you aren’t? Independent Pennsylvanians are often times given limitations when it comes to voting, especially in the primaries. If an individual is registered as anything other than the two main parties, they are unable to vote in the most critical part of the election process. Often times, this discourages many people from moving forward and voting in the general election, due to the feeling of being powerless and having no voice. The voice needs to be given back to the people, regardless of their political affiliation. There are better methods out there that do not force others to be powerless in the primary elections; there are methods out there that can put the feeling of power and a voice to those Independent Pennsylvanians.

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Sponsor: Nichele Richardson



US-Russia Relations

November 2, 2017 4PM Roxboro House

In this rountable we discussed the most recent relations with Russia and how that can affect the United States now, and in the future. How does other see the difference between Russia years ago, now, and what they expect it to look like in the future? Join us to understand the issues that lie around Russia and how people are currenly feeling about it.

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Sponsor: Alec Kvasov



Race and Diversity – Jefferson East Falls

October 26, 2017 4PM Roxboro House

How does race and diversity look on your campus? At Jefferson – East Falls, we explored how race and diversity on this campus is getting better, but still, has a long way to go facilitate marginalized groups being comfortable in the classroom and on campus. This RoundTable brought together a group of students at the university who candidly and emotionally shared common difficulties experienced by minority members in a predominately white school. In response to these grievances, the Student Government Association, the sponsor of the RoundTable, discussed its initiative to require all professors to be properly trained on how to handle diversity issues and conflicts. All agreed that things will never change without constantly striving to be make Jefferson a more inclusive and comfortable campus.

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Sponsor: Isabella Siravo, Jefferson East Falls Student Body President



Net Neutrality,  what is it,  will it die, what effect will it  have on commerce, innovation and democracy?

October 12, 2017 4PM Roxboro House

During this Roundtable, we discussed exactly what Net Neutrality is, how important it is towards the democratic dissemination of information and how it may be dissolving in front of our eyes. Our experts discussed whether the dissolution of net neutrality in the best interest of the public or just for corporate greed.  If you want to know the repercussions that will follow the ending of net neutrality and the potential motives behind the drive to end it, listen to this podcast.

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Sponsor: Latrel Crittenden and Jeff Cepull



Waste and Sustainability in Fashion

September 28, 2017 4PM Roxboro House

We discussed the issue of what happens to your clothes after you are finished with them. We further explored if the consumer genuinely even cares or is price point the only relevant factor.  It was revealed that the amount of clothes wasted each year by individual Americans is appalling and that fashion and sustainability have not always gone hand in hand.  The table concluded that it is the customer’s job (and moral responsibility) to educate themselves and put the pressure on companies to look closer into sustainable products. We also discussed fast fashion, why it is popular and what effect it has on contributing to the waste of resources. Listen to this Roundtable delve into the dirt and grime of the fashion industry!

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Sponsor: Anna Solyarik



Let’s Bloody Talk - Are female athletes athletes treated the same as male athletes?

September 14, 2017 4PM Roxboro House

Sponsor: Niny Rao & Usha Baublitz



Charlottesville Events

August 31, 2017 4PM Roxboro House

Join us for a discussion about the most recent events to take place in Charlottesville, Virginia. These protests and violence are a result of a much larger issue related to race and race relations. We delve not only to the events in Charlottesville but look at race and racism on a much larger scale across the country, as well as the issues connected to it. Many questions were asked, some even left unanswered as they reach a level of complexity that, we, as a country still haven’t begun to understand. How will we continue as a country? Will out president be there to support us on this journey?

Sponsor: Kim Douglas

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Splenda/Sucralose Sugar Substitute  - Problems, Danger and Cost

April 6, 2017 4PM Roxboro House

Discussion about sucralose (Splenda), which is chlorinated table sugar. Information will be shared about how bad this additive can be, as it promotes a "quasi-diabetic" state by increasing time to reduce the glucose level in blood. However, being  tied to big money in industry - what can be done?  Also, with new dietary guidelines  promoting "reduced calorie" sodas and baked goods - most manufacturers are swapping in sucralose for sugar.  This provides reduced calories, but at what cost to health?

Sponsor: Mary Ann Wagner-Graham

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Dealing with Grief

March 30, 2017 6:30PM Roxboro House

The Arlen Specter Center will be hosting their second annual “Gift of Grief” Roundtable, where we discussed how grief has impacted our lives, both negatively and positively. The participants of the table shared their stories, in the presence of professionals, with the hope that all can learn from these profound experiences. To promote sharing of life experiences, a writing contest, featuring a $250 award, was established by Community and Trauma Counseling (CTC) faculty member, Fran Gerstein, and her husband, Stuart Gerstein. Their son, Daniel, died suddenly in 2014. The writing competition, which focused on our student’s experiences with grief had 47 students enter, and the quality was so high, that in addition to the winner, 10 other students received honorable mention awards. The table was moderated by professors Fran Gerstein, LCSW, BCD and Christine Kennedy, PH.D., LCPC, ACS.

Sponsor: Fran Gerstein

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The Empathy Exams: Questioning our basic understanding of others

March 30, 2017 4PM Roxboro House

New York Times best seller Leslie Jamison hosted "The Empathy Exams" roundtable at Philadelphia University where she discussed her novel and reflected on relations to her personal life and experiences. Leslie Jamison held an engaged discussion between faculty, students, and friends that was captivating and extremely informative on the reality of empathy and the distinction between it and sympathy.

Sponsor:Megan Voeller

Guest: Leslie Jamison, Author of The Empathy Exams

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The Danger of False News

March 23, 2017 4PM Roxboro House

Sponsors: Jeff Cepull and David Rogers

Transition(s): Navigating your career and professional development as a transgender employee or prospective candidate

March 9, 2017 4PM Roxboro House

Panel discussion with: Members of Career Services at Philadelphia University (Tracy DePedro, Patrick Ryan, Laura Bickert Ciarlello), Residence Life (Dillon Eppenstein), and Student Engagement (Ali Stefanik). The staff presented and facilitated discussion along with representatives from the transgender community (Joanna Kindt and Kameron Winters) and shared their individual experiences in their own job searches and personal experiences.

Sponsor: Tracey DePedro

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Let's Bloody Talk  Part 3 - The Future of Roe v. Wade 

March 2, 2017 4PM Roxboro House

Sponsor: Niny Rao 

Roe v. Wade is a 1973 landmark decision by the United State Supreme Court on the issue of abortion. Today, this decision has been hailed as “the case that legalized abortion nationwide.” Under the current political climate, many women’s rights advocates are worried that Roe v. Wade maybe overturned by the Supreme Court. During this roundtable, we explored the impact of this important case from legal, historic, and cultural perspectives. The panelists for this roundtable were Professor Evan Laine, Director of the Law and Society program, Dr. Barbara Kimmelman, Academic Dean of C-SHLA and an historian of science, and Dr. Brian Yust, Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics who was born and raised in a conservative part of Texas.

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Responding to Trump

February 23, 2017 4PM Roxboro House

The largely unexpected election of Donald Trump has raised a number of questions over the past several months. How and why did it happen? What does it mean (for various communities, the country, and the world)? What types of analysis and response does it demand?

In this roundtable, a panel of faculty and students from across the political spectrum will lead a conversation that will address the lessons of the election, the meaning and significance of Trump and Trumpism, and possible responses to them. We will discuss what the election means for our broader understanding of political norms, organizing and activism, and national identity, among other issues. The roundtable will also serve as an introduction to the range of topics that will be discussed in more detail in the Trump Transition series throughout the semester.

Sponsor: Josh Smicker

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Sexual Assault: College Campus Edition

January 26, 2017 4PM Roxboro House

Do you feel safe on campus or at off campus parties or bars? Are students and the University doing enough to increase safety. Are assaults sometimes not reported, and if so, why not.

Philadelphia University hosted a roundtable and discussed the importance of this difficult subject with each other to increase safety and awareness both on and off our campus.

Sponsor: Victoria Angeny

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Penn Charter Roundtable  “The Election and Marginalization”

Janurary 19, 2017

The 2016 presidential election has left many feeling a variety of emotions. Some are extremely excited about the candidate chosen, some are extremely upset, and others are somewhere in the middle. This election has left those on both spectrums feeling silenced because of the extremity of opinions coming from Trump, Hillary, and Bernie supporters. It is important to have a safe space to discuss our concerns. With Trump’s inauguration happening very soon, it is a perfect opportunity to give voices to those who’ve felt like theirs has been lost. The focus of this discussion will be surrounding personal experiences of marginalization and how those experiences have affected the way a person views a certain candidate and their supporters.


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Election Recap

November 17, 2016

Host: Brianna Reese

Engaged in a student-lead discussion regarding the recent 2016 presidential election and expressed different concerns regarding the future of the United States.


Health Care Issues: Advice for the new president

November 10, 2016

Host: Dr. David Nash

Internationally recognized author, lecturer and founding Dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health, David B. Nash, MD. discussed the goals of the Affordable Care Act, the philosophy of preventive medicine and how wrong emphasis on treatment after instead of prevention has weakened US Health care quality. The table also included a discussion of the viability of the ACA going forward in light of the election results.


No City For Young Men: Hip Hop and the Narrative of Marginalization

November 3, 2016

Host: Tim Welbeck

PhilaU Professor and Hip Hop Artist/Author Tim Welbeck performed and lectured on how hip-hop communicates the lived experiences of those who live in urban centers across the nation, particularly African American men living in major cities. He examined such phenomena such as abject poverty, drug culture, the school-to-prison pipeline, mass incarceration, police brutality, et cetera. The primary focus of the lecture and performance was to provide a foundation for understanding how urban policy initiatives shape the lives of people living in urban centers across the nation, particularly, but not limited to African American men. A significant portion of the lecture/performance focused on the relevance of hip-hop’s role in expressing the modern African American experience.

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Zika Virus

October 27, 2016

Host: Mary Ann Wagner Graham

Engaged in a relaxed discussion of the latest information on the Zika Virus outbreak.  How can something so small wreak such havoc on humanity?  Could this virus bring about the end of the world as we know it!

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The Rhetoric of Trump

October 20, 2016

Host: David Rogers

This Roundtable discusses the rhetoric of the Trump campaign and how he successfully was able to use fear and exclusion to his best benefit to ensure his victory.

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How Can we Fight Against Terrorism and Extremism?

October 13, 2016

Hosts: Mohammad Mohammadi and Robert Flemming

Extremism has many forms and many fathers. What creates extremism? Why does a seemingly normal person turn into a very dangerous threat to their society? Is it all about benefits, power, religion, oil, and money? It is necessary for us to dig into the causes that create and continue radicalism and find solutions for this dangerous cancer. It is the time to take a step forward and do something more than sharing posts on our Facebook account!

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Lets Bloody Talk Part II

October 6, 2016

Host: Dana Perlman

The panel explored the actual costs of menstruation, nationally and globally. We discussed period panties, menstrual cups, tampons, and ‘sanitary’ pads. What does access to affordable menstrual care products mean for women? What are the social and economic costs of being a woman specific to menstruation (Megan Kelly fears about an employer, or a president, having PMS, or states revising tax laws for menstrual products, for example). And how do we erase the stigma of a normal healthy body function?

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If Climate Change Is Real, Why the Skepticism?

September 29, 2016

Host: Megan Fuller

The panel discussed prevailing theories of why climate change is controversial in the United States. Within this framework, we offered our thoughts on how to engage with citizens about climate change in a productive and progress-driven way. We discussed how messaging and communication can best be aimed toward the most vulnerable groups who will likely feel the stresses (both economically and physically) of a changing climate sooner and more significantly than most. We also highlighted on-going projects of PhilaU students that strive to address communication and engagement around climate change education.

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The Rise of Donald Trump and Trumpism: Moving Beyond the Turtle on the Fence Post

September 22, 2016

While the 2016 presidential campaign seems to resemble the Theater of the Absurd, it is very real and consequential! Donald J. Trump has certainly left his mark, but rather than ridicule and dismiss, how can we best make sense of and come to some understanding of him and those who support him? Listen to our roundtable discussion to gain some insight into Trump and Trumpism from a variety of perspectives.

Hosted by:
Philip Gibbon, Adjunct Professor of History

Henry Beuhner, Adjunct Professor of History
Joshua Smicker, Visiting Assistant Professor and Interim Director of Communications

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You Are Being Watched, Listened to, and Followed 

September 15, 2016

Host: Jeff Cepull

When and where you go on line, when you talk on your phone, when and what you shop, when you walk outside and what your ideas, tastes and affiliations are, are all being watched, saved, listened to. Do you even care?

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Can We All Get Along? Affinity Groups and Intersectionality?

April 14, 2016

Host: Students from Penn Charter


Students from William Penn Charter School along with assistance by Philadelphia University and the Arlen Specter Ctr. for Public Service hosted this special roundtable where we discussed whether the Black Lives Matter movement is solely a Black Student Union issue and whether the recent “religious freedom” laws are only of interest to LGBTQ groups.  We concluded by focusing on how various affinity groups can come together around common causes to better our communities.  

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Let's Bloody Talk

April 7, 2016

Host: Niny Rao

Menstruation is nninyot openly talked about in the media, in schools or even in private, but why not? This roundtable is an open discussion to talk about the stigmas surrounding periods, period sex, free flow and other period-related topics. This discussion featured personal stories about first periods, period mishaps and other related experiences. Please listen and learn a little bit more about menstruation.

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The Gift of Grief ?

April 7, 2016

Host: Fran  Gerstein

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How do we deal with our own grief or the grief of our friends, co-workers and loved ones?   How do we define loss? What can we learn from grief?  This roundtable hosted by a very prominent panel offers a deeply moving  and very special experience.

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Importance of Ritual in Greek Life

March 4, 2016

Hosts: Amanda McQuillian


Theta Phi Alpha  participated in a national Ritual Week during the week of March 7. Ritual week is conducted by another Panhellenic organization, Phi Mu. Throughout the week, organizations on campuses in the country raised awareness of the importance of ritual in Greek life allowing sorority and fraternity members to reflect on their organization’s ritual while embracing the ritual of other inter-fraternal organizations. Ritual is a highly important aspect of Greek life that most are not aware. The discussion   focused on what rituals are within the different chapters, how we can use ritual in our everyday lives, how to be a valued-based organization, and more. This roundtable will allow students and faculty to gain a better understanding of Greek Life, especially on Philadelphia University's campus. The discussion was conducted by Theta Phi Alpha's ritual chair with the participation of Theta Phi Alpha and other Greek organizations on campus.

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Unconscious Bias: Women in Architecture

Feburary 25, 2016

Host: Barbara Klinkhammer


Although the representation of female and minority students in architecture schools has been steadily growing, women and minorities in the profession are significantly underrepresented. In the United States over 40% of students enrolled in architecture are female, whereas only 17% are estimated to be practicing as licensed or registered architects.  Why are women leaving the profession in higher numbers than men? What are their challenges in a male-dominated office culture? What changes need to occur to increase the number of women and minorities in the profession? Listen in for the answers.

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Historic Costume and Textile Collections as a Public Resource

Feburary 28, 2016

Host: Marcella Martin

Marcella Martin ImageHistoric costume and textile collections are gaining increasing attention from the public with blockbuster exhibitions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” in 2011. This roundtable addressed the importance of historic costume and textile collections as public resources in a variety of settings from large museums and brand archives to university collections and historic houses. We further discussed how to understand the value of these collections and how to make them accessible to an ever-larger audience through exhibitions, online resources, and more.

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Exactly How Much Control Does The School Has Over Your Civil Rights?

January 28, 2016

Host: Lauren Jaeb


What is the  role of the university in its  student's  life?  Just how much freedom do young university adults have.  Can   the university limit speech to create a "safe place" for its students or is this censorship? 

Listen to this student led Roxboro House Roundtable for some answers




Too Big to Fail, Again ?

January 21, 2016

Hosts:  Dr.  Stephen Spinelli

SpinelliThe banks were too big to fail

The country is too big to fail – (look at the deficit)

If that is true, then isn’t the environment is too big to fail?

This discussion focused on the roles of responsibilities of the private sector and the government to respond, or not to respond, to the growing threat of climate change. What would it mean to take more definitive action to address the threat? What would it mean to NOT take definitive action?

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The Atomic Bombing of Japan, Could it have been avoided?

January 21, 2016

Hosts: Prof. Evan Laine

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The narrative commonly accepted by most American citizens is that  the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was necessary to end World War II. However, where there less drastic alternatives available to Pres. Truman? Further what role did the Soviet Union have in the United States' decision to unleash the powers of this weapon. Listen to this roundtable to discuss this very controversial topic.



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Challenges of the Philadelphia School System

November 4, 2015

Hosts: Madeline Gambino and Louise McShane

Due to lack of funds, resources and innovations, the Philadelphia school system and its students suffer. Listen to how the charter school movement and school vouchers have negatively affected the quality of education and how volunteerism can be a saivour for the children left behind in this system.

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The Rise of ISIS

October 15, 2015

Hosts: Prof. Philip Gibbon, Prof. Steve Dinero, Prof. Raju Parakkal, Prof. Luke Santoro

ISIS FlagThe rise of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or simply as Islamic State (IS), has both baffled and terrified the residents of the Middle East and the world at large. There is even disagreement over its name—is it ISIS, ISIL, or IS?—and what it actually is—a terrorist group, a caliphate, or a state? This Roxboro House Roundtable, “The Rise of ISIS,” seeks to provide some insights and understanding by discussing some of the following key questions:  What exactly is ISIS?  What do they want? How best to explain their rise and apparent popularity?  And how should global and regional powers deal with ISIS? Listen to this panel of PhilaU faculty and students as they explored these and other important questions related to the rise of ISIS.

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Kim Davis, Civil rights martyr or antagonist ?

October 8, 2015

Hosts: Prof. John Devoti

Lesbian Couple KissingOn June 26, 2015,  the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot deny marriage licenses to same sex couples.  Yet, Kim Davis the county  clerk for Rowan County Kentucky  denied issuing  same sex  marriage licenses  claiming it  violated her first amendment free exercise of her religion  rights, Is she a martyr  or religious rights or is she an unjustified  antagonist against those who seek equality under the constitution?

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Developing Global Fashion Programs Abroad

October 1, 2015

Hosts: Nioka Wyatt

GlobeThis discussion highlighted short study programs to China from faculty members at Philadelphia University and University of Delaware. Kelly Cobb, Martha Carper and Nioka Wyatt partnered on a grant from Cotton Incorporated to engage students in the fashion value chain at a leading fashion company, Denimatrix. Professor Wyatt created the short course to China and has developed a partnership with leading institutions and fashion companies that produce for Victoria’s Secret, Coach, Michael Kors, BCBG, Ann Taylor, Dell, and Walmart. Students who attended semester or short courses  engagde in the discussion.

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Anti-Science Narratives

September 24, 2015

Hosts: Prof. Christopher Pastore, Prof. Barbara Kimmelman, Prof. Jeff Klemons, Provost Matt Baker, and Prof. Frank WilkersonAnti-Sci

The beliefs of large segments of the American public are substantially out of step with current scientific understanding. The most well-known examples are the denial of anthropogenic climate change and evolution by natural selecti. Vaccine refusal is only weakly associated with political beliefs while distrust of genetically modified organisms in the food system is associated with a left-leaning political beliefs. Are these phenomena mirror images of one another across the political divide or do they develop for different reasons? Do the same traits that cause someone to choose a political identity predispose them to reject certain scientific findings? Or does the political divide cause the divergence as an individual’s political worldview is shaped by their fellow travelers?

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Race and Class Privilege

September 17, 2015

Hosts: Kevin Pierre-Louis

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Privilege is defined as a right, immunity, or benefit enjoyed by a person beyond the advantages of most.  Although there are multiple forms of privilege, the most commonly used terms are white and class privilege, which can be used together or apart. Most when discussing privilege do not actually realize the privilege that they may possess which others, due to the accident of their birth do not. Therefore this topic can be a very touchy subject to discuss and very controversial.Pisten to this Roundtable on Privilege to further expand your knowledge and help those around you do the same.

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9/11 How it Changed America

September, 10, 2015

Hosts: Prof. Evan Laine

From patriotism, to fear, from nationalism to bigotry, from freedom to loss of privacy,. American society has been affected in many ways because of the 9/11 attacks.  Listen to this Roxboro House Round table sponsored by the Arlen Specter Center for Public Service on this very serious issue.

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September 3, 2015

Hosts: WPHU PhilaU radio

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The suppression of words, images or ideas, also known as censorship, has served as a double-edged sword in the United States. On one hand, it serves to protect different groups from potentially offensive or harmful themes. On the other, censorship has taken on an aggressive form, leading many to wonder just whom are we protecting? Board members of the WPHU PhilaU Radio discussed how censorship influences, not only modern culture, but also the culture of PhilaU's campus.

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“Net Neutrality” with Jeff Cepull, Vice President for Information Resources and CIO, PhilaU

April 24, 2015

 Listen to this Roxboro House Roundtable which defines Net Neutrality, why it should be protected, and the ramifications to the economy and U.S. democracy if Neutrality is ended. This roundtable was hosted by Jeff Cepull, CIO of Philadelphia University and included PhilaU student Robert Banks, F.C.C. Lawyer Heather T. Hendrickson and Professors Evan Laine, David Rogers and Thomas Carnwath, CIO at the University of the Arts.

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“Old Buildings, Historic Preservation and Sustainability” with Professor David Breiner

April 23, 2015

This roundtable, hosted by Philadelphia University Professor David Breiner, discusses the economic, environmental, and social impacts of historic preservation. These topics generate a good deal of discussion among organizations, including the National Institute of Building Sciences, the National Parks Service, the Association for Preservation Technology International, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and other groups. Additional organizations that are grounded in the preservation/sustainability ethos – including the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the Partnership for Sustainable Communities – have broadened the discussion from individual projects to entire communities. How does the built environment, and its preservation, impact our lives? With the advanced technologies we have available today, is it possible that older buildings and landscapes can challenge new construction in terms of sustainability?

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“China and the US” with Professor Fung

April 9, 2015

Listen in as Professor Thomas Fung hosts a Roxboro House Roundtable on the issue of “The Next Economy: U.S. and China.” This discussion included economic, environmental, and social issues that both aid and stand in the way of global partnership.

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“Should College Students who are Licensed to Carry a Gun be Allowed on College Campuses?” with Professor Barbara Kimmelman

March 26, 2015

PhilaU Professor Barbara Kimmelman discusses with students, faculty and administrators whether guns should be allowed on campus.

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“Libertarianism” with Professor Mike Galganski

March 12, 2015

PhilaU professors Michael Galganski and Evan Laine discuss the meaning of Libertarianism and debate with students the pros and cons of this political philosophy.

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“Body Diversity (or lack thereof) in the Fashion Industry” with Professor Natalie Nixon and Brittany Rae Buckmire

February 26, 2015

Philadelphia University professor Natalie Nixon, host of this Roxboro Roundtable, discusses whether there is truly a diversity of body types and what is defined as beauty in today’s fashion industry and culture.

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“Legalization of Marijuana” with Law and Society students

February 19, 2015

Law and Society student Jessica Putnam leads this Roundtable on the issue of whether marijuana should be legalized in Pennsylvania. This wide-ranging discussion included why it is illegal to begin with, what effect race has on the legality issue, the dangers of pot, real and imagined, and the question of whether legality will encourage usage.

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“Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Stigmas Associated with It” with Giancarlo Brugnolo

February 6, 2015

Director of Student Life, Giancarlo Brugnolo leads a discussion on the dangers, myths, and stigmas of fraternity life on campus.

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“Travel as a Means to Increase Cultural Capital” with Professor Marcella Deh

February 5, 2015

Just how valuable is foreign travel to the University student? What are the risks of travel and what are the benefits and how can I make the most out of my experience?

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“What does Ferguson Say About Race Relations in the US?” with Law and Society Students and Professor Welbeck 

November 6, 2014

A frank discussion on police profiling, race relations in America and how the events of Ferguson have emotionally impacted minority citizens.

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“How Same Sex Marriage Became Legal in PA” with Bruce Hanes

October 30, 2014

This Roundtable captures history in the making as Bruce Hanes discusses how he changed the law in Pennsylvania and effectively brought marriage equality to the state.

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“Physician-Assisted Suicide and the Brittany Maynard Case” with Professors Ryan Long and Amy Baker

October 23, 2014

Physician Assistants and their students discuss physician-assisted suicide with mental health professionals, ethics experts, clergy and pre-law students. The sensitive issues associated with this controversial topic are discussed in a supportive and intellectual environment.

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“PA’s Current Version of Megan’s Law (SORNA)” with Professor Cheryl Brooks

October 16, 2014

Are the laws that require sex offenders to register fair? Do they protect the public or serve to unfairly punish? Listen to the talk hosted by Cheri Brooks, a Philadelphia Public Defender, and learn the nuances.

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“The Ebola Crisis, the Medicine and the Hype” with Professor Matt Baker

October 10, 2014

This Roundtable was recorded right at the time of the Ebola scare. Physician Assistants, social scientists and university students discuss the science of Ebola, the true threat it poses, and how the media and racism stoked the fires of hysteria.

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“Entrepreneurship” with President Spinelli

October 2, 2014

President of Philadelphia University, Stephen Spinelli, discusses at Roxboro House Roundtable the hows the whys and the joys of innovation and entrepreneurship. If you are thinking about starting your own business, this is a must listen.

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“The Ray Rice Scandal” with Professor Henry Buehner

September 19, 2014

Professor Henry Buehner of Philadelphia University discusses the Ray Rice affair and the NFL reaction to Rice’s attack on his wife. Also discussed was the public reaction, and what the wider implications are in terms of the sport, American society, and gender relationships in general.

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“Where Should We Produce Apparel?” with Professor Marie-Eve Faust

September 18, 2014

Philadelphia University Professor Marie-Eve Faust discusses the socio-political and economic implications of where we manufacture our clothing.

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“The West’s Sanctions on Russia – Will it Lead to Cold War 2.0?” with Professor Raju Parakkal

September 4, 2014

What is the nature and history of the crisis in the Ukraine? Why are the Russian and the United States interested in the region? What does Putin want? Dr. Raju Parakkal, a global studies professor at Philadelphia University, leads this Roundtable discussion on a topic that is still very much in play today.

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