Don’t Miss Special Series of Readings and Discussions

Philadelphia University students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a public forum on the lives and stories in Song of the City: An Intimate History of the American Urban Landscape, a tribute to urban living in Philadelphia, Pa., written by Writer-in-Residence Nathaniel Popkin, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in The Tuttleman Center Auditorium.

The forum, moderated by Lea Jacabson, School of Liberal Arts (SLA) adjunct faculty member, will feature commentary from Mr. Popkin and three subjects highlighted in his book: Paul “Royal P” Tucker, an author, song-writer, magazine publisher and musician originally from West Philadelphia, featured in the chapter “Calm the Beating Heart;” Kathy Paulmier, director of Community Relations at Germantown Friends School, and Germantown and Quaker communities member, showcased in the chapter “Awe;” and Jesse Gardner, a Northern Liberties architect and painter, from the chapter “Toil and an Act of Faith.”

As part of a series of spring events hosted by the Writing Across the Curriculum Program, SLA and Office of Academic Affairs, the event is an opportunity for Mr. Popkin and his muses the opportunity to discuss the writing process behind the novel, as well a chance to discuss the book’s underlying themes.  A reception will immediately follow the presentation.

Other events in the series, featuring readings and discussions by local authors Sandra Hordis and Beth Kephart, will take place March 26 and April 16, respectively.  All events are free and open to the public. For more information, email John Eliason, director of Writing Across the Curriculum, at, or visit

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