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Explore the famed landmarks and trendy new shops and galleries of Philadelphia's Old City Historic District on this two-hour walking tour with the experts at Philadelphia Urban Adventures. As you stroll down Independence Mall, through Independence National Park and along the charming streets and back alleys of Old City, your guide will share in-depth knowledge of such landmarks as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the site of Ben Franklin's house and historic Christ Church -- where many of the Founding Fathers worshipped. The tour includes a stop for refreshments at Old City Coffee and wraps-up at Triumph Brewery, a modern brewpub inside a historic paper mill, where you can try a craft beer or beverage of your choice as part of the price of the tour. Learn More
April 21, 2012 at 10:00am: FDR and the Path to World War II* — What We Know Now that We Didn’t Know Then*
Professor Richard M. Pious – Columbia University
On December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor; four days later Germany and Italy also declared war on the U.S. Yet America’s involvement in World War II had been predetermined as early as May of 1940 when FDR circumvented an isolationist Congress by making a secret deal with Winston Churchill and the British.
May 5, 2012 at 10:00am: Bruce Springsteen’s American Vision*
Professor Louis Masur situates Springsteen’s music in a broader cultural context. Springsteen is working in a long tradition of American songwriters who have given thought to the meanings of America, and his work connects to some of the most fundamental issues in the culture: the question of community, the place of faith in our lives, the nature of work, the dream of escape, the search for love. We will examine how Springsteen delivers on these themes both lyrically and musically, how his vision has shifted over time, and the role of rock ‘n’ roll as an agent of change
Louis Masur is Chair of the American Studies program at Trinity College and is the author of_ Runaway Dream: Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen’s American Vision_ (2009). He has also written about Springsteen for Slate, Salon, Backstreets, and other publications.