Class in the City

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Philadelphia is being taught in some 100 courses being offered this fall at Big Six* institutions. There is the usual Philly history, Philly politics, and classes on race, criminology, and studios in landscape architecture, preservation, and planning. But there are also these favorites, with Philadelphia as explicit subject or illustrative example:

AFAS 310. Women, Crime, & History (Drexel)
ART 227. Museums of Philadelphia (Lasalle)
SM 489. Africans Abroad: Emigrants, Refugees, and Citizens in the New African Diaspora (Penn)
SM 324. Strategies to Reduce Intergroup Tension in Multi-Cultural Settings (Penn)
IHS 256. HIV/AIDS: Sexuality, Money, Politics, Research, Public Health, and Ethics (St. Joes)
THE 363. Ignatius and the City: Jesuit Urban Missiology (St. Joes)
HIST 0849. Dissent in America (Temple)
LAS 2072. Puerto Ricans in Philadelphia (Temple)

*I’m following Inquirer Sports lead on this one, and including Drexel, a change that ought to be made official (a topic for another day). I left out quite a few institutions–including Arcadia, where I teach “Philadelphia Then and Now”–simply because I hadn’t enough time to go through every catalog. I am certain I’ve missed some creative offerings, so please let me know if you are teaching or taking something interesting.

About the author

Hidden City co-editor Nathaniel Popkin’s latest book is the novel Lion and Leopard (The Head and The Hand Press). He is also the author of Song of the City (Four Walls Eight Windows/Basic Books) and The Possible City (Camino Books). He is senior writer and script editor of the Emmy-winning documentary series “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” and the fiction review editor of Cleaver Magazine. Popkin's literary criticism appears in the Wall Street Journal, Public Books, The Kenyon Review, and The Millions. He is writer-in-residence of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.

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