Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Athens of America

The Greater Philadelphia Roundtable: “Athens of America” and “Athens of the Western World” emerged in the early 1800s as references to Philadelphia’s dominance in arts and culture. This discussion focused on Philadelphia as a cultural center, especially in the visual arts. This panel was moderated by Kim Sajet of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania with panelists Alexandra Kirtley of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Carmen Febo San Miguel of Taller Puertorriqueno, and David Brownlee of the University of Pennsylvania. Program co-sponsors included the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Taller Puertorriqueno.

Read the summary of this discussion.

The Greater Philadelphia Roundtable is a partnership of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, presented in cooperation with numerous civic partners. This program has been supported in part by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ We the People initiative on American history.

Series co-sponsors: Young Involved Philadelphia, the Friends of Independence, WHYY, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, Philadelphia Media Network, Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, Neighborhood Interfaith Movement, Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities.

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