Sure, it's an encyclopedia, but don't confuse this with an outdated dinosaur like Britannica, the relic from the '80s that took up an entire wall in your grandfather's living room. This project includes an online volume, making it relevant and accessible in today's digital world and giving readers a voice in the content.Johnson takes note of the energetic participation in the Greater Philadelphia Roundtable discussions, which are helping to shape the Encyclopedia's contents. Next up is a discussion of Philadelphia as a "Holy Experiment," on Thursday, April 14, at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street. To sign up, visit our Events page -- and watch for the essay "Holy Experiment" on Sunday, April 10, in the Currents section of the Philadelphia Inquirer, on this web site, and on Newsworks.org.
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By cmires on April 6, 2011, 12:11am
AOL's City's Best captures the essence of our project in a post this week by Gerry Johnson:
By cmires on April 5, 2011, 11:56pm
Our friends at WHYY's Newsworks produced this video to accompany Chris Satullo's essay on the City of Brotherly Love:
By cmires on March 18, 2011, 11:33pm
This week we begin a year-long exploration of Philadelphia's civic identity, and we hope to spark a widespread conversation with a series of thought-provoking essays published in partnership with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and WHYY's Newsworks.org. Often, these essays will be paired with distinctive works of art from the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Across multiple online platforms, in the Sunday Currents section of the Inquirer, and through public events, we invite you to reflect on the famous phrases that have defined our city -- first up, "The City of Brotherly Love." At Newsworks.org, you'll find the discussion underway with video interviews. These activities also help us to build The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. We envision each of the thematic essays as a gateway for expanding layers of content, and we will invite participants in our public event series -- The Greater Philadelphia Roundtable -- to help us determine topics to represent each theme. To see what's coming up in the year ahead, check out our events calendar. Please join us for this unprecedented investigation of the ideas and themes that lie at the heart of our shared history. (If you need more incentive, our first event this Wednesday, March 23, will be followed by a reception co-sponsored by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities.) Our thanks to the Pennsylvania Humanities Council for support of the Greater Philadelphia Roundtable series, and to the many civic partners who have helped us to organize these events.
By cmires on March 1, 2011, 4:13pm
Familiar phrases such as "City of Brotherly Love" and "Workshop of the World" have described Philadelphia's history as well as its aspirations for the present and future. Slogans such as these are frequently used, but what role do the ideas they represent play in our history and civic life? These are the questions that we open for discussion with "Phrasing Philadelphia," our new series of Greater Philadelphia Roundtable programs. Registration is now open for the first four programs. Don't miss this opportunity to help us continue to build public participation in The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia project. For more information and to register, simply click on the events calendar. Teachers, this year we offer the opportunity to earn Act 48 credits by attending these programs.
By curator on May 16, 2010, 12:50pm
Our spring series of the Greater Philadelphia Roundtable concluded May 11 with a capacity audience at the African American Museum in Philadelphia for "Philadelphia's Black Attorneys: Not Just Lawyers but 'Social Engineers.'" We extend to thanks to everyone who contributed their time and efforts to these community dialogues, which collectively drew more than 300 participants to four different venues and generated lively exchanges of information and views. These programs have demonstrated the strong interest of a variety of individuals and groups in being represented in The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. We also have heard of the importance of understanding the past in order to plan for the future, especially the need to reach out to today's youth. The extraordinary collaboration among so many groups and individuals forged by these programs will guide the planning of future programs and help to shape the future content of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. Please continue to join the dialogue as we post summaries of the spring discussions and watch for announcements of future events.
By curator on May 5, 2010, 6:53pm
Our registration for the May 11 Greater Philadelphia Roundtable, "Philadelphia's Black Attorneys," has reached the capacity of 200! Thanks to everyone, especially Michael Coard, Avenging the Ancestors Coalition, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, and the Barristers for helping to spread the word. We encourage anyone who still wishes to attend this program to register for the waiting list at http://attorneys.eventbrite.com . Also, if you registered but will not attend, please let us know so that your place may be opened to someone on the waiting list. We look forward to seeing so many people next Tuesday evening! We will also post a summary of the program on the Encyclopedia's web site so it will be accessible to an even wider audience.
By curator on April 22, 2010, 11:13pm
The April 22 session of the Greater Philadelphia Roundtable was the largest yet, with more than 100 people joining us at the Academy of Natural Sciences for the discussion, "Imagining Philadelphia's Future: The Plans and the Realities." Suggestions for the Encyclopedia that were submitted on comment cards have been posted on our PlanPhilly.com., and a summary of the program will be prepared and posted to allow for further discussion. Thanks to our partner Young Involved Philadelphia, to the Academy of Natural Sciences, and everyone who participated and helped to spread the word about this event. Video from the program is posted on
By curator on April 17, 2010, 6:08pm
We invite additional participation in the recent session of the Greater Philadelphia Roundtable, "Philadelphia-Area Women in the Twentieth Century: What Do We Know, and What Do We Need to Know?" Summaries of the panel discussion and dialogue are now available on our Events page, with comment space open for each segment of the program.
By curator on April 6, 2010, 3:30pm
We have been thrilled with the interest in our April 22 roundtable, "Imagining Philadelphia's Future," at the Academy of Natural Sciences. For a brief time, we had reached the capacity of our room, but thanks to the generosity of the Academy we have moved the event into the auditorium there. Registration has been opened once again, so please invite friends and colleagues. Everyone on the waiting list should receive an email notice so they may confirm their registration. Thanks to Young Involved Philadelphia and all of our partners involved in organizing this very compelling program, which will help to shape the future content of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.
By curator on April 1, 2010, 10:54pm
Discussion at the Greater Philadelphia Roundtable session on April 1 at the Historical Society of Pennsvylania yielded a wealth of insight into the needs and potential for new research on twentieth-century women's history. We have posted topic suggestions from participants' comment cards on our. Watch for a summary of the discussion to be posted soon.
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