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Arlen Specter Center for Public Service

The mission of the Arlen Specter Center for Public Service at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) is to facilitate and promote public service and civic education in a cross-disciplinary, nonpartisan setting. The work of the Center will include programming inspired by Senator Specter’s long-term interests and accomplishments.  In collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh, the Center will preserve, organize and provide access to Senator Specter’s historic archive of papers, photographs and political documents for the benefit of researchers and scholars and the public. 

The Specter Center hosts a variety of events including:



Hosted by Maiken Scott of "The Pulse" on WHYY, the Arlen Specter Center hosts a panel discussion focusing on the issue of suicide prevention for college students and associated mental health issues.


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2018 Research Fellowships Awarded

The University’s Arlen Specter Center for Public Service has awarded four $5,000 fellowships to promote scholarship and research in an area supported by the Arlen Specter Collection.

“These fellowships will highlight and raise awareness of the significant impact the late senator’s work had on American politics, criminal justice, healthcare policy and culture, thereby advancing the profile of the Center and University,” said Evan Laine, director of the law and society program at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). 

Learn more here.

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