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The Arlen Specter Center for Public Policy


The mission of the Arlen Specter Center for Public Service is to be an independent-thinking public policy forum and advocate of change, which fosters transdisciplinary academic scholarship, education and direct civic engagement for students, faculty and the community, based on the Arlen Specter legacy. 

Managed by a Center Coordinator and a Faculty Director under the auspices of the Paul J. Gutman Library, the Center sponsors programming around relevant public policy and educational topics for the benefit of the University community and the public. Under a collaboration agreement, the University of Pittsburgh’s library system is preserving, organizing and processing the rich and deep collection of resources comprising Arlen Specter’s archives collection, while Jefferson retains ownership of this material. The two universities are collaborating on providing research access to the collection  and digitizing portions of it. The home of the Arlen Specter Center for Public Service is the historic Roxboro House, which was fully renovated and historically preserved, and is currently used for classes, meetings and events, while showcasing many of the late Senator’s photographs and memorabilia.