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Arlen Specter Center for Public Service

The mission of the Arlen Specter Center for Public Service at Philadelphia 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:



Upcoming Events:

Knowledge Exchange: An Investigation of the Kinetics and Equilibrium Chemistry of Cold-brew Coffee: Caffeine and Chlorogenic Acid Concentrations as a Function of Roasting Temperature and Grind Size

April 28th @ 12pm Roxboro House Presenters: Niny Rao and Megan Fuller, Assistant Professors (both), College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts (CSHLA) (both)


Featured Topic:

Haru Jang awarded the The Gift of Grief 2017 Daniel Gerstein Essay Contest

The Daniel Gerstein Award is an annual essay contest given to students who demonstrate excellence in their ability to navigate a profound experience of grief/loss.


The home of the Arlen Specter Center for Public Service is in the historic Roxboro House at Philadelphia University, located in the East Falls section of Philadelphia.  Built circa the 1800s, the house was considered a historic and important touchstone to both Philadelphia and America's origins by Senator Specter, making it the ideal location for the Center. 

Roxboro House