Forum on the Hill

The Forum on the Hill provides opportunities for the community to engage with speakers once a month, (September- June) who discuss current topics. Join the Conversations! Presented both in person at 12:30pm in Widener Hall and then recorded and posted online here after 5pm. *Covid Protocols are still in place, but you may now bring a brown bag lunch, and we serve light snacks, water, and coffee.

Click HERE to watch the recorded Presentation from April 13th.

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April 13
Dan Biddle and Murray Dubin
Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America

In Tasting Freedom Murray Dubin and Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Biddle painstakingly chronicle the life of Octavius Valentine Catto , a charismatic black leader—a “free” black whose freedom was in name only. Catto electrified a biracial audience in 1864 when he proclaimed, “There must come a change,” calling on free men and women to act and educate the newly freed slaves. With a group of other African Americans who called themselves a “band of brothers,” they challenged one injustice after another. Tasting Freedom presents the little-known stories of Catto and the men and women who struggled to change America. Join us as the authors lead an important conversation about this important book that will change the way you understand American History.

Daniel R. Biddle, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s former politics editor, has been a journalist for more than four decades. His investigative stories on the courts won a Pulitzer Prize and other national awards. He has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and teaches journalism at the University of Delaware.

Murray Dubin, author of South Philadelphia: Mummers, Memories and the Melrose Diner, was a reporter and editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 34 years before leaving the newspaper in 2005. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Libby Rosof.

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