25th Anniversary Overview

The Netter Center is hosting events throughout the 2017-2018 academic year to celebrate its 25th Anniversary. Please join us, and stay tuned for more details on upcoming events!

During Homecoming, November 4th, we hosted a program on ethnographic filmmaking with ABCS faculty and student partners, "From Hollywood to West Philly: Film & Community Storytelling."

Our 25th Anniversary International Conference, "Higher Education-Community Partnerships for Democracy and Social Change," took place November 16-17, 2017 on Penn's campus. View the conference program book; video recordings of the plenary sessions; speakers' bios, presentations, and other materials here.

University-Assisted Community Schools Arts Showcase will take place February 28, 2018 at the Rotunda.

Our 25th Anniversary Partnership Festival will take place at West Philadelphia High School on April 19, 2018. This will be a celebration of University-Assisted Community School partnerships with children, youth, and families in West Philadelphia, along with Penn students, staff, faculty, and special guests. More details to come! 

The 15th Annual Academically Based Community Service Summit will take place April 26, 2018, showcasing current ABCS courses and engaging participants in discussion on student and faculty engagement.

We will also celebrate our anniversary with special events on Alumni Day (May 12, 2018) and with other alumni-sponsored activities throughout spring 2018.

Check out our 25th Anniversary video produced by Penn Communications:

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"Democracy must begin at home, and its home is the neighborly community."

John Dewey (1927)