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Separating Fact from Fiction

Evan Laine, JD, explores the significance of conspiracy theories – and Senator Arlen Spector.

Specter Center Overview Infographic

Specter Center Overview

This infographic data reflects the robust activities of the Arlen Specter Center.  Our Research Fellows’ papers, Roxboro Roundtables and SpecterCasts continue to attract increasing numbers of downloads and views.

Evan Laine

Arlen Specter: Scandals, Conspiracies, & Crisis in Focus by Evan Laine

Five-term Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter was consistently in the middle of major historical events and profoundly influenced their outcomes. Specter often documented these significant events by taking photos of himself embroiled within them. These images captured such stories as meetings with PLO leader Yasser Arafat, which may have preserved Mid-East peace, and encounters with Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro discussing the US embargo and the JFK assassination. This book, however, does not simply reveal the photos, but rather the rich narratives behind these frozen moments that document the historical tapestry of controversies, risks, mistakes, victories, and defeats of Specter’s long career. Whether Specter’s legacy merits praise or criticism, these photos illustrate the life of a man who made a difference.

Arlen Specter Center

Historic Roxboro House

The home of the Arlen Specter Center is in the historic Roxboro House at Jefferson, 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.