Roxboro Roundtables

The Roxboro House Roundtables are interdisciplinary discussions on any topic from health and science, to fashion, economics, and politics. These talks provide an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to explore and consider a variety of themes in the cozy, historical Roxboro House living room. Join us for discussion on a topic that interests you. Freely express your ideas, learn new information and meet colleagues with similar interests.

The Roundtables are held Thursday afternoons in the Arlen Specter Center at the Roxboro House. For more information about attending or leading a Roxboro House Roundtable, please contact Evan Laine.

Past Roundtables audio files are available in the archive below - or you may opt to subscribe to our podcast from the following sites:

2020 Roundtables

May 1, 2020 Zoom Meeting

While the format has since been drastically changed due to Coronavirus, the goal of this roundtable is to discuss without judgment and inform students, faculty, and others about the issues involving consent and sexual assault/misconduct specifically on college campuses. The main focus of this presentation is to talk about the stigma behind sexual assault/rape, as well as the ignored ideology that men can never be victims of sexual assault, all without making this into an “anti-men” discussion. Too often important issues of this level of severity go dismissed or ignored for having a strong feminist or anti-men connotation, it is very important to me that we do our best to break that barrier or belief that all men are predators and can never be victims of a sexual crime. Overall, it has always bothered me that our university has, in my opinion, only done the bare minimum as far as requiring sexual misconduct and consent information for its students-- I’d like to change that for future classes.

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Host: Allie Warren

April 15, 2020 Zoom Meeting

In this Roxboro House Roundtable, sponsored by Thomas Jefferson University's Arlen Specter Center, Law & Society Senior Liz Sussman hosted a zoom roundtable on eating disorders. She discussed the challenges faced by those who suffer from them as well as coping and helping strategies.

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Host: Liz Sussman

February 13, 2020 Roxboro House

In this podcast, Dan Ross and Zig Rorer, two students at Jefferson University hosted a discussion on the Black Experience and what it is like being black in America today. The students explored many heart-wrenching experiences and discussions that need to be heard by all Americans, including personal encounters of racism and hate.

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Host: Dan Ross and Zig Rorer


2019 Roundtables

October 24, 2019 Roxboro House

In this podcast, the Jefferson University Latin American Student Organization and Professor Ahmad Qais Munhazim discussed the issues surrounding being considered an “Other” in America today. Throughout this conversation, the Roundtable members explored the definitions of the “Other,” and the illusion of the “real American.” Students, staff and faculty related their struggles in not being perceived as “American” enough, their complicated family dynamics and fears, and the pressures and discrimination they face. Listen to this podcast episode to experience the daily obstacles that immigrants have to go through to survive.

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Host: Alejandra Conejo, President of L.A.S.O. and Professor Ahmad Qais Munhazim

October 3, 2019 Roxboro House

In this podcast, the Roundtable members discussed the urgent problem of mass incarceration in America, but specifically in Philadelphia. Professor Evan Laine of Jefferson University is joined by members of the JLUSA Philadelphia Campaign, Close the Creek, Jeffrey Jones, and Reuben Jones, as well as, Jacquelyn Jordan, Executive Asst. to the Sr. Associate Provost for Enrollment Management at Jefferson University. Throughout this Roundtable, the group discussed critical concerns of mass incarceration including Risk Assessment in the justice system and how mass incarnation is ingrained in United States history and is now a form of institutional racism. To learn more visit [].

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Host: Jeffrey Jones, Reuben Jones and Jacquelyn Jordan

September 19, 2019 Roxboro House

In this podcast, Jefferson University Professor Evan Laine and Hayden Remick, President of the Jefferson University Graduate Sustainability Network as well as Professor Tom Schrand and Professor Rob Fleming discussed why Jefferson University Students are joining the World Climate Strike. Students, Faculty, and Staff explored what the Global Climate Strike concerns, what are the risk to the health of the planet and what possible solutions are available. The Roundtables will now be heard on the 1st and 3rd Sundays starting in October on WGGT-LP 92.9 Germantown Community Radio.

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Host: Hayden Remick; President of the Jefferson University Graduate Sustainability Network, Professor Tom Schrand, Professor Rob Fleming

September 17, 2019 Roxboro House

In this podcast, Jefferson University Professor Evan Laine and Patrick Ryan, Associate Director of Career Services, explored the relationship between Trump, the First Amendment and Free Speech on this special Constitution Day Roundtable. Students, faculty, and staff discussed opposing views on what it means to have free speech in today’s political climate and how the First Amendment interacts with or affects social media. A major portion of the conversation focused on whether Trump’s declaration that the press is an enemy of the people and his continued charges of media fake news effectively chills free speech expression. Roundtables will now be heard on the 1st and 3rd Sundays starting in October on WGGT-LP 92.9 Germantown Community Radio.

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Host: Professor Evan Laine and Patrick Ryan, Associate Director of Career Services

Spring, 2019 Roxboro House

In this podcast, Doctor Jonathan Metzl joins the Roxboro Roundtables at Thomas Jefferson University Center City Campus. Dr. Metzl explores his new book Dying of Whiteness and how current United States government policies are putting white middle-class Americans at ever-greater risk of sickness and death. He delves into how these voters actually support self-defeating policies that work against their best economic, social, and health interests. In this Roundtable, Metzel explains how in the era of Donald Trump, many lower- and middle-class white Americans are drawn to politicians who pledge to make their lives great again. Nevertheless, as Metzel discuses, these same politician’s policies actually place white Americans at ever-greater risk of sickness and death. Listen to this podcast to have an insider look into Dr. Metzl’s fascinating new book, which is causing great discussion and controversy throughout the nation.

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Host: Doctor Jonathan Metzl

April 11, 2019 Roxboro House

In this podcast, Jefferson University Psychology Professor Emily Capelli explores the relationships between mental health awareness, eating disorders, and body health at every size. Students, faculty, and educators examine how their life experiences and their relationships with family members and friends formulate their awareness of body health and relationship with food. This intriguing Roundtable dives deep into the realm of how the “average” person encounters, experiences and sometimes suffers from their relationship with food.

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Host: Professor Emily Capelli

2018 Roundtables

December, 2018 Roxboro House

LSPN (Law & Society Podcast Network)

These Law & Society Sophomores differ political on almost every topic; however, while their ideologies may clash, their worldviews occasionally intersect. Rather than underscoring their differences, this podcast celebrates the value of discussing our views in a respectful and constructive manner.

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Host: Nick Franchi and Sierra Reddi

November 14, 2018 2pm Roxboro House

Listen to the inspirational story of David Tuck and his story as a holocaust survivor. An educator worldwide, David Tuck shares his experiences, his hardships, and his gratitude. During a time of high political climate, Mr. Tuck offers reassurance to a younger generation.

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Host: David Tuck; Holocaust Survivor

October 25, 2018 4pm Roxboro House

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Host: Tracey DePedro; Director; Jefferson East Falls; Career Services

September 20, 2018 4pm Roxboro House

In this podcast, Jefferson University members of the Latin American Student Association, (L.A.S.O.) discuss life as Latinos in the Trump era. In this very emotional and frank roundtable, students reflect on the pain they experience due to negative judgment by other Americans, judgement they perceive is stoked by a president who they believe is hostile to their community. Student presenters explain how this negativity affects their self-image and increases pressure to be exemplary members of their community.

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Host: Ally Concepcion & the Members of the Latin American Student Association

September 6, 2018 4pm Roxboro House

In 2017, Jefferson University, previously known as Philadelphia University, merged with Thomas Jefferson University. With the renaming of the University, the issue of how to properly deal with the complicated legacy of one our Nations’ founding fathers arose. It is accepted that Jefferson, a slave-owner to his dying day, fathered children with Sally Hemings, a much younger slave. Many believe that any sexual relations with a slave amounts to rape. For several years prior to the merger, one of PhilaU’s academic buildings featured a statue of Jefferson on a bench writing the Declaration of Independence. After the merger, several students raised the issue that the presence of Jefferson, in light of his history, was distressing to students of color on the campus. As a result, based upon the decision of then President Stephen Spinelli, the statue was quickly removed without discussion. The issue at this roundtable was how should Jefferson University, as a learning institution, best deal with the legacy of a man who, while accomplishing great deeds, also behaved in ways considered morally repugnant today. Listen to Professor Evan Laine, Law & Society student Co-Host Dontresse Hazelett, and a panel of Jefferson University students as they discuss this controversial issue and suggest possible solutions.

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Host: Professor Evan Laine and DonTrease Hazelett; Law & Society Sophomore

April 19, 2018 4 PM Roxboro House

Listen to Dr. Kathy Smith, Director of Law and Justice at Harcum College, Dr. Rick Frei lead researcher for the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society, Dr. Evan Laine, Program Director for Law and Society at Jefferson University and students from Jefferson University’s forensic psychology class and Community College of Philadelphia’s descriptive research methods class, as they discuss the future of sexual harassment by examining the results of their recent survey on commonly accepted sexual harassment myths. You will be surprised at the beliefs individuals have regarding sexual harassment, what it means and why it occurs.

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April 12, 2018 4 PM Roxboro House

Congressional Funding And Health Policy: Listen to nationally known archive expert and Arlen Specter Ctr. for Public service research fellow Dr. Sean Kelly of University of California Channel Islands discuss with the panel how Congressional funding affects policy, law and practice. Dr. Kelly discussed how the interaction of the democratic process and personal beliefs of politicians influences federal funding and how that impacts healthcare and practice in the United States. More particularly, the penal discussed how President G.W. Bush’s ban of federal funding for stem cell research negatively affected the advancement of research in that area. Further Dr. Kelly discussed with the panel how provisions within funding bills has seriously impacted a woman’s right to chose.

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Host: Sean Q. Kelly, PhD; Arlen Specter Center Research Fellow and Professor, Political Science, California State University, Channel Islands

April 5, 2018 4 PM Roxboro House

Listen to Arlen Specter research fellow Menika Dirksen of Temple University as she discusses with the panel how in the 1970s tensions between the police and black community in Philadelphia, aggravated by a series of unfortunate events between black citizens and white police, were alleviated by actions of Arlen Specter and others through the use of community organizations such as PAL and Safe Streets Incorporated. In addition, present at the Roundtable was former city manager under Mayor Rizzo, Prof. Hillel Levinson and Dr. Reed a member of the Crisis Intervention Network in the 70s.

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Host: Menika Dirksen; Arlen Specter Center Research Fellow and PhD student in history at Temple University

March 29, 2018 4 PM Roxboro House

Listen to this Roundtable hosted by Arlen Specter Ctr. research fellows Jessica Schoenherr and Elizabeth Lane of Michigan State University as they discuss the confirmation process for Supreme Court Justice in the United States. Are these hearings “vapid and hollow charades” as described by Associate Justice Elena Kagan, or are they important windows the minds of these future justices. Is the process a mere political spectacle held for the entertainment of the public or are they serious political vetting processes? Finally, the panel discussed whether the confirmation process is even valid in today’s political climate.

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Hosts: Elizabeth Lane and Jessica Schoenherr; Arlen Specter Center Research Fellow and PhD students in political science at Michigan State University

March 1, 2018 4 PM Roxboro House

In this podcast you will learn about how we as a society are to create safe campuses for all students to attend. How to know you are in danger and what you are to do. Learn about what we can do to enhance the effect of the Clergy Act.

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Host: Travis Douglas; Arlen Specter Center Research Fellow and MEd, doctor of management in strategic leadership, student at Thomas Jefferson University

January 18, 2018 4PM Roxboro House

Health care and our digital trail are two things vital in our society. In this podcast you will notice and learn about the generated systems that are piecing together information to know who we are. Tax Companies such as Experian do a lot more than just your taxes.

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Sponser: Mary Ebeling

January 18, 2018 4PM Roxboro House

In this roundtable you find the invigorating conversation regarding the future of work. Where will society be along with the economy in the near future with the support of Artificial Intelligence? Will our jobs be lost? What are now considered "safe" jobs?

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Sponsor: Dr. Stephen Spinelli