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Student-Run Podcast Highlights Drexel History

Run by faculty and students in Drexel’s History Department, the “Dragon’s Remember” oral history project aims to celebrate the University’s rich history through storytelling as well as preserve it for future generations.

Alumni who are interested in participating in the podcast are welcome to reach out to Lloyd Ackert, teaching professor in the Department of History, at for more information.

A Look at "Back on Campus"
Four Drexel students try and survive a full college term spent filming a reality tv show with their parents. Whether it’s going to class, attending campus parties or sharing a dorm room, these students experience traditional college life alongside their parents. This episode features Larry Epstein, a retired professor from the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, and Susan Seaborg, BS ’08, the former star of the ABC family reality tv show "Back on Campus." In this episode, we’ll discuss the production of the show, why Drexel was chosen to be the featured school, and the experience of being a student while on the show.

Department of History – Senior Thesis Experiences
The senior thesis is a long and often challenging process for many history majors that culminates in their last year of college. In this episode, three Drexel graduates recount their experience researching and writing their senior thesis. Listen as these graduates discuss their topics ranging from the treatment of Irish Catholic immigrants in Philadelphia, to the history of board games and disability, and the experience of conducting interviews with Vietnam veterans.

Covid Episode 01: Medical Professionals
For more than a year now we have been at war with an invisible virus and medical professionals have been on the front line of this battle. Chelsea Nowakowski, BSN ’10 is an operating room nurse while Avir Mitra, MD ’15 is an emergency room doctor in New York. Both of these heroes have been on the frontline since the beginning of the pandemic, listen to their incredible stories.

Covid Episode 02: Crisis Response
The Covid-19 crisis is new for everyone. Debates have raged since the beginning on the best ways to respond to this crisis. Capt. Charles Peters, MD ’98 and Jeff Stoll, MA ’01, PhD ’05 are both Drexel alumni who are not new to dealing with crisis. Tune in to hear their stories and expert opinions on the coronavirus.

Covid Episode 03: Public Officials
This episode covers the public health response to COVID and the experiences of professionals working in this field. Palak Raval-Nelson, MPH ’02, PhD ’08 and Emily Waterman, MPH ’20 both graduates of Drexel's Dornsife School of Public Health, share how their work with the City and State Departments of Health has been affected by COVID. Commentary by Stephen Gambescia, PhD, clinical professor in Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions.

Election Roundtable Episode: Did you know Drexel was once home to a presidential debate that featured Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton among others? Hear never before told stories, inside information and more from four University employees who helped make the 2008 Democratic Debate at Drexel a possibility: Niki Gianakaris, Dimitri Boufidis, David Wilson and Kyle Kephardt.

Women in STEM Part 1 features Angela Harris, BS information systems '02. In this episode we explore the importance of representation, community and mentorships to women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Co-op Part 1 features Ian Sladen, current vice president for cooperative education and career development in the Steinbright Career Development Center, as well as Evan Ehlers ’19, founder of the nonprofit Sharing Excess, which he started as a Close School of Entrepreneurship student.

Co-op Part 2 features interviews with Ira Taffer ’79, ’83, current associate dean of faculty affairs, and Jabari Jones ’16, president of West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative.