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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 few of the upcoming topics include COVID-19, elections, food and diversity.

Jewish Life
Interviews with the University’s first director of the Jewish Studies program as well as the current campus rabbi for Hillel explore the growth of the Jewish American identity at Drexel.

"Back on Campus"
In spring 2006, ABC Family filmed a reality tv show called “Back on Campus” in the classrooms and dorms of Drexel University. The show featured a group of Drexel students navigating college life while living on campus with their parents. Guests discuss the production of the show, why Drexel was chosen for it, and the experiences of being a student on the show.

Student Profile
Drexel students Anna Shetler, Nick Mendez and Violet Collins discuss the process of finishing their history theses. Hear about their processes for gaining evidence, the hard skills they developed and the patience, energy and creativity they demonstrated in becoming historians.

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.