Welcome to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love! - Graduate Student Version

Dear SSSP Graduate Students,

Welcome to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love! Summer is the perfect time to visit Philadelphia; the city is alive with vibrant neighborhoods, arts and cultural events, and an abundance of ethnic foods. There are so many things to see, do, and eat in our fair city. Philadelphia is very accessible by public transportation, and many sites are walkable.

Here are a few things that shouldn’t be missed during your time here:

  • The Philadelphia Museum of Art is home to the Rocky Steps. It is home to a massive permanent collection, and expertly curated exhibitions. During August, the PMA is host to Design in Revolution, an exploration of the art, design, and architecture of the 1960s. Every Wednesday, from 5:00pm-8:45pm, admission is Pay What You Wish!
  • Philadelphia is for art and history lovers. Old City is minutes away from Center City, and is full of tiny cobblestone streets, farmer’s markets, sidewalk restaurants, and historic sites. We also enjoy a robust public art program. Many neighborhoods have murals that reflect the history and culture of local neighbors. Between sessions, take a long walk and visit the murals in Center City and beyond!
  • Philadelphians love to enjoy a drink and a snack outside when the weather is nice. Gather up fellow conference participants for some games and relaxation at Spruce Street Harbor Park, enjoy expansive city views at Bok Bar, or stop and smell the flowers at Philadelphia Horticultural Society’s Pop up Garden.
  • If you’re looking to get away from the congestion of Center City, Philadelphia’s neighborhoods offer a wide diversity of food, parks, and ethnic communities. West Philadelphia (where I live) is home to a large immigrant population, and you can find a plethora of incredibly delicious cuisine from East and West Africa, Lebanon and the Mediterranean. South Philadelphia is an easy choice for Italian, but you’re just as likely to get some delicious Mexican cuisine from the many restaurants just south of the Bella Vista neighborhood. If you’re craving tamales, I highly recommend Los Amigos Food Market, for a no-fuss, portable snack while exploring the Italian Market.

Enjoy your stay,

CiAuna Heard, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, Temple University
Local Arrangements Committee, 2017-2018