Penn Back Then: Alumni Weekend 2017 (Audio)

We speak with a diverse group of alums, including Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC and Chair of the Penn Arts and Sciences Board of Overseers Andrea Mitchell, CW'67, about their unique Penn experiences.

Monday, May 22, 2017

By Brooke Sietinsons


Penn Back Then is a continuing oral history project begun in May 2005 by Penn Arts and Sciences. At campus celebrations each year, alumni from all decades can contribute their notable anecdotes and remembrances to this audio scrapbook.

Though the college experience varies from one generation to the next, every Penn graduate is linked by the history and traditions of a common campus. Penn Back Then is a chance to learn about university life across several decades, as told by the people who know it best.

Featured alumni:

Pedro Ramos, C'87 | Catalina Ramos, C'14 | Rafaela Tores, C'89
Catalina Ramos tells the story of how her parents met at Penn.

Andrea Mitchell, CW'67
Andrea Mitchell recalls her time at WXPN and discusses her favorite English professor.

Damón Manning, C'92
Damón Manning tells the story of his a cappella group, The Inspiration.

Jenny Bilenker, C'97
Jenny Bilenker remembers a poetry class with her favorite professor, Al Filreis.

Howard Freedlander, C'67
Howard Freedlander recalls the moment he learned of JFK’s assassination in 1963.