Around 1979, when Ira Harkavy was finishing his Ph.D. at Penn, his mentor in the history department, Lee Benson, delivered an address that called for practitioners in communities to work together with academics.
It was a simple but powerful idea that took root in Harkavy's imagination.
He began to brainstorm with Benson: How exactly can these seeming disparate groups work together? What good can history and social science—and even universities do in the world? What, exactly, are universities good for?
Video by Kurtis Sensenig, University Communications