An exhibition of archival imagery by Maurice Sorrell (1914-1998), the first Black member of the White House Photographers Association


J. Michael Harrison

A conversation about the power of radio in supporting poets and musicians

Fields of Knowledge
  • Memory
  • Public culture
  • Social Justice

Organizing Institutions

Penn Social Policy & Practice, Slought


Stephanie Renée

Opens to public





4017 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Slought and Penn School of Social Policy & Practice are pleased to announce a conversation with J. Michael Harrison on Thursday, July 5 from 7-8pm at Slought. Curator Stephanie Renée will dialogue with Harrison about the importance of preserving history and archiving as a political and cultural project. This event has been organized in conjunction with the exhibition Photographic Memory, an exhibition of archival imagery by Maurice Sorrell (1914-1998), on display at Slought from June 21, 2018 to July 21, 2018.

J. Michael Harrison opened his airwaves to Philadelphia's up-and-coming spoken word poets and musicians, and created an invaluable audio archive of artists who would later become global sensations. He will discuss the power of college radio, the late night time slot, and how both dynamics have drawn together to uplift and support artists on the verge.

Audience members are also invited to bring a favorite photograph from their personal collections to this event, to be scanned and shared with visitors to the exhibit. Subject matter and image size may vary. The only qualifying criteria is that the image has meaning for the participant! The images and the brief caption you provide will be gathered and arranged as a slideshow for the Slought website, reflecting the diversity of perspective and experience of those who have engaged the installation. It is a celebration of life, through your lens.

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J. Michael Harrison is a celebrated Philadelphia Host, Producer, Moderator, Stakeholder, Curator, Educator and Jazz Hero. His musical open-mindedness was shaped by his older brother John, a guitarist, and his cousin, the drummer Harry "Butch" Reed. His award winning program, The Bridge, on WRTI has been running for over 20 years.