Single Bullet

Arlen Specter & The Warren Commission

Investigation of the JFK Assassination

October 21, 2013July 18, 2014

Extended due to public interest

Inaugural exhibition of the Arlen Specter Center for Public Service at Philadelphia University

Paul J. Gutman LibraryPhiladelphia University

  • Presented By
  • PNC

about the exhibition

Made possible by a generous grant from the PNC Foundation, a transdisciplinary team of Philadelphia University students, faculty and staff conceived of, designed, fabricated and installed this exhibition to showcase U.S. Senator Arlen Specter's seminal role in the Warren Commission investigation of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The exhibition coincides with the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination and depicts Senator Specter's selection, participation and unique contributions to the Warren Commission's activities and final report, with special attention focused on his "single bullet theory or conclusion."

Produced during the academic year 2012–2013, this transdisciplinary project is the result of active collaboration featuring Philadelphia Unviersity's three colleges–College of Architecture and the Built Environment; Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce; College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts–with additional support from members of the Paul J. Gutman Library and The Design Center at Philadelphia University.

Credits Special Thanks To The Making of the Exhibition

Location & Hours

Free Admission

  • Exhibition Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 9–5PM (through July 3)
  • Library/Exhibition closed on May 26 (Memorial Day) and July 4
  • Summer Hours (July 7-18)
  • Monday through Thursday (9-4:30)
  • Friday (9-1)
  • Exhibition Location
  • Paul J. Gutman Library
  • Philadelphia University
  • 4201 Henry Ave
  • Philadelphia, PA 19144
  • Directions


  • Speaker and Exhibition Evening Hours
  • Presentation by investigative reporter Philip Shenon, author of the new book: A cruel and shocking act : the secret history of the Kennedy assassination
  • Philip Shenon will present about his research regarding the Warren Commission and the aftermath of the assassination of President Kennedy; after the presentation, guests are welcome to explore the exhibition
  • Monday, November 18, 2013 4–4:30-6pm
  • RSVP by Friday, November 18, 2013 to or call 215.951.2843
  • Exhibition Preview
  • Guest speaker, Howard P. Willens
  • Former assistant counsel to the Warren Commission; author of the forthcoming book History Will Prove Us Right: Inside the Warren Commission Investigation into the Assassination of John F. Kennedy
  • Thursday, October 17, 2013 4–6pm
  • RSVP by October 14, 2013 to

Collection Maintained by the Paul J. Gutman Library


Rob Skomorucha

Corporate, Foundation &
Government Relations


Phone: 215.951.2865

Karen Albert

Specter Center Coordinator


Phone: 215.951.2847

Stan Gorski

Specter Center Curator


Phone: 215.951.2581