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Uptown! Speaker Series:
Ray Didinger

The NFL at 100: How Pro Football Became America’s Game

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 6:30pm

Ray Didinger won six Emmy Awards as a producer and writer with NFL Films. He is the author of 12 books on sports, including three recent bestsellers: The Eagles Encyclopedia: Champions Edition, One Last Read, and The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies.

A 1968 graduate of Temple University, and a member of Temple’s School of Communications Hall of Fame, Didinger wrote for the Philadelphia Bulletin and Philadelphia Daily News for more than 30 years. More recently, he authored the autobiographical play Tommy and Me, produced by Theatre Exile in Philadelphia.

Didinger was named Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year five times by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. In 1995, he won the Dick McCann Award for long and distinguished coverage of pro football, and his name was added to the writers’ honor roll in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Didinger is a host on 94WIP sports talk radio in Philadelphia, and appears on NBC Sports Philadelphia as the primary analyst on Eagles Pre-Game Live and Post-Game Live. He lives in Philadelphia.




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Speaker Series presents

Joanna Lohman

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 6:30
Running Time: approx 2HRS

Joanna has been rocking stages and fields all over the globe for two decades. She is a former professional soccer player and member of the United States Women’s National Team. Over her 16 year career, she has built a platform for social impact and became the first player in Washington Spirit history to have her jersey retired. She is a human rights activist, teacher, and serves as a Sport Diplomat, traveling the world and running programs in less developed nations that promote gender equality, conflict resolution, cultural understanding, and economic development.

Joanna lived the first 21 years of her life as a straight woman and transformed into a gender non-conforming, androgynous, gay woman who has overcome devastating injury, defeat, heartbreak, and traveled to over 40 different countries. Through her own personal journey, she has helped individuals and groups define their beauty by living an unabashedly authentic life based around deep-rooted acceptance and discovering a comfort in their own skin.


Adult $25 + $3 service fee
Student $15 + $3 service fee