Fireside Chat: Reimagining Ben Franklin (Chris Kuncio)
Chris Kuncio, creator of Young Ben Franklin, discusses his efforts to reintroduce Benjamin Franklin to new audiences (including his own students) through walking tours, modern editions of his writings, curricula, and even his own four-part “hip-hopera,” B. Franklin: Corrected and Amended. Visit franklinforprez.com to learn more about the unfolding project.
Chris Kuncio is a born and raised Philadelphian who has spent the last seven years teaching twelfth-grade English at Mastery Charter Lenfest in Old City. For the same period, he has run a tour company where he has portrayed Young Ben Franklin. As the character, he produced rap album that covers Ben Franklin’s entire life. He is currently trying to animate the album and generate more entertaining content around American history and civics.
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