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Fall 2015 Beyond the Page Public Programs

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Games Without Frontiers

Games Without Frontiers Artist/Makers Residencies

Digital Scholarship Center Programming and Workshops

Chat in the Stacks

Partnership Programs

Blockson Collection Programs

Beyond the Notes Concert Series

Games, Gaming and Play Film Fridays

Science and Engineering Library (SEL) Programming 


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This year, Temple University Libraries’ Beyond the Page public programming series will center our curated, thematic programs around games, gaming, and play. We’ll explore gender and gaming, game design, the role of games in American leisure, and other important impacts of gaming culture. We’ll consider games as pedagogical tools, host workshops on creating games, and think about the potentialities of gamification in higher ed. We’ll also use this frame as a metaphor for the ways in which chance, play, and algorithms appear in everyday life and guide our cultural systems. From colloquialisms like “games people play,” “gaming the system,” “game changer” and “night games,” to The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, and Pinball Wizards, our culture repeatedly recalls the trope of games. Join us throughout 2015-2016, as we play, critique and consider games, gaming and play.

Wednesday, September 30, 2:30 PM

Frank J. Lee on City at Play – An Exploration of Physical Spaces and Digital Games

Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk, Ground Floor

For the last two years, Frank Lee has "hacked" (with permission) the LED lights of the Cira Centre Building, a 29-story Philadelphia skyscraper, to create large-scale, interactive games of Pong and Tetris. In his talk at Temple, Lee will discuss the aesthetic these large-scale gaming installations ignite, which he calls "a shared moment" for Philadelphia and Philadelphians. For his talk at Temple, Lee will also put forth his larger vision for using urban structures and spaces as game tokens in city-wide interactive games, while exploring the interaction and intersection of physical spaces and digital games.

Dr. Frank J. Lee is an Associate Professor of Digital Media in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University with appointments in Psychology, Computer Science, and Biomedical Engineering.

Wednesday, September 30, 5:00-8:00 PM

Games, Gaming, and Play! An Opening Festival

Throughout Paley Library, 1210 Polett Walk

Games, gaming, and play take over Paley Library! Organizations, gamers, and game makers from throughout the city will gather to showcase hands-on activities, video and tabletop games, and more. We’ll also have live music, food and giveaways. Participants include the Temple University Gamers’ Guild, the Moore College of Art and Design, Game Forge, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philly Nerd Nite, the Game Room at the Howard Gittis Student Center, and Temple University Cricket Club.  With musical entertainment from Cheap Dinosaurs. Live broadcast by WHIP Radio.

Monday, October 12, 1:00 PM

System, Structure, Ritual: Theodoros Terzopoulos on the Wilma Theater’s Production of Antigone

Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk, Ground Floor

Internationally renowned director Theodoros Terzopoulos, in collaboration with The Wilma Theater,  will lead an international company of eight Philadelphia actors and three actors from his own Attis Theater Company in Athens, in the creation an original adaptation of Sophocles’ classical text, Antigone. Initially inspired by a New Yorker essay about the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, Antigone invites conversation around moral, religious, and political dilemmas regarding the unburied dead. Performed in both English and Classical Greek, the production will feature Mr. Terzopoulus’ physically  rigorous methodology. The thematic content of the play, the creative team’s preparations for it, and the very structure of Classical theater are governed by the cultural systems and rituals that shape everyday life and artistic convention. Join Temple University Libraries, the Intellectual Heritage Program, and the Wilma theater for a discussion and talkback with Terzopoulos and other members of Wilma’s creative team.

Antigone runs at the Wilma Theater from October 7-November 8. Purchase tickets at

Tuesday, October 20, 9:30 AM

Design Play Cards Challenge Live!

Digital Scholarship Center, 1210 Polett Walk, Ground Floor

Paper or plastic or what? That’s what designer and sociologist Leyla Acaroglu asked her TED audience as she broke down four popular “urban myths” surrounding sustainability. To aid the process of thinking critically about these and other consumer choices, Acargolu and the team at Eco Innovators developed the Design Play Cards. Aimed at consumers and experienced design/product-development professionals alike, this game helps players look at the full life-cycle of materials and objects, aiding decisions that can actually affect change. Join the Libraries and Temple’s Office of Sustainability as we lead you through live, interactive rounds of Design Play.  

This program is part of Campus Sustainability Week.

Thursday, November 19, 6:30 PM

Not Just Fun and Games? STEM, Toys, and Gender

The Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street

There has been a recent influx of toys intended to engage girls with science, technology, and engineering-based skills at an early age. Critics counter, however, that activities like this, meant to level the playing field, actually work to reinforce gendered stereotypes. Join the Chemical Heritage Foundation and Temple University Libraries as we explore the intersection of STEM toys and gender. This program will be moderated by Dr. Brenna Hassinger-Das, a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Kathy Hirsch-Pasek at Temple’s Infant and Child Laboratory. Hassinger-Das’ research focuses on the role of play in fostering learning, particularly in the areas of mathematics and language development.

The discussion will be followed by a toy fair and activities in the Chemical Heritage Foundation Museum.




Generously supported by the General Education program

Fall 2015, November 5 and 6

Angela Washko

Tyler School of Art and Temple University Honors alumna Angela Washko is an artist, writer and facilitator devoted to creating new forums for discussions of feminism in the spaces most hostile toward it. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2012, Washko founded The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft as an ongoing intervention on communal language formation inside the most popular massively multi-player online role playing game of all time. In an attempt at radical empathy, she recently interviewed the web's most infamous misogynist. A recent recipient of The Franklin Furnace Performance Fund Grant, a Creative Time Report commission, a Rhizome Internet Art Microgrant, a Danish International Visiting Artist Grant and the Terminal Award, Washko’s practice has been highlighted in Frieze Magazine, Time Magazine, The Guardian (UK), ArtForum, ARTnews, VICE, Hyperallergic, Rhizome, the New York Times, The Creator’s Project, Dazed and Confused Magazine, Digicult, ArtInfo, Bad At Sports and more. Her projects have been presented nationally and internationally at venues including Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art (Helsinki, Finland), Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Moving Image Art Fair (London and NYC), the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Institute for Contemporary Art Boston and Foundation Vasarely (Aix-en-Provence, France). Washko’s work will be featured in the upcoming book “Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the 21st Century” from The New Museum and MIT Press.

Thursday, 5:30 PM, Paley Library Lecture Hall, Lecture, Going to the Source: Performance and Negotiation in Polarized Online Spaces


Friday, 5:30 PM, Paley Library Lecture Hall, Performance, Tightrope Routines (A Feminist Artist Interviews the Internet's Most Infamous Misogynist)

Tightrope Routines is a storytelling performance based on a year of exchanges between feminist artist Angela Washko and a pick-up artist, author, blogger and notorious manosphere leader deemed “the web’s most infamous misogynist”. The performance began with a provocation called BANGED* and outlines the story of an artist’s experience shifting from activism to ethnography in a space of extreme hostility toward women and particularly feminists.

*BANGED was a project initially proposed as a platform in which Washko would interview women who have had sexual encounters with the pick-up artist (a former industrial microbiologist who now writes textbooks called about “picking up girls and getting laid” across geographic and cultural boundaries) and produce a parallel book and web-based project to his conquest narratives. The project became problematized when the manosphere blogger became aware of it online and Washko decided she would have to proceed in conversation with the subject of the work himself, beginning by conducting a two hour long interview with him.


Spring 2016, Lindsay Grace

Lindsay is an associate professor at American University and founding director of the American University Game Lab and Studio. His game designs have received awards from leading organizations around the world. He has given talks at the Game Developer's Conference (GDC), SXSW, the Games for Change Festival/Tribeca Film Festival, Society for News Design and many others. He has published more than 40 papers, articles, and book chapters on games since 2009. His creative work has been selected for showcase in more than eight countries and 12 states, including New York, Paris, Rio De Janeiro, Singapore, Istanbul, Sao Paulo, Chicago and Vancouver. He is currently the Vice President of the Global Game Jam™ and serves on the board of directors for the Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA). He is a key leadership partner in the university’s Knight Foundation funded Jolt initiative to reimagine media leadership through game design and systems thinking.


The Games Without Frontiers Artist/Maker Residencies are generously supported by the General Education Program





All programs take place in the Digital Scholarship Center on the ground floor of Paley Library unless otherwise noted


Thursday, October 22, 4PM

Digital Scholarship Center Grand Opening

In today’s academic environment, research is disseminated through an ever-diversifying range of formats, such as apps, games, and data visualizations. Through our new Digital Scholarship Center, we’ll support students and scholars as they learn with, create, and share research in these new paradigms. Learn more about the Center and see examples of research conducted by Temple scholars and DSC staff at our Center reception and opening.

Weekly Workshops

Register for our new series of DSC workshops at Feel free to bring your lunch to our noon and 12:30 sessions!

Game Jam

Create, design, and work together at the game jam. We’ll give you the rules and systems of play--you develop the game. Visit for game jam details--these workshops are hosted by special guests and planned around our programming themes throughout the year.

Reality is Broken Book and Game Club

Tuesdays (every other), 12:30 PM-1:30 PM from September 8 through December 8

Read along with Jane McGonigal’s groundbreaking exploration of the power and future of gaming, Reality is Broken (Penguin Press, 2011). At each meeting, we’ll discuss two chapters as we play along with the games mentioned therein.

Learn to Code Python

Wednesdays, Noon-1:00 PM from September 2 through December 9

Participants will work together to learn the programming language Python at their own pace.  Join us to work through online learning sessions of Python with hands on exercises and get help from others there.

Text Analysis with R

Thursdays, 12:30 PM-1:30 PM from September 3 through December 10

This ongoing workshop will teach open source coding for textual analysis, leading participants through Matt Jocker’s Text Analysis with R for Students of Literature. Prepare to attend the entire series, as each week we’ll cover one chapter.

Model of the Month Club

Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 PM from September 3 through December 10

Break down and discuss the methods and techniques behind modelling techniques in well-known, hard-to-decipher, or especially original data modeling and visualization projects.





For more than seven years running, the Libraries and the Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Faculty of Color have co-hosted an engaging series of panels on timely topics, featuring faculty from across the university. Join us for this fall’s continuation of our Chat in the Stacks programming.

October 8, 2:30 PM, Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk, Diversity and STEAM Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics

Panelists include Dr. Jacqueline Tanaka, Associate Professor of Biology and Director of Temple's MARC U*STAR program, which aims to diversify biomedical research by recruiting and mentoring students from groups underrepresented in the field and Dr. Rashida Ng, Professor of Architecture and President of SEAMLab. 

November 12, 2:30 PM, Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk, Black Girls--Exploding the Myth

Join us for a round table discussion between faculty women of color and student leaders on the myths and stereotypes that abound in the public discourse about Black women. There is a history to the stereotypes of Black women faced daily and, as we have seen with the Sandra Bland incident, there is a danger to them. Formatted as a "chat" between faculty and some of their students, this event aims to opens the discussion to the larger campus community.




Tuesday, October 6, 6:00 PM

Manoush Zomorodi: Be Bored and Brilliant

Temple Contemporary, 2001 N. 13 Street


Manoush Zomorodithe host and managing editor of WNYC’s Note to Self, spearheaded Bored and Brilliant: the Lost Art of Spacing Out, a program that challenges people to put away their phones and engage their creativity. Now she's bringing her insight and simple exercises to Temple in order to help us be smarter, more productive, and wildly creative.



This program is produced by Temple Contemporary in partnership with Temple University Libraries. 




Thursday, October 15, Noon, The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, 1330 Polett Walk (First Floor, Sullivan Hall)

Tour of African American Education in Philadelphia and Beyond: Past and Present with Curator Dr. Diane Turner

Thursday, October 15, 3:00 PM and Friday, October 16, 7:00 PM

Education in Black & White: The Institute for Colored Youth, Octavius V. Catto and the Ongoing Struggle for Education

1199C Hospital Workers Union Headquarters, 1319 Locust Street

The Moonstone Arts Center and the Blockson Collection present a program examining the history and legacy of the Institute for Colored Youth, the first school for higher learning for African Americans in the United States. Discussions will also encompass crucial contemporary issues, such as teachers’ as activists and a conversation with Haki and Safisha Madhubuti facilitated by Dr. Diane D. Turner, Curator of the Blockson Collection. This program also complements the exhibition African American Education in Philadelphia and Beyond: Past and Present, on view at the Blockson Collection throughout the fall.

Monday, October 26, 11:00 AM

In Conversation with Dr. Smadar Lavie

Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk, Ground Floor

Join us for a conversation with anthropologist Smadar Lavie. Lavie received her doctorate in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley, specializing in the anthropology of Egypt, Israel, and Palestine, with emphasis on issues of race, gender, and religion. She has written and co-edited a number of books and volumes including The Poetics of Military Occupation (UC Press, 1990), which won the 1990 Honorable Mention of the Victor Turner Award for Ethnographic Writing, Displacement, Diaspora and Geographies of Identity (Duke Univ. Press, 1996),  Creativity/Anthropology (Cornell Univ. Press, 1993), and her most recent, Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture (Berghahn 2014). This program has been generously sponsored by the Department of Religion, the Department of History, the Department of Anthropology, the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy, and the Middle East and North Africa Study Group at the Center for the Humanities at Temple. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2:00 PM

Shared Authority: Public History, Social Curation, and Social Practice

Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk, Ground Floor

Join Temple University Libraries, the History Truck, and the Temple University Public History Program for a conversation with historians Michael Frisch (Professor of History & American Studies/ Senior Research Scholar at the University at Buffalo, SUNY) and Cindy Little (Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent) and History Truck creator Erin Bernard. These three innovative public historians will discuss the meaning of shared authority and ask: How do mobile tools suggest new modes and approaches through which public historians and their communities inclusively curate projects? They will also examine socially-engaged public history practice, from apps to vehicles, illuminating what social curation and mobile history can be in the years to come.

Wednesday, November 18


Schedule of Events
All events will be in 1810 Liacouras Conference Suite unless otherwise indicated.
11:00 AM "Story Maps - Using StoryMaps in the classroom" with Dr. Kolson Schlosser, in Paley Library
Noon: GIS Networking Lunch with academics and professionals in the field
2:00 PM Lightening Talks I (short presentations by GIS users)
3:00 PM Lightening Talks II
4:00 PM  Keynote address by John Duchkneskie

Please visit the main event page for more GIS Day details:

Monday, November 30, 10:00 AM

What's Next?! Homosexuality, Homophobia/Transphobia, and Religion in a Post-Marriage-Equality World

Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk, Ground Floor

A panel of artists, activists, academics and journalists will discuss critical questions facing the LGBTQIA community in a post-marriage-equality United States. The discussion will take particular focus on points of contention, conflict, and commonality between religious and queer life. Panelists include Deja Alvarez, Director of Outreach for the Trans Resource Foundation; Leon King, Esq., lawyer, advocate and openly gay congregant at the R.E.A.C.H Seventh-Day Adventist Church; Rev. Renee McKenzie, pastor at the historic Church of the Advocate; and Ernest Owens, award-winning multimedia journalist and reporter/columnist for Metro Philly. Temple University professors Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon and Scott Gratson will moderate. 

This program commemorates World AIDS Day, and is produced in conjunction with a staging of Williams-Witherspoon's play "You Gotta Eat Dirt Before You Die" at the Walnut Street Theater. Special thanks to program co-sponsors, the Muhammad and Mary Kenyatta Foundation.





All programs take place at the Blockson Collection, 1330 Polett Walk in Sullivan Hall on Temple Main Campus unless otherwise noted


Monday, November 9-Friday, November 13

Photographic Journeys Across Cultural Barriers:

The Photography of John W. Mosley

Special Exhibition at Temple University Center City (TUCC), 1515 Market Street

The Charles L. Blockson Afro- American Collection explores cultural diversity in a special exhibition of images by renowned Philadelphia photographer, John W. Mosley. This exhibition takes place at TUCC in conjunction with the Office of Equal Opportunity Compliance (EOC)’s Professional Development Training Institute (PDTI). PDTI is part of the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED).

Thursday, November 12, 2:00 PM

Celebrating the Life of Mel Dorn Shamlin, Cecil B. Moore Freedom Fighter

This program examines the life and legacy of Mel Dorn Shamlin, an important Philadelphia activist and participant in the fight to desegregate Girard College. Program participants include his colleagues, friends, and those who fought against police brutality and racial segregation.

Tuesday, November 17, 2:00 PM

Exhibition Opening and Reception for Curator Ruth E. Fine

Frank Stewart’s Romare Bearden                                    

also featuring Romare Bearden in Philadelphia from the John W. Mosley Photograph Collection

Join us to celebrate the opening of the Blockson Collection exhibition Frank Stewart’s Romare Bearden and Ruth E. Fine’s donation of Bearden’s (1911-1988) writings, exhibition catalogs, and press clippings. Fine’s gift also includes slides of artworks used for the exhibition catalogue, The Art of Romare Bearden, a show she curated for the National Gallery of Art in 2003. The work is considered one of the best bibliographies on any African American artist.

This exhibition is presented with the Tyler School of Art in conjunction with Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis (1909-1979), curated by Ruth E. Fine and on view at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from November 13, 2015 through April 3, 2016. All images in the Blockson Collection show are by John W. Mosley and Frank Stewart.

Saturday, November 21, 2:00 PM

The National Marian Anderson Historical Residence Museum Honors Charles L. Blockson

Marian Anderson Historical Residence Museum, 762 South Marian Anderson Street

Join the Marian Anderson Historical Residence Museum, a nationally registered historic site and former home of the great contralto vocalist, as they honor Charles L. Blockson, scholar, bibliophile, and founder of the Blockson Collection.




Paley Library and the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts Concert and Performance Series

All programs take place at Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk on Temple Main Campus


Wednesday, September 23, Noon

Domestic Tranquility

Film and music by Maurice Wright


Wednesday, October 21, Noon

Musical Gems in a New Setting with Jeffrey Solow (cello) and Elise Auerbach (piano)

Haydn-Piatigorsky Divertimento in D

Schubert-Piatigorsky Introduction, Theme and Variations, Op. 82, No. 2

Weber-Piatigorsky Sonata in A

Weber-Piatigorsky Adagio and Rond


Wednesday, November 11, Noon

Bach to the Future: 3 Centuries of Guitar Music

Allen Krantz and students on classical guitar



Wednesday, December 2, Noon

Kariamu Welsh and students in a dance performance




Enjoy free popcorn and a movie at Games, Gaming, and Play Film Fridays. Movies this semester are selected to build on themes discussed at our other Games Without Frontiers programs. Films are screened at 4:00 PM in the Paley Library Lecture Hall.


Clue (dir. Jonathan Lynn, 1985)                      

November 20

The characters and plot of this mystery comedy starring Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, and Christopher Lloyd are drawn from the Parker Brothers board game of the same name. The film follows a group of guests invited to the mansion of Mr. Boddy (Lee Ving). When their host turns up dead, it is up to the guests to discover who among them is the culprit.  


Toys (dir. Barry Levinson, 1992)                     

December 4

This fantasy comedy stars the late Robin Williams along with Joan Cusack and LL Cool J, and centers around a family-run toy making company. When a military general (Michael Gambon) inherits the company, it is up to the employees to save both the business and the spirit of toy making.  



Data Management Series

Second Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 PM: September 10, October 8, November 12 at the Science and Engineering Library, College of Engineering Bldg, 1947 N 12th St, Room 201 

  • September 10: Introduction to Data Management Best PracticesLearn the basics of data management such as data entry do's and don't's, file naming conventions, and file organization.
  • October 8: Describing Data with Metadata, Code Books, and ReadMe FilesCome learn about how to make sure your data makes sense to your future self and lab mates using data dictionaries, code books, and metadata.
  • November 12: Data Storage & SharingFind out how to store, archive, and share your data - and why you should do all of these things.

ORCID: Unique Identifiers for Researchers

Thursday, Sept. 17, 12:30-1:30 PM at the Science and Engineering Library, College of Engineering Bldg, 1947 N 12th St, Room 201 

Come learn how you can register for an Open Researcher and Contributor Identification (ORCID) number and link it to your publications and projects. It's like a DOI for authors! Optional: Bring a laptop to walk through the process during the session.

Ig Nobel Prize Viewing Party

Thursday, Sept. 17, 6:00-9:00 PM at the Science and Engineering Library, College of Engineering Bldg, 1947 N 12th St, Room 201 
The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that make people laugh, and then think. The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people's interest in science, medicine, and technology. Join us for a viewing of the ceremony! Refreshments provided! Learn more at


Thursday, Oct. 1, 12:30-1:30 PM at the Science and Engineering Library, College of Engineering Bldg, 1947 N 12th St, Room 201 
Learn how to (legally) get access to any article, book, or other material through Temple Libraries using our Inter-Library Loan and EZBorrow programs. With Justin Hill and Nick Reynolds from TUL Access Services.





Frank Stewart’s Romare Bearden                                    

also featuring images from the John W. Mosley Photograph Collection

at the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, 1330 Polett Walk

On view November-January


African American Education in Philadelphia and Beyond: Past and Present at the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, First Floor Sullivan Hall, 1330 Polett Walk

On view September-March


We Got Game: Featuring Games Through the Ages

at Paley Library first, ground, and mezzanine levels, 1210 Polett Walk

On view September-December


Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection

at the Simmy and Harry Ginsburg Health Sciences Library, Medical Education and Research Building, 3500 N. Broad Street

On view August 31-October 10, this exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health




Visit our exhibitions and make a special visit to the Libraries over Homecoming Weekend, October 8-11! 




Temple University Libraries’ Beyond the Page public programming series fosters conversations of social, scholarly and educational value. This yearlong series invites scholars, writers, artists, and experts in a variety of fields to address topics pertinent to scholarship at Temple and of importance to the university and in the surrounding community. The programs are free and open to all, fostering intellectual curiosity and signaling Temple Libraries as a place where that curiosity is both encouraged and satisfied. Our programs also provide a platform for learning more about the Libraries, and for building partnerships throughout the community.




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