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Spring 2015 Programs at Temple University Libraries

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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.


All programs are free and open to the public. Programs take place in the Lecture Hall on the ground floor of Paley Library, 1210 Polett Walk on Temple Main Campus, unless otherwise noted.



Throughout the 2014- 2015 academic year, our curated public programming series explores "Digital Cultures" through discussions, lectures, screenings and other public events that address the impact of social practices around technology--both in and out of academia.  

Visit this site for updates, as we plan spring programs on:

  • Dating and data in the digital world
  • Technology, surveillance and privacy
  • Intersectionality, feminism, and diversity in the next wave of digital humanities
  • Music, media, and digital listening

All digital cultures programming takes place in Paley Library Lecture Hall, unless otherwise noted


February 17, 3:30 PM

Theodore A. Harris: Conscientious Objector to Formalism

An Artist’s Talk on Politics, Art, and Digital Creation

Theodore Harris’series, Conscientious Objector to Formalism, remixes old master paintings with searing quips that question the lasting legacy of modernist formalism. At this artist’s talk, Harris will discuss his process, touching on issues of digital production and appropriation in contemporary art, as well as the political, theoretical and historical underpinning of his work. Harris will be joined in discussion with artist Najja Keita.

Prints from the series will be on view in Paley Library Lecture Hall throughout the month of February, with rotating selections in a first floor marquee.

POSTPONED--Tuesday, March 24, 2:30 PM--POSTPONED

Gender and Chimera: The Ladies Dairy, Almanacs, and Public Mathematics in Early Modern England

Jacqueline Wernimont’s work is situated at the intersection of feminism and digital humanities. A professor of English at Arizona State, Dr. Wernimont’s research spans early modern literature, digital humanities, history of science, and feminist and possible worlds theory. She is also affiliated with Arizona State’s pioneering Nexus Lab for Digital Humanities and Transdisciplinary Informatics, the ASU Center for Cybersecurity and Digital Identity, and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. At Temple, she will discuss just one of her latest digital projects, which focuses on the Ladies Diary, an early British mathematical periodical.


Wednesday, March 25, 2:30 PM

The Politics of Inclusion: Equity and Inequity in Digital Spaces

Join the next wave of digital scholars to discuss intersectionality, diversity, and inclusion in digital spaces in and outside academia.


Jessica Marie Johnson is an Assistant Professor of History at Michigan State University. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in History from the University of Maryland, College Park and a B.A. in African & African American Studies from Washington University in St. Louis where she was also a Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellow.Her research interests include women, gender, and sexuality in the African diaspora; histories of slavery and the slave trade; and digital history and new media and has appeared in Slavery & Abolition and Meridians: Feminism, Race and Transnationalism. As a digital humanist, Johnson is interested in ways digital and social media disseminate and create historical narratives, in particular, comparative histories of slavery and people of African descent, and the power of radical media to create social change. 

Michelle Moravec is an associate professor of history at Rosemont College in Philadelphia, PA. After receiving her Ph.D. in US history from the University of California Los Angeles, she worked in a range of alt-ac positions including women’s leadership and directing the Women’s Center at William Paterson University. Her current project, the Politics of Women’s Culture, is being written in public on the web and has been funded by the Getty Research Institute, the Schlesinger Library, and Barnard College Library. Her completed digital history projects include Gender in the History of Woman Suffrage, Unghosting Apparitional Lesbian History, and Visualizing Schneemann.  She also collaborates with students at Rosemont College and Villanova University on two additional digital history project, Till I’ve Done All that I Can: Alma A Clarke’s Great War, and Chapel of Delight: the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Rosemont College.

Roopika Risam is an assistant professor of English and English education at Salem State University. Her research examines the intersections between postcolonial and Africana studies and the role of digital humanities in mediating between them. Her monograph Postcolonial Digital Humanities is under contract with Northwestern University Press. Her digital scholarship includes The Harlem Shadows Project, on producing usable critical editions of public domain texts; Postcolonial Digital Humanities, an online community dedicated to global explorations of race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability within cultures of technology; and EdConteXts, an international network of educators.

This program is co-sponsored by the General Education Department  

Thursday, April 2, 2:30 PM

Teaching in our Networked Culture: Digital Storytelling in the Classroom

In our new networked culture, media literacy is critical. Most students are digital natives, while faculty may find themselves on the other side of the digital divide.

Hear from faculty who have been closing that gap, using smartphone technology to make digital stories, and integrating digital storytelling into their teaching. 

Terry Halbert, Faculty Fellow for the Teaching and Learning Center, will moderate an interdisciplinary panel of faculty who have participated in the Digital Storytelling Teaching Circle this year. 


Thursday, April 9, 2:30 PM

The Art of the Album in the Digital World

Ally-Jane Grossan, editor of Bloomsbury’s famous (and infamous) 33 ⅓  series and Cameron Schaefer of the new record-of-the-month-club Vinyl Me, Please, lead a discussion on the critique and reception of music in the digital world. What does it mean as both music and its discourse move from very physical spaces (the album, the print publication) to virtual ones (Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, Pitchfork)? What’s behind the renewed interest in vinyl records and print reviews, including the popular series that Grossan leads? Join us for a discussion on how music-listening has changed in the digital age, about the album-as-art-form, about the difference in listening mediums, and about how criticism has had to adapt to follow suit. Tara Murtha, a Philadelphia-based, award-winning journalist, will moderate. Murtha also authored the 33 1/3 edition on Bobbie Gentry's Ode to Billie Joe and is a professor of journalism at Temple. 


Wednesday, April 15, 2:30 PM

From Digital Spaces to Real World Change: How Digital Storytelling Can Affect Social and Environmental Justice

Hear from activists-including Julia Walsh of Frack Action-who have utilized digital campaigns, tools, and strategies to argue for a more sustainable and just world.

This program is moderated by Thea Chaloner, multimedia producer and adjunct professor at Temple.

This program is part of campus Sustainability Week, sponsored by the Temple University Office of Sustainability.

Julia Walsh is a community organizer and political strategist who has worked on progressive issues and campaigns since 2001. In 2010, Julia started Frack Action in response to the immediate threat that fracking would start in New York State. Soon after its founding, Frack Action played a pivotal role in the New York State legislature’s passing of a fracking moratorium in 2010 and most recently, the statewide ban on fracking that was announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2014. Prior to starting Frack Action, Julia served as an elected official on the Village Board of New Paltz, NY from ’03-’07. During her time in office she was instrumental in passing environmental legislation, as well as organizing New Paltz’s  high-profile same-sex marriages. For the past nine years, Julia has been a NGO Representative to the United Nations on behalf of children’s rights and indigenous rights organizations. Julia is committed to working to empower young people in taking action to change our world. She has worked with local, national and international non-profit organizations educating and activating young people to get involved in a host of political, social justice and environmental campaigns. Julia graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz with a B.A. in Social Movements. She currently lives in the Hudson Valley region in New York.

Thea Chaloner is a multimedia producer and adjunct professor at Temple University.  She has a decade of experience in public radio, most recently as Contributing Producer for Meet the Composer, featured on Radiolab. She's freelanced for This American Life, The Washington Post, Fresh Air, and KCRW, among others.  Recent multimedia work includes Smartphone Confessions, a series on digital addiction, and TECH TRASH, a collaboration examining the repercussions of e-waste.  Thea teaches the seminar Advocacy Storytelling in New Media Landscape, where students build campaigns for social change.

Monday, April 20, Noon, Paley Library Lecture Hall

Mass Surveillance, Privacy, and Your Rights in the Digital World

Join Temple alum April Glaser in conversation with Professor of Journalism Meredith Broussard for a conversation on government and corporate dragnet surveillance and the legal, political, and grassroots challenges mounting worldwide. We will discuss the various ways corporate and government digital profiling perpetuates injustice in our digital spaces, and how the surveillance programs that have been revealed since Edward Snowden began to disclose details about government spying in 2013 have had a profound effect on journalism and activism in the U.S. and around the world.



Enjoy popcorn and a movie at Digital Film Fridays. Movies this semester are selected to build on themes discussed at our other Digital Cultures programs. Films are screened in Paley Library Lecture Hall

Google and the World Brain                Noon, Feb 20

Internet's Own Boy                             2PMMarch 27

CitizenFour                                         Noon, April 17



February 19, 2:00 PM, Charles L. BLockson Afro-American Collection  Charles Fuller on the Future of African American Writing

Charles Fuller is one of today's most important writers. His works have appeared across all media, and have inspired countless young playwrights. At this program, Fuller will discuss the future of African American writing.

This program is co-sponsored by the African American Studies Department and Temple University Libraries’ Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection

March 12, 4:00 PM, Paley Library Lecture Hall, Review the 2014 Philadelphia Eagles season with Ray Didinger and Tom McAllister: Two that know!

Join Ray Didinger author of The New Eagles Encyclopedia (published by Temple University Press)and Temple University's Tom McAllister, a rabid (if long-suffering) Eagles fan, for a lively conversation about the Philadelphia Eagles. They will discuss the past, present, and future of the team as Didinger's bestselling history chronicles the franchise from its inception in 1933 through the 2014 draft. They will also discuss what went right--and wrong--for the Eagles this year, and discuss their hopes for the upcoming draft and the 2015 season. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A.

This program is co-sponsored by Temple University Libraries and Temple University Press.

Copies of The New Eagles Encyclopedia will be on sale at the program.

March 13, NOON, Charles L. BLockson Afro-American Collection A Conversation with Dr. Haki Madhubuti

The distinguished poet, professor, and publisher, will share his thoughts on current social, cultural, and political issues facing African American people. He will speak about challenges facing young African Americans in our society.

This program is co-sponsored by the African American Studies Department and Temple University Libraries’ Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection

Tuesday, April 7, 11:00 AM, President’s Conference Suite, 1810 Liacouras Walk

The Black Fives:  Philadelphia’s African American Basketball Pioneers

Never heard of Zack Clayton or Ora Mae Washington? Meet Claude Johnson, Founder & Executive director of the Black Fives Foundation, who will discuss the important  history – prior to the NBA – of African American basketball pioneers in Philadelphia.

Sponsored by Temple University’s Department of History, the History Honors Scholars Program, and Temple University Honors Program, in partnership with the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple University Libraries. 

April 3, Emerging Documentary Practices Symposium and Exhbition

9:30AM-2:30 PM, Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk

2:30 PM-5:30 PM, Center for the Humanities at Temple, 10th Floor, Gladfelter Hall, 1115 Polett Walk

An interdisciplinary one-day symposium and exhibition about how emerging technologies are transforming nonfiction image-making practices in cinema, art and ethnography. Keynote speakers include Dutch artists Ivar van Bekkum and Esther Polak. 

This program is co-sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Arts, the Center for the Humanities at Temple, and Temple University Libraries.

The symposium is complemented by a multi-kiosk exhibition offering speakers and others opportunities to exhibit works in the curated, peer reviewed show.The exhibition will run from March 31-April 8 in Paley Library Lecture Hall, and will be open from 10AM-6PM daily. 

Conference registration is required (free for Temple students, staff and faculty, $40 for others)

April 15, 6:00 PM, Walk Auditorium @ Ritter Hall, 5th Annual Kelch Lecture given by Dr. Robert D. Bullard, Father of Environmental Justice

Building Just and Sustainable Communities for All: Why Equality Matters

For more than three decades and in more than a dozen books, Professor Robert D. Bullard has documented that healthy places and healthy people are highly correlated. The poorest of the poor within the United States have the worst health and live in the most degraded environments. Race and class still matter and map closely with pollution, unequal protection, and vulnerability.  Today, zip code is still the most important indicator of an individual’s health.  Individuals who physically live on the “wrong side of the tracks” are subjected to elevated environmental health threats and more than their share of preventable diseases.  Reducing environmental disparities should be a national priority. Sustainability must address social inequality, equitable development, families below poverty, widening health, income and wealth gap, and community resilience. Addressing equity is prerequisite to achieving sustainable and liveable communities.

This program is co-sponsored by the College of Public Health, Temple University Ambler Campus, and Temple University Libraries’ Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection and Science and Engineering Library.

Registration is required, please email


April 25, 1:00 and 4:00 PM, Paley Library Lecture Hall

Second Saturday Reading Series: The Dutchman

Join us for a reading of Amiri Baraka's The Dutchman. This staging of the classic and provocative one-act play is produced by Temple alumnus and 2011 Homecoming King, Malcolm Kenyatta.

This event is part of Temple University's Alumni Weekend programming. 


Temple Book Club

Join us for lunchtime book discussions at Paley Library at Temple Book Club continues this spring. 

February 18, Noon, Christina Baker Kline’s Orphan Train (Paley Library Lecture Hall)

April 16, Noon, Ann Petry's The Street (Paley Library Room 309)

Chat in the Stacks

For more than five years, 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.

March 19, 2:30 PM, Notebook: Philadelphia Public Schools

April 16, 2:30 PM,  50 Years Later: Civil Rights & Voting Rights​

April 23, 4:00 PM, Paley Library Lecture Hall, Library Prize for Undergraduate Research Program and Awards Ceremony

Join us as we celebrate the best in undergraduate research at the annual awards ceremony for Library Prizes. This year’s winners will present their research, and afterwards, we will celebrate their tremendous accomplishments. This year also marks the fifth anniversary of the Library Prize for Undergraduate Research on Sustainability and the Environment.

John H. Livingston and Gale, part of Cengage Learning, have generously sponsored this initiative.



February 24, 3:00 PM, Charles L. BLockson Afro-American Collection, First Floor, Sullivan Hall, 1330 Polett Walk 

Samuel L. Evans: World Citizen and Patriarch

Bibliophile and historian Charles L. Blockson will discuss his relationship with Mr. Evans and his significant role as a champion for justice and civil rights.


March 20 2:00 PM, Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, First Floor, Sullivan Hall, 1330 Polett Walk  

The "POWER PROJECT" by Saeed Briscoe 

Briscoe is an artist, photographer, filmmaker, and clothing brand owner whose “Power Project” allows people to see themselves in each other and embrace their inalienable ability to be a positive change agent in the world.


March 27, 3:00 PM, Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, First Floor, Sullivan Hall, 1330 Polett Walk 

Samuel L. Evans: Recollections by Women Who Knew Him

Mr. Evans was an advocate for women’s equality.  Hear their stories about his impact on their lives.


April 9, 3:00 PM, Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, First Floor, Sullivan Hall, 1330 Polett Walk 

The Heroic Age: Ten Thousand Years of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, Amazons, Wizards, Witches & Warriors

Inspired by over 35 years of research, reading, imagining and collecting, this unique PowerPoint exhibit covers over 10 millennia of phantasmagorical myths and lore and fills in the gaping chasm in the timeline of the world mythos that is infused in the genre of modern sci-fi, superhero tales, comic books & graphic novels. Join us for an exciting walk through time and space. Moving from the first documented Hero to the most contemporary examples of neo-mythology, exhibit-goers will share in the collective heroic memories that continue to empower us.

Curator: Yumy Odom, award-winning educator, community ambassador & Creative-Person-in-Residence (CPR)


April 22, 2015, 3:00 PM, Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, First Floor, Sullivan Hall, 1330 Polett Walk 

 Jazz Appreciation Month Event

Bootsie Barnes Quartet will perform featuring compositions of Philadelphia jazz greats


June 19, 3:00 PM, Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, First Floor, Sullivan Hall, 1330 Polett Walk 

 Juneteenth Celebration: Samuel L. Evans as an Advocate for Democracy and Freedom

 Mr. Evans legacy will be celebrated through the sharing of stories by those who he impacted. 



Students and faculty members from the Boyer College of Music and Dance perform from noon to 1:00 PM in this concert series at Paley Library Lecture Hall. Relax, restore, enjoy. Boyer recital credit is given.


Thursday, January 22, Paley Library Lecture Hall

 Right Brain, Left Hand: Piano Music for Lefties

Charles Abramovic and his studio

Music by Alexander Scriabin, Max Reger, Camille Saint-Saens, Frank Bridge, Erwin Schulhoff, Hans Werner Henze, Josef Hofmann, Leopold Godowsky, and others.


Thursday, February 19, Paley Library Lecture Hall

Beautiful, Clever, Witty: Rodgers & Hart

John Johnson, Great American Songwriter Series


Thursday, March 12, Paley Library Lecture Hall

Old Meets New! 20th Century Harpsichord Music

Joyce Lindorff and her studio

Performing: Joyce Lindorff,  Benjamin D'Annibale, Irene Moretto, Linda Zhou.

LIGETI: Continuum, Passacaglia, and Hungarian Rock Chaconne

ZWILICH: Fantasy

ALBRIGHT: Four Fancies

STEVENS: Partita


Thursday, March 26, Paley Library Lecture Hall

Genius of Simplicity: Johnny Mercer

John Johnson, Great American Songwriter Series


Thursday, April 16, Paley Library Lecture Hall

Heart and Soul: Hoagy Carmichael

John Johnson, Great American Songwriter Series




March 16th – April 25th

Surviving & Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture

Library Lobby & Display Cases, Ginsburg Health Sciences Library, 3500 North Broad Street

Ginsburg Library hosts the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibition on the AIDS epidemic, along with a complementary exhibition of materials from Temple’s Special Collections Research Center.

March 25th from Noon – 1:00 pm

Perspectives on HIV and AIDS in Philadelphia: Progress and Pitfalls

Ginsburg Library Room 243, Ginsburg Health Sciences Library, 3500 North Broad Street

Join us for a discussion with Dr. Sarah Bass, Associate Professor and Director of the Risk Communication Laboratory at Temple’s Department of Public Health, and Dr. Ellen Tedaldi, Professor of Medicine and founding Director of the Temple Comprehensive HIV Program. Light refreshments will be served. Registration preferred

April 9th at 3:00 pm

How to Survive a Plague Film Screening

Ginsburg Library Room 246a, Ginsburg Health Sciences Library, 3500 North Broad Street

Join us for a screening of How to Survive a Plague, a documentary about the early years of the AIDS epidemic and the activities of advocacy groups ACT UP and TAG. The film will be moderated by Temple alumnus Malcolm Kenyatta and his partner, Terrell Greene. Kenyatta and Greene’s theater company recently produced the world-premiere of You Gotta Eat Dirt Before You Die, a powerful play about relationships in the time of the AIDS crisis (written by Temple faculty member Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon). Light refreshments will be served. Registration preferred.