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Spring 2016 Beyond the Page Public Programs

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Spring 2016 Beyond the Page Public Programs


Games Without Frontiers

Gaming Film Fridays

Games Without Frontiers Artist/Makers Residency

Digital Scholarship Center Programming and Workshops

Partnership Programs

Building the 21st Century Library

At the Blockson Collection

From the Special Collections Research Center

At Ambler Campus Library

Temple University Libraries Book Club

Livingstone Undergraduate Research Awards

Beyond the Notes


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This year, Temple University Libraries’ Beyond the Page public programming series centers our curated, thematic programs around games, gaming, and play. We will explore gender and gaming, game design, the role of games and sports in American leisure, and other important impacts of gaming culture. We will consider games as pedagogical tools, host workshops on creating games, and think about the potentialities of gamification in higher education. 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.


Tropes vs. Women in Video Games: Anita Sarkeesian on Gaming Culture

Friday, February 19, 4:00 PM

Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk, Ground Floor

Join media critic Anita Sarkeesian as she discusses sexism in gaming, ranging from the portrayal of female characters in popular video games, to the culture of harassing and excluding women from gaming communities, particularly online. Sarkeesian’s talk also includes examples of games and communities that do get it right, and what we can learn from missteps and successes alike. Sarkeesian is the creator of Feminist Frequency, a video webseries that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives and deconstructs the associated stereotypes and tropes.

Registration for this program is required. Please email to reserve your spot.

This program is co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts; the Honors Program; Teaching, Learning and Technology Roundtable; Computer Services; and the School of Media and Communication at Temple University. The Entrepreneurial Gaming Lab at Drexel University has also helped make this program possible.


Game System Design Bootcamp: A Workshop with Stacy Dellorfano

Tuesday, February 23, 10:00 AM

Digital Scholarship Center, Paley Library, 1210 Polett Walk, Ground Floor

Join us for a workshop led by master gamer and creator Stacy Dellorfano, founder of ConTessa, an organization dedicated to creating first-class women-led tabletop gaming events. At this fun and interactive event, learn the shockingly simple steps to developing game systems. Then take these skills and use them to create games for learning and leisure alike.

Registration for this program is required. To register, visit:

Lunch will be provided.


The Audacity of Hoop: Alexander Wolff on Basketball and Obama

Thursday, February 25, 3:30 PM

Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk, Ground Floor

In The Audacity of Hoop (Temple University Press, 2015), best-selling author Alexander Wolff explores Barack Obama, person and president, through the game of basketball. Join us as Wolff discusses this rich text, which includes more than 125 images that explore how America’s “first post-industrial sport” helped Obama introduce himself to voters, wage two successful presidential campaigns, and exercise the power of the office at home and abroad. Wolff has been writing for Sports Illustrated for more than thirty years. He has served as the president of the United States Basketball Writers Association, and has been honored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In addition to The Audacity of Hoop, Wolff is the author or co-author of six other books about basketball.

This program is co-sponsored by Temple University Press.


Thinking Historically About Game Representation: Adrienne Shaw on Gaming Production, Audiences, and Texts

Tuesday, March 8,  3:30 PM

Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk, Ground Floor

Join Adrienne Shaw, assistant professor of Media Studies and Production at Temple University, for a conversation on her latest research: a feminist and historical analysis of gender and sexuality in gaming production, audiences, and texts. Shaw is the author of Gaming at the Edge (University of Minnesota Press, 2014) as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters on digital games.

This talk is part of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Roundtable/Temple University Libraries Faculty Speaker programming.


Choose Your Own Adventure: Ariell Johnson on Fan Fiction and Geek Culture

Tuesday, March 15, 2:30 PM

Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk, Ground Floor

Join Ariell Johnson for a look inside fan fiction, a grassroots literary genre in which fans create their own stories based on characters, series, and worlds that originate in science fiction, fantasy, gaming, and cult classic texts. Johnson (FOX ‘05) is the driving force behind the new critically-acclaimed Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse in the New Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, a geek culture hotspot that emphasizes inclusivity.


Girl Gamers: Latoya Peterson on Reporting Pop Culture

Thursday, March 17,  3:30 PM

Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk, Ground Floor

Award-winning blogger, journalist, and author Latoya Peterson joins us to discuss the process behind her new online video series, Girl Gamers. She will share her experiences producing journalism on personal, political, and controversial topics. Peterson is the editor of the award-winning blog She has also written for Spin, Vibe, The American Prospect,, Bitch Magazine, Clutch magazine, the Women’s Review of Books, Slate’s Double X, The Poynter Institute, and

This program is co-sponsored by the Teaching, Learning and Technology Roundtable; Computer Services; and the School of Media and Communication at Temple University.


Public Play: A Workshop

Monday, March 21, 11:00AM

Digital Scholarship Center, Paley Library, 1210 Polett Walk, Ground Floor

This workshop lead in collaboration with the Entrepreneurial Game Studio at Drexel University, Daniel Park, and Joseph Ahmed explores the intersections of game design and public site-specific performance. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how game design can be applied in performance contexts while building a short interactive performance piece.

Registration for this program is required. To register, visit:


The Number After 2, 4, 6, 3, 9, 12, 8, 10, 5, 15: Neil Sloane on the Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences

Wednesday, March 23,  3:30 PM

Science and Engineering Library, College of Engineering, 1947 N. 12th Street

Join Neil Sloane to discuss the systems and structures at play in his Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences. This free digital library, now in its twentieth year, contains a quarter-million number sequences, has been cited as “one of the most useful mathematical sites,” and has received attention in both scientific and popular culture publications. During his talk, Sloane will discuss the challenges and opportunities of this sprawling project, and will share his favorite sequences. Sloane is currently a visiting scientist at Rutgers University. He has published widely on number theory and has worked as a scientist and mathematician in both academia and the private sector for more than forty years.


From Monopoly to Mario, Preserving the History of Play: Jon-Paul Dyson on Gaming the Museum

Thursday, April 7,  3:30 PM

Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk, Ground Floor

Join us to explore the preservation and exhibition of games, gaming, and play with Jon-Paul Dyson, the Director of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games and Vice President for Exhibits at the Strong Museum in Rochester, New York. Dyson will discuss games as cultural, historical, and aesthetic artifacts, and how he has preserved and contextualized the history of play through exhibitions such as eGameRevolution, Pinball Playfields, Atari by Design, and Playing with Power: Celebrating 30 Years of the Nintendo Entertainment System. Dyson writes and speaks widely on the role of play and video games in society, past and present. He has a PhD in United States history and a lifetime of gaming experience.


On the Future of Algorithms: Amy Webb on the Chance and Structure of Everyday Life

Wednesday, April 20,  5:30 PM

Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk, Ground Floor

Join digital media futurist Amy Webb as she explores how algorithms design news, products,  experiences, relationships…and even people. During her talk, Webb will also discuss how we can push the limits of data and algorithms without accidentally creating future socio-economic, religious, and ethnic divides. Webb is the founder of Webbmedia Group, a leading digital strategy consulting firm; a Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University; and a Lecturer on emerging technology and media at Columbia University. Her third book, How Did We Miss That?, is about what the future holds––and what you can do about it in the present (PublicAffairs, Fall 2016).

This program is co-sponsored by the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History and the School of Media and Communications at Temple.


Secret Library: A Performance

April 21 - 24, 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Check back for registration details.

What will you find at the outer reaches of the Paley Library? Infiltrate the secret world between the stacks and see beyond your perception of the everyday. With an eye on the past, and an ear towards the future, will you be able to solve the mysteries you were never meant to see? Will you join the Diamond Eye Collective or be part of their undoing?

The Diamond Eye Conspiracy is a hybrid work of theater and games. Integrating elements of video game design, physical theater, and dance, the Entrepreneurial Game Studio in collaboration with Joe Ahmed, Arianna Gass, and Daniel Park, seeks to create systems that encourage public play. Our experiences force people to break out of their daily routines, see the playful opportunities in the spaces around them.




Beginning February 12, join us for films that intersect with the Libraries’ spring 2016 Games Without Frontiers series. This semester’s critically-acclaimed films focus on the ties between games, the military, and violence. Films are screened at 3:00 PM.

Level Five (Dir. Chris Marker, 1997)

February 12

This fictional documentary follows a computer programmer tasked with creating a videogame version of the Battle of Okinawa, one of World War II’s decisive battles. As the protagonist, Laura (Catherine Belkhodja), designs the game, questions surrounding historical memory, technology, and the future arise.      

Serious Games series (Dir. Harun Farocki, 2009–2010)

March 11

These four short documentary films explore intersections between gaming and the United States military, including the use of video games to train soldiers and how virtual reality technology can help treat post traumatic stress disorder.

Nora Alter will introduce the screening. Nora M. Alter is Professor of Film and Media Arts. She is author of four books: Vietnam Protest Theatre: The Television War on Stage (1996), Projecting History: Non-Fiction German Film (2002), Chris Marker (2006) and Sound Matters: Essays on the Acoustics of Modern German Culture (2004); and has published over fifty essays on German and European Studies, Film and Media Studies, Cultural and Visual Studies and Contemporary Art. Her publications on Harun Farocki include   “One, Two, Three Montages…. Harun Farocki’s War Documentaries,” in The Blackwell Companion to Contemporary Documentary Film, “The Political In/visible in the Essay Film: Farocki’s Images of the World and Inscriptions of War,” in Harun Farocki: Working on the Sight-Lines, ​and a forthcoming monograph from the University of Illinois Press

Last Hijack (Dir. Femke Wolting and Tommy Pallotta, 2014)

April 8

Paley Library, Digital Scholarship Center, Ground Floor

This film combines animation and documentary footage to tell a story from the perspective of  Somali pirate, Mohamed. Through the use of video-game-style animation, the filmmakers explore Mohamed’s memories, dreams, and fears, juxtaposed against a nonfiction, live-action narrative.  




Lindsay Grace

Tuesday, March 29, 3:30PM

Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk, Ground Floor

What's Love Got to Do With It: Lindsay Grace Explains Affection Gaming

Affection Games are a casual play genre in which players hug, flirt, kiss or make love to meet their game goals. There are more than 500 digital affection games currently available to play. This presentation playfully demonstrates a cross section of digital affection games and their conventions. From unicorns kissing in the clouds to star-crossed lovers sneaking off into the night, the genre is evolving. Are these games the yin to violent games yang? In the ever widening demographic of game players, Affection Games offer a refreshing perspective on how we play. This talk outlines the variety of affection games providing a fun, informative and inspiring review of affection play in games. What games are popular, how are they played and what do they say about gender and affection dynamics?​

Lindsay Grace 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 and he has given talks at the Game Developer's Conference, the Games for Change Festival/Tribeca Film Festival, and many others. He has published more than 40 papers, articles, and book chapters on games, while his creative work has been selected for showcase in more than eight countries and 12 states. He is currently the Vice President of the Global Game Jam™ and serves on the board of directors for the Digital Games Research Association. He is a key partner in American University’s Knight Foundation-funded Jolt initiative to reimagine media leadership through game design and systems thinking.

The Games Without Frontiers residency is generously co-sponsored by the General Education Program at Temple University.



All programs take place in the Digital Scholarship Center on the ground floor of Paley Library, 1210 Polett Walk.


Building with 3D Environments

Thursdays (every other), February 11–April 14, 12:30 PM–1:30 PM

This ongoing workshop introduces various 3D technologies.

Making Through Games

Tuesdays (every other), February 2–April 19, 12:30 PM–1:30 PM

Join us to play and discuss a variety of games and making within the game environment.


Building Blocks of Developer Skills

Wednesdays, January 20–April 20, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Join us every Wednesday to work together through three essential tools of the developer’s toolkit in a self-paced learning environment.

How Did They Make That?

Thursdays, February 4, March 3, April 7, 2:00 PM–3:00 PM

Join us discuss the latest methods and debates in digital scholarship through concrete examples.


Introduction to Physical Computing

Thursdays February 18, March 17, April 21, 12:30 PM–2:00 PM

Join us to learn about and build projects with the Arduino--a small open-source microcontroller that allows you to sense and control objects in the physical world.


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All programs take place in Paley Library, 1210 Polett Walk.



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 spring’s continuation of our Chat in the Stacks programming.

Presidential Primary: Politics and Elections

Thursday, February 18, 2:30 PM

Recognizing Outstanding Faculty

Thursday, April 14, 2:30 PM

Join us to honor Dr. Elizabeth L. (Betsy) Sweet, Assistant Professor of Instruction, Geography and Urban Studies for her leadership on the Committee on the Status of Faculty of Color. Dr. Sweet will give an interactive talk, "Territorio Cuerpo-Tierra: My Pathway to a Cosmology of Bodies as Land in the City of Emotions."  


February 22–26

Paley Library, 1210 Polett Walk, First Floor West

Join Temple University Libraries and the College of Engineering to celebrate National Engineers Week. From February 22-26, Paley Library will host demonstrations, labs, and maker events for non-engineers.

Tuesday, February 23, 11:30 AM

Thursday, February 25, 11:30 AM

For more information on National Engineers Week, visit: 

Registration is required for the workhops. To register, visit:


Live viewing of the Association of College & Research Libraries' webcast as part of the Fair Use Week Celebration


Thursday, February 25, 2:00 PM

Tech Center, Conference Room 111 


The language of the fair use factors has changed very little since the nineteenth century, but the doctrine of fair use has changed a great deal. Understanding the history of the factors, particularly their changing importance, is crucial to making accurate fair use decisions today. This webcast will focus on fair use cases from the last forty years, tracing the relative importance of the four statutory factors and their subfactors. Participants will then be asked to practice applying current fair use law to a series of hypothetical fact patterns.

Learning outcomes

Learn the history of fair use factors and subfactors including commerciality, publication status, and transformativeness. Learn the current relative importance of the four fair use factors and their subfactors. Use this knowledge of the fair use factors to make fair use decisions. Library staff will be on hand to respond to your questions about copyright and fair use.

Ana Enriquez is a copyright lawyer who focuses on the issues facing libraries, universities, and other cultural institutions. She has taught copyright and internet law in several contexts, including as the Head Teaching Fellow for the online course CopyrightX from 2013 to 2015. She is a member of the Illinois and Massachusetts bars and is a graduate of Berkeley Law and Harvard College.


CITY IN A PARK: A History of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park System, An Author’s Talk with James McClelland and Lynn Miller

Tuesday, March 8,  4:00 PM

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Historic Landmark Building

Hamilton Auditorium, 118 North Broad Street

Join Temple University Press, Temple University Libraries, and Temple Ambler Campus during the Philadelphia Flower Show. At this program, we’ll draw connections between the Flower Show theme-100 Years of the National Park Service-and Temple University Press’ recent publication, City in a Park. Authors James McClelland and Lynn Miller will be on hand to discuss the history of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park System and how parks of all kinds connect citizens to nature for recreation and retreat.


Wednesday, March 9, Noon

Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk, Ground Floor

As the musician and artist Kanye West recently pointed out, college textbooks are just too expensive. But what can we do about it?

In celebration of Open Education Week, a global event that aims to raise awareness of free and open sharing in education, please join us for a panel discussion on textbook affordability at Temple University. Our three speakers, Eitan Laurence, Gerard Brown, and Wesley Roehl, will explain their own interest in this issue, as well as offer ideas for the future. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn more about Temple Libraries’ Alternate Textbook Project, which will soon be announcing its 6th Call for Proposals.


Eitan Laurence is a Temple University student who is an advocate for Open Educational Resources (OER). He is currently a member of the Provost’s Task Force on Textbook Affordability.

Gerard Brown, Associate Professor, Tyler School of Art, is a member of the Foundation Faculty and is the Department Chair. His senior Visual Studies seminar students are currently engaged in a project looking at the way textbooks affect learning.

Wesley Roehl is a Professor in the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. He is a recent participant in Temple Libraries’ Alternate Textbook Project.

Kristine Weatherston is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Studies and Production. She is a two-time recipient of the Alternate Textbook Project award. Kristine utilizes web-based and open source textbooks, software, and videos in her scriptwriting, documentary production, and media courses.


The panel will be moderated by Annie Johnson, Library Publishing and Scholarly Communications Specialist at Temple Libraries.



March 22, 9:00 AM - Noon, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us for workshops designed to raise awareness around, decrease, and ultimately eliminate the microaggressions perpetrated in university life. Workshops are interactive, and lunch is provided. A reception will follow at 4:30 PM at the Blockson Collection, 1330 Polett Walk.

This program is co-sponsored by the Academic Center for Research on Diversity, the Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Faculty of Color, and the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership at Temple University.

Registration for this program is required. Please email to reserve your spot. 




Temple University Libraries and the Division of Architecture and Environmental Design at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, present a series of programs exploring the theoretical constructs and material processes behind Temple’s new library building designed by world-renowned architectural firm, Snøhetta. This structure, set to open in the fall of 2018, will be a groundbreaking manifestation of the 21st century library, which catalyzes learning and intellectual engagement; connects people and ideas; and inspires the discovery, creation, preservation, and sharing of knowledge.

Programs begin this spring and run through next fall. This semester we will investigate the culture and theory of design, cultural institutions, and campus planning. Next fall, programs will focus on applied, project-based examples of the design and construction process.


Architecture and the Evolution of the 21st Century Cultural Memory Institution

Wednesday, February 10


Campus, City, Culture

Wednesday, April 6

Join us for a panel discussion on the impacts of architecture on our cities, campuses, and the cultural institutions therein.

Margaret Carney, Associate Vice President and University Architect, Temple University

Peter Conn, Executive Director, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Craig Dykers, Founding Partner, Architect, Snøhetta

Anne Fadullon, Director of Planning and Development, City of Philadelphia

Joseph Lucia, Dean, Temple University Libraries

Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, The Philadelphia

Museum of Art

Inga Saffron, Architecture Critic, Philadelphia Inquirer

Please kindly RSVP to by Monday, April 4.

Both programs begin at 6:00 PM at the Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad Street. Doors will open at 5:00 PM and light refreshments will be served.

This program is generously co sponsored by the Division of Architecture and Environmental Design at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University.



All programs take place at the Blockson Collection in Sullivan Hall, 1330 Polett Walk.


Holding History: The Collections of Charles L. Blockson

Thursday, February 11, 2:00 PM

Join us for a screening of Holding History: The Collections of Charles L. Blockson, a documentary short  focused on Blockson’s lifelong journey to unearth and preserve the history, culture, and contributions of people of African descent.

Question Bridge: Black Males in America

Thursday, February 18, 2:00 PM

Join Hank Willis Thomas, Deborah Willis, and Bayeté Ross Smith for a conversation on art, collaboration, and the role of transmedia projects in socially engaged fine art. At this event, the collaborators will discuss their recently released book, Question Bridge: Black Males in America (Aperture/Campaign for Black Male Achievement, 2015), and the project and process leading up to the publication.  


Women’s History Month: A Conversation with Stephanie Morris

Wednesday, March 16, 2:00 PM

This year’s annual Women’s History Month program features Stephanie Morris, Director of the Archives for the Sisters of Blessed Sacrament. The Sisters have been long time advocates for education and social justice, and ran the school at St. Peter Claver’s, Philadelphia’s historic Black Catholic Church.


A conversation with Paxton Baker and Charles L. Blockson

Friday, April 8, 2:00 PM

Join us for a discussion with Paxton K. Baker and Charles L. Blockson focusing on their work collecting rare and unique items related to African American history and culture.  They will address what it takes to be successful, as well as why collecting is important and rewarding, as well as a good investment.


3rd Annual Jazz Appreciation Month Event, Robert “Bootsie” Barnes Quartet

Thursday, April 14, 2:00 PM

Join us for a musical commemoration of the first Great Migration with the Bootsie Barnes Quartet. The performance will include compositions from 1910 to 1930, the time period marking the significant movement of African Americans to the northern United States.


Vino Noir II: East Meets West

Tuesday, April 19, 2:00 PM

Join us for a lively discussion with winemakers, educators, and experts Jerry Bias, Andre Hueston Mack, and Byron C. Mayes.  The panelists will explore the history of African Americans in the wine industry,  their experiences in the industry today, and how they are working to educate everyone about wine.


Book Reading and Signing by Dr. Julie Sullivan

Friday, April 22, 2:00 PM

Join us for a book talk with Dr. Julie Sullivan, a passionate advocate for improved access to education for children in Africa and the daughter of the Reverend Leon Sullivan. She will discuss her book Against the Tide, a true story about the her great grandfather, steamboat Captain Hansford C. Bayton, who made his fortune during the post-reconstruction era and whose life and times were followed in the mainstream section of the Virginia Citizen newspaper.  This true story captures the fear and hardships faced by African Americans during the post-Reconstruction period.


Juneteenth Celebration: Sonia Sanchez

Friday, June 17, 2:00 PM

Join us for this program celebrating the great poet, Sonia Sanchez. The documentary BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez will also be screened. Sanchez is the author of over a dozen books of poetry, as well as short stories, plays, essays, and children’s books. She was Philadelphia’s first Poet Laureate from 2012-2014.




All programs take place at Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk.


Opening reception for Hand-Made Mirrors: The Photography of Philip Taylor

Friday, February 26, 4:00 PM–7:00 PM

Join us for the opening of the Special Collections Research Center’s exhibit of images by Philip Taylor, a Philadelphia photographer who captured the transformation of the city’s neighborhoods and landmarks from the 1950s to the 1990s.


Liber Mundi Pop Up Exhibit and Artists’ Talk

Friday, April 15, 4:00 PM

Join us for an exhibit and discussion centered around Liber Mundi, a series of artist book and zine exhibitions featuring 14 international artists. For the Liber Mundi series, artists are creating original works that explore the contemporary book form.  




All programs take place at Ambler Campus Library, 580 Meetinghouse Road in Ambler, PA.

Life Beyond College: Present You vs. Future You—A Conversation with Tami Gilbeaux

Wednesday, April 6, 12:30 PM

Build your financial  awareness and increase your spending savvy during a Financial Literacy Month program at Ambler Campus Library. Join us for a presentation by Tami Gilbeaux, who will discuss loans, credit, and the future of your money. Ms. Gilbeaux has over 30 years of admissions and financial aid experience, and she is currently the strategic business director in New York and Pennsylvania for Inceptia, a division of the National Student Loan Program (NSLP).

Refreshments will be served!

This program is presented in conjunction with Temple University’s Owl About the Money Live Event, which takes place on main campus, Tuesday, April 5. Temple is committed to access, affordability, and excellence in all aspects of higher education. In that spirit, we’re presenting the Owl About the Money live event, a day of activities that will give you tips and tidbits on saving your dollars and cents, as part of national Financial Literacy Month.

For more information about the Owl About the Money series, visit




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

Join us for a lunch time discussion of our spring 2016 book club selections.


One Book, One Philadelphia’s featured 2016 book--Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

Thursday, February 11, Noon–1:30 PM


The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Thursday, March 10, Noon–1:30 PM  


The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

Thursday, March 24, Noon–1:30 PM





Tuesday, April 12, 4:00 PM

Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk, Ground Floor

Join us as we celebrate the winners of the Livingstone Undergraduate Research Awards, our newly expanded and renamed initiative honoring the best undergraduate work at Temple University.  At the reception, award recipients will discuss their projects in each of five categories designed to broaden the scope and breadth of winning research: humanities and social sciences; science, technology, engineering and mathematical disciplines; creative works and media production; policy, practice, and public life; and sustainability and the environment. This year, our event is timed to coincide with Undergraduate Research Week, and will honor our generous donor John H. Livingstone, for whom the initiative has been named.

The Livingstone Undergraduate Research Awards are generously sponsored by John H. Livingstone, SBM ‘49. The Award in Sustainability and the Environment is generously sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning.





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. Light refreshments served. Boyer recital credit given.


Scarlatti Marathon!

Wednesday, January 27, 10:00 AM–6:00 PM

An all day music marathon featuring Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts faculty Joyce Lindorff, Charles Abramovic, Allen Krantz, Ted Latham, and their students.

SSSHHHH….A Quiet Installation of Sounding Objects

Wednesday, February 10, Noon

Join us for the opening of a sound installation by composition professor Maurice Wright and his collaborator, Sandra James. The exhibition will be view in the lobby outside Paley Library Lecture Hall from February 10-17.

Dance with Projection

Wednesday, February 24, Noon

Join Boyer College of Music and Dance professor Merian Soto and students for a performance.

St. Patrick's Day Celebration - Words and Music from Ireland

Wednesday, March 16, Noon

Featuring faculty Charles Abramovic and Marcus DeLoach and students from the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts. Irish folk songs, piano music, and poetry performed by Temple’s faculty and student stars.


Platero and I

Wednesday, April 6, Noon

Join us as pianist Sandrine Erdely-Sayo performs her work, Platero and I, based on Nobel Laureate Juan Ramón Jiménez’s book by the same name. During the performance, professional narrator Elizabeth Peña and students from the Temple University Spanish Department will read from Jiménez’s work.

This program is in collaboration with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Temple University. 






Hand-Made Mirrors:  The Photography of Philip Taylor

at Paley Library, 1210 Polett Walk

On view January–August 2016

An exhibition of work by Philadelphia-based photographer Philip Taylor, whose images capture the transformation of the city’s neighborhoods and landmarks between the 1950s and 1990s.


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 2015–March 2016

This exhibition highlights rare items from the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection that tell the story of African American education in Philadelphia—from the period of enslavement to the mid-twentieth century.   


Frank Stewart’s Romare Bearden                                    

also featuring images from the John W. Mosley Photograph Collection

at the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, First Floor Sullivan Hall, 1330 Polett Walk

On view November 2015–April 2016

An exhibition of intimate and revelatory images of the acclaimed American artist, Romare Bearden, by his friend and photographer, Frank Stewart. Stewart’s images offer an entry point into Bearden’s life and legacy while also serving as a historical record of the group of prominent artists and intellectuals with whom he maintained relationships.


Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature

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

On view January 18–February 27, 2016

This exhibition explores the enduring power of the Frankenstein story to expose hidden fears of science and technology.

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.


Outside In: Violence and Expression in Afghanistan War Rugs

in Paley Library, Room 309, 1210 Polett Walk

Extended by popular demand!

The Libraries and the Intellectual Heritage Program at Temple University present an exhibition of Afghan War Rugs, traditional hand knotted carpets that combine ancient practice with the contemporary realities of the weavers.

Open dates:

Monday, March 7, 8:00 - 10:00 AM

Tuesday, March 8, 10:00 AM - Noon

Monday, March 14, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuesday, March 22, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Thursday, March 24, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Monday, March 28, 10:00 AM - Noon

Wednesday, March 30, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Tuesday, April 5, 10:00 AM - Noon

Monday, April 11, Noon - 4:00 PM

Curated by Alicia Cunningham-Bryant, Associate Director for Special Programs and an assistant professor in the Intellectual Heritage Program, and her students in the program. These materials are generously on loan from Kevin Sudeith of




Paley Library is located on Temple University Main Campus between 12th and 13th streets, just north of Montgomery Avenue, right next to the bell tower.


The closest subway stop is the Cecil B. Moore stop on the Broad Street Line; Paley is approximately one-and-a-half blocks north and east. The nearest Regional Rail stop is Temple University; we are two blocks west. The number 23 bus runs up 11th street, and makes several stops near campus. The number 3 bus runs along Cecil B. Moore Ave east/west, and is also accessible from campus.


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Temple University Libraries are the center of intellectual life on campus. We connect our users to a world of ideas through a remarkable collection of library resources; outstanding and thought-provoking public programs; and first-rate library instruction and research support.

Gifts from our donors allow our resources, programs, and services to continually flourish. Give to the Libraries today and help us to….

  • preserve and expand library collections

  • provide access to outstanding library content

  • build and maintain unique archival, primary-source, and special collections

  • support learning through instruction and discovery

  • provide a cultural and scholarly center for our entire campus

Contact the Department of External Affairs & Advancement for more information: 215-204-9305,

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