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Beyond the Page--Schedule of Fall 2014 Public Programs

Beyond the Page 2014 Fall Public Programming


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.


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. Registration is not required for most programs. Visit for details.



How can digital tools and applications broach issues of social justice, expand our transparency, and support sustainability? On the flip side, what has become of the digital divide, or the inequity of distribution of digital resources? What’s the dark side of the digital? Has it affected and challenged business, books, and music for better or worse? Throughout the 2014- 2015 academic year, Temple University Libraries’ curated public programming series will explore these ideas through an interrogation of digital culture including discussions, lectures, and programs featuring experts and thinkers across an expanse of digital topics. We will also feature conversations and presentations by artists, scholars, programmers, and developers who create innovative tools and projects through various modes and methods embedded in digital scholarship.


Visiting artist micha cárdenas

Tuesday, October 14-Thursday, October 16

Over the course of one week, cárdenas will present workshops, a performance and a keynote lecture addressing her work as a digital scholar, artist, performer, and theorist



Tuesday, October 14, 2:00PM, Keynote Lecture at Paley Library

Shifting, Flickering Futures: Digital Trans of Color Praxis

Laverne Cox's appearance on the cover of Time Magazine was hailed by many as an indicator of a shifting public attitude towards transgender people, and yet as of July 17, 2014, there had been 5 trans women of color murdered in 41 days, and trans women of color continue to be the number one target of violence and murder among LGBTQ people in the US. This juxtaposition highlights the ways that neoliberalism and neocolonialism manage difference by allowing some trans people to receive media attention while guaranteeing the death of other trans people. Given that a politics of visibility fails to guarantee safety in necropolitical regimes, other tactics are necessary to make improvements in the lives of trans people. My talk will consider, through a hybrid theory/practice approach, the ways that trans and gender non-conforming people of color modulate their visibility, consciously shifting between hypervisible and invisible, in popular culture, science fiction and contemporary art. The talk will also look to speculative design and transreal science fiction in my own works Autonets and Redshift and Portalmetal, as well as my collaborative project the Transborder Immigrant Tool
Wednesday, October 15, 2:00PM, Performance at Temple Contemporary

Redshift and Portalmental: Femme Science Findings

a transreal, science fiction experience presented through an performances and online interactive film

Redshift and Portalmetal asks: as climate change forces us to travel to the stars and build new homes, how do we not reproduce colonization? How do we build home and family on this land where we are settlers while working to undo colonization? How do we understand our sick, disabled, trans, femme, brown, queer bodies, as resilient enough to cross galaxies? The story is inspired by feminist, queer and decolonial science fiction writers such as Octavia Butler and Nalo Hopkinson, and uses space travel as a lens through which to understand my experience of being a trans femme of color moving to Toronto. Redshift and Portalmetal points to possibilities of post-digital, post-media and decolonial approaches to communication.  This continues my work developing transreal methods of story telling, blending truth and fiction, real and virtual. This practice based research project consists of a series of performances, poems and interactive media objects that explore the intersections of trans of color embodiment and migration. 

Thursday, October 16, 2:00PM, Workshop at Paley Library Lecture Hall

Redshifting: Digital Performance Workshop

Registration is required 

"Redshifting" is a workshop based on the "Redshift and Portalmetal: Femme Science Findings" series of performances. The performances use a transreal approach, seamlessly blending apocalyptic science fiction scenarios with everyday experiences of migration, diaspora and struggle for decolonization. In the workshop, participants will consider how our daily survival strategies as gendered, racialized, medicalized people give us unique skills and abilities to imagine futures beyond the apocalypses we are living, and make them real. Building on daily experiences of mobility, migration, diaspora and decolonization, participants will develop movement and poetry to share them with the group for discussion. Participants will combine elements of theater of the oppressed and dance with writing prompts by using the Scalar e-publishing platform to create an interactive online media project. 



The General Education Program and the Department of Visual Studies have helped make micha’s visit to Temple possible.




Thursday, September 25, 3:30PM

Michael Angst: Adventures in Game-Based Cultural Storytelling

Michael Angst of E-Line Media will discuss his organization’s partnership with the Cook Inlet Tribal Council, a pioneering Alaska Native social service organization. This collaboration has resulted in the development of Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna), a digital puzzle-adventure game depicting a young Inupiaq protagonist.


Tuesday, October 21, 2:30PM

Wired! Approaches to Digital Scholarship

Through a collaborative, laboratory approach, members of Duke University’s Wired! apply visualization technologies to the study of material culture, art, architectural, and urban history. In the process, they ask new questions, expand upon emerging lines of inquiry, and transform scholarship. Join Wired! members and Duke professors Victoria Szabo and Kristin Lanzoni to discuss recent projects and digital scholarship’s impact on teaching, research, and the broader public.


Support for this program is provided by the Department of Art History, the Department of Graphic Arts and Design and the Photography Program, and the Department of Architecture.


Thursday, October 23, 2:00PM

Mapping the Sustainable City

Grounded in Philly, the greenSTEM Network, and Open Data Philly use maps and other data visualization tools to help Philadelphians better understand their communities. Join our panelists to discuss these projects and learn how accessible, transparent information is a key tool of social justice and a crucial element in creating a more sustainable city.


This Sustainability Week program is co-sponsored by Temple University’s Office of Sustainability and Temple University Libraries.


Thursday, November 20, 3:30PM

Taking on the Digital Divide: A Philadelphia Perspective

According to local organization KeySpot, 41% of Philadelphians lack access to computers and broadband internet. And, all across the nation, low-income communities bear the largest burden of this digital disconnect, which can lead to lower-quality healthcare, education and career opportunities. This panel, moderated by Juliana Reyes of Philly, features local advocates who are fighting inequity by providing computer and internet access, information, and training.



Enjoy popcorn and a movie at Digital Film Fridays. This semester, selections focus on digital gaming. Screenings will take place once a month, and are co-sponsored by the students of the Gamer’s Guild. Table games will also be available.



Friday, September 12, 12:00PM


War Games

Friday, October 10, 12:00PM



Friday, November 14, 12:00PM




Monday, September 15, 5:00PM

Inside the Art: A Conversation with Rimini Protokoll

The German artists’ collective, Rimini Protokoll (Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, and Daniel Wetzel), discuss the process behind their FringeArts presentation, 100% Philadelphia, an interactive theater work featuring a cast of 100 Philadelphia citizen-artists (nonprofessional actors), who will be cast based on Philadelphia’s 2010 US census data.


This program is sponsored by FringeArts, Temple University Libraries, and the Center for the Humanities at Temple.


Tuesday, September 23, 5:30PM

John Coltrane – Offering: Live At Temple University

On the anniversary of Coltrane’s birthday, Impulse!/Resonance Records will release a recording of the iconic musician’s rare 1966 performance at Temple University. ArsNova Workshop and Temple University Libraries will celebrate the occasion with a record release and panel discussion on this historic recording.


This program is sponsored by ArsNova Workshop, Inc., Impulse!/Resonance Records, and Temple University Libraries.


Friday, October 24, 12:00PM

Secretive Trade Negotiations: What Are They Hiding?

Lori Wallach has promoted the public interest regarding globalization and international commercial agreements in every forum: Congress and foreign parliaments, the courts, government agencies, the media, and the streets. Described as “Ralph Nader with a sense of humor” in a Wall Street Journal profile and dubbed “the Trade Debate’s Guerrilla Warrior” in a National Journal profile, for 20 years Wallach has played a prominent role in the United States and internationally in the roiling debate over the terms of globalization.


This program is sponsored by the Department of History, the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy, Fox School of Business-SGM Department and Temple University Libraries.


Wednesday, November 19, 4:00PM

Dan Edelstein: Social Network Analysis for Humanistic Research

When Stanford’s Dan Edelstein set out to map the social networks of the French Enlightenment, he was uncertain of the efficacy of Gephi and other digital tools typically used to analyze and display similar types of data. In this talk, Edelstein considers methods for conducting social network analysis on humanistic data, using his unique project, Mapping the Republic of Letters, as a case study.


This program is sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at Temple and Temple University Libraries.


We are thankful for the support of a variety of on and off campus partners: the Myer & Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History, the Center for the Humanities at Temple, Temple University Press, the Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Faculty of Color, Temple Contemporary, the Department of African American Studies, the Department of Architecture, Tyler School of Art, the Honors Program, the General Education Program, the Intellectual Heritage Program, the Center for Design + Innovation at the Fox School of Business, FringeArts, ArsNova Workshop, Inc., Impulse!/Resonance Records, The Wagner Free Institute of Science, Moonstone Arts Center, the History Department, the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy, and the Visual Studies Department. We would also like to thank the administrators and faculty members at Temple University who regularly support, provide ideas for, and moderate our programs.



Library resources and our rich special collections take center stage at these programs showcasing the strengths of our library.


Wednesday, October 15, 3:00PM

Introduction to the Underground Railroad in Philadelphia

A talk by historian and curator Charles L. Blockson opens the Moonstone Arts Center’s exploration of the Underground Railroad. This program, and the entire Moonstone series, discuss the central role Philadelphia played in the fight for freedom and equality. Visit for more information on the entire series of programs.


This program will take place at the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, 1330 Polett Walk, on the first floor of Sullivan Hall on Temple Main Campus.


Tuesday, November 11, 3:00 PM

Exhibition Opening: The Legacy of Samuel L. Evans (1902-2008)

Join us for the opening of the fall Blockson Collection exhibition, which celebrates Samuel L. Evans, a civil rights activist, human rights activist, political advisor, and philanthropist.


This program will take place at the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, 1330 Polett Walk, on the first floor of Sullivan Hall on Temple Main Campus.


Tuesday, November 18, 6:00 PM

Unedited Philadelphia: Girard to Lehigh

Wagner Free Institute of Science and Temple University Libraries, Special Collections Research Center present Unedited Philadelphia: Girard to Lehigh, a screening of North Philadelphia related footage from the Urban Archives’ news footage collections. Unedited Philadelphia: Girard to Lehigh will feature unedited news footage and completed documentaries covering the people, events, and places that have shaped North Philadelphia’s dynamic history.


This program will take place at the Wagner Free Institute of Science, 1700 West Montgomery Avenue.


MOSAIC IN MOTION: a showcase of art, music, poetry, media and essays from the Intellectual Heritage Program

Students in the Intellectual Heritage (IH) program (part of Temple’s General Education requirements) perform, present, and display creative and academic works in this showcase and awards ceremony co-sponsored by IH and the Libraries.


Wednesday, October 1, 12:00PM

Monday, November 17, 12:00PM



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.


Thursday, September 11, 2:30PM

Developing the Difficult Gaze: Documentary and Film Scholarship


Thursday, November 13, 2:30PM

Immigration: Where Do We Go From Here?



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.


Thursday, September 25, 12:00PM

Great American Songwriters with Singer, Pianist and Scholar John Johnson –

Cole Porter: Urban Sophistication


Thursday, October 9, 12:00PM

Great American Songwriters with Singer, Pianist and Scholar John Johnson –

George Gershwin: S’wonderful!


Thursday, October 30, 12:00PM

Creepy Crawly! Early Russian Silent Film and music by Shostakovich with Charles Abramowic and Students


Wednesday, November 19, 12:00PM

Classical Guitar: Intimate, Romantic, Cosmopolitan with Allen Krantz and Students


Thursday, December 4, 12:00PM

Great American Songwriters with Singer, Pianist and Scholar John Johnson –

Irving Berlin: Say it with Music!