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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

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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.

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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

Digital Scholarship Center, Paley Library, 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 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.


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.

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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

Forthcoming time and date. Check back for updates.

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?

Secret Library 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.




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 in the Paley Library Lecture Hall.

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.

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

April 8

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

March 29-30

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

Monday, April 18, 2:30 PM


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: 


March 22, 9:00 AM and 1:00 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 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


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.


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 Melanie 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–6:00 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.


Financial Literacy Month Program

April 6, 12:30 PM

Join Ambler Campus Library to learn about financial planning and improve your money management skills during Temple University’s fourth annual Financial Literacy Month. This program is focused on money matters for students but is open to all interested participants.




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, 1210 Polett Walk

On view throughout March 2016

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.

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





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