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A Great Year at CHAT:

intro picAnother busy year at CHAT is coming to an end. The schedule of talks and symposia was as packed and diverse as ever: eleven lectures by Distinguished Faculty from across the Humanities at Temple; six outside scholars speaking about the Humanities in Global Context from Colgate, Georgetown, NYU, Penn, UNC, and Princeton; twelve talks by scholars brought to Temple through CHAT research groups; four symposia; and two art exhibits gracing the walls of the 10th floor, CHAT's home.


intro picThe CHAT fellows were extremely productive as well. In addition to meeting every two weeks to discuss each others' work, they collectively published books and articles, finished dissertations (FOUR!), completed chapters and articles (ELEVEN), won awards, and secured academic jobs and fellowships. They grew intellectually together, learning from each other as the year went on. They are leaving CHAT with a new appreciation for the benefits and rewards of interdisciplinary exchange.


intro picAll of these activities would not be possible without the generous support CHAT received from the College of Liberal Arts, The Tyler School of Arts, the School of Media and Communication, and the Boyer College of Music and Dance. CHAT builds bridges among these schools; it builds a community of scholars invested in the broader mission of working beyond disciplinary boundaries. If you enjoy the programs CHAT has to offer, and if you would like to help CHAT grow, you might consider making a contribution to CHAT through the Give Now site at the University here. No amount of support is too small. These funds help keep the programs alive.

The Team

CHAT also would not have run as smoothly as it did without the tremendous effort of a stellar support team. They often don't get the recognition they deserve because they work behind the scenes and out of the public eye. Anne Eckert, Lafrance Howard, and Cori Haas kept a tight handle on every organizational detail; Graphics Assistant Thanh Nguyen produced breathtaking artwork to advertise our lectures, gaining notice all over campus; Web Assistant Jedrick-Leo Boca made this Chatter appear perfect every week, fixed glitches, and updated information; Akina Abdullah helped with publicity, distribution of flyers, and whatever else needed to be done. And Priya Joshi was invaluable as Interim Associate Director, settling into CHAT as if she had always done it.

I began the year as Interim Director when Peter Logan took a leave to help launch the Digital Scholarship Center at Paley Library. He has become indispensible over there and thus decided to stay. He left CHAT in great shape and I look forward to continuing and building on the robust agenda he developed over his eight-year tenure at CHAT. Thank you Peter.

Petra Goedde, Director

Upcoming Deadlines:

Spring 2016

  May 16   CHAT Research Groups (round 1)

Fall 2016

  Sept. 12   CHAT Research Groups (round 2)
  Oct. 17   Advanced Graduate Scholar Award
  Nov. 14   Faculty Fellowships

Recorded Programs

Video CameraMany past lectures can be viewed online. These are fascinating lectures on a wide range of topics in the humanities with high-quality sound and video. See our growing collection of recorded programs.

Graduate Courses

Student with booksLooking for a unique course to round out your graduate education? Serious about interdisciplinary methods? CHAT lists Graduate courses across the humanities and social sciences that welcome qualified students from other graduate programs. Listings are updated regularly after registration begins for each semester.

Continuing Exhibitions

Spring 2016

Speaker PortraitLeah Modigliani, Tyler School of Art

How long can we tolerate this? An incomplete record from 1933-1999

M-F, 10 am-4 pm, CHAT Gallery
10th floor, Gladfelter Hall
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Center for the Humanities
10th Floor, Gladfelter Hall (025-45)
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Phone - 215-204-6386
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Email - chat@temple.edu