A guide to upcoming events in the humanities and social sciences at Temple University, updated weekly during the academic year.
The Center for the Humanities at Temple University supports innovative, interdisciplinary research and teaching in the humanities. Participation in the Center is open to faculty and students in all schools and colleges at Temple University.
|September 8||Digital Scholars Program|
|September 21||IRG and Study Group Applications|
|October 19||Graduate Fellow Applications|
|November 16||Faculty Fellowship Applications|
|March 7||Graduate Fellow Applications|
|April 4||Graduate Associate Applications|
|April 17||Digital Scholars Program|
Welcome Back ...
CHAT is ready for an exciting year of lectures, seminars, study groups, and exhibitions. In addition, the 10th floor of Gladfelter Hall is always open for visitors who would like a quiet space and a cup of coffee or take in our running exhibitions.
This year we welcome three new faculty fellows and eleven graduate fellows, ranging across the College of Liberal Arts, the Tyler School of Arts, Boyer School of Music and Dance, and the School of Media and Communication. There are also some staff changes this year. Peter Logan is taking a leave from his directorship to help the library set up its Digital Scholarship Center. Petra Goedde (History) will fill in as Interim Director for the year, and Priya Joshi (English) has agreed to serve as Associate Director. The Center would not function without the invaluable assistance of our administrative staff, Lafrance Howard, Anne Eckert, and our student workers. They all make CHAT a welcoming and productive place to be.
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—Petra Goedde, Interim Director
24 August 2015
Jennifer Lee, Law
U.S. Workers Need Not Apply:
Guest Worker Programs Transform Cultural Myth into Reality
Thursday, September 17
12:30–1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge
Each year, employers bring hundreds of thousands of guest workers to the United States for unskilled jobs because no U.S. workers are available for these jobs. This presentation focuses on the ways in which these programs have embraced various cultural mythologies about employers reacting to the societal trends of idle U.S. workers and industrious immigrants. In reality, these programs force U.S. workers out by maintaining a declining set of labor standards. A more honest examination of these government programs, which essentially outsource degraded jobs on American soil, can provide insight for the politicized debate concerning immigrant labor and migration policy.
Jennifer Lee is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at Temple University. She directs the Sheller Center for Social Justice where she works with students to represent low-wage workers and collaborate with community based organizations on worker and immigrant rights issues. Lee's research focuses on the rights of immigrant workers.
Padma Kaimal, Art and Art History Colgate University
Scattered Goddesses: Travels with the Yoginis
Wednesday, September 23
12:30–1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge
Collecting and scattering can be the same activity experienced from different points of view. They were for 19 sculptures that endured from a tenth-century goddess temple in South India to pass through the hands of the archaeologist Gabriel Jouveau-Dubreuil in 1926, into the hands of the art dealer C. T. Loo in Paris, and on to museums and mansions across the West, becoming more thoroughly separated from their companions over the course of the 20th century. Padma Kaimal traces these journeys in her book, Scattered Goddesses: Travels with the Yoginis (Ann Arbor: Association of Asian Studies, 2013), exploring the generosity, theft, idealism, and desire that powered the flight of these goddesses around the globe
Since 1988, Padma Kaimal has taught courses on the history of Asian art at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. Her research questions common assumptions about art from India, and the Tamil region in particular. Her essays have appeared in Third Text, Source, The Art Bulletin, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Artibus Asiae, Archives of Asian Art, and Ars Orientalis. Fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the J. Paul Getty Foundation, the American Institute for Indian Studies, and the American Association of University Women, and the Center for South Asian Studies at U. C. Berkeley have supported her research.
Reconstructing the View: Visualizing Time, Place, and the Collective Sublime
This exhibition includes examples of large scale panoramas that respond to icons of landscape and culture in places such as the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Northern California. Byron Wolfe uses photography and a diverse range of digital tools and visualizations to reflect on broader notions of culture, the passage of time, landscape, and the construction of perception. The resulting work is a combination of scholarly and historic research, creative expression, and personal narrative.
M-F, 10 am-4 pm, CHAT Gallery
10th floor, Gladfelter Hall (more... )
Many 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.
Looking 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.
Ben Wilson, American Painter
In 2008, CHAT acquired six large oil paintings by American painter Ben Wilson thanks to the generosity of the Ben and Evelyn Wilson Foundation. These works are on permanent display in the CHAT lounge and conference room. (Image: a detail from “The Thresher,” c. 1975)