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2015-16 Deadlines

  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.

Our weekly newsletter CHATTER will arrive shortly in your mailboxes informing you about upcoming events in CHAT and across the university. If you have not yet subscribed, please do so www.temple.edu/chat/subscribe.

—Petra Goedde, Interim Director
24 August 2015

Upcoming talks

Speaker portraitJennifer 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.

Speaker portraitPadma 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.


Fall 2014 - Spring 2015


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
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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

Ben Wilson, American Painter

imageIn 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)

Center for the Humanities
10th Floor, Gladfelter Hall (025-45)
1115 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19122-6089
Phone - 215-204-6386
Fax - 215-204-8371
Email - chat@temple.edu