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intro picCHAT is ready for an exciting year of lectures, seminars, study groups, and exhibitions. We have a great line-up of lectures for the year. Eleven outstanding Temple Faculty members will present their current scholarship in our Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series. We are also bringing six leading scholars to Temple in our Translation Series. This year we are adding to our roster of activities a series of Professional Development Workshops for Graduate Students. The first o ne will feature John Paul Christy, Director of Public Programs at ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies), who will talk about how to get one of those highly coveted ACLS dissertation fellowships.

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This year we welcome four new faculty fellows and nine graduate fellows to CHAT, 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. Their profiles are listed on our Fellows Page.

The Center would not function without the invaluable assistance of our administrative staff, Anne Eckert, Cori Haas, and our student workers. They all make CHAT a welcoming and productive place to be.

CHAT continues to feature Leah Modigliani's provocative exhibit "How Long Can We Tolerate This?" a thirty-five foot photo assemblage documenting evictions during the years of the Glass-Steagall Act. If you have not done so already, please come up to the 10th floor of Gladfelter Hall to take a look. The Center is open every day until 4pm. For visitors who would like a quiet space, a cup of coffee, or a glance at our art exhibitions.

--Petra Goedde, Director
29 August 2016

Upcoming Deadlines:

Fall 2016

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

Upcoming Talks:

Professional Development Workshops

Speaker portraitJohn Paul Christy, Director of Public Programs, American Council of Learned Societies

How to get an ACLS fellowship

Thursday, September 8
4 –5:30 pm, CHAT Lounge

The American Council of Learned Societies, a nonprofit federation of 74 national scholarly organizations, is a major funder of research in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. In 2015-16 competition year, ACLS awarded a total of $18.1 million in fellowships and grants to more than 300 scholars worldwide. ACLS offers a variety of fellowship programs for predoctoral scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences as well as postdoctoral opportunities in both the academic and non-academic realms. In this presentation, program officer John Paul Christy will provide an overview of ACLS's fellowship competitions and peer review system and will offer suggestions about how to write a strong application.

Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series

Speaker portraitFabienne Darling-Wolf, Media and Communication

"The Lessons of Charlie, or Locality in the Age of Globalization"

Thursday, September 15
12:30-1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge

Because it targeted specific individuals engaged in a debate about values, ethics, and religion at both the local and the global level, the attack on Charlie Hebdo on 7 January, 2015, provides a powerful terrain on which to tease out the dangerous undertows of power struggles that globalization scholars of varied theoretical convictions have long discussed in their work. Drawing from reactions to the attack in the French press and in social media, this presentation explores the lessons to be drawn from this tragedy. What can the events at Charlie Hebdo teach us about the relationship between globality and locality? What can we learn about the role of the media in shaping these imaginaries? What, in turn, can these theoretical musings teach us about the theory and practice of politically engaged journalism under conditions of globalization?

Dr. Darling-Wolf is associate professor in the Journalism Department and the Mass Media and Communication doctoral program in the School of Media and Communication. Her research focuses on the power dynamics at work in global media flows and processes of transnational cultural influence with a particular interest in the European and Japanese contexts. Her recent book Imagining the Global: Transnational Media and Popular Culture Beyond East and West received the International Communication Association's Outstanding Book Award.

Translation Lecture Series

Speaker portraitTravis Zadeh, Religious Studies, Yale University

Why Read the Quran in Translation(?)

Monday, September 19
4–5:30 pm, CHAT Lounge

This lecture examines debates in the course of Islamic intellectual history over translating the Quran and their relation to broader theoretical problems for the fields of translation studies, the history of ideas, and the philosophy of language. Historically, there has been a strong current of thought in Islamic religious discourse that has rejected the possibility of translating the Quran on theological grounds, based largely on the notion that the text exhibits such supreme and inimitable eloquence that translation is itself impossible. Yet, since the earliest periods of Islamic history there have also developed complex traditions of explaining the Quran in translation. In this basic paradox abides a general misunderstanding of what exactly it means to translate the Quran. By probing the broader social, historical, and ideological frameworks governing these debates, this talk questions how it is that the Qur'an is translatable.

Travis Zadeh is an assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Yale University. His research focuses on translation, broadly construed, within Islamic intellectual and cultural history. Zadeh's most recent book is The Vernacular Qur'an: Translation and the Rise of Persian Exegesis (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Distinguished Faculty Lectures Series

Speaker portraitMonica Ricketts, History

Liberalism and War in the Late Spanish Empire, 1806-1814

Thursday, September 29
12:30–1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge

Monica Ricketts is a historian of colonial Latin America and the Iberian Atlantic World. She received her B.A. and Licenciate degrees from the Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Peru in Lima and her Ph.D. from Harvard University. Before joining the history department at Temple University in 2010, she taught at Long Island University, C. W. Post. She has received fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, the John Carter Brown Library, the Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University, and Intituto Riva-Aguero, PUCP, Lima. Her book entitled Struggles for Power at the End of Empire: Peru-Spain, 1760-1830 is forthcoming by Oxford University Press next year.

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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