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.
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A celebration of Italian culture...
and a critical look at American military bases and the construction of American hegemony are just two featured events this week involving humanities scholars. The first begins this Thursday with pizza, gelato, and a reading of Dante's Divine Comedy around the Temple Bell Tower. The College of Liberal Arts teamed up with the Boyer School of Music for this event showcasing the vibrancy of interdisciplinary collaboration in the humanities. The second event occurs on Friday and Saturday, a symposium that brings together scholars from across the country, organized by the Center for Force and Diplomacy.
This week: CHAT Fellows meet Tuesday, October 6, 12:30.
Marcia Hall, Art History
Coloring Paintings from the Renaissance to Matisse
Thursday, October 15
12:30–1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge
Color in paintings across the centuries of Western art is widely diversified, yet the pigments have changed very little, until the revolutionary inventions of the Industrial Revolution. What accounts for this diversity? This lecture will sketch some of the changes in the way painters have used their materials, from underpaint to layering to visible brushstroke; from employing tiny brushes to broad square ones; from egg tempera to oil, and connect those changes to accompanying changes in markets, patronage and taste, and ultimately to meaning.
Marcia Hall is Carnell Professor of Renaissance art at Temple in the Art History department. She has authored Renovation and Counter-Reformation (1979); After Raphael (1999) Michelangelo: The Frescoes of the Sistine Chapel (2003); The Sacred Image (2011). Her present book is an expansive of the chronological range and further development of the methodology of using Technical Art History (scientific examination in the conservation laboratory) to understand painters' techniques, of her earlier book, Color and Meaning. Practice and Theory in Renaissance Painting (1992). The working title of this project, from which this talk is drawn, is Color. Materials. Making. Marketing. Meanings: From the Renaissance to Les Fauves.
John R. McNeill, History, Georgetown University
The Imperfect Logic of the Anthropocene
Wednesday, October 21
4:00-5:30 pm, CHAT Lounge
In this talk, J.R. McNeill introduces (or for some, reviews) the concept of the Anthropocene and some of the debates surrounding it. Does it exist? Should it exist? If it does exist, when did it begin? On what basis should we decide if it exists or not? Scholars and scientists of all persuasions are debating these and related questions in publications and within the Anthropocene Working Group (AWG). The AWG is composed mainly of geologists but includes two humanists. In 2016 it will make a recommendation to the International Union of the Geophysical Sciences, which in due course will vote as to whether or not to accept the Anthropocene as a new epoch in the Geological Time Scale. McNeill argues for a young Anthropocene, begun in 1945.
J.R. McNeill is Professor of History and University Professor at Georgetown University, author of 5 and editor or co-editor of 13 books. He is a member of the Anthropocene Working Group.
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)