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2016-2017 CHAT Lectures and Workshops

Distinguished Faculty Lectures Series

All talks showcase new research by Temple faculty on alternate Thursdays, 12:30-1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge, 10th Floor, Gladfelter Hall.

Translation Lecture Series

All talks feature distinguished scholars visiting from outside the Temple community and take place on designated Wednesdays (unless otherwise noted), 4:00 to 5:30 pm, Chat Lounge, 10th Floor, Gladfelter Hall.

Professional Development Workshops

These workshops are designed for graduate students in the humanities and social sciences and will feature academic and professional specialists from inside Temple University and outside institutions. Topics include fellowship applications, job search, career development, and digital humanities.

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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 portraitMónica Ricketts, History

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

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

In 1808 when Napoleon invaded Spain, forced King Charles IV to abdicate in favor of his son, Ferdinand VII, and took the two monarchs to France, men of letters took center stage. They called for rebellion, organized, and began to design a new constitutional and liberal order in which they would lead. Yet despite the unprecedented new opportunities available for them, war remained a major challenge. Military rule and the power of its actors were major obstacles for Spanish liberals and contributed much to shaping their political thoughts as best seen in metropolitan Spain and the viceroyalty of Peru.

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.

Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series

Speaker portraitTherese A. Dolan

Sonic Politics: Manet's Street Singer

Thursday, October 13
12:30-1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge

My account of Manet's Street Singer will focus on the auditory environment in which the figure is situated, tracing her urban taxonomy as a street type constructed by the visual, folkloric, and literary discourse drawn from the popular literature and illustrations of the time. By fixing her place within the iconography and sonography of street musicians, I investigate her urban identity as the marker of a subaltern voice, one that is culturally, economically, and pictorially distinct from singers at salons and the divas on the musical stages of Paris during the Second Empire.

Translation Lecture Series

Speaker portraitAnna Brickhouse, University of Virginia

"Mistranslation and Catastrophe"

Wednesday, October 19
4–5:30 pm, CHAT Lounge

"Mistranslation and Catastrophe" begins by reflecting on the role of mistranslation in my own research, and the productive possibilities of embracing "mistranslation" over other values-"mastery," for example, or the "untranslatable." The second part of the paper addresses the role of translation and mistranslation in Estrella Distante (Distant Star) by the late Chilean writer Roberto Bolano, whose novella about the catastrophic aftermath of the CIA-encouraged coup in Chile begins with a mysterious, (mis)translated epigraph from Faulkner. Taking Estrella Distante as inspiration, I then move back in time to explore a much earlier catastrophe as well as a chain of translations and mistranslations surrounding it: the Lima earthquake of 1746.

Anna Brickhouse is Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Virginia. Her first book, Transamerican Literary Relations and the Nineteenth-Century Public Sphere (Cambridge 2004), was awarded the Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities from the Council of Graduate Schools as well as Honorable Mention for the ASA's Laura Romero prize. Her second book, The Unsettlement of America: Translation, Interpretation, and the Story of Don Luis de Velasco, 1560-1945 (Oxford 2014), was a co-winner of the Early American Literature prize and winner of the MLA's James Russell Lowell prize. She is currently researching a project on race, translation, and disaster.

Distinguished Faculty Lectures Series

Speaker portraitLeah Modigliani

Critical Plagiarism and the Politics of Creative Labor

Thursday, October 27
12:30–1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge

Whether theorized as a puncture in one's emotional life, as a mediation compelling or protecting from empathic response, as an indexical trace, or as manifestation of ideological construct, photographs are most often understood as evocative markers of the past; evidence of lost loves or labors. However, as Kaja Silverman has recently reminded us, photographs also present viewers with an image they can relate to now, an image analogous to our own condition. In this talk Dr. Modigliani will discuss her process of using historic photographs and texts as raw material for new creative works that engage new audiences in critical discourses about history and politics.

Leah Modigliani is Assistant Professor and Program Director of Visual Studies at Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Modigliani's visual work has been exhibited at numerous galleries and museums, and has solo exhibitions planned at The Art Museum at the University of Toronto and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2017. Her critical writing has been published in academic journals, and her book, Engendering an avant-garde: the unsettled landscapes of Vancouver photo-conceptualism, will be published by Manchester University Press in 2017.

Professional Development Workshops

Co-sponsored with the College of liberal Arts

Speaker portraitLeonard Cassuto, Fordham University

The Academic Job Market: An Ecological Introduction

Thursday, October 27
3:30-5:00 pm, CHAT Lounge

The academic job market is a monolith that looms over the lives of most graduate students, but part of the reason it's so imposing is because it seems so inscrutable and impenetrable. Higher education scholar and journalist Leonard Cassuto, author of The Graduate School Mess: What Caused It and How We Can Fix It, will explain the role of the market in academic culture of our time, and what it takes for graduate students to search for jobs with informed confidence.

Cenfad-Chat Lecture

Co-sponsoed by the Center for Force and Diplomacy

Speaker portraitAmitendu Palit, National University of Singapore

Trade Deals: Why Politicians Love to Hate Them

Monday, October 31
3:30 pm, CHAT Lounge

Trade agreements have been the favourite whipping boys in elections taking place across the world. Be it in the US, Europe or Asia, politicians have attacked trade deals, particularly humongous agreements like the TPP and TTIP, for their adverse impacts on livelihoods, jobs and access to medicines. Ironically, political establishments themselves have been among the biggest backers of trade deals otherwise, not only on economic grounds, but also geo-strategic factors. The TPP exemplifies these contrasts as a trade deal being torn to shreds during the US Presidential elections across the political spectrum; as a deal vociferously championed by the Obama Administration for supporting higher-paying American jobs; and finally as a deal that enables the US, not 'other countries' to write the rules of trade and contribute positively to the US national security agenda.

Dr Amitendu Palit is Senior Research Fellow and Research Lead (Trade and Economic Policy) at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) in the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is an economist specializing in international trade policies, regional economic developments, comparative economic studies and political economy of public policies. He worked with the Government of India for several years. His current research focuses on economic and political implications of India's integration with the Asia-Pacific region, impact of mega-regional trade agreements, and various determinants of external trade and integration policies of China and India. His books include The Trans Pacific Partnership, China and India: Economic and Political Implications (2014; Routledge UK), China India Economics: Challenges, Competition and Collaboration (2011; Routledge) and Special Economic Zones in India: Myths and Realities (2008; Anthem Press; Co-authored). He has also edited several books and published in peer-reviewed academic journals. He is a columnist for India's well known financial daily, Financial Express and a regular contributor for the China Daily. He appears regularly as an expert on the BBC, Bloomberg, Channel News Asia, CNBC, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Doordarshan (India) and All-India Radio.

Professional Development Workshop

Speaker portraitPeter Logan, Academic Director, Digital Scholarship Center, Temple University

Digital Scholarship and Humanities Professions

Thursday, November 10
12:30-1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge

This lunch-time workshop discusses the role that digital research methods play in innovative scholarship and in career options for graduate students and faculty members in humanistic disciplines. A presentation will review the way digital scholarship is changing the medium of scholarly publishing, including the dissertation. We will also consider the demand for digital research skills in academic job postings, new grant-funding opportunities, and alternative career options for academics. The discussion will be informal and food is provided.

Peter M. Logan is the Academic Director of the Digital Scholarship Center in Temple's Paley Library and the former Director of the Center for the Humanities at Temple. A professor of English, he teaches courses in Victorian literature, the history of the novel, and digital humanities. He is the author of two books on Victorian literature as well as Editor of the Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel.

Distinguished Faculty Lectures Series

Speaker portraitAnne Létourneau

Biblical Beauties: Femininity, Sexual Fantasy and Violence in the Hebrew Bible

Thursday, November 17
12:30-1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge

This talk explores the intertwining of violence and gender in the Hebrew Bible from an aesthetic point of view. In the biblical texts, beautiful women are often victims of aggression. This violence takes the form of physical abuse, rape, murder, and other such modes. I argue that feminine beauty has a very specific function in these violent literary plots: this narrative motif eroticizes every scene and holds the beautiful woman responsible for the violence to which she is subjected. This talk will also be an opportunity to demonstrate how beauty and power intersect differently according to gender in the Hebrew Bible. What kind of agency beautiful female characters are granted in these texts?

Anne Letourneau is currently a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) postdoctoral fellow at Temple University, in the Department of Religion. She holds a PhD in Religious Studies, with an emphasis in Feminist Studies, from Université du Québec á Montréal (Canada). Her scholarship deals with the articulation of gender, sexuality, ethnicity and violence in the Hebrew Bible.

Translation Lecture Series

Speaker PortraitJoseph O'Leary

The Notion of Conventional Truth as a Promising Platform for Buddhist-Christian Dialogue

Wednesday, November 30
4 –5:30 pm, CHAT Lounge

This talk suggests that the most promising theme for a theological discussion with Buddhism is the question of the status of religious and doctrinal language. Christian theology has devoted much thought to this. On the Buddhist side, religious discourse has always been assessed in terms of its salvific efficacity. The ideal religious discourse is a "skillful means" serving to lead to liberation and disposable when it has served its purpose. Another relevant topic is the Buddhist attitude to "views." Although "right view" is the first step of the Noble Eightfold Path, in Mahayana sutras we hear that right view is more dangerous than wrong because more apt to encourage fixated attachment. Finally, the dyad of conventional and ultimate truth makes all religious teachings conventional, yet urges that in their very conventionality they are indispensable vehicles for conveying ultimate truth.

Joseph S. O'Leary, an Irish theologian resident in Japan since 1983, was professor of English Literature at Sophia University, Tokyo, and Roche Chair for Interreligious Research at Nanzan University, Nagoya. His latest book is Conventional and Ultimate Truth: A Key for Fundamental Theology (University of Notre Dame Press, 2015).

Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series

Speaker portraitPeter Logan

The Changing Shape of Knowledge in the Nineteenth Century

Thursday, January 26
12:30-1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge

What can historic reference works tell us about the changing shape of knowledge in time? This talk looks at the pilot stage of a large research project designed to track changes in key cultural concepts by applying textual analysis tools to historic editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica from 1797-1911. By looking at the language used to explain major scientific and cultural concepts, we can identify broad patterns in the transformation of knowledge over time, like its linguistic density and the migration of ideas from one field to another. We will also talk about the history of the Encyclopedia Britannica and the advantages of working with continuously- revised documents instead of primary sources.

Peter M. Logan is the Academic Director of the Digital Scholarship Center in Temple's Paley Library and the former Director of the Center for the Humanities at Temple. A professor of English, he teaches courses in Victorian literature, the history of the novel, and digital humanities. He is the author of two books on Victorian literature as well as Editor of the Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel.

Professional Development Workshops

Speaker portraitDustin Kidd

Promoting your Career through Online Social Media Presence

Tuesday, January 31
12:00-2:00 pm, CHAT Lounge

This workshop will explain the do's and don'ts of creating your online and social media presence, while teaching you ways to promote yourself and your career through social media outlets like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and more.

This workshop is open to all College of Liberal Arts graduate students as part of the College of Liberal Arts Graduate Student Professional Development Series.

Refreshments will be served.

Translation Lecture Series

Co-sponsored by Global Studies

Speaker portraitBethany Wiggin, Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pennsylvania

Utopia Found, Lost, and Re-Imagined

Wednesday, February 15
4–5:30 pm, CHAT Lounge

In dialogue with the mixed legacies Philadelphia's Quaker, colonial origins this talk considers the uses and abuses of utopia in the history of the Anthropocene: the proposal to name a new geological epoch recognizing humans impact on earth's systems. Situating our present planetary precarity in a 500-year history of global imperial projects surely suggests how the Anthropocene intersects with capitalist modernity. Yet a longer history might also draw on utopian counter-histories and cautionary examples, as well as a contemporary archive of social practice art, including the public WetLand Project on the Lower Schuylkill River, all pointing toward other possible pasts--and futures.

Bethany Wiggin is Associate Professor and Graduate Chair of German, Affiliate Faculty in English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, and Founding Director of the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities. She has published books and essays on transnational and world literatures, the birth of fashion and commodity culture, and utopian pasts and futures. She is now working on the book Germanopolis: Utopia Found, Lost, and Re-Imagined in Penn's Woods. In 2016-17, she is the Topic Director of the Penn Humanities Forum on Translation and is a recipient of a Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship for a series of collaborative public projects that aim to make a "hidden river's" pasts and futures visible.

Professional Development Workshops

Elliott Shore, Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries
Erin Connelly, University of Pennsylvania Speaker portrait
Jennifer Grayburn, Temple University
Alicia Peaker, Bryn Mawr College
Nikolaus Fogle, Villanova University

What Else You Can do with a Humanities Ph.D.: The Alt/Ac World of the Library and in Information Technology

Monday, February 20
4–5:30 pm, CHAT Lounge

This workshop will feature a discussion of opportunities in the world of cultural memory organizations such as libraries and archives and in related areas in information technology organizations. Chaired by the executive Director of the American Association of Research Libraries, Elliot Shore, it will include two current and two former postdoctoral fellows of the Council on Library and Information Resources. The five participants will share their views on this career path and offer suggestions for current PhD students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.

Elliott Shore is a Temple graduate, an historian, librarian, and technologist who started his career working in the Contemporary Culture Collection in Paley Library. He is the Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries and Co-dean of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, which has helped to develop the careers of more than 150 scholars.

Speaker portraitErin Connelly(University of Pennsylvania) received her Ph.D. in Medieval English from the University of Nottingham. She works in the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) at Penn on several overlapping initiatives that explore both the materiality of medieval manuscripts as within a digital context and the possibilities of analyzing texts that the codices contain. These initiatives include Collation Visualization, a developing set of tools that enable scholars to virtually model and visualize the physical construction of manuscripts, relating the models to digital images and content; Digital Editions, a project to create image-based editions of medieval manuscripts from Penn's and other collections and publish them online; and Manuscript Ebooks, an ongoing project to create ebooks (in epub format) from manuscripts in OPenn and other open source repositories.

Speaker portraitJennifer Grayburn(Temple University) received her Ph.D. in Art and Architecture from the University of Virginia. As Digital Scholarship and Content Area Specialist, she works in close collaboration with the team supporting operations and services for the libraries' recently established Digital Scholarship Center, applying both technical and content area expertise to define projects and shape the programs that will establish the Center's role in the academic and research environment at the university. She will also work in the areas of textual analysis, geocoding and GIS applications embracing a variety of data and digital object types, data visualization, data analysis, and data mining, linked data and metadata scheme development, digitization, media authoring and production, and project scoping and project management.

Speaker portraitAlicia Peaker(Middlebury College) Alicia Peaker came to Bryn Mawr in 2016. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Northeastern University and a B.A. in English: Literary Studies from Eastern Washington University. Before coming to Bryn Mawr, she completed a Mellon CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Digital Liberal Arts at Middlebury College. She has also served as the Co-Director of Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive, the Project Manager for The Women Writers Project, and has consulted on dozens of digital humanities and digital liberal arts projects. Alicia's current research interests include exploring ways of digital modeling the natural worlds of novels.

Speaker portraitNikolaus (Nik) Fogle is the Philosophy Librarian and humanities team leader at Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial Library. As a subject librarian and team coordinator Nik supports the library’s connection with a number of humanities departments and programs on campus, focusing especially on the Philosophy Department and its graduate program. Prior to coming to Villanova Nik worked on the social theory of Pierre Bourdieu, and taught philosophy and urban studies at Arizona State University, Syracuse University, and Renmin University of China. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Temple and was a CLIR Fellow at Villanova from 2013-2015.

Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series

Speaker portraitSally Ann Ness, Dance

Choreographies of Landscape;: Signs of Performance in Yosemite National Park

Thursday, March 2
12:30-1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge

Ethnographic fieldwork on the sports of climbing and hiking conducted from 2005-2012 in Yosemite National Park supports a "choreographic" theory of cultural performance. This pragmatic symbolic theory posits movement as the ground of all meaning-making. It gives primary consideration to the performative force of embodied movements as they inspire, transmit, reproduce, coordinate, and publicly transform various kinds of meaningful self-world relationships. The choreographic theoretical framework advanced, in contrast to more widely employed semiotic analytics, foregrounds sign performance as opposed to sign information, sign movement rather than sign-object relations, and sign mediation rather than sign representation. In so doing, it recognizes new roles for movement in the development of conceptual processes, as well as in the cultural dynamics of group and solo performance practices, and in the analysis and pedagogical understanding of sonic and kinetic forms of meaning-making.

Sally Ann Ness is an incoming Professor and Chair of Dance at Temple University. She is author of Choreographies of Landscape (Berghahn Press, 2016), which was supported by a 2007 John S. Guggenheim award. Her book publications include Body, Movement, and Culture (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1992), Where Asia Smiles (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003), and Migrations of Gesture (University of Minnesota Press, 2008) co-edited with Carrie Noland. Her research has also been published in Semiotic Inquiry, American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, Dance Research Journal, Journal of Asian Studies, The Drama Review, and Performance Research, among other journal publications.

Translation Lecture Series

Yom picMichael F. Laffan, History, Princeton University

Translating Citizenship: the Cocos Islands become an Australian Muslim Territory, 1955-59

Wednesday, March 8
4:00-5:30 pm, CHAT Lounge

Standing assembled in Bandung in April of 1955, the newly independent leaders of South and Southeast Asia looked to their own populations as much as to their former overlords as they mapped out visions for the world of independent nation states. Yet, at the same time, plans were being finalized in London and Canberra for the transfer of authority that November of a tiny set of isles in the Indian Ocean with some four hundred Muslim inhabitants of "Malay" origin. Puzzled by what to do with this population, Canberra's first Official Representative to the Cocos Islands crossed the lagoon to see just how a modern state administered Islamic customary law. This contact would set in train an attempt by some of the islanders to seek the patronage of the Australian Government against their hereditary employee. This led to difficult conversations about how notions of citizenship would be translated. Beyond this I will argue that it is only by following a group of islanders sent to Christmas Island in the aftermath of the dispute that we are able to see just how much religious differences may well have been the root cause of the crisis of 1957, which led in turn to yet more uncomfortable debates about the nature of citizenship for Asian people in still very White Australia.

Michael Laffan is professor of history at Princeton University, where he teaches courses on the history of Southeast Asia and Islam across the Indian Ocean. A native of Canberra, Australia, he is the author of Islamic Nationhood and Colonial Indonesia (Routledge 2003) and The Makings of Indonesian Islam (Princeton, 2011). He is now turning his attention to South Africa and Sri Lanka in the hope of learning more about the broader history of Islam under the hardly-benevolent rule of the Dutch East India Company.

Distinguished Faculty Lectures Series

Speaker portraitKathryn Hirsh-Pasek, Psychology

Living in Pasteur's Quadrant: Navigating the Uncharted Waters Between Basic and Applied Research

Thursday, March 23
12:30–1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge

Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Temple University and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Her research examines the development of early language and literacy as well as the role of play in learning. With her long term collaborator, Roberta Golinkoff, she is author of 14 books and hundreds of publications. She is the recipient of the American Psychological Association's Bronfenbrenner Award, the American Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science, the Association for Psychological Science James McKeen Cattell Award and the APA Distinguished Lecturer Award. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society, is the President of the International Society for Infant Studies and served as the Associate Editor of Child Development. Her new book, Becoming Brilliant: What the science tells us about raising successful children was released with APA Press in 2016.

How can social scientists balance the need to do basic science with their desire to be relevant to the questions and issues of their time? In his classic book, Pasteur's Quadrant, Daniel Stokes proposes an answer. Cross-cutting two dimensions - a quest for understanding and considerations of use, Stokes offers 4 quadrants that capture the areas of scientific progress. This talk signals a migration towards Pasteur's quadrant, that exemplifies what Stokes called use-inspired basic research. Using data from the science of learning and early development, I offer examples of how my work in language, literacy, and playful learning fits neatly within this quadrant. I also caution that in a world filled with social media and distorted messages about our science and its use, It is imperative that we not only do work in Pasteur's Quadrant, while also jumping beyond use-inspired work to take dissemination of science seriously. We challenge the field and our institutions to share our science in a way that preserves its integrity and increases its utility for the wider community while offering several examples of how we are doing that through traditional and non-traditional means.

CHAT Graduate Fellows Conference

Dr. Rob Ruck, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Heather Levi, Temple University Speaker portrait
Dr. Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, American University

"That's not what we do here!": Censorship and (In)valid Academic Interests

Wednesday, March 29
2:00–4:00 pm, CHAT Lounge

Despite its political reputation, academia is, in many ways, a conservative institution. Disciplinary boundaries are often rigid and new methodologies or subjects of study can take years to emerge. Scholars who seek to push boundaries by taking up an atypical subject or field of study are often met with the statement--be it implicit or explicit--"that's not what we do here." At this symposium, we will ask, "why not?" We have assembled an interdisciplinary collection of speakers who are part of a broader wave of scholarship that challenges academic conventions by subjecting topics once seen as "illegitimate," "un-serious," or "niche" to rigorous intellectual scrutiny. Through an afternoon of collegial exchange we will assess some of the professional considerations to taking up an atypical academic topic. Panelists will discuss why academics press on in spite of those external/internal pressures, how attitudes within the academy have changed over time, and whether institutions are becoming more or less welcoming to work on non-traditional topics and methods.

Speaker portraitDr. Rob Ruck is Professor of Transnational Sport History at the University of Pittsburgh. He has authored several books including Raceball: How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Game (2011), The Tropic of Baseball: Baseball in the Dominican Republic (1991), and Sandlot Seasons: Sport in Black Pittsburgh (1987). Ruck earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in history at the University of Pittsburgh after earning his B.A. at Yale University.

Speaker portraitDr. Heather Levi is assistant professor of instruction here in the Department of Anthropology at Temple University. Her work focuses on the anthropology of Mexico and Latin America, and she is particularly interested in the ways that popular culture and mass media intersect with gender and sexuality. She is the author of the 2008 book The World of Lucha Libre: Secrets, Revelations, and Mexican National Identity, published by Duke University Press. In addition, she has written numerous articles and book chapters on lucha libre, an iconic form of professional wrestling in Mexico. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from NYU in 2001.

Speaker portraitDr. Salvador Vidal-Ortiz is associate professor in the sociology department at American University (AU) in Washington DC. He coedited The Sexuality of Migration: Border Crossings and Mexican Immigrant Men (New York University Press, 2009) and Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism (University of Texas Press, 2015). He is currently completing his manuscript on Santería (an Afro-Cuban religious-cultural practice), tentatively titled: An Instrument of the Orishas: Racialized Sexual Minorities in Santería, as well as a co-authored book, with two of his former students: Brandon A. Robinson (UT-Austin) and Cristina Khan (U-Conn) titled Race and Sexuality (Polity Press, 2019).

Distinguished Faculty Lectures Series


Speaker portraitMatt Wray

"Death in Vegas: Suicide and Self-Destruction in the American West"

Thursday, March 30
12:30–1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge

In 2015, American suicide rates hit a thirty-year high. This fact, along with rising rates of alcohol and drug abuse, is the main reason that life expectancy for whites has begun to decline. This rising trend in self-destruction started well before the recent recession, and, in this talk, Wray traces the forces and factors behind what public health officials are calling "our new national epidemic." Wray focuses his analysis on Las Vegas--the American city with the highest suicide rate, as ground zero of the epidemic--a desert crucible that forged new forms of social isolation and personal despair that are now widespread thrughout America.

Matt Wray is Associate Professor, Sociology at Temple University. A graduate of University of California, Berkeley, he has had postdoctoral fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution and Harvard University. His research interests focus on health, culture, and race. Wray is completing a book about suicide and self-destruction in the American West, drawing attention to the various forms of isolation and freedom peculiar to the swath of western states that make up the American Suicide Belt. Previously he has published books about the stigmatyping of poor rural whites. His journal articles have appeared in Social Science and Medicine, American Behavioral Scientist, and Annual Review of Sociology. He is a former editor at Contexts and current contributing editor at PublicBooks.org.

Distinguished Faculty Lectures Series

Speaker portraitRita Krueger, History

Science and Social Status: Medical Debates and Knowledge Authority in 18th-Century Central Europe

Thursday, April 6
12:30–1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge

This talk explores the intersection of social status, local knowledge, and scientific authority in the 18th Century Habsburg lands. Focusing primarily on medical practitioners, I will explore how the Habsburg "enlightened" participated in inter-European and transatlantic debates, how they framed the questions of their research and shared it, how they claimed authority over knowledge, and how social hierarchies shaped the flow of knowledge. Medicine is often separate from other aspects of 18th century intellectual life in the historical literature, but returning it to its Enlightenment context allows us to see the means by which natural philosophers, botanists, medical faculty, and others crafted international reputations and cultivated scientific networks in their pursuit of medical knowledge.

Rita Krueger is a specialist in 18th century Habsburg history and the history of the Central European Enlightenment. Her first book, Czech, German, and Noble: Status and National Identity in Habsburg Bohemia examined the shifts in the multifaceted identities of elites as they embraced or rejected new ideas of national belonging, enlightenment, and reform from the late eighteenth century to the revolution in 1848. She is currently finishing a biography of Austrian Empress Maria Theresia. Her new research project on knowledge networks builds on her earlier work on scientific institutions by focusing on the intersection of transnational scientific authority, status, local knowledge and institutional reform in the Habsburg lands.

Distinguished Faculty Lectures Series

Speaker portraitSanjoy Chakravorty, Geography and Urban Studies

The Truth About Inequality: Does it Matter?

Thursday, April 20
12:30-1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge

How is knowledge about inequality generated? How does it matter? Why should it matter? These three questions are explored with reference to the US and India. I show how the dimension or axis along which inequality is conceptualized matters, for example, by wealth vs. income vs. consumption or by identity category (that is, by race or religion or caste) vs. class. I argue that the dimension of inequality that matters in a society is deeply intertwined with its political discourse and ideology. I end by making a selfish person's case for egalitarianism.

Sanjoy Chakravorty works narrowly in economic geography and broadly in trying to understand social change. He is the author or co-author of six books. The most recent are The Other One Percent: Indians in America (2016), and his first novel, The Promoter (2015). This year at CHAT he has been working on The Truth About Us: India Invented and India Ignored.

Translation Lecture Series

Speaker portraitJhumpa Lahiri, Creative Writing, Princeton University

An Afternoon with Jhumpa Lahiri

Monday, April 24
4:00-5:30 pm, Walk Auditorium

Jhumpa Lahiri will read from her first non-fiction book, In Altre Parole/In Other Words, which was published in Italy in 2015 and in the United States in 2016, followed by a conversation about translation, the relationship between language and belonging, and the simultaneous experience of limits and freedom that emerges when expressing yourself in a new language.

Jhumpa Lahiri is the author of two novels, and two collections of short stories, one of which, Interpreter of Maladies' (1999), won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2000. In 2015 she published her first non-fiction work In Altre Parole. It was translated and published in English in 2016. In 2015 Lahiri was awarded the prestigious National Humanities Medal by the NEH at the White House. Lahiri has also won the PEN/Hemingway Award, an O. Henry Prize (for the short story "Interpreter of Maladies"), the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Vallombrosa Von Rezzori Prize and the Asian American Literary Award. In 2002 Lahiri held a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 2006. In September 2015 she joined the Lewis Center for the Art's Program in Creative Writing faculty at Princeton University as Professor of Creative Writing.

CHAT would like thank the following colleges, departments, and programs for co-sponsoring this event: the College of Liberal Arts, Intellectual Heritage, Global Studies, History, Cenfad, Creative Writing, Honors, English, and FGIS.

Professional Development Workshop

Mary Rose Muccie, Temple University
Aaron javiscas, Temple University Speaker portrait
Annie K. Johnson, Temple University

Publishing Your Dissertation

Thursday, April 27
12:30–2:00 pm, CHAT Lounge

Are you hoping to turn your dissertation into a book? This workshop will discuss some of the issues you should consider before you try to publish your dissertation. We will also offer practical tips and advice for getting published by a university press. Participants will gain a solid understanding of copyright, open access, and embargoes. They will also learn how to write a compelling book proposal, how to approach a publisher, and how to avoid common first-book mistakes.

Speaker portraitMary Rose Muccie is the Executive Director of Temple University Press and the Scholarly Communications Officer at Temple Libraries. Before coming to Temple, she worked for JSTOR and Project Muse.

Speaker portraitAaron Javsicas is the Editor-in-Chief of Temple University Press. He acquires books in urban studies, political science, and the Philadelphia region.

Speaker portraitAnnie Johnson is the Library Publishing and Scholarly Communications Specialist at Temple Libraries. She holds a PhD in history from the University of Southern California.

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