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CHAT supports departments and programs organizing important events including talks, conferences, and symposia. Times and locations vary.

Co-Sponsored Events 2016-2017

Fall 2016

Amitendu Palit, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore

Trade Deals: Why Politicians Love to Hate Thems

October 31st, 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 Indias 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.

Co-Sponsored Events 2011-2012

Fall 2011

Amy Sonnie and James Tracy

Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times

October 12th, 1:00pm, CHAT Lounge

Many historians of the late 1960s have emphasized the work of a group of white college activists who courageously took to the streets to protest the war in Vietnam and continuing racial inequality. Poor and working-class whites have tended to be painted as spectators, reactionaries, and, even, racists. Most Americans, the story goes, just watched the political movements of the sixties go by.

James Tracy and Amy Sonnie, who have been interviewing activists from the era for nearly ten years, reject this old narrative. They show that poor and working-class radicals, inspired by the Civil Rights movement, the Black Panthers, and progressive populism, started to organize significant political struggles against racism and inequality during the 1960s and 1970s. Among these groups: JOIN Community Union brought together southern migrants, student radicals, and welfare recipients in Chicago to fight for housing, health, and welfare; The Young Patriots Organization and Rising Up Angry organized self-identified hillbillies, Chicago greasers, Vietnam vets, and young feminists into a legendary “Rainbow Coalition” with Black and Puerto Rican activists; In Philadelphia, the October 4th Organization united residents of industrial Kensington against big business, war, and a repressive police force; In the Bronx, White Lightning occupied hospitals and built coalitions with doctors to fight for the rights of drug addicts and the poor.

Exploring an untold history of the New Left, the book shows how these groups helped to redefine community organizing—and transforms the way we think about a pivotal moment in U.S. history.

Co-Sponsored Events 2010-2011

Fall 2010

Speaker portrait Dr. Karen Cox, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

How the South Was Created in American Popular Culture

September 23, 3:30pm CHAT Lounge

From the late nineteenth century through World War II, popular culture portrayed the American South as a region ensconced in its antebellum past, draped in moonlight and magnolias, and represented by such southern icons as the mammy, the belle, the chivalrous planter, white-columned mansions, and even bolls of cotton.

In Dreaming of Dixie, Karen Cox shows that the chief purveyors of this nostalgia for the Old South were outsiders of the region, especially advertising agencies, musicians, publishers, radio personalities, writers, and filmmakers playing to consumers' anxiety about modernity by marketing the South as a region still dedicated to America's pastoral traditions. Cox examines how southerners themselves embraced the imaginary romance of the region's past, particularly in the tourist trade as southern states and cities sought to capitalize on popular perceptions by showcasing their Old South heritage. Only when television emerged as the most influential medium of popular culture did views of the South begin to change, as news coverage of the civil rights movement brought less than savory images of the region into people's living rooms. Until then, Cox argues, most Americans remained content with their romantic vision of Dixie.

(co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Program in American Studies)

Tyler School of Art

Speaker portrait Dr. David Stone, University of Delaware, Art History

SIgnature Killer: Caravaddio and the Poetics of Blood

October 6, 2010, 5:00pm

Caravaggio has been the subject of numerous scholarly works and exhibitions, and continues to appeal to modern taste for his striking naturalism and rough depictions of everyday characters in religious and mythological compositions—choices that scandalized contemporaries. He has a popular following for embodying the anti-hero (what is now recognized as a carefully constructed identity), as witness books, films (notably Derek Jarman), and endless newspaper articles (the most recent about the discovery of his bones in Porto Ercole with verification through a proposed DNA sequencing). Professor Stone is recognized world-wide as an authority on the artist. His particular research has covered the late years, especially the 15 months when the artist worked on the island of Malta and was admitted into the Order of the Knights of St. John. Professor Stone deftly weaves close observations of the artist’s paintings with his deep understanding of the historical circumstances and proposes a fascinating interpretation of this revolutionary artist’s work. It has a wide appeal among art historians, artists and filmmakers interested in the neobaroque, literary and cultural theorists and psychologists concerned with questions of authorship and identity, historians and anthropologists of popular culture, not to mention a public that can’t get enough of this bad boy genius.

Co-sponsored by the CHAT Premodern Studies Colloquium and the Department of English

Speaker portraitJennifer Hammer, Editor, New York University Press

From Inception to Dissertation to Book

October 7, 5:30pm CHAT Lounge

(co-sponsored by the Center of the Humanities, The Program in Women's Studies, and the Departments of Religion and History)

Speaker portrait

Dr. Abdul JanMohamed, University of California, Berkeley, English

Epistemological Fallacy, Social Identity, the Unconscious Contract, and a Reading of Beloved

October 28, 4:00pm CHAT Lounge

(co-sponsored by the Center of the Humanities, ISRST, The Departments of English)

Tyler School of Art

Speaker portrait Dr. John Spike,
European University of Rome

Caravaggio and Shakespeare

November 2, 4:00pm

(co-sponsored by the Departments of Art History and English)


Feinstein Center

Jews and the American City: Planning, Developing, and Imagining Urban Space and Jewish Space

November 11, 9:00am-5:00pm
Edward H. Rosen Hillel Center

(co-sponsored by the Center of the Humanities, The Department of History)

Spring 2011


Speaker portraitJustice Activism in Detroit
The Life & Legacy of Ernie Goodman

Steve Babson, Dave Elsila,
Dave Riddle and special guest,
Dr. Thomas Sugrue

February 1, 3:30pm CHAT Lounge

In a working life that spanned half a century, Ernie Goodman was one of the nation’s preeminent defense attorneys for workers and the militant poor. His remarkable career put him at the center of the struggle for social justice in the twentieth century, from the sit-down strikes of the 1930s to the Red Scare of the 1950s to the freedom struggles, anti-war demonstrations, and ghetto rebellions of the 1960s and 1970s. The Color of Law: Ernie Goodman, Detroit, and the Struggle for Labor and Civil Rights traces Goodman’s journey through these tumultuous events and highlights the many moments when changing perceptions of social justice clashed with legal precedent.

Authors Steve Babson, Dave Riddle, and David Elsila tell Goodman’s life story, beginning with his formative years as the son of immigrant parents in Detroit’s Jewish ghetto, to his early ambitions as a corporate lawyer, and his conversion to socialism and labor law during the Great Depression. From Detroit to Mississippi, Goodman saw police and other officials giving the “color of law” to actions that stifled freedom of speech and nullified the rights of workers and minorities. The authors highlight Goodman’s landmark cases in defense of labor and civil rights and examine the complex relationships he developed along the way with individuals like Supreme Court Justice and former Michigan governor Frank Murphy, UAW president Walter Reuther, Detroit mayor Coleman Young, and congressman George Crockett. Drawing from a rich collection of letters, oral histories, court records, and press accounts, the authors re-create the compelling story of Goodman’s life. The Color of Law demonstrates that the abuse of power is non-partisan and that individuals who oppose injustice can change the course of events.

English Department, First Year Writing Program

Speaker portraitDebra Hawhee,
Pennsylvania State University

Rhetoric, History, Animality

Fri., March 18, 2:30-4:00 pm, Reception follows
CHAT Lounge, 10th Floor, Gladfelter Hall

Despite rhetoric’s status as a uniquely human art, treatises about rhetoric are frequently crawling with animals of the nonhuman variety. Aristotle refers to beasts to discuss humility and shame in the Rhetoric. Cicero and Quintilian write of horses, dogs, and birds. Erasmus invokes bees, fish, and snakes, and inveighs against hunting. Ancient school exercises in rhetoric known as the progymnasmata ask aspiring rhetors to write and speak about animals, and also to speak and compose as animals. In this talk, Hawhee will discuss her book-in-progress on animals in the history of rhetoric. The first half of the talk will consider the stakes and methods of this research, while the second half of it will offer an excerpt from a chapter on the use and purpose of nonhuman animals in rhetorical education.  

P19: Nineteenth Century Forum

Speaker portaitDevin Griffiths,
University of Pennsylvania

Virtual Ontologies: Panizzi, Owen,and the Catalogues of the British Museum

Thurs., March 24, 5:15-6:45 pm
CHAT Lounge, 10th Floor, Gladfelter Hall
Co-sponsored by Delaware Valley British Studies

Spanish and Portuguese Distinguished Lecture Series

Speaker portraitEfraín Kristal,
University of California, Los Angeles

From Rebellion and Fantasy to Reconciliation in Mario Vargas Llosa's Novels

March 28th, 4:00-5:30, CHAT Lounge, 10th Floor, Gladfelter Hall

Professor Efraín Kristal is a professor at UCLA.  He was a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Berlin .  He has published numerous essays on Latin American literature and intellectual history and two books: THE ANDES VIEWED FROM THE CITY: LITERARY AND POLITICAL DISCOURSE ON THE INDIAN IN PERU and TEMPTATION OF THE WORD: THE NOVELS OF MVL.  He has written on the Spanish historical epic and its French and Italian antecedents, the literary theory of Burke, Frye, Bloom and Steiner.  He is currently working on Borges.  He teaches courses on Borges and Kafka, the Joycean novel in Latin America, theories of translation, the rhetoric of religion, theater, opera and painting. 

Civil War and Emancipation Studies at Temple (CWEST)

Speaker portrait8th Annual Underground Railroad, Black History, and Civil War Conference

The Gathering Storm: The Election of Lincoln and the Secession Crisis, 1861

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Walk Auditorium, Ritter Hall, Temple University Main Campus

Speaker portraitDimitri Gutas, Professor of Arabic and Greco-Arabic Studies at Yale

Philosophy in the Pre-Modern Islamic World: Orientation to an Emerging Field

April 15th, 3:00pm. CHAT Lounge, 10th Floor, Gladfelter Hall


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