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2010

February

  • 2/5 Temple student Wafai Dias, “Art and My Palestinian Identity.”
  • 2/12 Professor James Hilty, “Students as Agents of Change: Temple in the ‘fifties and ‘sixties.”
  • 2/19 In conjunction with ONE BOOK ONE PHILADELPHIA & the Free Library of Philadelphia, Professors David Farber, David Watt & Khalid Blankinship on “Persepolis and the Consequences of the Iranian Revolution.”
  • 2/26 Professor Beth Bailey, “America’s Army: Making the All-Volunteer Force.”

March

  • 3/5 Temple student Drew Landes, member of Students for Justice in Palestine, “The History of Violent Resistance.”
  • 3/19 Temple students James Mongeluzo and Jessica Reed, “Student Activism: 2000 to the Present.”
  • 3/26 Russian Filmaker Vladimir Sinelnikov on “The Pirates of Somalia”

April

  • 4/2 Professor Whitney Strub, the Queer Student Union, & LGBT Student Activists, “LGBT Activism: National Histories, Local Struggles.”
  • 4/9 Temple student Joseph Alter on “A Brief History of Anarchism”
  • 4/16 Temple student Renee Amirault on”Amnesty International.”

2009

September

  • 9/11 Professor Mohammad Kiani, “Where is My Vote: Iran at the Crossroads.”
  • 9/18 Investigative Reporter Dave Lindorff, “Health Reform Town Hall Meetings: Democracy in Action or Illusion of Democracy?”
  • 9/25 History Graduate Student Claude Barnes, “Innocent Victims or Juvenile Delinquents?: American Views of Social Problems at Home and Abroad.”

October

  • 10/2 Alan Luxenberg, “Israel and Palestine: Roots of Conflict and Resolution.”
  • 10/9 Emily Gleason & Kim Nguyen of the Project for Nuclear Awareness, “Atomic Age: Your Life in the World of Nuclear Weapons.”
  • 10/16 Laila Kazi, “Art and Afghan Identity.”
  • 10/23 Gladys Monterroso, Secretary General of the Encuentro por Guatemala and Human Rights Activist, “Kidnapped, Tortured, and Raped.”
  • 10/30 To be determined.

November

  • 11/6 Renee Amirault, “The Refugee Media Project.”
  • 11/13 Ed Joyce, “Evolution of a Concept: A Brief History of Church/State Separation.”
  • 11/20 The Honorable Judge John Jones, “Intelligent Design on Trial: The View from the Bench.”

January

  • 1/23 Temple Students, “Conversation, Contemplation, Community.” This is a project by the students of Professor Kathleen Biddick’s Honors History/Religion course “Contemplating Asylum.”
  • 1/30 Professor Mbaye Fara Gay, Photographer David Katzenstein, & Professor Kathleen Biddick, “The Role of Islam in a Modern African Democracy: Sufism in Senegal.”

February

  • 2/6 Professor Howard Spodek, “Terror in Mumbai.”
  • 2/13 Sociology Grad Student Mike Norton, “Can the Subprime Mortgage Crisis be Resolved?”
  • 2/20 Professors Rebecca Alpert, Laura Levitt, Khalid Blankinship, and John Raines, “Gaza.”
  • 2/27 Professor David Watt, “The Kite Runner, the Taliban, & the American Imagination.”

March

  • 3/20 Gerardo Reyes, Marc Rodriguez, and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, “From the Farm to Your Table: Farmworkers, Campus Dining, and You.”
  • 3/27 April Glaser & Petri Dish of the Prometheus Radio Project about the Corporate Control of the Airwaves: “The FCC Demystified: Freeing the Airwaves from Corporate Control.”

April

  • 4/3 Professor Richard Immerman, “‘I’ve Met the Enemy and He is I’: Working for the American Intelligence Community.”
  • 4/10 Sakura Saunders & Jonathan Luna, “The Beehive Collective: The Latin American Indigenous Struggle.”
  • 4/17
  • Professor Vladislav Zubok, “Georgia On My Mind: Russia, Georgia, the EU, and the US.”

2008

February

  • 2/1 Drs. Edward Lama Wonkeryor and Dana Saewitz on “Racism and the Dimensions of Advertising in the United States.”
  • 2/8 Temple Political Science major Saad Quasem on “The Life and Legacy of Benazir Bhutto.”
  • 2/15 Dr. Gregory J. W. Urwin on “Wrestling with the Greatest Generation: World War II as History and National Myth.”
  • 2/29 Dean Teresa Scott Soufas on “The Madrid Bombings: Terrorism in Europe.”

March

  • 3/7 Dr. Allen Hornblum and Yusef Anthony on “Cold War Prison Experiments in the U.S.”
  • 3/21 Dr. James W. Hilty on “The Cheney-Bush Theory of the Unitary Presidency.”

April

  • 4/4 Dr. Ralph Young on “In a Dark Time, 1968: Â Losing Martin and Bobby.”
  • 4/11 Journalist Dave Lindorff on “What Are They Afraid Of?: Why The Health Care Proposals of the Presidential Candidates are Doomed to Fail.”
  • 4/18 Western Illinois University Professor Dr. Peter Cole on “Wobblies in Philadelphia.”
  • 4/25 Temple Advertising and Psychology Major Liz Bada on “How What We Eat Became Who We Are.”

September

  • 9/12 Doug Wager, Director of “In Conflict” – Iraq War Veterans Speak Out on Duty, Loss and the Fight to Stay Alive. A special discussion in conjunction with Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe.
  • 9/19 John Foley, Writer & Director, “The Color Bearers” – the story of how the American Flag symbolizes the spirit of American Patriotism. Mr. Foley will be screening the film and leading a discussion about the flag, patriotism, and dissent.
  • 9/26 Political Science Graduate Student Lauren Albright on “Russia’s Fourth Estate: Freedom of Press Under Vladimir Putin.”

October

  • 10/3 Professor David Farber on “1968/2008: Protest Politics Then and Now.”
  • 10/10 Poet Meredith Avakian on “Poetry, Politics, and Protest.”
  • 10/17 Finance Professor Jonathan Scott on “The Panic of 2008.”
  • 10/24 Professor Michael Hagen on “Polling, the Media, and Elections.”
  • 10/31 North Philly Food Not Bombs on “Food Not Bombs.”

November

  • 11/7 Professor James Hilty on the “Election Rap Up: An Election for the Ages–A Turning Point in Presidential Politics? ”
  • 11/14 In conjunction with ITVS Community Cinema the teach-in will be presenting “IOUSA” a film by Patrick Creadon about the growing national debt. Discussion follows with Yoni Gruskin, Founder and Director of Concerned Youth of America (featured in the film).
  • 11/21 Professor Arthur Schmidt on “Mexican Migration to the U.S.”Hopes and Fears.”

2007

January

  • 1/26 Temple Students Jose Diaz, Kate Stabler & Thomas Robinson on “The Historical Roots of Temple’s Student Action Labor Project.”

February

  • 2/2 Kwame Griffith on “Race & Education Today: Why it Matters.”
  • 2/9 Michael Berg on “The Ultimate Cost of War: Iraq, Abu Ghraib, and His Son’s Execution.”
  • 2/16 Sgt. Liam Madden on “A Marine’s Experiences in Iraq.”
  • 2/23 Professor Laura Toran on “Global Warming.”

March

  • 3/16 Journalist Dave Lindorff on “The Case for Impeachment.”
  • 3/23 Professor Lori Zett & Reporter Alexander Ponsen on “Hugo Chavez: Socialism for the 21st Century.”
  • 3/10 Temple Student Nehad Khader on “A Palestine Refugee Remembers: From Palestine to Iraq to the USA.”

April

  • 4/6 Temple Student Leah Hilsey and ACT UP on “Until It’s Over: the Current Face of the Fight Against AIDS.”
  • 4/13 Temple Student Armond James on “Mass Media: Truth or Propaganda? The Influence of the Media in Shaping Public Opinion.”
  • 4/20 Bollywood Film Writer Abhijat Joshi on “Bollywood Films: What Would Gandhi Say?”

September

  • 9/14 Temple Graduate Student Rob Dewey on “Being a Muslim in America.”
  • 9/21 Philadelphia Inquirer Columnist Chris Satullo on “The Myth of the Self-Made Man.”
  • 9/28 Professor Istvan Varkonyi on “1968: The Year of the Barricades’ Columbia, Paris, Prague.”

October

  • 10/5 Professor Herbert Simons on “How Post-9/11 Crisis Rhetoric Led to Quagmire in Iraq.”
  • 10/12 Brazilian Political Scientist Maria Helena Moreira Alves on “Caught in the Middle: Living in the Crossfire Between the Police and Drug Lords in Rio de Janeiro.”
  • 10/19 Professors Rebecca Alpert, Michelle Byng, Jessica Winegar, and scholars Manar Darwish, and Phil Hoefs on “Women in Islam.”
  • 10/26 Professors Mark Taylor (Princeton Theological Seminary), Tameka Cage (University of Pittsburgh), & Johanna Fernandez (Baruch College) on “The Mumia Abu-Jamal Case.”

November

  • 11/2 Professors Jane Evans, Joan Wallach Scott, Art Hochner, Linn Washington, Ralph Young, Carol Jenkins, and history major Maureen Whitsett on “Academic Freedom for All: Fact or Fiction.” (Sponsored by AFT, TAUP, the Faculty Senate, and the Department of History.)
  • 11/9 Temple Student Amanda Marlow on “Can a Woman Be President?”
  • 11/16 Professor Benjamin Rifkin (Vice Dean of CLA) on “Report from a Cold War Veteran: My Scrapes with the KGB 1981-1985.”

2006

September

  • 9/8 Showing of “A Family Gathering.” in conjunction with Temple’s Reading Project.
  • 9/15 Professors Rebecca Alpert, Mahmoud Ayoub, Khalid Blankinship, and Laura Levitt on: “The War: Lebanon, Israel, Palestine– Imagining a Different Future.”
  • 9/22 Craig Eisendrath on:Â “Meeting the Nuclear Challenges of Iran and North Korea.”
  • 9/29 Professor Philip Evanson on “Cuba: With or Without Fidel.”

October

  • 10/6 Combat Veterans Tim Hagelin, Tom Murtha, and Len Johnson on “Veterans: Caught Between Left and Right.”
  • 10/13 Temple Honor Students Leah Hilsey and Healey Whitsett on “Beyond Borders.”
  • 10/20 Professor Peter Gran on “The Rise of Hezbollah in Lebanon.”
  • 10/27 Singer-Songwriter James Seward on “Protest Music.”

November

  • 11/3 Emily Sokol on “Teach for America.”
  • 11/10 Professor Nilgun Anadolu-Okur and Temple students Jehan Ara Khan, Julia Foley Michael Rosenblum, & Dameria Tobing on “Turkey:Â Modernism, Secularism, & Redefining Islam.”
  • 11/17 Professor Carol Smith on:Â “Activism and Repression at the City College of New York: 1931-42: Lessons for Today.”

January

  • 1/27 Colonels Daniel L. Rubini & Michael J. Cleary on “Civil-Military Operations: The Right Role for the Military in Nation Building.”

February

  • 2/3 Evan Hoffman on “Backpacking Journals: European Views of the United States.”
  • 2/10 Jacob Winterstein and Nimjie Dzurinko on “The Writing on the Wall: Stories from the West Bank.”
  • 2/17 Alison Huxta on “Another kind of Politics: Community Autonomy and Zapatismo in the US.”
  • 2/20 Professor Richard Garfield on “To Whom it May Concern:Â Who are we targeting in Iraq?” (Monday.)
  • 2/24 Professor Mohammad F. Kiani, Temple University Biomedical Engineer, on “Intelligent Design versus Evolutionary Theory.”

March

  • 3/17 Professor of Religion Khalid Blankinship on “The Danish Cartoon Controversy:Â Images of the Prophet Muhammad.”
  • 3/24 Jerry Elmer author of Felon for Peace: The Memoir of a Vietnam-Era Draft Resister, on “Draft Resistance, Vietnam, and Iraq.”
  • 3/31 Professor Arthur Schmidt on “Latin American Elections: What Wave?”

April

  • 4/7 Professor Ken Kusmer on “What Liberal Hollywood? Exploring a Myth.”
  • 4/14 Temple Students Josh Meyer, Matt Rascone, & Lauren Bolinger on “Growing a Better Life: Weaning the Favela off of Coca-Cola & Cocaine.”
  • 4/21 U.S. Navy Photographer PH2 (AW) Philip Forrest, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4, “Fallujah 2004-2005: As Seen Through the Lens of a US Navy Photographer.”

2005

September

  • 9/2 History majors James Robinson and Julia Foley on “Sweatshops in the U.S.?”
  • 9/9 Students Julia Foley, Xandra Kanoff, Jon O’Neill, Kristin Maranki, & Gayle Schooley & Professor Ralph Young on “West of Kabul, East of New York – The Historical Setting.”
  • 9/16 Professor Ken Kusmer on “Hurricane Katrina: Race, Class, and the Politics of Disaster.”
  • 9/23 Professor Mohammad F. Kiani on “Democracy in Iran and U.S. Foreign Policy.”
  • 9/30 Professor Jose Alvarez on “Reel Cuba: Castro, Utopia, Film, and Censorship.”

October

  • 10/7 History Major Ryan Zastowney on “The Continuing Appeal of Nationalism.”
  • 10/14 Temple Students Wyatt Smith, Jeremy Viray, Pracheta Trivedi, Alison Macrina, Joshua Lazarus, & Hilary Lefkowitz on “Images and Reflections: Temple Students in Turkey.”
  • 10/21 Craig Eisendrath (Senior Fellow, Center for International Policy) on “War in Heaven:Â The Weaponization of Outer Space.”
  • 10/28 Professor Rebecca Alpert on “What is There to Say? Trying to Talk About Sexual Abuse and The Clergy.”

November

  • 11/4 Shirley & Atti Saloman (The Coalition for Voting Integrity) on “Crisis in Voting:Â How the Integrity of Voting is Threatened by New Laws and Voting Machines.”
  • 11/11 Professors Ellen Schrecker, William Cutler, and Joyce Lindorff on “Speak Easy or Easy Speak: Students, Professors, and the Politics of Higher Education in Pennsylvania.”
  • 11/16 Professor Todd Shepard in a special Wednesday afternoon Teach-in on “Why is France in Flames?”
  • 11/18 Professor Petra Goedde on “American Soldiers abroad: Can Americans in Iraq learn something from the American occupation of Germany?”

January

  • 1/21 Alison Huxta, Kristen Asher, Evan Hoffman, Julia Foley on “Report from the Inauguration Protests.”
  • 1/28 Professor & Political Activist Robert Buzzanco, author of Masters of War and Vietnam & the Transformation of American Life, University of Houston on “Iraq: Another Vietnam?”

February

  • 2/4 Christian Simamora on “Leveling the Playing Field: Eliminating Educational Inequalities.”
  • 2/11 Craig Eisendrath on “Where in the World is Bush Taking Us?”
  • 2/18 AP Journalists Maryclaire Dale & Jackie Larma on “Journalism: Objectivity or Involvement?”
  • 2/25 Professor Arthur Schmidt on “Archbishop Oscar Romero and the ‘Salvador Option.’”

March

  • 3/4 Professor Robert Miller on “Christianity’s Impact on American Society.”
  • 3/18 Professor David Farber on “The Iran Hostage Crisis: America’s First Encounter with Radical Islam.”
  • 3/25 “International Perspectives on the United States Since 9/11” featuring:
    Dr. Ibrahim Al-Marashi (International Relations, Sabanci University, Turkey)
    Dr. Melani Budianta (Cultural Studies, University of Indonesia)
    Dr. Federico Romero (History and International Relations, University of Florence, Italy)
    Dr. Nur Bilge Criss (International Relations, Bilkent University, Turkey)

April

  • 4/1 Medic Specialist E/4 Patrick Resta on “A Soldier’s View from Iraq.”
  • 4/8 Professor Jeremy Varon on “The Weather Underground, the Red Army Faction, and Revolutionary Violence.”
  • 4/15 Dean Susan Herbst on “Communication, Media and Public Opinion.”
  • 4/22 Alison Macrina, Jess White, Alissa Vladimir on “The March for Women’s Lives: What’s Changed One Year Later.”
  • 4/29 Professor Bryant Simon on “Making the World Safe for Starbucks: The Globalization of Yuppie Culture.”

2004

September

  • 9/10 Tom Mosher, Julia Foley, and Professor Ralph Young on “The Bush Foreign Policy and World Security.”
  • 9/17 Kristen Asher, Julia Foley, Leah Hilsey, Evan Hoffman and Alison Huxta, “Report from the Republican National Convention.”
  • 9/24 History Major Naoko Koda on “Okinawa: American Colony?”

October

  • 10/1 Professor Herbert Ershkowitz on “The Election of 2004:Â A Historical Perspective.”
  • 10/8 Meredith Avakian, “Poetic Justice: Can A Poem Save the World?”
  • 10/15 1st Lt. J. David Fleming, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, “Reflections of a Marine Stationed in Iraq.”
  • 10/22 Professor David Jacobs on “Pop Culture and Politics.”
  • 10/29 Professors Michael Hagen and Joseph McLaughlin on “Polls, Campaigns, and Elections.”

November

  • 11/5 Professor James Hilty, “Election Postmortem.”
  • 11/12 “Moving Forward in Iraq: Reflections of a Coalition Diplomat.”
  • 11/19 Professor Beth Bailey on “From Calling to Hooking Up: The History of Youth, Sex, and Courtship in America.”

December

  • 12/1 Special date Wednesday, Professor Vladislav Zubok on “Chechnya: De-Colonization War or War on Terrorism?”
  • 12/8 Special date Wednesday, History Major Ryan Zastowney on “The American Indian Movement.”

January

  • 1/23 Sarah Baker, Michael Black, Silas Chamberlain and Symbol Lai on “American Intervention in Iraq: Militarism v. Sanctions.”
  • 1/30 Professor Kathy Walker on “America, Empire, and the Mystification of Imperialism.”

February

  • 2/6 Presentation and discussion of MoveOn.org film “Uncovered: The Truth About Iraq.”
  • Election for the Ages?
  • 2/13 Professor James Hilty on “2004 An Election For the Ages?”
  • 2/20 Professor Ralph Young on “Protest Music of the Sixties.”
  • 2/27 Tom Mosher and Evan Hoffman on “Contemporary Protest Music.”

March

  • 3/5 Oskar Castro & Bob Smith on “Who Profits from War?”
  • 3/19 Dr. Gerda Lerner on “Problems of Biography and Autobiography in History.”
  • 3/26 Professor Barbara Day-Hickman on “Revolutionaries: Visionaries or Terrorists?”

April

  • 4/2 Dean Susan Herbst on “Media and Public Opinion in American Politics.”
  • 4/9 Professor Jay Lockenour on “Conformity and Resistance in Hitler’s Germany.”
  • 4/16 Professor Terry Halbert on “Flag & Country: Stars, Stripes and Freedom of Speech.”
  • Buddhist Dissent in Vietnam
  • 4/23 Professor Nguyen Thi Dieu on “Buddhist Dissent in Vietnam, Then and Now.”
  • Old Europe & America
  • 4/30 Dr. Gudrun Boch on “Old Europe and America: New Aspects of an Old Debate.”

2003

September

  • 9/12 Professor Ralph Young and Justin Chapman on “How History Teaches Us About the Present.”
  • 9/19 Professor Vladislav Zubok on “Russia’s Changing Perspective of the U.S.:Â Vietnam to Iraq.”
  • 9/26 Ryan Zastowney on “Globalization, Ralph Nader, and the Greens.”

October

  • 10/3 Dr. Craig Eisendrath on “The Roots of Activism:Â How Our Time Requires Action and How History and Philosophy Support It.”
  • 10/10 Professor Rebecca Alpert on “The Kobe Bryant Affair from the Perspectives of Race and Gender.”
  • 10/17 Photojournalist Leif Skoogfors on “Who Filters the News.”
  • 10/24 Devorah Brous “Uprooting Weeds: Palestinian/Israeli Land Claims.”
  • 10/31 Professor Wilbert Jenkins on “The Elections of 1876 and 2000.”

November

  • 11/7 Professor Daniel Chomsky on “Corporate Media, Corporate News.”
  • 11/14 Professor Stephen Zelnick on “Imperialism and the Cycle of Civilizations.”
  • 11/21 Professor Arthur Schmidt on “Third World Economics.”

December

  • 12/5 Regina Szczesniak, First-Hand Report on the FTAA Demonstrations in Miami, November 2003.

2002

The first full semester of the teach-ins were mostly led by students who did research and reported on such various topics as:

  • The background of each member of the Bush Cabinet
  • The Patriot Act
  • Comparing the Iraq War Resolution to the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
  • What is Patriotism
  • What Makes a Protest Effective
  • The School of the Americas
  • Army Recruitment Commercials

By November the teach-ins had grown from 20 to 40 students and were moved from the seminar room to the history department lounge to accommodate the growing audience.