Past Lectures

2018-2019 Lecture Series

Professional Development Workshop
Humanities Internships for Graduate Students - A Conversation
Thurdsay, October 11
12:30-1:50, CHAT Lounge

Join us for a conversation about internships. Could they be the first step for careers and research in the public humanities? What kinds of internships exist? What are employers looking for? How do your skills apply in the workplace? How do you get an internship?

An experienced graduate intern, internship supervisor, and faculty will open up about how they got their internships, what their experiences were, and how they benefited from the experience.

  • Jonathan Burton is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks. In this role, he has overseen interns from a wide variety of backgrounds, who have worked in development, communications, education, curatorial, and other roles at the organization.

  • Joy Feagan obtained her first internship by cold-calling her local historical society to ask if they’d like some extra help. Thankfully, they did. Since then Joy has interned and worked at historical societies, libraries, and museums including the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Mote Marine Aquarium’s Arthur Vining Davis Library, and the Tampa Baseball Museum.

  • Hilary Iris Lowe is an assistant professor in the History Department. She has served as the faculty internship advisor for graduate and undergraduate students at Temple. Her own graduate internship introduced her to the work of public humanities.

Gary Mucciaroni Gary Mucciaroni, Political Science
Distinguished Lecture Series
Answers to the Labor Question: The Origins of Industrial Relations Regimes in the Anglophone World, 1880-1945 Thursday, September 13
12:30 - 1:50pm, CHAT Lounge

Starting in the mid-19th Century, elites and reformers often alluded to “the labor question,” which was rooted in the system of wage labor that produced contending classes of employers and employees as industrialization unfolded. The labor question involved both social justice (how workers would be treated as a class) and social order (how class conflict could be managed). Despite many similarities, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.K and the U.S. came up with dramatically different answers to the labor question that I label “voluntarist,” “statist,” and “legalist.” Exploring the paths these nations took and those they rejected, this project illuminates how and why they developed divergent industrial relations regimes.

Gary Mucciaroni is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of the Master of Public Policy Program at Temple University. He served as Department Chair from 2005-10 and 2015-16. He is the author of four books and several articles on public policymaking in the United States and specifically on policies related to employment, public assistance, taxes, trade, telecommunications, LGBTQ rights, and abortion.

Lee McIntyre Lee McIntyre, Center for Philosophy and History of Science Boston University
Boundaries Lecture Series
What does it mean to be ‘Post Truth’? co-sponsored with the Global Studies Program Wednesday, September 26
4:00 - 5:30pm, CHAT Lounge

The phenomenon of “post-truth” rocketed to public attention in November 2016, when it was named “word of the year” by the Oxford Dictionaries. But what does it mean? Is post-truth synonymous with lying? Where did post-truth come from? And does saying that we are in a post-truth era mean that no one cares about truth anymore? Some have defined post-truth as the idea that “objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” I’ll discuss this and how it fits into the political context of seeing post-truth as a precursor to authoritarian rule.

Lee McIntyre is a Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University and a Lecturer in Ethics at Harvard Extension School. He has previously taught philosophy at Colgate University, Boston University, Tufts Experimental College and Simmons College. He is the author of Post-Truth (MIT Press, 2018) and several popular essays that have appeared in The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New Statesman, and The Times Higher Education Supplement.

Noriko Manabe Noriko Manabe, Music
Distinguished Lecture Series
How Sound Shapes Demonstrations, and How Demonstrations Shape Sound Thursday, October 18
12:30 - 1:50pm, CHAT Lounge

How does the sound of street protests reflect the kind of democracy that is allowed? What factors shape sonic participation? Starting with Turino’s concept of performance as presentational or participatory, I examine the ways in which sociopolitical circumstances, policing (Rancière), urban landscape (Parkinson), and acoustics (Kang) shape protest performance. Drawing from field work, I analyze the sound demonstration, a Japanese protest featuring a truck upon which DJs and rappers perform - a tactic born of the constraints placed by police and the urban environment. American protests are less organized, with scattered protesters spontaneously erupting into sound; this format allows for innovation in chants but also involves social segregation and hierarchy.

Noriko Manabe is Associate Professor of Music Studies at Temple University. Her monograph, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music After Fukushima, won the John Whitney Hall Book Prize from the Association for Asian Studies, the British Forum for Ethnomusicology Book Award, and Honorable Mention for the Alan Merriam Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology. She is currently writing her second monograph, Revolution Remixed: Intertextuality in Protest Music, and co-editing the volumes, the Oxford Handbook of Protest Music (with Eric Drott) and Nuclear Music (with Jessica Schwartz). She has recently analyzed Kendrick Lamar and the sounds of post-Trump protests. She is series editor for 33-1/3 Japan, a book series on Japanese popular music at Bloomsbury Publishing.

Eugene Chislenko Eugene Chislenko, Philosophy
Distinguished Lecture Series
Believing Against the Evidence Thursday, October 18
12:30 - 1:50pm, CHAT Lounge

We all do things we believe we shouldn’t do. Do we also believe things we believe we shouldn’t believe? For many of us, the very idea of ‘akrasia’ in belief is deeply puzzling. If we discover compelling evidence that one of our beliefs is mistaken, don’t we give up the belief? Isn’t that how changing our minds works? This talk argues that a clearer picture of belief can both dissolve and explain that widespread puzzlement, and help us understand a broad range of phenomena, from self-deception to superstition to anorexia.

Eugene Chislenko is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Temple University, where he teaches courses in moral philosophy and its history. His recent work includes “A Solution for Buridan’s Ass” (Ethics, January 2016) and “Moore’s Paradox and Akratic Belief” (Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, May 2016). He is now working on a book manuscript about moral motivation, entitled The Guise of the Good, and a series of essays on the ethics of blame.

Katherine Henry Katherine Henry, English
Distinguished Lecture Series
Queering “Civil Disobedience”
Thursday, November 1
12:30 –1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge

In a government whose legitimacy depends upon the “consent of the governed,” civil disobedience can be understood as withholding one’s consent to be governed. Refusing to pay one’s taxes, for example, leaves the state with few options other than resorting to force, and exposes the ultimately coercive nature of a government that claims to be free and democratic. Successful acts of civil disobedience cast the protester as the object of the state’s aggressive demand for consent-a position that is, despite Henry David Thoreau’s insistence on the manliness of civil disobedience, oddly feminized. In addition to Thoreau’s essay, I examine Melville’s fictional character Bartleby, reading him as a type of the paradoxically defensive, queer version of selfhood that consent theory constructs and the withholding of consent exposes.

Katherine Henry is Associate Professor of English and department chair. Her first book, Liberalism and the Culture of Security: The Nineteenth-Century Rhetoric of Reform, considers the strategies antislavery and women’s rights activists employed to challenge the boundaries of U.S. citizenship, and her research continues to engage questions of civic participation and liberal political theory as they are represented in literary texts.

Nasser Al-Jahwari Nasser Al-Jahwari, Archeology Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
Boundaries Lecture Series
Reimagining the Agency of Borderland Populations: The Bronze Age Indus and Magan Interaction Sphere and Role of the Site of Dahwa as a Regional Redistribution Center for Foreign Goods. Co-sponsored with the Department of Anthropology, the Global Studies Program, and the Department of Geography and Urban Studies
Wednesday, November 7
4:00 - 5:30pm, CHAT Lounge

The Arabian Gulf has long been a venue for exchange of goods, ideas, and people. This is true today, as it was in the ancient past. The waters that separated the Gulf islands and the Arabian Peninsula from Elam, Baluchistan, and Indus have served as a trade corridor for more than 5,000 years. During the Bronze Age (3200-2000BC), trade focused on copper mined from the mountains of the Oman Peninsula in exchange for ceramics, personal ornaments, and other valued commodities. This talk will explore the role of the site of Dahwa as a regional redistribution center that existed at the nexus of two borderlands: on the coast with access to foreign traders and travelers and at the mouth of a major wadi that connected it to the rest of the Oman Peninsula.

Dr. Nasser al-Jahwari is a landscape archaeologist who earned his PhD from Durham University, UK. He has extensive archaeological field experience and currently directs the field project at the 3rd millennium BC site at Dahwa area near to Saham, Oman. He is an expert on Umm an-Nar settlement patterns on the Oman Peninsula. Most recently, he has published on the importance of Oman’s coastal seaports, settlements strategies, and the distribution of monuments on the Oman Peninsula. He is currently Associate Professor of Archaeology at Sultan Qaboos University in the Sultanate of Oman. He is also a world heritage expert for some international organizations such as ICOMOS and WMF.

Hosea Harvey Hosea Harvey, Law and Political Science
Distinguished Lecture Series
Creating an American Myth: How the U.S. Census Uses Social Science and Stereotype to Define Race in America
Thursday, November 15
12:30 –1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge

How and why does the U.S. Census determine what race is - and should mean - in the United States? The first Census Bureau identified three races: “Free white males/females, all other free persons, and slaves.” Over time, dozens of newly discovered “races” have entered - and exited - the Census. In 2016, the Bureau proposed adding a new Census 2020 race category - “MENA”. Recently, it abruptly reversed course. This talk situates these evolving race definitions against political, cultural, and legal developments over time, and highlights social-science methodologies that shaped the 2020 Census “race” categories - for perhaps the most important Census of our lifetime.

Hosea H. Harvey is Associate Professor of Law and Political Science (by courtesy) at Temple University. His articles have appeared in an array of publications and have been cited by The New York Times and other media sources. Using both qualitative and empirical methods, he specializes in analyzing the design, implementation, and effectiveness of laws, public policies, and regulations that impact vulnerable populations.

Claudia Castro Luna Claudia Castro Luna, Poet Laureate, Washington State
Boundaries Lecture Series
Imagining their Voices: The Murdered Women of Juárez Co-sponsored with the Global Studies Program
Wednesday, November 28
4:00 - 5:30pm, CHAT Lounge

Claudia Castro Luna is the Poet Laureate of Washington State (2018-2020) She served as Seattle’s first Civic Poet from 2015-2017 and is the author of Pushcart nominated Killing Marías (Two Sylvia’s Press) and This City (Floating Bridge Press). Born in El Salvador she came to the United States in 1981 fleeing civil war. She has an MFA in poetry from Mills College, an MA in Urban Planning from UCLA and a K-12 teaching certificate. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, La Bloga, Diálogo, Psychological Perspectives, and the Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art among others. Her non-fiction work can be read in the anthologies, This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home (Seal Press), The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the US, (Northwestern University Press) and Vanishing Points: Contemporary Salvadoran Narrative (Kalina Eds). Living in English and Spanish, Claudia writes and teaches in Seattle where she gardens and keeps chickens with her husband and their three children.

Tania Jenkins Tania Jenkins, Sociology
Distinguished Lecture Series
Doctors’ Orders: The Making of Status Hierarchies in the American Medical Profession
Thursday, January 24
12:30 –1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge

Not all doctors, it seems, are created equal. This talk will examine the construction and implications of status hierarchies among internal medicine residents along the lines of educational pedigree. I will explore how American-trained MDs come to enjoy higher status in the profession compared to international or osteopathic graduates, who disproportionately occupy less prestigious positions. I will conclude that by relying on informal status distinctions that equate status with merit and eclipse structural disadvantages, US-trained physicians are able to remain elite despite importing some of the world’s best and brightest.

Tania Jenkins (Ph.D. Brown University) is a sociologist specializing in the medical profession. Her work examines how and why status hierarchies are (re)produced among physicians and how they impact both doctors and patients. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the International Association of Medical Science Educators, among others. She is currently writing her first book entitled Doctors’ Orders: The Making of Status and Inequality in the American Medical Profession (under contract with Columbia University Press).

Terry Rey Terry Rey, Religion
Distinguished Lecture Series
Co-sponsored with the Global Studies Program
Polskayiti: Polish Permutations in Haitian Religious History and Culture
Thursday, February 7
12:30 - 1:50pm, CHAT Lounge

Polish troops fought in the Haitian Revolution, some defecting in support of rebel slaves. With them was Our Lady of Częstochowa, who remains an adored figure in Haitian religion. They have descendants in Haiti today. Furthermore, a Polish American once ruled the Haitian island of La Gonâve, the Polish pope John Paul II momentously visited Haiti in 1983, while a Polish American prelate is the spiritual godfather of Haitian Miami. Each summer, meanwhile, busloads of Haitian pilgrims visit the Shrine of Częstochowa, in Doylestown. PolskAyiti researches all of this.

Terry Rey is Professor of Religion at Temple University. He works primarily in the fields of the anthropology and the history of African and African diasporic religions.

Sarah Igo Sarah Igo, History Department, Vanderbilt University
Boundaries Lecture Series
The Known Citizen: Exploring the History of Privacy in Modern America
Wednesday, February 13
3:00 –5:30 pm, CHAT Lounge

Every day, Americans make decisions about their privacy: what to share and when, how much to expose and to whom. Securing the boundary between one’s private affairs and public identity has become a central task of citizenship. Ranging from the era of “instantaneous photography” to our own age of big data, Sarah Igo will explore how privacy became the indispensable language for monitoring the ever-shifting line between our personal and social selves — and the surprising ways that debates over what should be kept out of the public eye transformed U.S. politics and society.

Sarah E. Igo (Ph.D. Princeton University) is an Associate Professor of History and Director of the Program in American Studies at Vanderbilt University. An intellectual and cultural historian of the modern United States, she is the author of The Averaged American: Surveys, Citizens and the Making of a Mass Public (2007) and a new book, The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America (2018).

Mónica Ricketts Mónica Ricketts, History
Distinguished Lecture Series
Co-sponsored with the Global Studies Program
Women and the Spectacle of Politics: The Theater in Lima, 1800-1850
Thursday, February 21
12:30 - 1:50pm, CHAT Lounge

Modern politics came to being in Peru around the 1800s. Political oratory boomed; struggles for power dominated the early republic. Women did not play a visible role in these manly-dominated spheres. We have to look somewhere else to find them in action. The theater of Lima offered them an arena. Women of the elite and lower groups were regulars. They smoked and raised their voices in protest. Some performed and exercised authority as actresses. A few worked as managers. Women played leading roles in Lima’s theater at a time when this institution was conceived of as the ideal space to build a virtuous republican nation.

Mónica Ricketts is a historian of colonial Latin America and the Iberian Atlantic World. She specializes in the intellectual, political, and cultural history of the Spanish world. She received her B.A. and Licenciate degrees from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima, Peru, and her Ph.D. from Harvard University. She has taught at Temple University since 2010. In 2017 she published Who Should Rule? Men of Arms, the Republic of Letters, and the Fall of the Spanish Empire (Oxford University Press). She is currently working on the role of the theater in the formation of a common political culture in Spain and Spanish America and on the history of women’s political participation in Peru.

Professional Development Workshop
CLIR Opportunities: Balancing Academic and Alt-Ac Career Paths for Doctoral Students
Tuesday, March 12, 3:30-5:00pm
CHAT Lounge, 10th Floor, Gladfelter Hall

The panel discussion will be an opportunity to hear from four Council of Library and Information Resources postdoctoral fellows located at research universities and liberal art colleges around the country. Each CLIR fellow will talk about their doctoral research and their postdoctoral career path, before we turn to a discussion followed by Q&A focused on professionalization in academia, the changing nature of doctoral study, and the opportunities available for graduates to find fulfilling and meaningful employment in the current era.

Lorena Gauthereau Dr. Lorena Gauthereau is the CLIR-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Houston’s Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage (also known as “Recovery”) where she works on data curation for Latinx archives, and is helping to create the first digital humanities center focused on US Latinx studies. She teaches courses on Mexican American Studies. Gauthereau received her PhD from Rice University in English literature and her MA in Hispanic Studies. Her research interests include Chicanx literature, affect theory, class analysis, decolonial theory, and the digital humanities. Her current book project is titled Manos de Obra: Class, Race, Gender, and Colonial Affect-Culture in Mexican American Literature.

Jessica C. Linker Dr. Jessica C. Linker is the CLIR Humanities and Digital Scholarship Postdoctoral Fellow at Bryn Mawr College, where she also directs the History of Women in Science Project, a collaborative digital work that uses 3D technology to reconstruct spaces where women historically practiced science. She has received numerous awards to support her research, including from New York Public Library, the American Antiquarian Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the American Philosophical Society, and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, among others.

Alex Galarza Dr. Alex Galarza is the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Haverford College where he leads a project creating a post-custodial archive in Guatemala. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of History at Michigan State University and worked as the Digital Liberal Arts Fellow for the Mellon Scholars Program at Hope College. His research topics include soccer clubs and urban life in Buenos Aires and Cold War violence in Guatemala.

Crystal A. Felima Dr. Crystal A. Felima is the 2017-2019 CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Caribbean Studies Data Curation for the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. Her work explores the emerging trends and best practices in digital humanities and critical pedagogies in Caribbean Studies. Dr. Felima’s interdisciplinary background draws from Africana studies and cultural anthropology. Her primary research areas of interest include environmental hazards, development, and governance in Haiti. For her doctoral research, Dr. Felima spent a cumulative 27 months in Haiti to conduct her fieldwork. Her dissertation focuses on disaster narratives from river communities in northern Haiti. For more information about her work, visit her website: and follow her on Twitter: @phelima.

Elliott Shore Dr. Elliott Shore began working with the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) in 2003 and was appointed Senior Presidential Fellow in 2008. He is the founding co-dean of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at CLIR that has introduced almost 200 recent Ph.D.s to hybrid career roles in the academy, and a mentor the CLIR/Mellon Dissertation Fellows. He has served as co-dean of the Frye then Leading Change Institute (co-sponsored by CLIR and EDUCAUSE) since 2012, and was instrumental in developing the CLIR/CIOs program. From 2013 through 2017, Elliott took on the role of Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries, a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries at comprehensive, research-intensive institutions in the US and Canada, and spent 2018 as a special advisor to its board.

Geoffrey Baym Geoffrey Baym, Department of Media Studies and Production
Distinguished Lecture Series
Tabloid Trump and the Political Imaginary, 1980-1999
Thursday, March 21
12:30 –1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge

Years before Twitter, Fox News, or reality TV, Donald Trump became a public figure through his presence across a range of tabloid media. Although much of that focused on sex and spectacle, early tabloid coverage of Trump was surprisingly political, with speculation about a possible presidential campaign beginning as early as 1987. Through the theoretical lens of the political imaginary, this talk tracks the early articulation of Trump as political brand, the boundary-crossing media logics that shaped his public persona, and the political work the tabloids performed in building the foundations upon which the actual Trump presidency now stands.

Geoffrey Baym is professor of Media Studies and Production at Temple University. He is the author of From Cronkite to Colbert: The Evolution of Broadcast News (Oxford, 2010) and numerous articles and chapters exploring ongoing transformations in public affairs media, popular discourse, and political culture.

Hector Amaya Hector Amaya, Media Studies, University of Virginia
Boundaries Lecture Series
Hate and Border Ephemerality in the Digital Realm
Co-Sponsored with the Global Studies Program and the Klein College of Media and Communication
Thursday, March 28
4:00 - 5:30pm, CHAT Lounge

Border walls have been in our minds for the last couple of years thanks to President Trump’s promise that he would build one and that Mexico would pay for it. But there are other walls, which in their ephemerality and inconsistency are also at play in the contemporary experience of ethnicity and immigration in the United States. In this talk, Dr. Amaya explores the digital architecture of the internet as it constitutes new forms of intersubjectivity and perplexing displays of ethnic and nationalistic hate that often rely on different gradations of anonymity.

Dr. Hector Amaya is Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia and the Infosys Member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. He researches globalization, ethnicity, and Latinas/os. His current project, The Anonymous Condition, examines new forms of social interaction afforded by digitation and evaluates them against normative ideas of the public sphere. This will be his fourth single authored book.

CHAT Graduate Fellows Conference
Investigating Borders and Boundaries of the Body
Friday, April 5
12-4:30pm, CHAT Lounge, Gladfelter Hall, 10th Floor

Expanding this year’s CHAT theme of Borders, Boundaries, and Walls, the 2019 symposium aims to explore the experience of the body-as-boundary from a variety of perspectives. Boundaries delimit what is possible and yet simultaneously invite and sometimes even encourage transgression and transcendence. How do bodies shape knowledge and emotion? What possibilities emerge when we consider the social experience of the body as both limit and possibility; closed and porous?

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Janet Lyon, Associate Professor of English, Penn State University
Epistemologies of Bodyminds: Disability and Modernism

The CHAT Fellows Conference is from 12-4:30pm on Friday, April 5, 2019 with the following schedule:

  • 12 - 12:15 PM - Opening Remarks
  • 12:15 - 1 PM - Lunch
  • 1 - 2:30 PM - Keynote Address: Dr. Janet Lyon, English Department, Penn State University, Epistemologies of Bodyminds: Disability and Modernism
  • 2:30 - 3 PM - Coffee Break
  • 3 - 4:15 PM - Graduate Student Roundtable
  • 4:15 - 4:30 PM - Concluding Remarks

The CHAT Graduate Fellows strive to welcome all attendees and to host an accessible event. If you require specific accommodations, please email by Monday, April 1.

**Borders, Boundaries, Walls Symposium

Co-sponsored by Office of International Affairs, Ben Gurion University, College of Liberal Arts, Center for the Humanities at Temple, Feinstein Center for Jewish Studies, Klein College of Media and Communication, Global Studies Program, School of Social Work and Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy
Thursday, April 11, 2019, 12:30 - 5:45 pm & Friday, April 12, 9-5 pm
Russell F. Weigley Room, 914 Gladfelter Hall

Keynote Address: James Loeffler, Jay Berkowitz Professor of Jewish History, University of Virginia
World Without Borders? The Political Geography of Human Rights, 1918-2018

The theme of borders, boundaries, and walls is fraught with baggage in the current global political climate, yet the discussions about how to keep people and goods in or out have long been a subject of serious academic inquiry. Temple University is partnering with Ben Gurion University to bring together U.S. and Israeli scholars for an academic conference on the subject. The two-day symposium hopes to cut through the current inflammatory rhetoric to discuss how and why borders, boundaries, and walls (symbolic or real) have been established, how they have been transgressed and transcended, and what the consequences of those transgressions and transcendences are. By closely examining borders and boundaries, the conference organizers hope to build bridges and foster dialogue across cultural and political divides; and ultimately enhance our understanding of global movements of people, goods, and ideas.

View the full conference program.

Benjamin Talton Benjamin Talton, History
Distinguished Lecture Series
Co-sponsored with the Global Studies Program
The Afterlife of Radicalism: African Americans and Africa in the Age of Reagan
Thursday, April 18
12:30 - 1:50pm, CHAT Lounge

During the 1980s, African American elected officials adopted US support for the white-minority government in South Africa as their consensus foreign policy issue and gained an outsized voice in US foreign affairs. In this talk, Professor Talton examines the defining features of African American involvement in African affairs from within the US government during the 1980s and the reasons this high point of political engagement with the continent ended during the 1990s.

Benjamin Talton is a historian of modern African history at Temple University. His book, In This Land of Plenty: Mickey Leland and Africa in American Politics, is forthcoming from Penn Press.