11/29 Program at Paley Library Focuses on Barnes Foundation, Wagner Free Institute of Science

Take a visit to Paley Library Lecture Hall at 4PM on Thursday, November 29, and join in the conversation on The American Idea of Museums.

This talk will examine the history of American museums and the way that two local institutions, the Barnes Foundation and the Wagner Free Institute of Science, both carry on and move forward the purpose and function of contemporary museums.

Panel speakers are The Ohio State University’s Steven Conn, Susan Glassman of the Wagner Free Institute of Science in Philadelphia and the Barnes Foundation’s Blake Bradford. This program will be moderated by Kenneth Finkel, distinguished lecturer in the Department of American Studies.

11/8 Program on Public Design to Feature Critics, Journalists and Designers including Inquirer’s Inga Saffron

The American Idea of Public Design: The Street as Place

November 8, 3:30 PM, Paley Library Lecture Hall

Please join us as journalists, critics and designers examine The American Idea of Public Design.

Panelists include Inga Saffron, architecture critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer; Hilary Jay, founder of DesignPhiladelphia and critic, curator and former design journalist for the Inquirer Sunday Magazine; Diana Lind, Editor in Chief of the Next American City; and designer and architect, Bryan Hanes.

The American Idea of Public Design: The Street as Place, co-presented by Temple University Libraries and DesignPhiladelphia in partnership with The University of the Arts, will explore design at street level. How do objects on the street – the props that surround us as we come, go, and linger – affect the quality of our experience and the livability of the city?

Join us as we rethink everything from the design and amenities of a new park to the functionality of public trashcans. We’ll consider street trees and sidewalk planters, bus shelters, public seating, newspaper stands, the facades of buildings and storefronts of businesses, crosswalks, streetlights, and more. The program will feature Bryan Hanes, Landscape Architect and Urban Designer; Diana Lind, Executive Director and Editor in Chief of Next American City; and Inga Saffron, Architecture Critic at The Philadelphia Inquirer. Hilary Jay, Founding Director of DesignPhiladelphia, will moderate.

The discussion is co-presented by Temple University Libraries and DesignPhiladelphia, part of Temple’s Beyond the Page series shaped around the theme, “American Idea.”