Fall 2022 Events and Exhibits

We are ready to welcome you back to the Libraries this fall for a full lineup of Beyond the Page programs. Read on for a preview of what you’ll see during our season. And as always, our programs are free and open to everyone.

At Charles Library

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center (PJAC), which donated its collections to the Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center in 2009. Stay tuned for programming this fall that celebrates this special anniversary along with our Philadelphia Jewish Archives Collections.

From the Special Collections Research Center: Kosher Wines, 4th and Monroe, South Philadelphia, circa 1934, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia Records, Philadelphia Jewish Archives Collection

Speakers joining us as part of this series include Murray Dubin and Elaine Terranova. We’ll also be reading Terranova’s memoir, The Diamond Cutter’s Daughter, as part of the Libraries’ book club this season.

Programs will accompany the exhibit, Our Greater Philadelphia Mishpachah: 50 Years of Documenting the Jewish Community, which highlights stories from the collections, including the records of cultural, educational, religious, social service, and fraternal organizations and the personal papers of community leaders. 

At the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection 

Photo by Joseph V. Labolito

In October, we are partnering with the Leon H. Sullivan Charitable Trust and the City of Philadelphia to recognize and celebrate Rev. Dr. Leon H. Sullivan’s 100th birthday with events and activities. In honor of Veterans Day, we’ll hear reflections on military life during the 1940s by Montford Point Marines and Tuskegee Airmen. There will also be a variety of other programs, including author talks and musical performances, as well as our fall exhibit African Americans of the Twentieth Century in the Philadelphia Region: Known and Unknown

At the Health Sciences Libraries 

This fall, the Health Sciences Libraries will continue to host timely events and workshops, including a series aimed at helping faculty and researchers navigate the new changes to NIH’s recommendations for data management and sharing in grant applications.      

Beyond the Notes returns! 

Photo by Heidi Roland Photography

Our award-winning Beyond the Notes concerts are back! Take a lunchtime break to enjoy the musical stylings of Boyer faculty, students, and alumni. This semester, we’ll have an opera performance from ENAensemble, hear protest music written for piano performed by Charles Abramovic and his students, and remember Kristallnacht with stories of Austrian Jewish composers and librettists, performed by Daniel Neer and friends.

And more…

Other events to watch out for include a campus plant walk and tour led by Kathleen Salisbury of Ambler Arboretum, a virtual visit from writer Patrick Lawler, and two Chat in the Stacks led by the Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Faculty of Color.

Specialized workshops

We are offering a full lineup of workshops on everything from CV writing to graphic design for visual abstracts to 3D printing. Visit library.temple.edu/workshops to learn more. Most workshop sessions will be offered via Zoom.

Catch up with program recordings

Most of our programs are recorded and posted on the library website for viewing: library.temple.edu/watchpastprograms.

We hope to see you in person or online for one of our events or workshops this fall! For the full listing, visit our events page at library.temple.edu/events. More offerings are being added daily.

What Comes Next: A recap

As summer draws near, another season of Temple Libraries’ programming has come to an end. Take a look back with us on some of what we offered and watch any of our programs online.

The highlights

The season began with a charge: help stop the cycle of menstrual inequity. In partnership with the Office of Sustainability, we hosted a distinguished panel of speakers who shared their thoughts about the issue. Amani Reid and Nayanka Paul, Temple alumni and representatives from Bloody Btches; Caroline Burkholder from Temple University’s Office of Sustainability; Brittany Robinson from Temple’s Wellness Resource Center; and Dr. Jeni Stolow from the College of Public Health discussed the stigma associated with persons who are menstruating and how to create more welcoming environments. Want to learn more? Dr. Stolow was interviewed in Temple Now about the harm of not talking openly about your period.

In our Chat in the Stacks series, Philly DA Larry Krasner spoke candidly in an interview with Tara N. Tripp, assistant professor in Temple’s Department of Criminal Justice, about the road to reform. Rather read a recap than watch the recording? Check out this coverage by The Temple News. This program series is in collaboration with the Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Faculty of Color.

Screenshot of Philly DA Larry Krasner
Screenshot of Philly DA Larry Krasner

From there, we moved to a conversation about the future of local and national journalism, moderated by Klein College Dean David Boardman, who spoke with Tracy Davidson of NBC10, Gabriel Escobar of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Cherri Gregg of WHYY, and Aron Pilhofer of Klein College of Media and Communication. This program was part of our McLean Contributionship Philadelphia Evening Bulletin Endowed Lecture Series at Temple University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center. 

Clockwise from top left: David Boardman, photo courtesy Temple University; Tracy Davidson, photo courtesy NBC10 News; Gabriel Escobar, photo by Jessica Griffin, The Philadelphia Inquirer; Cherri Gregg, photo courtesy WHYY; Aron Pilhofer, photo by Alessio Jacona, “The Whole Picture”

Also on Zoom, the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection hosted a variety of programs, including a two-day celebration of Harriet Tubman’s 200th birthday anniversary. Both day 1 and day 2 are available to view. This year, the beloved Bootsie Barnes Jazz Series featured the Alfie Pollitt Quartet and included a special tribute to former WRTI host Harrison Ridley, Jr. 

The Afrofuturism symposium brought scholars, artists, and other practitioners together in person to share their work as it relates to the Afrofuturist aesthetic and Black digital humanities practices and to speculate about the future of cultural heritage preservation. Parts 1 through 7 are available to view.

Afrofuturism symposium photos by Heidi Roland Photography

Exhibits and more

One of our featured exhibits took place in the Charles Library exhibit space. SCRC Staff Picks: What’s Great, New, and Next? highlighted purchases and donations from individuals and organizations that represent collecting strengths, caught staff’s fancy, have already been used for research and instruction—or could provide the ‘next’ research project for a fortunate user. Find out some of what staff had to say in this Temple Now article.

There were also  myriad book club meetings, author talks, and other performances and conversations that took place over this busy semester!

Photos by Joseph V. Labolito for Temple University

This past spring, our programs reached an audience of more than 660 attendees. If you were one of those attendees, or a speaker, or a supporter in any way, THANK YOU! We couldn’t do what we do without you. 

Stay in touch

Have an idea for a future program or are interested in staying connected to see what we have in store for the fall? Connect with us @TempleLibraries on Twitter and Facebook and @tulibraries on Instagram

Meet our longest running program series: Chat in the Stacks

For 14 years now, we’ve teamed up with the Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Faculty of Color to co-host Chat in the Stacks, an engaging series of panels on timely topics, featuring faculty from across the university. We are proud to offer this series, which wouldn’t be possible without our faculty friends like Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon, Karen Turner, David Brown, and others who have contributed to these programs over the years. 

Every semester, we offer two Chat in the Stacks programs. Over the years, we’ve covered topics from race in politics to policing to women in the academy. Read on for a look back at just a few of these moments and a preview of what’s coming up this spring.

Man dressed in military uniform

Photo by Brae Howard

Back in November 2016, one program focused on the military in America and its effects on American culture.

Female panelist speaking into mic

Photo by Brae Howard

During our September 2017 Chat in the Stacks, a panel discussion centered on the experiences and observations of women—particularly women of color—in academia.

Sharif Street speaking into mic

In November 2018, we hosted State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta and State Senator Sharif Street, who spoke to us about race and politics in the wake of the midterm elections.

Chat in the Stacks President Wingard slide

Most recently, in November 2021, we got the inside scoop from Temple’s new President, Dr. Jason Wingard. We also got to hear from Dr. Molefi Asante and Dr. Timothy Welbeck, who discussed Temple’s forthcoming Center for Anti-Racism

Ready to catch up?

View more past Chat in the Stacks conversations on our watch past programs page.

screenshot of past chat in the stacks video recordings

Coming up this spring

Coming up this spring as part of our series, we’re hosting a conversation between Philadelphia’s District Attorney Larry Krasner and Assistant Professor Tara N. Tripp, who is a member of the Faculty Senate Committee, on Thursday, February 24. Our second of the spring will take place on Thursday, April 14, and will recognize Temple faculty who engage in compelling research and exemplary leadership. Check back for details on the honorees.

Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon at the podium

Photo by Brae Howard

We look forward to continuing this partnership with the Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Faculty of Color for many years to come. Please consider joining us for a future Chat in the Stacks!

Beyond the Page: What Comes Next

How do we imagine and shape the future? Join us this spring as we explore What Comes Next. Whether it be new horizons for academia and our university, research trends in specific disciplines, or the ongoing fight against COVID-19, we’ll come together to look toward the future in our spring Beyond the Page public programming series.

What Comes Next graphic

Coming up this spring

  • A conversation about period poverty and menstrual inequity on campus and in Philadelphia
  • Love Data Week workshops and programs celebrating all things data
  • Panel discussion about the future of local and national journalism
  • Staff picks from our Special Collections Research Center exhibited in Charles Library 
  • Author talks hosted by the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection featuring Allen Ballard, Stephany Coakley, and Gabrielle David
  • A commemoration of Harriet Tubman’s 200th birthday, including a continuation of the exhibit The Quest for Freedom and Dignity: Celebrating William Still and Harriet Tubman through June 2022 at the Blockson Collection
  • A symposium about the intersection of digital humanities and Afrofuturism, where we’ll speculate about the future of cultural heritage preservation
  • Lunchtime book club discussions
  • And more!

Wondering if an event is designed for you? Our programs are geared toward a general audience and are open to all, including Temple students, faculty, staff, alumni, neighbors, and friends. Registration is encouraged.

View the schedule of upcoming events on our events page, and view recordings from the fall and previous semesters at library.temple.edu/watchpastprograms.

Spring Blooms

Photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg for Temple University

There’s more… specialized workshops

In addition to our event series, the Libraries host specialized workshops on everything from organizing your digital photos to writing a data management plan. Workshop presenters have expertise in the areas they cover, and sessions range from a half hour long to a few hours depending on the topics covered. All skill levels are welcome to participate in our workshop sessions. Registration is required. See the full lineup at library.temple.edu/workshops.

Charles Library at night

Photo by Betsy Manning for Temple University

Keep in touch

Have ideas for future programs? Let us know!

Connect with us @TempleLibraries on Twitter and Facebook and @tulibraries on Instagram

We hope to see you this spring!

 – the Libraries programming team

That’s a Wrap on Made in North Philly

aerial photo of center city from North Philadelphia

Photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg, Temple University

This fall, the Libraries wrapped up our year-long tribute to North Philadelphia with a diverse range of events and experiences. We’re proud to report that our fall Beyond the Page programming reached an audience locally and beyond of more than 700, not including anyone who couldn’t make it live and watched our recordings instead! Catch up on any programs you missed at library.temple.edu/watchpastprograms.

What made this past season of programming particularly special was that for the first time since March 2020, we were able to hold a few events in person again. 

One popular event was a continuation of the Unedited Philadelphia series. As part of this series, Archivist John Pettit shares unedited footage from local news stations such as WPVI and CBS3/KYW, whose archives are housed in our Special Collections Research Center. For this year’s screening, a live audience gathered in the Temple Performing Arts Center to view clips John chose showcasing North Broad Street. It was unique because we were watching clips from a location right on Broad Street, and a few of the clips even showcased the Temple Performing Arts Center! We also offered a concurrent livestream so that audience members could tune in from anywhere. 

Photo of tour of inside Church of the Advocate

Photo of mural in Church of the AdvocateAnother program that brought people together in person was a series of tours of Church of the Advocate, located at Diamond and 18th Street near Main Campus. In partnership with Temple’s Office of Community Affairs, this program offered audience members an opportunity to learn more about this North Philadelphia landmark. Guests heard about the history and architecture of the church, the artwork on the walls, and even got a peek at behind-the-scenes areas including an upstairs office where the Black Panthers used to meet and the basement crypt.

Inside view of Church of the Advocate

Photos by Joseph V. Labolito, Temple University

On Zoom, we heard from Representative Malcolm Kenyatta about his memories growing up in North Philadelphia while Karen Warrington recalled the importance of the Ile Ife Black Humanitarian Center as part of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection’s “We Remember and We Recall: North Philadelphia Oral History Project.” The Blockson Collection also screened a series of films from Scribe Video Center’s Community History Project, showcasing North Philly staples such as William Penn High School, Norris Homes, and Freedom Theater. 

Other Zoom highlights included programs about the Uptown Theater and the Urban Creators.

Photo of Neighbors of North Philly exhibit

Photo by Heidi Roland Photography

We also offered collaborative exhibits connected to our Made in North Philly theme, including Neighbors of North Philly, from Narrative Medicine program students at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, and Explore Eastern North Philadelphia: Students and Community Engagement, by Professor Lynn Mandarano and students along with the SCRC.

We are grateful to our program partners, speakers, organizers, and audience who made our fall programming a success! Stay tuned for spring announcements.


Get Ready for Crunch Time

It’s finals szn, and the Libraries are here to help alleviate some of the stress that often accompanies this time of year. Below are some tips and resources for a calm and confident exam period.

Time for you

Studying on the first floor of Charles Library

When things get busy it can seem like there is no time for YOU. Avoid this by scheduling “me time.”

  • Are movies your thing? You can check out a DVD or video as well as the equipment to watch them with from the BookBot in Charles Library.
  • Gaming connoisseur? The Duckworth Scholars Studio hosts a gaming hour every Tuesday at 10:00 am EST. Join them on December 7 for King of Tokyo or December 14 for Meeple Party. Both days will also feature other options like Jenga and Bananagrams. You can also look into borrowing gaming equipment, including controllers, board games, and cards from the Libraries at your convenience.
  • Like to escape into a fun book? Leisure reading books including graphic novels, YA, fantasy, mystery, science fiction, and memoirs are kept on the first floor of Charles Library in the short stacks, and just past the main floor service desk inside the Ginsburg Library.

Bake your stress away

Basked of breadYour body needs food, especially to fuel you through studying, so take a break to cook or bake something delicious. It just might be therapeutic! Check out some recipes from our collections including the Blockson Collection and Special Collections Research Center as well as from the DPLA’s Pennsylvania-based cookbooks.

Writing—but make it fun

Journaling can be a nice way to vent some of the stress. Check out these journaling tips from Hayley, a peer educator at the Wellness Resource Center. 

Dogs–need we say more? 

Petting dog in Charles Library

We are hosting dogs for petting or viewing on Wednesday, December 8 from 1:00–3:00 pm EST. 

Guided Wellness

We are lucky to have the Wellness Resource Center to help us help ourselves. Attend a workshop for a guided practice in stress management.

Staying Present: Using Mindfulness to Manage Stress

Wednesday, December 8, 3:30–4:00 pm

Learn how mindfulness and related skills can help manage stress and invite calm. Guided activities will be offered as an opportunity to practice these skills. This program is offered monthly and consists of an overview of mindfulness principles followed by a new skill or practice to make each session unique. Zoom link

Owl About Stress

Monday, December 13, 2:00–2:30 pm

Stress isn’t all bad and this program will help folks explore ways to find balance for optimal performance without burning out. Students will learn about self-care and create their own self-care plan to feel more supported during those especially stressful times of the semester. Zoom link

Music makes me [keep] control

DYK that you can listen to music for free through our databases?! Want some classical music to be the background sound for studying? Try Mozart piano sonatas from Naxos Music Library.

Perhaps the likes of Miles Davis and John Coltrane soothe your soul? Naxos Jazz is great for that. Have something else in mind? Check out Music Online for a variety of music genres from all over the world.

5th Annual Winter concert promo

Join us virtually for a live concert by the TachyChordia a capella group on Dec. 15 at noon.

Get your hands dirty

Charles Library green roof

While gardens may already have been put to bed for the winter, indoor plants often need repotting or other TLC. The tactile experience of digging through dirt can be a peaceful activity, not to mention the feeling of productivity that results from seeing your plant thriving in a whole new pot. Our Ambler Library specializes in agriculture resources. You can get started with these gardening ebooks

Animals alleviating angst

Have to miss Destress with Dogs? Fear not, you can always check out the videos of animals at the Philadelphia Zoo for some comfort (especially this baby sloth!). Or get lost in the vast array of creature cams on explore.org!

Whatever works for you, it is important to practice self-care during this final exam period. Our 24/7 space is open to suit your study habits. The event space on the first floor will also be available as a quiet study zone during limited times between 12/7–12/15; check for the daily schedule posted outside of the room. Our library chat is available 24/7 or you can call, email, or text us during regular hours.

Follow the Wellness Resource Center for more self-care tips or reach out to Temple Libraries for more assistance. Feeling more than finals stress? Tuttleman Counseling Services is available to provide mental health support.

Good luck!