Philly-area authors read rock and rolling stories, essays, and poems about growing Bob Dylan’s beard, the unromantic side of sex, touring with Nick Cave, and the middle-aged tepid glory of Night Ranger. Barrelhouse Literary Magazine presents short readings on Rock & Roll, engaging the audience while embracing the attitude. Barrelhouse is a biannual print journal that bridges the gap between serious art and pop culture and features fiction, poetry, interviews, and essays about music, art, and the detritus of popular culture. Stories originally published in Barrelhouse have been featured in the Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the Million Writer’s Award.
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Temple University Libraries are one of many local cultural, historical and educational organizations throwing their hat in the ring to make Philly’s first THATCamp a reality. THATCamp is a collaborative, collective, two-day session that brings together technology and the humanities. Participants are selected via application. Anyone can apply. THAT Camp will happen September 23 and 24. Location TBD Apply or get more information
April 15, 3:00 PM, Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk Spanish and Portuguese distinguished lecture series the writings of Mario Vargas Llosa.
Braulio Munoz is the Centennial Professor at Swarthmore College and a sociologist, critic and creative writer. He has written, among others, the following books: Songs of the Wind: The Search for Identity in Spanish American Indian Literature (Rutgers U P, 1982), Tensions in Social Theory: Groundwork for a Future Moral Sociology (Loyola U P, 1993), Huairapamushcas: La Búsqueda de la Identidad en la Novela Indigenista Hispanoamericana (Ediciones de la Universidad de la Frontera, 1996), A Storyteller: Vargas Llosa Between Civilization and Barbarism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000), Alejandro y los Pescadores de Tancay (Andrea Lippolis Editore, 2004), The Peruvian Notebooks (U of Arizona P, 2006), Los Apuntes de Alejandro (Río Santa Editores, 2009), El Misha (Gorèe, 2010), Looking North: Latin American Images of the United States (U of Arizona P, forthcoming). He has published numerous scholarly articles with prominent outlets within and outside the U.S. In 2009, he was the recipient of the International Latino Book Award –First Prize— in New York. Today he will speak at Paley Library as part of the speaking series on the work of Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa. This program is sponsored by the Libraries, the Society of Spanish and Spanish American Studies, the Provost, the Senior Vice Provost for Research, Spanish and Portuguese/CLA, Society of Spanish and Spanish-American Studies, and CHAT.
April 13, 4PM, Special Collections Reading Room Tom Whitehead of the Libraries Special Collections Department and Iren Snavely the NEH Archivist at the American Philosophical Society, will show and discuss letters and diaries of Army and Navy men from the Civil War, Spanish American War, and World Wars I and II, including the personal papers of General Lyman L. Lemnitzer, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1960-1962 and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, 1963-1969.
March 31, 2:30 PM, Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk Chat in the Stacks The Faculty Senate Subcommittee on the Status of Faculty of Color and Temple University Libraries present our ongoing lecture series with Temple faculty. This spring’s second “Chat” is a discussion on the prison industrial complex. Speakers include Joseph Blake, former adjunct with the department of Journalism and editor with the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News; Professor Tara Tripp, Criminal Justice and Professor Jerry Stahler of Geography and Urban Studies
February 22, 2PM Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Sullivan Hall Charles L. Blockson, founder and Curator Emeritus, will discuss resources in the Blockson Collection related to Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, the poet and abolitionist. Harper’s list of accomplishments is remarkable: she was the first woman to teach at Union Seminary in Ohio, she gave a moving speech before the National Women’s Rights Convention, and was elected Vice-President of the National Association of Colored Women in 1897. This program serves as the Blockson Collection Women’s History Month event.
@ Paley Library Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 1210 Polett Walk come discuss…. The Uncommon Reader (Picador, 2008), by Alan Bennett. A funny, satirical take on the imagined life of the Queen by British play write Alan Bennett. Join the book club to discuss this fun yet thoughtful read.
@ Paley Library Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 1210 Polett Walk Record, Preserve, Document, Shape: Talking About the Public Humanities A Conversation with Curator and Scholar Steven Lubar of the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University How do museums, libraries, archives, universities and other public institutions shape the recording and presentation of artistic and cultural heritage? How does that inform our understanding of the past, present, and future? How do we disseminate humanistic research originating within the ivory tower to the world-at-large? What is the future of cultural programming and publicly funded arts and humanities initiatives? Join a conversation on the state of public culture with Seth Bruggeman of Temple’s Center for Public History and Steven Lubar of Brown University’s John Nicholas Brown Center for the Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage. Lubar is one of the country’s foremost public historians, and leads a graduate program and think tank at Brown University that explores these questions, and more. Prior to Brown, Lubar was a curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. There, he went on to chair the Division of the History of Technology and oversee several major permanent exhibitions, including the groundbreaking America on the Move, which examines the history of public transportation in the United States. In addition to his work at the Smithsonian, Lubar has taught at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland and the University of Pennsylvania. This program is co-sponsored by the Center for Public History at Temple, Village of Arts and Humanities, the Wagner Free Institute of Science, the North Philadelphia Arts and Culture Alliance, and the Center for Public History at Temple. Food on the Move exhibition curated by John Nicholas Brown Center students, explores the culture around dining out, fast food, and its impact on culture and lifestyle. John Nicholas Brown Center Lots in Limbo project, created public art in under-utilized space in Providence, RI. Steven Lubar, photo by Mike Cohea/Brown University
An up-close, curator’s view of the outstanding collections recently acquired by Temple from two of Philadelphia’s most important historical arts organizations: Main Point music venue in Bryn Mawr and the former Middle Earth Bookstore in Center City. These venues brought the talents of Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell, Patti Smith and Charles Bukowski, among others, to Philadelphia’s thriving 1960s and 70s Bohemian scene. See a signed manuscript of Smith poems and more at this November event, and visit our companion exhibition (more information on back panel). Ad for a show at Main Point Music in Bryn Mawr, held in Temple Libraries’ Special Collections Department Punk legend Patti Smith gives a reading at Middle Earth Books, photo held in Temple Libraries’ Special Collections Department
Monday, November 1 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm Ibrahim Theater @ International House 3701 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA Temple University Libraries, Urban Archives presents a look at hidden stories of music and sound in Philadelphia. It features some of the more distinct characters, traditions and venues in the city’s recent history. The screening will feature: free-jazz performer Sun Ra and his Arkestra, David Bowie visiting Veterans Stadium, synthesizer expert Gerson Rosenbloom, Philadelphia International soul legends McFadden & Whitehead, punk/…new wave stalwart Ken Kweeder at the Hot Club, the organist at the Spectrum sports and entertainment venue, jazz-vibraphonist Khan Jamal, Mummers new years string bands, the original Electric Factory concert venue and more! The program consists of unique footage from the Urban Archives’ collections including unaired news footage, television broadcasts, news magazines and documentaries from local networks WPVI 6 and KYW 3. This highlights recent preservation and digitization work done on our film and video holdings. Open to the general public and FREE!