Writing

African American Studies Grad Directs Award-Winning Documentary

A film directed by alumnus Niyi Coker, Jr.—the first student to earn a PhD in African American studies from Temple—received two awards from the International Film Festival, held this year in London. The film, Ota Benga, won Best Scientific and Educational Documentary and Coker won Best Director of a Short Documentary. Coker, the Desmond Lee Professor of Theatre at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, took some time away from his new

A Semester Unlike Any Other

This is a feature piece I wrote on Temple’s Latin American Studies Semester. Your college roommates might disturb your sleep and occasionally act like animals, but have you ever been woken up by an actual monkey? Or zip-lined for college credit? Has staying out all night dancing ever helped your studies? For students in the Latin American Studies Semester (LASS), a small program in the College of Liberal Arts making a

Throwing Clay for the Humanities

Associate Professor of History Seth Bruggeman invited me to visit The Clay Studio with his material culture class. His grad students formed and glazed their own pots, learned about different types of clay and their historical uses, and posed for my camera. “Working with community partners like The Clay Studio is one way to overcome the stubborn notion that humanities training is somehow limited to books and classrooms,” Bruggeman says. Read full

Alumnus Does Good for Veterans

Temple Liberal Arts alumnus Chris Aiosa moved to Portland after graduation and started the city’s first veterans-only shelter. What do you do when you have a functioning homeless shelter but no washer and dryer? “Laundry,” laughs geography and urban studies alumnus Chris Aiosa ’09. “At the end of every day, my wife and I did laundry. Sometimes it was at our house, sometimes at the laundromat, but we did it

Temple Grad Takes History on the Road

The Philadelphia Public History Truck, a creation of Erin Bernard (Journalism BA ’08, History MA ’15) has been selected by the National Council on Public History (NCPH) to receive their 2016 Outstanding Public History Project Award. The History Truck is a food truck-turned-mobile museum that focuses on Philadelphia and its neighborhoods. While this year’s incarnation is different than previous editions of the History Truck, flexibility is what the History Truck is

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