Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Literary Philadelphia Beta Site up for review

Hi Folks, I've finished uploading your guidebook entries to the Literary Philadelphia page, and they are ready for your review.  Please let me know of any changes you'd prefer by June 3rd.  I haven't started looking into next steps for mapping yet, but will let you know when I make major changes to the site or your contributions.

Have a wonderful summer!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Walt Whitman--and literary Philadelphia (okay, Camden)....

Please make time to participate in this opportunity!



"Walt Whitman: An American Icon"

Walt Whitman’s legacy—iconoclast, celebrity, and the father of American poetry—is unparalleled in its influence on American writing and culture. Join David Haven Blake and Michael Robertson, professors of English at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and co-editors of Walt Whitman, Where the Future Becomes Present (University of Iowa Press, 2008) to discuss the impact that Whitman has had on American culture—an impact that reaches far beyond his influence on poetry. Blake is also the chair of the English Department at TCNJ, and author of Walt Whitman and the Culture of American Celebrity (Yale University Press, 2006). Robertson is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships and author of the award-winning book Worshipping Walt: The Whitman Disciples (Princeton UP, 2008). This program will be moderated by Katherine Henry, associate professor of English at Temple.

David Haven Blake is chair and professor of English at The College of New Jersey where he teaches courses on 19th- and 20th-century American literature and creative non-fiction.  His work has appeared in a variety of journals, websites, and magazines including the Virginia Quarterly Review, American Literary History, the Huffington Post, and American Studies.  He is currently writing a book about politics and celebrity during the Eisenhower era.

Michael Robertson, a professor of English at The College of New Jersey, is author of the award-winning Worshipping Walt: The Whitman Disciples (Princeton University Press, 2008). He is on the editorial board of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review.

Moderator Katherine Henry, Associate Professor of English, is currently working on a book-length project on the 19th C. Philadelphia Gothic.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Literary Philadelphia--Mark Your Calendars!

Please mark your calendars for two upcoming opportunities for Literary Philadelphia

April 4:
  • Marianne Moore and H.D. both attended Bryn Mawr College at the end of the 19th-century. Moore majored in biology and H.D. left early to pursue her writing (and Ezra Pound). Both became influential poets in the Imagist and Modernist movements, and editors of prominent literary journals.  In this performance, actresses Tori Moratelli and Taylor Cawley, will interpret H.D’s story Aegina and Moore’s controversial poem Marriage as well as a selection of their transatlantic correspondence. The performance will be followed by a panel discussion led by scholar Demetres Tryphonopoulos of the University of New Brunswick, CA, with Poets Jane Augustine and Cindy King, and the Rosenbach's Librarian Elizabeth Fuller. (More information and RSVP to the Rosenback here).

April 18: **Notice to Charles Dickens researchers and others who are interested: Eastern State Penitentiary is one of the primary sites that Dickens wrote about during his visits to Philadelphia
  • IH is organizing a screening of the film, 12 Monkeys, at Eastern State on the evening of Thursday, April 18. There will be prison tours starting at 7pm, and then the film (with snacks and stuff), very likely with an introduction by an actor or two in the film.  You will need to RVSP to me via email to secure a place.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Introductions and Horace Miner

As you can see, the first blogs are up.  Read through the entries at the left, if you can, and get to know a little bit about your classmates. 

It's interesting to discover that most everyone in the class comes from within an hour-and-a-half drive's radius of Temple, and a number of you are exploring the idea of becoming a high school guidance counselor. 

I've tried to post a brief comment to each blog.  Sometimes I pose a question--but please don't feel you have to respond--most often they are merely rhetorical.  I'm looking forward to reading more from all of you over the semester.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Welcome Spring 2013 Honors Class!

Welcome to the Spring 2013 Mosaic 951 blog that will catalog information, conversation, and other areas of interest to our class this semester.  This course is the first of a two-semester seminar that will introduce you to humanities at Temple University.  We'll use this space throughout the semester to share ideas and to keep track of our many projects--and share ideas with others in the class.

To learn more about the course sequence and design, please see the program page for Intellectual Heritage.  There you will find, among other items, the listing for this semester’s lecture and film series.

Visit this page often and feel free to comment whenever you see fit.
Looking forward to a great semester!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Digital Humanities at Temple

The Unworkable Interface
951ers, if you are interested in possibilities for digital humanities, I highly recommend attending tonight's CHAT (Center for the Humanities at Temple) talk.  4:30-6 p.m. Gladfelter Hall, 10th floor, in the CHAT lounge.
See the more details in the graphic on the right:

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Philadelphia Noir...

Temple's Paley Library is hosting a great event on American Noir, which will include a discussion of Philadelphia Noir.  Please make this event if you can (Monday, October 8th at noon).  I have a class then, so you will have to fill me in.

Also note that this event precedes NoirCon a four-day festival of noir.  So if you are into noir--this is a great season for it in Philadelphia!