Co-sponsored by GradFUTURES and the Library Company of Philadelphia. Princeton Graduate Students are cordially invited to attend (and are encouraged to apply to present in!) the Fireside Chats Series. If you are interested in participating, please contact James M. Van Wyck, Ph. D., Assistant Dean for Professional Development in the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Writing Across the Color Line" (Book Talk)
Lucas A. Dietrich, Adjunct Professor of Humanities, Lesley University
While the Library Company of Philadelphia is physically closed, we have asked our staff, patrons, and research fellows to help us to sustain our learning community via a web-based, weekly program entitled Library Company Fireside Chats.
Drawing inspiration from FDR’s Depression-era radio broadcasts, these virtual talks will explore specific topics or themes in brief, accessible formats that anyone can enjoy for free.
Some talks will help to contextualize the urgencies and anxieties of this moment, such as infectious disease, confinement, and the technologies of connectivity. However, more often than not, these chats will serve as digital analogues to in-person programs, highlighting the depth of our collections and the diversity of scholarship produced by our researchers. Consider these talks the campfire around which we may virtually gather, share, and benefit from one another’s expertise.
To that end, the Library Company will host substantive, jargon-free talks each Thursday at 7:00 p.m., beginning in mid-April. Driven by our network of more than 1,000 current and former research fellows, these talks will showcase the cutting-edge work-in-progress, publications, and digital humanities projects that promise to reshape disciplines and fields.
The Library Company is honored to serve as a hub of intellectual and social community, and we believe that we have a responsibility to serve our community members at a moment that might otherwise feel confusing, frightening, or isolating. We’ve done it before, and we’ll do it again.
Thank you for participating.