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Paley hosts Philadanco dance performance

Photo by Brooke H. Walker

Paley Library lobby became a stage last week, when Philadanco dancer W. Gary Jeter II performed the contemplative solo “Mourner’s Bench” for Temple’s third annual Philadelphia Dance Heritage Day on Sept. 28.

The solo was part of choreographer Talley Beatty’s larger 1947 work “Southern Landscape,” about African Americans’ brief empowerment after the Civil War, followed by the rise of the Ku Klux Klan.

Thanks to grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadanco was able to reconstruct “Southern Landscape” from disappearing fragments and store information about it in Temple Libraries’ Philadelphia Dance Collection for future dancers and researchers to use.

‘Picturing Faith’

Photo by Marion Post [Wolcott], river baptism. Morehead, Ky., August 1940

From 1935 to 1943, some of the nation’s most well-known photographers participated in a photographic survey of American life, sponsored by the New Deal-era Farm Security Administration.

Their goal: to produce a composite picture of American society during the Depression. One of their charges was to capture the religious life of Americans.

University of Utah religious studies professor Colleen McDannell, who earned her doctorate at Temple, has collected 45 of these stunning and revealing images — including Marion Post Walcott’s 1940 photo of a baptism in Kentucky (above) — for an exhibit called “Picturing Faith.”

The exhibit makes its Philadelphia debut at Temple’s Society of Fellows in the Humanities on Monday, Oct. 10, on the 10th floor of Gladfelter Hall. There will be a reception to open the exhibit at that location at 4:30 p.m.
The exhibit and the reception are open to the public. “Picturing Faith” will be on exhibit through Nov. 25.

Sponsored by the office of the dean of the College of Liberal Arts, the Society of Fellows in the Humanities, the Temple University Honors Program, Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society and the departments of religion, English, history and Jewish studies. For more information, call 215-225-0149.

- Hillel J. Hoffmann

Award-winning author Banville to speak


Award-winning author John Banville, Temple’s fall 2005 visiting writer, will speak in Shusterman Hall Oct. 6.

Born in Wexford, Ireland, Banville’s first book, Long Lankin, a collection of short stories and a novella, was published in 1970.

His first novel, Nightspawn, came out in 1971, and he has subsequently published 12 books, most recently, The Sea (2005). Prague Pictures: Portraits of a City was published in 2003.

He also has written adaptations of his work for television, film and the stage.

He has worked with the film director Neil Jordan on a number of projects, including The End of the Affair, and has co-authored a script based on the George Moore short story “Albert Nobbs,” which will be filmed next spring, directed by Istvan Szabo and starring Glenn Close.

Awards for his fiction include the Allied Irish Banks fiction prize, the American-Irish Foundation award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Guardian Fiction Prize. In 1989, The Book of Evidence was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and was awarded the first Guinness Peat Aviation Award.

In 2003, he was awarded the Premio Nonino, and he has received a literary award from the Lannan Foundation.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Shusterman Hall

Latino Heritage Month heats up


Peter Rozak, a senior business major, and Evelyn Gomez, a senior in psychology, moved and twirled to the music of La Opinion, which played live at the Sept. 28 Latino Heritage Month outdoor festival.

Activities around this year’s theme, “Brindando Nuestro Pasado, Celebrando Nuestro Futuro: Toasting to Our Past, Celebrating Our Future,” continue throughout October.