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Inaugural Kohn lecture mixes disciplines


Thursday afternoon, April 6, Beasley School of Law professor Peter H. Huang will deliver the inaugural Harold E. Kohn Lecture: “Unexpected Values of Lawsuits: A Real Options Model of Litigation and Settlement.” Huang, a recent recruit to the Law School faculty from the University of Minnesota Law School, will examine a hot subject: the use of real options techniques — tools used in finance and economics — to design strategies to maximize returns in complex, multi-staged legal situations.

Huang’s real options work, like much of his scholarship, explores the intersections of seemingly disparate disciplines, from law and behavioral economics to law and emotions. It was the open-mindedness of Temple Law’s faculty to these emerging fields that helped bring Huang to Temple.

“Sometimes people find new ideas hard to accept,” Huang said. “That wasn’t the case here at Temple. The faculty and students have been receptive and curious, and the atmosphere is intellectually open.”

WHEN: April 6, 4 p.m.
WHERE: Klein Hall, Duane Morris LLP Moot Court Room.

Hillel J. Hoffmann

'Mediating Practices' weeklong festival

Mediating Prractices
Film image from How Little We Know of Our Neighbors by Rebecca Baron

Next Tuesday through Friday, Temple will host a weeklong festival of film screenings, theater performances and presentations that center around the question “What’s next?” in the arts and praxis of cultural representation.

The activities begin with a daylong symposium on Tuesday, April 11, in Ritter Hall Annex, Kiva Auditorium. The festival concludes on Friday with screenings of new films and visual media by students in the Student Center, room 217C. In between are a three-hour symposium on April 12 featuring several Temple faculty members and moderated by acting College of Liberal Arts Dean Philip Alperson, many film screenings including Rebecca Baron’s How Little We Know of Our Neighbors (left), showing April 13, and much more.

For a schedule of events and details about panelists, go to http://astro.temple.edu/~rcoover/MediatingPractices.html.

‘Brother Outsider’ documentary

Bayard Rustin
Photo by the Associated Press

The documentary Brother Outsider: The Story of Bayard Rustin casts light on a major organizer of the 1963 March on Washington and an essential architect of the nonviolent civil disobedience that sustained and succeeded in the civil rights movement in the United States of the 1960s and ’70s.

On Sunday, April 9, the film and media arts department will co-host a screening that includes an appearance by filmmaker Bennett Singer of the Bayard Rustin Project in New York.

WHEN: April 9, 3 p.m.
WHERE: Restoration Unitarian-Universalist Church, 6900 Stenton Ave., at the corner of Gorgas Lane.



Lose yourself in Paley’s new Leisure Reading Collection

Leisure Reading
Photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg/University Photography
Students Van Nguyen (left) and Pamela Jones (right) joined Vice Provost for Libraries Larry Alford Monday at the new Leisure Reading Collection shelves in Paley Library.

Are you a mystery buff or a sci-fi aficionado? Do you like to keep up with the latest bestsellers, both nonfiction and fiction?

In conjunction with National Library Week, April 3–9, Paley Library introduced its new Leisure Reading Collection on Monday, located on the main floor of the library.

The collection already offers approximately 1,300 titles, from New York Times bestsellers to Harry Potter. Within a few months, some 2,000 titles will be available. Thereafter, about 100 newly published titles will be added each month.

“This is something that students, faculty and staff have been asking about for many years,” said Larry Alford, vice provost for libraries. “I am delighted that we are now able to do it. We want to provide books for pleasure as well as for scholarship, and to be the Temple community’s home library in every sense of the word.”

The collection is immediately visible on Paley’s main floor. The books will have simple call numbers and are loosely grouped in fiction, nonfiction and biography categories. They also are fully searchable in the Diamond online catalog.

The Leisure Reading books may be checked out for four weeks, with one renewal of four weeks.

— Carol Lang


More opportunities for medical rotations

St. Luke's
Photo courtesy St. Luke’s Hospital

This fall, Temple medical students can elect to do all of their required rotations at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, Pa. (above), allowing them to live and work in one location during their entire third and fourth years of medical school.

Previously, Temple students were able to rotate at St. Luke’s in certain disciplines: emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, ob/gyn, and surgery. The new arrangement adds neurology, pediatrics and psychiatry to the rotation mix.

St. Luke’s is the School of Medicine’s third clinical campus and the first in northeastern Pennsylvania. Clinical campuses at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Western Pennsylvania Hospital were established in 2000.  

— Tyana McAllister


Temple to host sociolinguistics conference

In an area of study known as experimental linguistics, changes in language can be observed everywhere, from blogs to verbal communications within immigrant populations. At the Third International Workshop in Spanish Sociolinguistics at Temple on April 6–9, scholars from as far as Spain, Canada and California will discuss specifically how the Spanish language has morphed and interacted within various subsets of the population.

Jonathan Holmquist, chair of the Spanish and Portuguese department, said that the department’s large size, broad research interests and the University’s East Coast location has made Temple a prime location to host the conference, which was held previously in Albany, N.Y.

More language students than ever are choosing Spanish over other languages, Holmquist said, a reflection of the growing importance of Spanish worldwide, culturally and in the business realm. The workshop will feature about 40 presenters, including three plenary speakers and a keynote address by William Labov, a well-known linguist from the University of Pennsylvania.

The conference is sponsored by the department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Center for the Humanities, the Center for International Business Education and Research and the Faculty Senate Lectures and Forums Committee.

For more information, including a complete program of the event, visit www.temple.edu/spanpor/wss3.

— Patti Truant


Fox School conference dedicated to alternative bottom line: Doing good

On April 11, The Fox School’s inaugural Conference on Social Entrepreneurship will unite academic experts, business leaders and the Temple community in pursuit of a different kind of bottom line — doing good.

“The conference goes beyond the student audience. We want to facilitate discussion between the community and nonprofit leaders,” said T.L. Hill, the Enterprise Management Consulting project faculty director who will serve as moderator.

This conference, sponsored by The Fox School’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, will feature speakers from for-profit and nonprofit companies:

Chip Roach, the former chair of Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors. Temple has been providing Roach with space at TUCC to develop A Better Philadelphia, an organization he started to end youth violence.
Sister Mary Scullion, co-founder and executive director of Project Home, an organization with which The Fox School has close ties. Every year, Temple’s Phi Beta Lambda, the collegiate-level chapter of Future Business Leaders of America, runs a Thanksgiving food drive for Project Home. For last year’s drive, the students collected about 3,000 food items.
Neil Batiancila, a Fox M.B.A. student and the deputy director of operations for City Year Philadelphia, a group dedicated to mobilizing students in the Philadelphia School District for community service.

The Fox School’s emphasis on social entrepreneurship extends beyond the conference. One-third of the Enterprise Management Consulting projects, for which students consult for real companies, are for social endeavors such as the Natural Lands Trust.

Also, currently The Fox School offers a graduate course in sustainable business practices, which emphasizes respect by business for the environment. And next year, as part of the school’s proactive stance on ethics, a new graduate-level course will debut on social entrepreneurship.

“We will explore not just how to be an ethical businessperson, but also how the structure, ownership and operations of a firm can affect its impact in a community,” Hill said. “A dynamic organization — whether for-profit or nonprofit — uses business disciplines to do well while doing good.”

WHERE: Student Center, room 200
WHEN: April 11, 8–11 a.m.
To register for the event, go to www.sbm.temple.edu/iei/sec-register.html, e-mail iei@temple.edu or call the IEI at 215-204-3082.