Temple University Opera Theater's 'The Cunning Little Vixen.' Valerie Gay (Jay), Grant Uhle (Woodpecker) and Chad Summers (Badger) Joseph Labolito, Temple University Photography

Little-noticed Temple University company performs stellar shows

Philadelphia Daily News

EVER SINCE the Academy of Music opened in 1857 with Verdi’s “Il Trovatore,” Philadelphia has been a mecca for opera lovers. Within just a few blocks of the academy, the home of the Opera Company of Philadelphia and the oldest opera house still in use, are two of the world’s great conservatories, the Academy of Vocal Arts and Curtis Institute. Both not only stage operas but train future stars in the operatic constellation.

Yet, less than two miles north on Broad Street, the Temple University Opera Theater has been consistently presenting two superb shows each season, with little fanfare and not much attention.

In recent years, their “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Candide,” “Falstaff,” and brilliant double bill of “L’Enfant et les Sortileges” and “Le Rossignol” still register strongly in the memory. But opera mavens who regularly travel to the Met in New York and Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., never head five subway stops up Broad Street for Temple’s performances.

That’s their loss.

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A study on how materialism impacts family life led by assistant professor Mark Promislo found that “The more materialistic individuals are, the more likely they are to view their family as an obstacle to work.”

A review of the study appears in a recent issue of the The Daily Telegraph, UK.

“Materialism was significantly associated with the measures of family interference with work, and also their experience of work-overload – the perception of having too many things to do and not enough time to do them,” Promislo told the British newspaper.

“Highly materialistic people pour their efforts into work as this produces tangible materialistic rewards – money and possessions. They therefore see any obstacle to work – including their family, as disruptive.

“This finding adds ‘work-family conflict’ to the already long list of the negative effects of materialistic values on personal well-being.”

Read the full article here.

– Jazmyn Burton

In Jesus, Jobs and Justice (Knopf, 2010), Temple University historian Bettye Collier-Thomas tells the stories of numerous religious and politically active African American women, their organizations, informal gatherings and intellectual movements. Her groundbreaking book gives us a remarkable account of the religious faith, social and political activism, and extraordinary resilience of black women during the centuries of American growth and change.

In researching the book, Collier-Thomas became a kind of sleuth. She said she soon learned that what she needed could not be found in libraries, so she began searching for primary source materials in church basements. According to Collier-Thomas,  she found out that the way to find what she needed for her research, such as old meeting minutes, was to ask the janitors if they knew of any boxes of documents in attics. She clipped and indexed countless articles with the help of research assistants and even had to wear gloves when handling some of the source materials due to the fact that they were so old and dusty. She said she literally invented a research methodology for her project which had no precedents.

In the end, Collier-Thomas created a moving record of heroic women with enduring faith.

Read a review from the New York Times.

–Kim Fischer

April 6, 2010

Meterologist and News Reporter David Murphy of 6ABC visited two  Television News Reporting and Producing classes today (April 6).

Murphy spoke to the classes about his career as a general assignment news reporter in Philadelphia, some of the more famous stories he’s covered, and the transition to the weather chair.

Tyler student exhibits

April 2, 2010

It’s that time of year. Mid-term and end of semester projects are beginning to fill the hallways of Tyler School of Art.  Next time you’re in the area visit the creative enclave and browse interesting exhibits like the ones below.