June 3, 2010

I  came across this new website by Tyler School of Art senior Fiber Major, Caroline Gardner. Check out some of the projects that have been keeping her busy this semester.

Also, don’t forget to visit the Tyler School of Art Fibers blog to keep up with Gardner and her classmates throughout the semester.

June 2, 2010

Lori Tharps, author and associate professor of journalism. (photo by John Barone)

Lori Tharps, associate professor of journalism at Temple University, will appear on “Today” on June 3 to discuss the politics of black hair in the workplace.

It’s been decades since the Black Power Movement of the 60s issued in a new pride in the natural texture of African American hair. Back then it wasn’t uncommon for women and men to wear their hair in large, textured styles that symbolized the political climate of the day. Fast forward a few decades and attitudes towards Black Hair seem to have shifted.

In her book “Hair Story – Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in American”  Tharps and co-writer Ayanna Byrd tackle serious questions about hair in the African American community

“Hair Story contextualizes, demystifies and explains the significance of Black hair in American popular culture. With chapters that cover the history, politics, culture and business of Black hair, Hair Story should be required reading for every American.”

If you miss Tharps appearance on “Today” you can learn more about her work on the following sites :

http://www.loritharps.com/

http://www.myamericanmeltingpot.blogspot.com/

http://www.vogue.it/en/vogue-black/the-black-blog

Check out footage of a recent skating event that brought dozens of skateboarding enthusiasts to the Avenue of the Arts north at Temple University.

New Temple theater company seeks to fill the gap in summer entertainment

A new theatrical experience is headed to the Avenue of the Arts north.

This summer, Temple Theaters will introduce the first season of Temple Repertory Theater, a new professional company featuring actors, directors and designers affiliated with the university’s Theater Department.

Based in Tomlinson Theater, Temple Repertory will stage two performances per season with the hope of attracting theatergoers to campus during a time when Center City companies are in their off season.

“Typically, theater in the city slows down during the summer months,” said Scott Braun, director of public relations and marketing for Temple Theaters. “The new theater company will fill the gap in the city’s entertainment calendar and give theatergoers an opportunity to enjoy the arts year-round.”

The inaugural 2010 Season begins with back-to-back opening nights beginning on July 9 with a performance of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, followed by a July 10 staging of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.

Temple Repertory will feature professional actors enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Acting program, a two-year program designed for mid-career actors interested in pursuing an advanced degree. Temple faculty members and noted theater alumni will serve as technical staff.