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A collection of recordings from talks and presentations by visiting speakers and faculty, held at Lehigh University. Library and Technology Services hosts a number of events each academic year, many sponsored by the Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries. Visit the Lehigh University Calendar for upcoming LTS events.

Multisolving: Protecting the Climate While Improving Health, Equity, Biodiversity, and Well-Being | Friends of the Lehigh Libraries talk, Wed., May 24

Climate change. Biodiversity loss. Racial, gender, and economic inequity. Global pandemic and other health crises. Each of these challenges is serious on its own, but they also interact, amplifying each other, burdening society’s limited capacity to respond to crisis and emergency. The good news is that the same interconnections that lead to cascading crises also open up the possibility of synergistic solutions. Multisolving focuses on these possibilities – instances where the same intervention can yield multiple benefits. For example, when a neighborhood installs green roofs and gardens they reduce the impact of heatwaves, reduce flooding, improve air and water quality, and boost residents’ sense of well-being. That’s an example of multisolving. In this webinar, Dr. Sawin shared bright spots of how multisolving has been used around the world to address climate change while also producing benefits in health, equity, and well-being. She also explored the obstacles to multisolving and how people are overcoming them. Read more about this talk and Dr. Sawin on LTS News.


Public Perceptions of Risk and Policy Creation around the Danger of Floods in Response to Climate Change | Friends of the Lehigh Libraries talk, Tues., Feb. 21

Flood-related disasters in the US are increasing as a result of climate change. In the coming decades, public policy must also account for “managed retreat” from flood-prone areas. Professor Casagrande will describe the current policy context of managed retreat and present research he has conducted with people living in flood-prone areas in the Midwest US and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Interestingly, flood risk is determined not only by climatic and hydrological processes, but also by individual perceptions of risk, local flood mitigation, and attitudes about government programs like buyouts of homes and flood insurance.

Professor Casagrande described how risk perceptions are constructed as a social process in which political ideology, religious beliefs, and water-based livelihoods interact with lived experiences of flooding. Research results highlight disconnections between public beliefs, local emergency planning, and federal policy. If these issues are not addressed, climate-induced changes in floodplains will produce unnecessary loss of residential equity and negative impacts on the quality of life of many people.

Read more about this talk and Dr. Casagrande on LTS News. Supplementary information is available at David Casagrande Talk Literature References


Postcards, Places, & Participation | Friends of the Lehigh Libraries talk, Thu., Dec. 1

It’s easy to think of postcards as simply the souvenir stuff of holidays, travel, and tourism. (“Having a wonderful time, wish you were here!”) But postcards are personal. They connect people and geographies and have for the last 150 years. Historically, postcards’ innovation and significance lay in their ability to send and receive messages around the world easily and inexpensively; postcards were the building blocks of 19th-20th century social networks, requiring participation on the part of the sender and recipient. From enthusiasts to collectors, postcards are artifacts of a specific time, place, and network of exchange – curiosities that are not-quite-yet extinct even here in the 21st century. Dr. Pyne conversed about her work with Scott Paul Gordon, Andrew W. Mellon Chair and Professor of English, Lehigh University. Read more about this talk and Dr. Pyne on LTS News.


Performance Goals for Civil Infrastructure: Managing Risk in an Era of Climate Change | Friends of the Lehigh Libraries talk, Tue., Nov. 15

Global warming due to human activities is affecting agricultural production, water resources, transportation, hydroelectric power generation, the built environment, and human welfare. The reality of climate change will have a disruptive and substantial impact on the design and performance assessment of civil infrastructure facilities. Performance assessment of civil infrastructure traditionally has treated environmental demands as if the past is representative of the future (the notion of stationary), an assumption which clearly is not tenable in a changing climate. Risk-informed planning and assessment of civil infrastructure aimed at ensuring resilient communities must address deep uncertainties associated with climate change and the potential consequences of engineering decisions for future generations. Read more about this talk and Dr. Ellingwood on LTS News.


Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change, and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi | Friends of the Lehigh Libraries talk, Thu., Oct. 20

In 2006, Abu Dhabi launched an ambitious project to construct the world’s first “zero-carbon” city: Masdar City. This talk investigates the construction of renewable energy and clean technology infrastructures in oil-rich Abu Dhabi, as the era of abundant oil supplies slowly comes to an end. It explores the production of Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, and shows how the Masdar City project was instrumental for economic diversification in the United Arab Emirates, helping generate a “green” brand image. At the same time, it demonstrates how the renewable energy and clean technology infrastructures of Masdar City fueled an aspiration for the manageability of ecological problems, where business models and design solutions would contain and resolve climate change and energy scarcity without surrendering hope for increasing productivity and technological complexity. By focusing on iconic renewable energy and clean technology initiatives, this talk responds to the debates on whether Masdar City and its multiple infrastructures were successes or failures, and examines the potential of evolving projects. Read more on LTS News.

Adapting to Climate Change in One Square Mile: Lessons Learned from Hoboken, New Jersey | Friends of the Lehigh Libraries talk, Wed., Sept. 14

The City of Hoboken, NJ is a 1-square mile city located along the Hudson River directly west of midtown Manhattan, between the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels. As an urban coastal city, Hoboken is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, which continues to threaten quality of life for Hoboken residents. Increasing greenhouse gas emissions will bring rising sea levels, more frequent and intense storm events, higher temperatures, and longer heat waves. In her talk, Jennifer Gonzalez ’08 ’09G, Director of Environmental Services and Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Hoboken, New Jersey, reviewed investments, policy, and planning by the City and its partners at all levels of government and within the private sector to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Participants learned how the City leverages multi-benefit capital projects for financing resiliency, and the vital roles of leadership and community engagement. She concluded with a view toward the future of regional resilience in New Jersey. Read more on LTS News.


The Adjacent Possible: Poems of Emergence and Relation | Friends of the Lehigh Libraries talk, Wed., Apr. 27

In The Adjacent Possible: Poems of Emergence and Relation, Julie Phillips Brown, an interdisciplinary poet, visual artist, literary critic, and editor read from her latest book, The Adjacent Possible, published in 2021. Phillips Brown is winner of the Hopper Poetry Prize, and a recipient of the Freund Prize from Cornell University. Her writing appears in Borderlands, Columbia Poetry Review, Crab Orchard Review, Denver Quarterly, interim, Plume, The Rumpus, Twyckenham Notes, Vassar Review, Yemassee, and elsewhere. Read more on LTS News.


Who Decided to Commemorate the Walking Purchase and Why: 1920s Fanfare and Local Opposition | Wednesday April 6

The Walking Purchase of 1737 was a controversial land deal between the Pennsylvania proprietors and four Delaware (Lenape) leaders that granted the proprietors over 700,000 acres in the Lehigh Valley and beyond. Delaware participants protested the transaction before, during, and after it occurred, and these protests led to official inquiries in the 1750s. This background was well-known by the early twentieth century, when historical accounts often described it as the “shameful,” “notorious,” or “controversial” Walking Purchase. Why, then, did the State of Pennsylvania develop four historical markers to this event in the 1920s? Dr. Smith explores the cast of characters involved in this curious case of public history making, the opposition they confronted, and their motivations for staging grand public celebrations in 1925. Read more about Dr. Smith on LTS News.

Irony and Outrage: The Polarized Landscape of Rage, Fear, and Laughter in the U.S.| March 24, 2022

Drawing on decades of research on political and media psychology and media effects, as well as historical accounts and interviews with comedians and comedy writers, Young unpacks satire's liberal "bias" and juxtaposes it with that of outrage's conservative "bias." Using research from political psychology, she details how traits like tolerance for ambiguity and the motivation to engage with complex ideas shape our preferences for art, music, and literature; and how those same traits correlate with political ideology. In turn, she illustrates how these traits help explain why liberals and conservatives vary in the genres of political information they prefer to create and consume. In her talk, Young presents the core argument of her book, Irony and Outrage, and will explore how these same dynamics are at play in our current political, media, and health context. Read more about Dr. Young on LTS News.

Conspiracy Theories and the Manufacture of Dissent | February 23, 2022

Dr. DiMaggio's presentation emphasizes the rise of modern conspiracy theories in an era of rampant misinformation and disinformation. He discusses his research findings in relation to the primary factors that fuel public acceptance of conspiracies, with a specific focus on conspiracies of the last decade, including the "death panels" controversy and the Affordable Care Act, birtherism, QAnon, "Big Lie" election propaganda, and Covid-19 misinformation and conspiracies. His presentation looks at the importance of political parties, in addition to traditional news, alternative news, and social media consumption, and their power in increasing Americans' susceptibility to conspiracies.

Read more about Dr. DiMaggio on LTS News.


Infodemic: The Pandemic of Misinformation | November 18, 2021

Professor De Maio is a political communication and journalism studies scholar. Her teaching and research interests lie in media influence on political attitudes and behavior and health behavior, digital media activism, influences in journalistic practices, and portrayals of women and other underrepresented/misrepresented groups in media.

The rampant spread of misinformation is a global phenomenon and poses new challenges for navigating life today. While the concept of misinformation has been around since the late 1500s, the nature of how information spreads has gone through drastic transformations over the last decade with the rise of social media and other platforms that make the dissemination of misinformation easy. Dr. De Maio spoke about some of the most significant events that triggered misinformation campaigns in the last year and which actions citizens can take to keep well informed and fight misinformation.

From Imaginary to Reality: A Conversation with writer, bibliographer, anthologist, librarian, and collector Alberto Manguel | June 15, 2021

Manguel, whose indispensable The Dictionary of Imaginary Places inspired the current Lehigh Libraries Special Collections exhibit Visit Imaginary Places!, shares his experience researching the world literature he surveys in this catalog of fantastical settings.

In Lehigh’s Special Collections exhibit, intrepid literary travelers have the opportunity to see “utopias, Atlantis, Lilliput, Camelot, Wonderland, and more” - all with no passport required! These imaginary places are available for discovery in this exhibit and in Lehigh’s Special Collections.

Read more about Mr. Manguel on LTS News.


A Reading and Conversation with Lauren K. Alleyne | April 28, 2021

Lauren K. Alleyne reads from her latest poetry collection Honeyfish and talks about her experiences as the Assistant Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center.

Alleyne’s work is a poetics of witness: her poems are lyric and narrative movements toward clarity of vision. With careful attention, her poems reveal the connections between individuals and histories, bodies and spaces, emotions and actions. Within these connections, Alleyne also uncovers blank space: the things we are asked to ignore or do not allow ourselves to see. Addressing violence and loss, Alleyne exposes social injustices and the veiled power structures that perpetuate them.

Read more about Ms. Alleyne on LTS News.

A Conversation with Osagie K. Obasogie on Bioethics, Race, and Health | April 5, 2021

From COVID-19 to recurring acts of police violence, issues of ethics, race, and health shape how we live our lives, how we understand our world, and how we treat one another. Join us for a conversation on these topics with Dr. Osagie K. Obasogie, Haas Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics at the University of California, Berkeley, Joint Medical Program and School of Public Health.

Read more about Dr. Obasogie on LTS News.