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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

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.