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Explorer Cafes

What is an Explorer Café?

An Explorer Café is an informal, interdisciplinary forum that brings the La Salle community together for engaging, interactive discussions on thought-provoking topics.  Cafés are open to the entire La Salle community and no prior experience or technical jargon is required. Come if you are looking for interesting conversations, a comfortable atmosphere and light refreshments. Unless otherwise noted, Cafés take place on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm.

Connelly Library has created a LibGuide for the Explorer Café series. Library staff pull together a list of books, articles, and videos for each presentation, so that attendees can further explore the themes and issues raised by facilitators.  To find more, check out our LibGuides.

How do I facilitate an Explorer Café?

Please contact Tara Carr-Lemke at to submit your proposal or to discuss your ideas.

Proposals should include a working title, a brief description of the Café, preferred dates, and name(s) of facilitator(s).  Student proposals should identify a faculty or staff advisor for Café preparation. The description should highlight the questions facilitators intend to explore in the Café as well as the anticipated format (small groups, plenary discussion, hands-on project or experiment, video clips followed by individual or group conversation, etc.). We recommend incorporating your central question into the title of the Café  itself.

See here for guidelines for Café facilitators.

Please submit proposals for Fall Cafés by April 1 and for Spring Cafés by November 1. The Explorer Café Committee will review your proposal and respond.  Click here for a list of Explorer Café Committee members.

Click here for for a partial listing of past Cafés.

Follow the Explorer Connection on Twitter @ExplorerCafe and continue Explorer Café discussions.

Fall 2020 (virtual) Explorer Cafés

All Cafés will run via Zoom from 3:30-4:30pm unless otherwise noted. You will need to register for each Café. Please save your registration information so that you can easily log on the day of the event.

Click here for the semester’s line-up.

What Does It Mean to Be Lasallian in the Midst of a Pandemic?
Dr. Jason Diaz, ISBT, and Dr. Christen Rexing, Public Health
August 26th
Register here.

What Happens If We Defund or Abolish the Police?
Dr. Caitlin Taylor, Sociology and Criminal Justice
September 2nd
Register here.

How Can I Contribute to Making History Now? The COVID-19 Archive Project: Chronicling La Salle’s Own Experiences of the Pandemic
Catherine Carey, Connelly Library Archives
September 9th
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Is this Really Normal? Pandemic Teaching is Not Online Teaching
Dr. Luisa Ossa, Global Languages, Literatures and Perspectives and Dr. Christen Rexing, Public Health
September 16th
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Responsibility and Resiliency in Challenging Times: How Can We Cope Together As A Lasallian Community?
Laura Cilia, Sexual Misconduct Advocate/Educator, Student Wellness Services
September 23rd
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How Should Governments Respond to the COVID-19 Economic Crisis?
Dr. Adam Pellillo, Economics
September 30th
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Serious Cartoons: Can Animation Help Us Talk About Difficult Things?
Professor Geoffrey Beatty and D’Art Students
October 7th
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Tweeting, Turnout, and Tone: How Might Media Coverage of Politics Shape the 2020 Election?
Dr. Kelly Daily, Communication
October 14th
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Is Implicit Bias Unhealthy?
SONHS Inter-Professional Education Committee
October 21st from 4:45-6:15pm
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Art and Activism: What is Art’s Role During Times of Crisis?
Dr. Mey-Yen Moriuchi, Art History, and Miranda Clark Binder, La Salle University Art Museum
October 28th
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Debriefing the Elections: What Are the Takeaways?
Dr. Miguel Glatzer, Political Science and Leadership & Global Understanding
November 4th
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What Do You Think of When You Hear the Words “Soup Kitchen?”
PHEED Philadelphia and Conor Webb, University Ministry, Service, and Support
November 11th
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