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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 in the Holroyd Hall Atrium.

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 with 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.).  See here for guidelines for café facilitators. Please submit proposals for Fall cafes by April 1 and for Spring cafes 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.

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Fall 2019 Explorer Café Schedule

All cafés will be held from 3:30-4:30pm in the Holroyd Atrium.  Coffee, tea, fruit and sweets are available at events. Clink here for a printable Fall 2019 calendar.

Why All the Hate?: White Supremacy, White Nationalism, & White Power
Craig Franson, English and Charles Gallagher, Sociology and Criminal Justice
September 4

College Admission Scandals: What Would a Just Admissions Policy Look Like?
Kathleen Bogle, Sociology and Criminal Justice
September 11

Are We Living in a Man’s World?
Emma Leonard Boyle, Political Science
September 18

Poetry and Business: An Oxymoron?
Karen Reardon and Bill Van Buskirk, Management and Leadership
September 25

How Do We Improve Interactions with Students on the Autism Spectrum?
Jason Diaz, Integrated Science Business and Technology (ISBT) and Zaire Whaley, ‘20
October 2

Making Ethical Decisions: Right Vs. Right?
Charles Fornaciari, Management and Leadership
October 9

What’s All the Fuss About? Exploring the 2019 Nobel Prize Contributions (Part 1)
Debrief of the Prizes in Chemistry, Physics and Literature
October 16
Join us for Part 2 to discuss the Physiology and Medicine, Peace, and Economics on October 17th at 3:30pm in Founders’ Hall 137

I’m Not Sick! I’m Young and Healthy! Why Start Planning for the End of Life Now? Let’s Start a Conversation….
Kristen Overbaugh and Mary Wilby, Nursing
October 23

Would I Be Hired if My Employer Found My Finsta?
Kayla Dunn, ‘20 and Tyller Moorer, ‘20 with Mark Lashley, Communication
October 30

Pop Up Café: What’s on Our Minds?
November 6