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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. The Explorer Café Committee will review your proposal and respond to you.  Click here for a list of Explorer Café Committee members.

Click here for for a partial listing of past Cafés.

Follow us on Twitter @ExplorerCafe to continue the discussion.

Spring 2021 (virtual) Explorer Cafés

All Cafés will run via Zoom from 3:30-4:30pm unless otherwise noted. Please register for each Café.  Save your registration information in order to log on easily. See the Spring 2021 calendar here.

Does the La Salle Curriculum Represent Our Student Population?
Christian Camacho, ‘21 and Yosibeth Torres, ‘21
Dr. Rosemary Barbera, Social Work
February 3 @ 3:30pm
Register here.

The Immigration Conversation: Do We Have It All Wrong?
Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS)
February 10 @ 3:30pm
Register here.

How, When, and Why: Can we have a candid conversation about COVID-19 vaccines?
Dr. Kelly Daily, Communication; Dr. Jason Diaz, ISBT; Dr. Christen Rexing, Public Health
February 17 @ 3pm
Register here.

How Will the Pandemic Influence the Future of Small Business?
MarySheila McDonald, Dean of the School of Business; Andy LaFond, Accounting; and Steve Melick, Center for Entrepreneurship
February 24 @ 3:30pm
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Earned Not Endowed: What Do La Salle Collections Teach Us About Early Feminism and the Suffrage Movement?
Miranda Clark-Binder, La Salle University Art Museum and Dr. Heather Willever-Farr, Connelly Library
March 3 @ 3:30pm
Register here.

Serious Cartoons: What Can Animated Films Teach Us About How We Treat Animals?
Geoffrey Beatty, Digital Arts
March 17 @ 3:30pm
Please note: this session is part of an ongoing D’Art series.
Register here.

Hispanic, Latino, Latinx? What Does It All Mean?
Dr. Luisa Ossa, Global Languages, Literatures, and Perspectives
March 24 @ 3:30pm
Register here.

Weighing In: How Can We Identify and Reduce Weight Stigma?
Dr. Edie Goldbacher and Ilana Chamdi, Psychology
March 31 @ 3:30pm
Register here.