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ScholarSip Turns 10 & Returns to Building Community In Person

November 17, 2021

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Drexel Libraries’ ScholarSip event series.

ScholarSip was launched in 2011 to nurture Drexel’s intellectual life and cross-campus community through informal gatherings where faculty and professional staff exchange ideas sparked by greater awareness of interdisciplinary research.

During a typical year, the Libraries hosts three events that take place on the last day of classes during the fall, winter and spring terms—providing members of the Drexel community a chance to gather together for good conversation and a toast to the end of the academic term.

To celebrate 10 years, the Libraries plans to host 10 “food for thought” presentations by Drexel faculty, staff, and students across all disciplines running through June 2022. The complete list of webinars will be posted on the Libraries’ events calendar as they are scheduled.

2021 not only marks the 10th anniversary of ScholarSip, but it also marks the return to limited in-person gatherings after 18 months of virtual-only events and meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Libraries is excited to announce it will host the December 2021 ScholarSip event both online and in person at The Study at University City.

For those attending in person, light refreshments and beverages will be served. The Libraries and staff at The Study will strictly adhere to COVID-19 health and safety precautions. Attendees will have the option to enjoy refreshments outside on a private patio located directly outside the main event space. Masks will also be required when not actively eating or drinking.

Moving to a virtual model due to COVID-19 has challenged the Libraries to replicate the serendipitous conversations that characterize the ScholarSip series. The Libraries experimented with using zoom breakout groups and large group discussions following the “food for thought” sessions to facilitate such connections in the virtual space. While successful to an extent—161 attendees from across the US and the world attended the previous four sessions—we have not found a perfect substitute for in-person connection that yet exists in cyberspace. The Libraries is excited to return to a hybrid model, where attendees can join in the discussion online and once again in person to connect with friends and colleagues across the University and beyond.

ScholarSip 2021/2022 Events

Professor Franco Montalto, Director of the Sustainable Water Resource Engineering Laboratory at Drexel University, kicks off the 2021/22 ScholarSip series with a session on climate change and sustainability on Dec. 6, 2021. Register to attend the in-person experience or the online experience.

ScholarSip continues in March with a “food for thought” presentation by Sharrelle Barber, Inaugural Director of Drexel’s The Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements, and Population Health Equity, on March 14.

Paul Flanagan, Director of the Privacy, Cybersecurity & Compliance Program in Drexel’s Kline School of Law, will close this year’s series with a session on privacy and cybersecurity on June 6, 2022.

Other ScholarSip 10th anniversary sessions include (dates to be finalized where not listed):

  • February 2022: Ayana Allen-Handy, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Education, will offer “food for thought” on her research on race and education.
  • April 2022: Lindsay Shea, MS, DrPH, Director for the Policy and Analytics Center at the AJ Drexel Autism Institute, will discuss her research on autism spectrum disorder and social and health policies.
  • May 2022: Jennifer Stanford, Co-Director, CASTLE & Associate Professor, Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, will discuss her research on approaches to teaching STEM content.

To register to attend the 2021/2022 ScholarSip events or other Libraries events, visit our events calendar.

About ScholarSip

Now in its 10th year, ScholarSip is an annual event series hosted by the Drexel University Libraries that seeks to nurture Drexel’s intellectual life and cross-campus community through informal gatherings where faculty and professional staff exchange ideas sparked by greater awareness of interdisciplinary research. Each event includes social time to build acquaintances and a short “food for thought” presentation from a member of the Drexel community. ScholarSip provides an opportunity for members of the Drexel community to gather for conversation – along with a toast to the end of the academic term.

All Drexel faculty, professional staff, students, alumni and members of the public are invited to attend the event. Although free, registration is required for this event. Note that this event will be recorded and posted on the Libraries’ YouTube channel.