The James Madison University Libraries established JMuse Café in the Fall of 2011 to provide an informal and lively forum for students, faculty, staff and the Harrisonburg Community to explore together topics of public interest. JMuse Café is designed after two concepts: a model of social knowledge sharing in scholarly cafes and the model of expert knowledge sharing that has long been the purview of libraries and academia. The result is a bold initiative that engages diverse participants across the community in robust conversations about important matters.
JMuse Café events promote participation of all attendees and embrace innovative and standard formats to support learning, sharing and questioning. Typically, our cafés emphasize discussion over lecture, and identification of issues and pathways over definitive conclusions. Programs begin with an open buffet, then feature brief presentations by invited experts who act as conversation catalysts. Both larger and small group conversations follow and the meeting concludes with reports from, and among the subgroups. The Café discussions continue on this site and in public posts in the Carrier Library Learning Commons.
In choosing café topics we aim for each attendee to leave an event (1) having heard thoughtful views from the guest speakers and fellow attendees, (2) with a clearer conception of the issues involved, and (3) with an appetite for further inquiry and reflection.
Anca Constantin – Event Coordinator
Anca is a founding member of JMuse Café. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Anca received her Ph.D. from Ohio University. Learn more about Anca here.
Klebert Feitosa – Treasurer
Klebert is a founding member of JMuse Café. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research area is Soft Complex Materials. Learn more about Klebert here.
Kelly Giles – Secretary
Kelly serves as the Applied Sciences Librarian with L&ET. She earned her M.L.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Paula S. Kiser – Chair-elect, Event Coordinator
Paula is the Reference Assistant at Carrier Library. She earned a M.A. in History from James Madison University and M.L.S. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Sheila Newman – Publicity Coordinator
Sheila M. Newman has been serving as Publicity Coordinator for JMuse Café and has been involved with the Café since its inception. Employed in Carrier Library Public Services, she earned her B.A. in English Literature from UVa, and an M.L.S. from UNC, Chapel Hill.
Mark Peterson – Event Coordinator
Mark is the Rare Books and Research Services Specialist for Special Collections. He earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin and his M.L.S. from UNC, Chapel Hill. His research area is Northern Europe during the late Middle Ages and Reformation.
Jon Reed – Publicity Coordinator
Jon is a Library Specialist at Rose Libary. He received his B.A. in History from JMU.
Anne Stewart – Event Coordinator
Anne Stewart, Ph.D., is a professor, author, and supervisor. Dr. Stewart has written and presented about crisis intervention, attachment, supervision, military families, improv, and resilience. She’s the recipient of the Association for Play Therapy’s Distinguished Service Award and the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia’s Outstanding Faculty Award. Learn more about Anne here.
Michael Trocchia – Chair
Michael is a founding member of JMuse Café. He is E-Resources Coordinator for Libraries & Educational Technology (L&ET) and an adjunct professor in the Department of Philosophy & Religion. Michael earned his M.A. in philosophy from Temple University in Philadelphia.