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I Am the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25): An Easter Celebration from Special Collections

Easter I am the Resurrection posterAlthough somewhat smaller than the usual exhibitions presented by Special Collections, “I Am the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25): An Easter Celebration from Special Collections” is a broadly based display which appeals to viewers on several levels; visual, intellectual and spiritual. Designed by Laura Bang, Special and Digital Collections curatorial assistant, she and Michael Foight, Special and Digital Collections coordinator, mounted the exhibit, which will remain on display through April 10. Joanne Quinn, graphic designer, created posters and other graphics.

In her introduction to the exhibit Bang says, “Easter is considered by many to be the most important observance of the Christian year. … This exhibit highlights some of the materials in Falvey Memorial Library’s Special Collections that pertain to Easter and spring celebrations.” In the same tall vertical case are two small books, The Easter Book of Legends and Stories (PN6071.E2H30), selected by Alice Isabel Hazeltine and Elva Sophronia Smith and illustrated by Pamela Bianco, and Easter Garland (GT4935.L6) by Priscilla Sawyer Lord and Daniel J. Foley provide secular material about Easter: the “Easter Rabbit” and “Foods of the Easter Season.” At the bottom of this case is a colorful poster, “An Easter Celebration from Special Collections,” and two books: Festivals & Rituals of Spain (GT4862.A2G37 1994) by Cristina Garcìa Rodero and The Temple: Sacred Poems & Private Ejaculations by George Herbert, a seventeenth century poet. Festivals… is opened to a colorful double page photograph. The Temple shows “Easter Wings,” concrete poetry in which the text forms a shape which, according to Bang, is “as important an element as the verses themselves.”

Easter Biblia Latina GutenbergThe next case houses a single large volume, a Biblia Latina, more commonly known as the Gutenberg Bible. The Biblia Latina on exhibit is a facsimile, one of only 1,000 printed in the United States in 1961. The original Biblia Latina or Gutenberg Bible was printed by Johannes Gutenberg in Mainz, Germany, in the 1450s using movable type, the first important book printed this way. This Bible began the age of printed books; only 48 copies or partial copies survive. The facsimile is opened to the beginning of the book of Acts “which describes Jesus’ appearance to the Apostles after his Resurrection…,” says Bang. Although the Bible was printed, the colorful decorations continue the tradition of hand-illuminated manuscripts. The colorful decorations on the right-side page are truly spectacular.

Another case also houses a single volume and another facsimile: Evangeliorum Quattuor Codex Cenannensis, known as the Book of Kells. The original Kells was probably written and decorated c.800 at a monastery at Kells, Ireland. Today it is housed in the library of Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. The Book of Kells, a richly illuminated work on vellum (calf skin), contains the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. It was likely intended to be used at the monastic church’s altar. Special Collections’ facsimile is opened to show two of the many illustrations, a colorful Christ in Majesty framed in elaborate Celtic interlace and a cross carpet page. Cross carpet pages are full page cross designs without text; this one incorporates eight circles and is filled with Celtic interlace. These two pages are part of St. Matthew’s Gospel.

On the far right is a case which houses three works: a bound volume of the The Villanova Monthly, the predecessor to the Villanovan; Robert Browning’s Christmas-eve and Easter-day, a book of poetry opened to “Easter-Day” and Little Pollys Pomes [sic], written by T. A. Daly in a child’s voice, showing Polly’s poem, “Easter.” The April 1893 Villanova Monthly  features a full page poem, “He Is Risen!” by R.A.G.

Easter Missale Romanum 1Two additional cases complete the exhibit. One houses three books, two small and the large Missale Romanum (Roman Missal). A Roman Missal is a liturgical book with the texts used in the celebration of the Roman Catholic Mass. The Missale Romanum on display was printed in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1773. It is open to the pages showing on the left Resurrection and on the right the text for the Easter Sunday (Resurrection Day) Mass. One small book, The Lenten Monitor: Or, Moral Reflections and Devout Aspirations on the Gospel: For Each Day From Ash-Wednesday to Easter Sunday, was written by Pacificus Baker, an eighteenth century English Minorite friar; this volume was published in 1834. This book is opened to “Baker’s reflections on Palm Sunday ….” The small book to the right of the Missale Romanum is The Christian Year: Thoughts in Verse for the Sundays and Holydays Throughout the Year. Written by John Keble, a poet and churchman, it was published in 1874 and is open to a poem about Good Friday and a sepia Crucifixion. Although this work is in Special Collections, there is another volume available for circulation (PR4839.K15 C4 1856).

The final case houses a Biblia Sacra Polyglotta…, two volumes published c.1800. The volume on exhibit is open to Luke 23 – 24, the verses telling of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Bang says, “A polyglot book displays side-by-side blocks of the same text in several languages. This edition contains text in Greek, English, Hebrew, Latin Vulgate, German, French, Italian and Old Spanish.”

With works both sacred and secular, this is an exhibit well worth viewing and contemplating.

Alice Bampton is an digital image specialist and senior writer on the Communication and Publications Team.


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Call for Papers: International Herbert Marcuse Society

Call for Papers

The Fifth Biennial Meeting

International Herbert Marcuse Society 

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky, USA

November 7-9, 2013

 

Conference Theme:

“Emancipation, New Sensibility,

and the Challenge of a New Era:

Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy”

 

“Social theory is supposed to analyze existing societies in the light of their own functions and capabilities and to identify demonstrable tendencies (if any) which might lead beyond the existing state of affairs. By logical inference from the prevailing conditions and institutions, critical theory may also be able to determine the basic institutional changes which are the prerequisites for the transition to a higher stage of development: “higher” in the sense of a more rational and equitable use of resources, minimization of destructive conflicts, and enlargement of the realm of freedom. But beyond these limits, critical theory did not venture for fear of losing its scientific character. I believe that this restrictive conception must be revised, and that the revision is suggested, and even necessitated, by the actual evolution of contemporary societies.”

–Herbert Marcuse, An Essay on Liberation, 1969

 

The International Herbert Marcuse Society (IHMS) is an atypical gathering of the community of academics, scholars and activists who labor together in an attempt to help the specter of liberation that haunts our society materialize in the concrete lives of oppressed people. For this reason, we bring together not only Marcuse scholars, but scholars and activists from a wide range of disciplines. We are interested in connecting with all people who participate in the “Great Refusal” by trying to transform our society in theory and practice. The IHMS emerged as a response to our current social, political, philosophical, and historical situation.  In short, we have witnessed the apparent domination of one-dimensional thinking.

However, the control of society by one-dimensional thinking has never been complete. One-dimensional thinking has always been challenged but not overthrown by an antagonistic specter. Marx spoke of the specter of communism.  Arnold Farr has spoken of the specter of liberation. Mark Cobb has spoken of Marcuse’s ghost.  Derrida has spoken of the specter of Marx. Even as one-dimensional thinking takes its throne, no coronation is in the works.

 

“A Specter is haunting Europe—the specter of communism.”      

Karl Marx

Communist Manifesto, 1848

 

“There is a specter haunting western philosophy—the specter of liberation.”       

Arnold Farr

Critical Theory and Democratic Vision: Marcuse and Recent Liberation Philosophies, 2009                                     

 

“The specters of Marx. Why this plural? Would there be more than one of them?”

Jacques Derrida

Specters of Marx, 1993

 

Derrida was right to speak of multiple hauntings. Today we are confronted by the haunting of Marcuse, suggesting that his work is as relevant in 2013 as it was in the 1960s and 70s. Marcuse’s work itself embodies a multiplicity of specters, specters of liberation.  This is the point of the long opening quotation from Marcuse. On one level, (Marcusean) critical/social theory discloses the specters of liberation in terms of the possibilities that exist within the present mode of social organization. This is the function of critical/social theory in what Marcuse has called its restricted operation. At another level, critical/social theory transcends the present form of social organization to reveal the specter of utopian visions that haunt the present reality principle. However, he reminds us that the Utopian vision is not one with content insofar as our society has reached a level of technological development that makes liberation possible. We are beyond the threat of scarcity.  However, what is at issue here is the blocking of liberation by the very forces that make it possible.

In 2011, the IHMS conference was entitled “Critical Refusals.” We chose this title because we wanted to bring together scholars and activists who were all engaged in some kind of “Great Refusal” through their work. We wanted to bring together people who were engaged in critical projects even though they may not be Marcuse scholars.  Marcuse and his work are still at the core of the IHMS. However, Marcuse’s project is carried out best when it is put into conversation with other theorists and activists who are doing critical and transformative work. The 2013 conference will be organized according to this same principle. We welcome papers and projects from all who are seeking serious engagement and social transformation.

 

Please send abstracts and papers to: Arnold L. Farr alfarr00@uky.edu.

Deadline for abstracts:  June 1, 2013.

Abstracts: maximum 500 words; include a title and 3-5 keywords to assist with paneling, in the event your abstract is chosen for presentation.

Notification: July 15, 2013.

Papers: final versions should be no more than 3000 words written with standard formatting and 12-point font.

Registration:  $30.00


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Literary Titans Clash in Library's March Madness!

bookatology graphicAuthor March Madness is underway in Falvey Memorial Library! Students and staff have placed first-round votes for their favorite authors in our bracketed tournament, posted on the first floor of the Library. The tournament is now entering its second round, so make sure to check out the poster and vote for your favorite author.

The first round votes rolled in strong, proving that the Villanova community has a true lust for literature, and also that they may now know how a tally system works (seven tally marks with a slash through it? C’mon guys.) In case you missed the first round, here’s a recap of the major match-ups and upsets by region:

MIDWEST

Joseph Heller, hoping to razzle-dazzle with his moves in the low post(modern), was absolutely trounced by William Shakespeare, a number one seed and heavy favorite in the tournament. Heller lost 12-3. All best to Billy Shakes anon—I see him making it to the Final Four, no sweat.

The matchup between John Steinbeck and Dr. Seuss proved particularly contentious, with Dr. Seuss advancing with an 8-6 victory. Did you know that Dr. Seuss actually penned his own version of The Grapes of Wrath? Just kidding, that’s a lie.

Orwell squared off against Eliot in a battle of the Georges. Orwell took the match 10-4, and during Women’s History Month!  We should all be ashamed of ourselves.

WEST

Ayn Rand proved weak against Dante when she couldn’t go left. The classic poet won the match-up 11-1, the most lopsided victory in the tournament thus far.

Kentucky-boy Hunter S. Thompson pulled a major upset over Yasnaya Polyana-boy Leo Tolstoy, defeating the Russian heavy hitter by a single vote. When reached for commentary, Thompson slurred something about vultures. It was beautiful.

SOUTH

All eyes were on the Dickens/Morrison game. Morrison somehow entered the tournament with a 16 seed, creating this overpowered first round match-up. It was close, but Dickens squeaked by, 7 votes to Morrison’s 6.

The Brothers Grimm had their Cinderella story cut short by Jane Austen, who advances to face Mary Shelley in round two. I’m rooting for Shelley in this one, but my prediction is that Austen will take it by a landslide.

EAST

The East is absolutely stacked this year, making for some fine first round match-ups between some major American icons.  Fitzgerald beat Richard Wright 12-2 and omigod speaking of icons you guys, can you believe Leo is playing Gatsby in the upcoming film?!?  So American-dreamy.

Aldous Huxley pulled an unfortunate match-up against J.K. Rowling, a heavy tournament favorite. J.K. Rowling took it 12-8. Huxley would totally be a Hufflepuff, by the way. What a nerd.

So there you have it—be sure to stay tuned to the Library News blog for further re-caps and updates. Now get out there and cast your vote for the second round!

Graphic Design by Joanne Quinn

Corey Waite Arnold is a writer and intern on the Communication and Publications Team. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.


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Have You Found the Easter Eggs in our Website?

The Easter season is upon us. As such, it’s a good time to point out a few Easter eggs, little-known yet valuable features, waiting to be discovered in the library’s website.

Favorites—Want to keep track of an item? Save it to your personal Favorites list right from within the catalog. Simply click the “Add to Favorites” link and enter your Villanova account credentials: you’ve saved your item. To access Favorites, click “My Account” on the library’s homepage and log in using your Villanova credentials; your favorites will appear under the Favorites section of the “My Account” page. Since the catalog uses your Villanova credentials to establish your account automatically, everything is ready and waiting for you to use.

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Your favorite item’s catalog record features options for saving and tracking.

Save Your Search—Sometimes, though, you want to save a whole search-results list. You have two options: first, the catalog keeps track of your searches from the current session. To access these search histories, log on to “My Account” and click “Your Saved Searches.” Save a recent search by clicking its “Save” link, which adds the search to “Your Saved Searches.” Option two: save a search directly from the search results page by clicking the “Save Search” link at the bottom of your results list.

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Observations From the Catbird Seat: My Life as a Library Student Employee

CatbirdHaving worked at the Library for the past four years while going to school at Villanova, I feel like I have seen all that it has to offer. There is never a dull moment while working at the front desk. It never stops being funny when someone walks into the turnstiles at 10mph, even though it obviously causes them some pain. A shift does not go by when the printer doesn’t jam at least once. I continue to be amazed when students hesitantly approach the desk and ask, “Am I allowed to check out books?”

When spring begins, five minutes cannot pass without a tour coming into the Library; in walks a group of eager, bright faced parents, and their children, most of whom look like they would rather be anywhere else. Every once in a while it is fun to hear a tour guide rattle off incorrect information, such as “the library is open 24 hours a day.” There are students who come into the building only once in their entire college career and ask for directions to the stairs. However, there are also the usual students who come in and out several times a day and probably spend more time in the Library, whether it is for work or for play, than many of the employees do.

Not only is the Library a great place to see while working at the front desk, but the Library also provides so many amazing services. Unfortunately, many students do not even know about them. For example, who knew you could rent a kindle or nook e-reader and take it home with you from the building? Or that on the second floor, there is a whole army of brilliant research librarians who can get you all the resources you need for even the longest of papers.

Guest lecturers come to the Library several times a week. You not only sit and listen to what they have to say, but you almost always get cookies when they’re finished talking. You can rent computers, power cords, head phones, Ethernet cords, calculators – you name it – chances are the Library will have it. Most importantly, the Library provides an environment that can be studious but social at the same time. At the heart of Villanova, the Library manages to do it all, and without it life on campus would not be the same.

Meghan Rodgers, ’13, is a political science major and Chinese minor. She works part-time for the Access Services team in the Library.


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Now hear this…

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Attention all audiophiles: soon available will be the first chapter of a brand new initiative, podcasts to delight the ear and soothe the weary mind! Dime Novel and Popular Literature titles – only the finest and most choice of selections – will be read in their entirety in serial fashion! Yes, that is right, you too will soon be able to hear authentic audio versions of some of the most overlooked yet thrilling stories of yesteryear….

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Busy in our deluxe sound studio, Demian Katz and Laura Bang are working around the clock to prepare for your enjoyment and edification our first offering…..

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The Bride of the Tomb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Listeners will:

FEEL Lancelot Darling’s passion … EXPERIENCE the SENSATION of Mr. Shelton’s charm … LEARN the SECRET of Fanny Colville and most of all CRY TEARS of LONGING with Lily… SO SWEET, SO INNOCENT … SUCH TRAGIC LONGING AWAITS…

STAY TUNED FOR THE LATEST BREAKING NEWS …….

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Pittsburgh Summer Symposium in Contemporary Philosophy: Schelling and Naturphilosophie

Pittsburgh Summer Symposium in Contemporary Philosophy

Duquesne University

Dept. of Philosophy

Pittsburgh, PA

 

Call for Applications

 

We are pleased to announce the Pittsburgh Summer Symposium in Contemporary Philosophy, held at Duquesne University.  Details for the program are as follows:

 

Schelling and Naturphilosophie

August 5 – 9, 2013

(Optional Participants’ Conference, August 3-4)

 

“What then is that secret bond which couples our mind to Nature, or that hidden organ through which Nature speaks to our mind or our mind to Nature?” (Ideas for a Philosophy of Nature)

“The concept of nature does not entail that there should also be an intelligence that is aware of it. Nature, it seems, would exist, even if there were nothing that was aware of it. Hence the problem can also be formulated thus: how does intelligence come to be added to nature, or how does nature come to be presented?” (System of Transcendental Idealism)

 

Seminar Leaders:

Prof. Iain Hamilton Grant (University of the West of England, Bristol)

Prof. Jason Wirth (Seattle University)

 

Course Description:

In recent years there has been a surge of research on the work of the German philosopher F.W.J. Schelling, aided in the English-speaking world by a number of recent translations. This movement has included reexaminations of Schelling as a figure in the history of philosophy, as a source of influence on a number of twentieth century thinkers, and as a rich resource for addressing contemporary philosophical debates.

 

Schelling’s distinctive influence in the history of philosophy has been, in part, a product of his objective approach to transcendental idealism. In opposition to Fichte’s Wissenschaftslehre, which argued that the subject must be the fundamental ground for transcendental idealism, Schelling argued that an objective approach, taking the form of Naturphilosophie, is equally necessary for explaining the subject-object form of knowledge. Additionally, in his later works, Schelling’s concepts of freedom, existence, and the non-ground, would give some of the earliest critiques of Hegel’s absolute idealism, and would later influence thinkers like Kierkegaard, Marx, and Nietzsche. In the twentieth century, the impact of his work would continue. His Freiheitsschrift, for instance, forms an important part of the conceptual context within which Martin Heidegger developed his notions of event, ground, and the plight of the human being, operative in the 1930s and early 40s. Likewise, Schelling’s influence profoundly marked Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s later ontology of the flesh, his understanding of art, the unconscious, and the provocative task of doing a “psychoanalysis of Nature.”

 

More recently, Iain Hamilton Grant has mobilized Schellingian Naturphilosophie as a basis for recasting epistemological and metaphysical or ontological issues regarding the relation of physics and metaphysics, the nature of time, the nature of ground, and more broadly calling for a radical reevaluation of the post-Kantian philosophical framework dominant over much of the last two centuries. This project has established one of the major arms of the recent movement to rethink the realist/anti-realist debate. Likewise, Jason Wirth has revitalized Schellingian accounts of the Good, intellectual intuition, aesthetics, nature, and life in contemporary debates. He has also worked to put Schelling into conversation with a number of other recent thinkers, both Western and, notably, of the Japanese Kyoto School.

 

Other contemporary philosophers have also taken up Schelling in related manners. Markus Gabriel, for instance, has integrated Schelling’s notion of non-ground into his “domain ontology” and its treatment of the nature of the world (or more properly the non-existence of the world), mythology, evil, contingency, and necessity. Further, in the Lacanian meta-psychology of Slavoj Žižek and Adrian Johnston, Schelling’s philosophy has been used to give an account for the genesis of the transcendental subject out of natural and material substance conceived with reference to Trieb, or drive.

 

This summer symposium will bring together interested graduate students, postdoctoral students, and junior faculty  for a week of discussion, lecture, and close textual study concerning this important philosopher. The topic for the seminar is Schelling’s Naturphilosophie. We will examine questions about nature, objectivity, matter, life, knowledge, and whether or not transcendental philosophy can be reconciled with the findings of the empirical sciences. All texts and discussion will be in English.

 

Application:

We invite current graduate students, postdoctoral students, and junior faculty in philosophy or related disciplines to submit an application composed of a C.V. and a short letter of intent (500 words maximum) to pghsummersymposium2013@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is April 5, 2013. The seminar will be limited to 20-30 participants. For more information as it becomes available, we have created a website for the symposium:

http://pghsummersymposium.wix.com/pghsummersymp2013

 

Participants’ Conference (August 3-4):

In order to facilitate a further exchange of ideas and research, a participants’ conference will be held the weekend before the seminar begins. Applicants who receive notice of acceptance as participants will be asked – if interested – to submit an abstract of up to 500 words on any theme related to the topic of the seminar. The participants’ conference will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 3-4, 2013.

 

Financial Information:

There will be a $125 registration fee for each participant of the seminar. This money will be used for a conference dinner, celebration, and daily expenses such as coffee, etc. Please note that participants will be responsible for arranging their own housing as well as financing most of their own meals for the duration of the symposium. However, with respect to lodging, we expect a number of arrangements with graduate students will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

 

Organizers:

James Bahoh
Dept. of Philosophy
Duquesne University
bahohj@duq.edu
Dave Mesing
Dept. of Philosophy
Villanova University
dmesing@villanova.edu
Martin Krahn
Dept. of Philosophy
Duquesne University
krahnm@duq.edu
Jacob Greenstine
Dept. of Philosophy
Duquesne University
greenstinea@duq.edu

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Dia duit! Villanova Celebrates Irish Culture at the Library

hurling demoLast week the library co-sponsored, with the Irish Studies program, a series of Irish culture events in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.  The three event sequence covered Irish dance, sport and song, and featured presentations by Fullbright scholar and Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Gearóid Ó Duinn. Professor Ó Duinn teaches Irish Language in Villanova’s Irish Studies program.

The first event began with a primer on greetings in the Irish Language. Professor Ó Duinn helped the audience as they exchanged salutations of “Dia duit!” (Hello!) and “Dia is Muire duit” (God bless you), and identified various words in English which derive from the Irish language. The second half of the presentation covered Irish dance, traditional and contemporary, including historical background on forms such as Ceili dancing and Sean-Nos.

The second event, hosted on March 21, focused on Irish sport. Professor Ó Duinn described Gaelic Football and Hurling, two exciting sports remote to many of the Villanova community members in attendance.  After the presentation, Ó Duinn invited the audience to join his Irish Language class in a Hurling tutorial on Mendel field.  Just outside the library, students practiced basic handling with their hurleys and the sliotar, and even tried their hands at a scrimmage game, despite the high winds.

irish culture music lightThe final event in the Irish Culture sequence was a presentation of Irish song.  Attendees were lucky enough to see live music performed in the library, a moment captured in an audio recording from the event. The band included members of the Villanova faculty.

All events were held in the Speakers’ Corner on the first floor of the library and were free and open to the public.

Photographs by Laura Bang and Corey Waite Arnold; Audio courtesy of Laura Bang

Corey Waite Arnold is a writer and intern on the Communication and Publications Team. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.

Laura Bang is a curatorial assistant with Special and Digital Collections.


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Shades of Occupation: Iraq After 10 Years 2013 Mellon Symposium

The John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities

Shades of Occupation: Iraq After 10 Years
2013 Mellon Symposium
Organized by Zainab Saleh

Friday, March 29th, 2013
Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities
Haverford College

This interdisciplinary symposium will be held on the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq as a venue to examine multiple dimensions of the decade-long occupation. Despite the US Army’s official withdrawal from the country, the US presence in Iraq as a military, economic and political force continues to loom large. Baghdad is home to the largest US embassy in the world. An enormous body of private security and other contractors remain in the country. The institutions installed by the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority since 2003 will continue to have far-reaching impact on the future of Iraq. Apart from military operations and sectarian violence, subversive aspects of the war and occupation, the repercussions on Iraq have received little attention: the occupation of Iraq is the United States’ Forgotten War.

“Shades of Occupation” approaches the invasion of Iraq in a historical and global context, whereby American empire, since the Cold War, attempted to control the politics and the resources of the country as well as the region. It brings together scholars who have been thinking, and writing, about the war from different perspectives, including oil, empire, perception of the Iraqi society, and the impact of wars on Iraq among others.

Visit http://www.haverford.edu/iraqafter10years for a full schedule of events.

Shades of Occupation: Iraq After 10 Years is organized by Zainab Saleh, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Haverford College, and  made possible with the support of the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contact Associate Director Emily Cronin:ecronin@haverford.edu

haverford.edu/hcah
haverford.edu/iraqafter10years


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Past Masters: Full-Text Primary Sources Online

Past mastersPast Masters is an abundantly useful online collection of primary source texts, mainly in philosophy, which has proven to be highly popular among those who have discovered it.

It consists of scholarly editions of great writers and thinkers, usually the complete or collected works in the original language or in English translation. At present, our Past Masters holdings include the works of Anselm, Aquinas, Aristotle, Augustine, Descartes, Dewey, Feuerbach, Fichte, Foucault, Hegel, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Kierkegaard, Leibniz, Locke, Marx and Engels, Merleau-Ponty, Nietzsche, Pascal, Peirce, Plato, Santayana, Schopenhauer, Spinoza, Wittgenstein, and Wollstonecraft.

We also have several period collections that contain many further important works: The Latin Background: 1100-1550, The Continental Rationalists, British Philosophy: 1600-1900, The Romantic Age, and Political Philosophy: Machiavelli to Mill.

Apart from the convenience of being able to read these works online, on a mobile device, or select sections to print, it’s also very handy to be able to search the full text. You can do this not only for individual works, but for whole collections as well. For example, if you know that Merleau-Ponty discusses marxisme in parts of his corpus, but you don’t know exactly where, Past Masters will create a neatly formatted list of the places in each work where the term occurs.

We are continuing to expand our access to Past Masters collections, so look out for new works to be added in the future.


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