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Foto Friday: Rev. Michael F. Di Gregorio, OSA, speaks 3/29/17

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: March 24, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

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The Rev. Michael F. Di Gregorio, OSA, Prior Provincial of the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova, is the speaker at this year’s Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Endowed Distinguished Speaker Series. Father Di Gregorio’s topic is “The Birth of a Mission to South Philadelphia Italians:  A Friar’s Tale.” He will expand on an article he wrote for Analecta Augustiniana titled “The Mission of the Italian Augustinians in the United States, The First Thirty-Five Years:  Laying the Foundation.”

“As an Augustinian,” says Father Di Gregorio, “I am greatly interested in the history of our Order, which includes here in the United States significant ministry among Italian-Americans. The Augustinian way of life is built upon the two pillars of action and contemplation. Trying to be faithful to both is the invitation of each day.”

The event will be Wednesday, March 29, at 1:30 pm in the Speakers’ Corner, Falvey Memorial Library. The Mannella lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Father Di Gregorio, a native of Staten Island, N.Y., is a graduate of Villanova University, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. He attended the Augustinian College, Washington, D.C., and received his Master of Arts degree from Washington Theological Union.

Father Di Gregorio spent 29 years in parish ministry in the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova. He has also been involved in formation work for the province and, from 1990 to 1992, he was the Director of Communications for the Augustinian Order, assigned to the Augustinian General Curia in Rome, Italy. Father Di Gregorio was the Director of the National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia, Philadelphia, from 1992 to 2007. He has been the Assistant General of the Order of St. Augustine, a member of the General Council, the Vicar General and in 2014 he was elected Prior Provincial of the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova.


Photograph courtesy of  Teddie Gallagher, Director of Communications and Editor of The Augustinian, Province of St. Thomas of Villanova.



New film about the Brontë Sisters Premieres March 26

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton and Sarah Wingo
  • Posted Date: March 24, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News


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“To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters” will premiere on WHYY (PBS Channel 12) on Sunday, March 26 at 9 pm. The Brontë sisters – Charlotte (1816-1855), Emily (1818-1848) and Anne (1820-1849) – were born in Yorkshire, England, the daughters of an Anglican minister. All three became authors in a time when this was not an acceptable occupation for women.

“ ‘To Walk Invisible:  The Brontë Sisters’ follows the sisters … in the eventful three- year period that saw them rise from ordinary, unmarried women, to the secret authors of the world’s most sensational literature.” (PBS) The two-hour film is part of PBS’s Masterpiece series which previously brought us “Victoria,” “Poldark,” “Sherlock” and “Downton Abbey.”

Dig Deeper – The Brontës:

 The Brontës (1994). Juliet Barker. This is the book that screen writer Sally Wainwright used for her adaptation. Wainwright described it as her “research Bible.”

The Brontës:  A Life in Letters (c.1997). Juliet Barker.

 “To Walk Invisible:  BBC’s Brontë Biopic.” Katherine Clements. Historia article.

Books by Charlotte Brontë in our collection

Books by Emily Brontë in our collection

Books by Anne Brontë in our collection

An exhibit on Charlotte Brontë at the Morgan Library and Museum, NYC, closed in January, but there is still content available online including personal letters that you can view and read.

Sarah Wingo copyThis “Dig Deeper” was prepared by Sarah Wingo, English Literature and Theatre librarian. Office:  room 223, telephone 610-519-5183.





Brontë sisters image courtesy of Rex Features/The Telegraph. Wingo photograph by Alice Bampton.

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The Curious ‘Cat: “SPRINGing into warmer weather.”

Curious 'Cat - imageTo celebrate the first week of spring, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “What is your favorite springtime activity?”

Tope Abu– “Being outside!”

Hannah Cierico– “Wearing dresses and getting tan.”

Julian Hislop– “Playing soccer.”

Richard Annah– “Playing outside, like soccer or throwing around a football.”

Alexandra Russo– “Reading outside.”

Aaron Seigle– “Walking and hiking outside.”

Megan Rourla– “Going outside.”

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‘Cat in the Stacks: So Spring has Sprung


CAT-STAX4I’m William Repetto, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is the “‘Cat in the Stacks” column. I’m your ‘cat. I’ll be posting about college life, about learning and growing here at Villanova, and, of course, about the Falvey Library’s role.

It’s the first week of spring, Wildcats! Our men’s basketball watching schedule has perhaps been cut a little short, and, judging by those spots of snow still hanging on, winter has decided to hang around for a while, but this time of year reminds me of a Wallace Stevens quote that always makes me laugh. He wrote, “poor, dear, silly spring, preparing her annual surprise!”

From Stevens' journal and available in our collection.

From Stevens’ journal and available in our collection.

In his journal entry (pictured above) Stevens writes about the clouds and the fields, but since my own undergraduate years, I’ve come to recognize that Stevens’ quote applied to many aspects of spring that he anticipates coming. It seems only at surface level that he talks about the clouds and the coming rain as “poor, dear, silly” spring’s surprise.

So that begs the question: what is spring’s annual surprise? I think it has to do with those three adjectives that Stevens uses to describe the season; it’s at once poor, dear, and silly.

For us college students, the spring does have one poor surprise ­– the semester’s quick descent into finals and term paper due dates. While the weather warms outside and the birds begin chirping again, we find ourselves inside looking longingly out during breaks from studying.

It is, however, dear as well. During the spring, everyone on college campuses begins to feel they are approaching the end of another academic-year-long odyssey. These last few weeks with our college friends before we disperse, these last class sessions with a favorite professor, or even the last few strolls around campus before going home – these are the memories that remain dear to us.

How spring semester can look, when stuck inside. Photo by Lia Leslie.

How spring semester can look, when stuck inside. Photo by Lia Leslie.

I know I got sentimental on you there, but spring is also a time to be silly! While the frigid temperatures kept some of us inside all winter long, the receding clouds and bright sunshine make the perfect mix for a pickup game of ultimate Frisbee. Or maybe the nicer weather makes using that 30-minute break all the more attractive for a walk down to Campus Corner, instead of a quick microwavable meal.

If you feel like the stereotypical, poor college student, caught up in the blur of spring semester’s final weeks, Falvey has plenty of resources to ease your suffering. Whether you need articles or books, resources from another library or help finding a database, the staff here at the library looks forward to making spring’s surprise not so “poor.”

If this is your sentimental time of year, Falvey Memorial Library has great spaces for you to spend those last school weeks with your friends – the first floor lounge and the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room, to name my favorite. And, if you’re feeling silly this spring, I’ve heard that a pet-related stress buster is in the works for Friday, May 5.

Dugan Polk Family Reading Room

I just can’t get enough of this view!

I know, I know, “C’mon, William, you’re really stretching the limits of Stevens’ words.” I might be guilty as charged! But anytime Stevens took a look at nature, I think we can safely assume that he was talking about something deeper – maybe something spiritual, maybe something like college life, maybe the nothing that is not there.

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Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant on the Communications and Marketing Team at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.




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“Blood and Soul: The Russian Revolutions of 1917” – A Colorful and Educational Exhibit

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton and Jutta Seibert
  • Posted Date: March 21, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

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“Blood and Soul:  The Russian Revolutions of 1917” exhibit opened in February and will remain on display through September 1. The exhibit is cosponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Russian Area Studies Concentration Program (Rascon). The Rev. Richard G. Cannuli, OSA, director of the Villanova University Art Gallery and curator of the University’s art collections, and the Very Rev. John J. Perich, curator of the Metropolitan Museum of the Orthodox Church in America and St. Tikhon’s Monastery and Seminary Icon Repository, South Canaan, Pa., curated the exhibit. “Blood and Soul” commemorates the centennial of the Russian revolutions and the Enthronement of St. Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow . John E. Pusey created the graphics for the exhibit.

The exhibit, “Blood and Soul,” fills eight cases and both large windows between Falvey’s main floor and Holy Grounds. Eighteen posters, designed by Pusey and accompanied by informative materials such as “The Romanov Family” and “The February Revolution” are in the windows at the back of the first floor.

Artifacts on exhibit include both secular and sacred, vestments, clothing, enamels, folk art, photographs, books, icons and more. The artifacts are separated into Imperial Russian and Soviet Russian, indicated by the flags covering the bottom of the cases: red soviet flags and yellow imperial flags. Sheets explaining aspects of the exhibit (enamels, icons, etc.) are on the cases. Visually and intellectually appealing, this exhibit is well worth several visits.

Soviet cups and saucers

Colorful Soviet cups and saucers


Painted plaque

Painted plaque


Vestments, icon and more

Russian orthodox vestments, icon, large Bible and more

Falvey’s Digital Library recorded a video tour narrated by Father Perich; we recommend viewing it to help you understand the exhibit.

As part of the centennial commemoration of the Russian revolutions and the Enthronement of St. Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow there will be occasional lectures and programs while “Blood and Soul” is open. On Monday, March 27, 7:30 pm, in the Connelly Center Cinema “Heart of a Dog (1988), a Soviet television film will be shown. On Thursday, April 20, 1 pm, in the Idea Accelerator, Falvey Memorial Library, Semion Lyandres, PhD, University of Notre Dame, will present a lecture, “How an Uprising Became a Revolution:  Rethinking the Politics of Russia’s 1917 February Revolution.” Both events are free and open to the public.

Dig Deeper:

The Russian revolutions have been extensively studied over the past one hundred years. While social unrest was widespread all over Europe in the 19th and early 20th centuries, it came as a surprise that Russia would be the first state to adopt communism as its political framework. Russia saw three major revolutions in a relatively short time span. The revolution of 1905 and the February and October revolutions of 1917. The October revolution and the subsequent foundation of the Soviet Union significantly influenced world politics.
Here is a selection of sources that explain and explore Russian history and the Russian revolutions.

Encyclopedias, companions and handbooks are generally a good starting point to gain a basic understanding:

International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest
Encyclopedia of Russian History
Companion to Russian History
Oxford Handbook of Modern Russian History

Cambridge History of Russia

Monographs in the Falvey collection: at Falvey:

Books about the Revolution of 1905 at Falvey:
Books about the February Revolution at Falvey:
Books about the October Revolution at Falvey:
Academic Journals dedicated to Russian history:

Slavic Review
Russian Review
Slavonic and Eastern European Review
Primary sources related to the Russian revolutions:

U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1994
Includes a 3 volume set of Department of State Papers related to foreign relations with Russia during this time period.

Historical New York Times Archive Follow the revolutions as they unfolded in front of the eyes of the American public.

Opinion Archives This resource includes America’s leading opinion magazines, ranging from the Nation, to the New Republic and the National Review. The following article from May 1917 published in the New Republic focuses on the incidence of revolution in the world, the destruction of capital and its consequences.

The World in Revolution.” New Republic 11, no. 131 (May 5, 1917): 4-5.

For more resources, visit the Revolutionary Russia online course guide


JuttaSeibert-150x150“Dig Deeper” was provided by Jutta Seibert, Academic Integration director and History librarian. Office: room 228, telephone 610-519-7876.




Poster designed by John E. Pusey; exhibition photographs by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Dept. Jutta Seibert photo courtesy of Falvey Memorial Library.

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First Day of Spring?

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: March 20, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News


According to 2017 calendars, today, March 20, is the first day of spring although the view from my window does not agree: piles of snow line the campus walks and much of the ground is still covered with snow. Astronomically (and this is the date used by our calendars), the first day of spring is determined by the date on which the vernal (spring) equinox falls – March 19, 20, or 21. This year in our time zone the equinox arrived at 6:49 am EDT.

An equinox is “[o]ne of the two periods in the year when the days and nights are equal in length all over the earth, owing to the sun’s crossing the equator. Hence the precise moment at which the sun crosses the equator.” (Oxford English Dictionary)

Curious? Want more information? See the “Dig Deeper” below.

Dig Deeper: 

 Epstein, Dave. “Why is Monday considered spring? The vernal equinox explained.” Boston Globe, March 19, 2017.

“Meteorological Versus Astronomical Seasons.” National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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AlfredFry-237x300And don’t forget, Falvey has Alfred Fry, our Science and Engineering librarian to help you find answers to your questions. Room 223, telephone 610-519-4283.


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Peek at the Week: March 20-24

  • Posted by: Hunter Houtzer
  • Posted Date: March 20, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

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Quote of the Week:
“I glanced out the window at the signs of spring. The sky was almost blue, the trees were almost budding, the sun was almost bright.”
―Millard Kaufman

It’s the first day of Spring, and I am told this is when Villanova is its loveliest.
(Though to be fair, I’ve also heard this argued for Summer and Fall and Winter.)


Still, Spring makes a strong case for itself in this photo by Kallie Stahl.

This Week in the Library:
Tuesday, March 21
VITAL Workshop, Room 205, 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Faith & Culture Pop-Up Lectures, Room 204, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
The Human Library, Speaker’s Corner, 5:30- 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 22
Amy Way Reservation, Room 206, 11:30-12:30 p.m.
Study Abroad Info Session: London Experience Program, Room 205, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Shakespeare in Prague, Room 204, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Friday, March 24
Faculty Teach-In Series, Speaker’s Corner, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club, First Floor Lounge, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Falvey Scholars is an annual program Falvey Memorial Library established to recognize outstanding undergraduate research. To receive this award you must be a senior, or a group of students working on a senior project, with the recommendation of a faculty member. The winners are chosen from this pool of applicants before presenting at an awards ceremony in Falvey Memorial Library.

The deadline for these faculty nominations is Monday, March 27th,  so be sure to let your professors know as soon as possible if you’d like to participate!

If you applied for one

And then you don’t have to end up like Mr. Turner.

Save the Date:
Saturday, March 25,
Wazobia African Dance Showcase, Villanova Room, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

#FalveyPeek at the Week provided by Hunter Vay Houtzer, a graduate assistant on the Communications and Marketing Dept. at the Falvey Memorial Library. She is working toward an MA in Communication at Villanova University, and on organizing her collection of cardigans more effectively. Send your thoughts/suggestions to Hunter at #falveypeek. See you next Monday for more!

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Foto Friday: Happy St. Patrick’s Day

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: March 17, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

St. Patrick's Day

“How Irish are you? According to the most recent U.S. Census, about 10 percent of Americans identify as having Irish ancestry, or around 33.5 million people” (Ancestry.com) I’m among that 10%; how about you?

Falvey has a subscription to Ancestry.com. Look under Databases A-Z and explore your family’s roots.


Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Dept.

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Owen McCafferty/Literary Festival Alert

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: March 17, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

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The Literary Festival event with Owen McCafferty, originally scheduled in the President’s Lounge, is now a St. Patrick’s Day Reception and Reading honoring McCafferty, the 2017 Heimbold Chair. The reception and reading will be in the Vasey Hall Studio Theatre, room 206, at 7 pm. Jim Christy, former Theatre chair, will direct the staged reading of McCafferty’s play, Quietly. The events are free; seats will be given on arrival.

McCafferty, a native of Belfast, Ireland, is the 2017 Charles A. Heimbold, Jr., Chair of Irish Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Quietly, McCafferty’s most recent play, premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in 2012 and had its American premiere in July 2016 in New York City.


McCafferty photograph courtesy of Villanova University.

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The Curious ‘Cat: “Life in the fast LAN.”

Curious 'Cat - imageThis week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “How are you enjoying the Wi-Fi upgrade in Falvey Library?”

John Gainer–  “I actually had multiple tabs open at once when I was working, and I didn’t notice any sort of lag or slowed speeds.”

Evelyn Semenov– “It’s good!”

Matthew Hughes– “I haven’t really been here since spring break, but it wasn’t slow before.”

Rebecca Davis– “It’s great! It’s more efficient to scroll the library database!”

Hunter Houtzer– “I am a fan of the new Wi-Fi!”


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