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Langston Hughes 115th Birthday Bash Today

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: February 1, 2017
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Today, Feb. 1, at 4:30 in the Speakers” Corner, Crystal Lucky, PhD, associate professor of English, will present brief remarks at Langston Hughes 115th Birthday Bash. There will be public readings of Hughes’ works. This event is a celebration of Black History Month.

Dig Deeper: 

Works by Hughes

About Hughes


James Richardson, Poet, Kicks Off the Literary Festival

“The days are in order, the months, the seasons, the years. But the weeks are work. They have no names; they repeat.”
– James Richardson

Today, Jan. 31, James Richardson will visit Villanova University as part of the Literary Festival, co-sponsored by a host of organizations across campus including the English Department and the Falvey Memorial Library. A professor of creative writing at Princeton University, Richardson will talk about his newest collection, During, among other literary topics, during his visit to the Radnor/St. David’s Room in the Connelly Center at 7 pm.

James Richardson

Richardson’s career in the field of English literature began with his undergraduate education at Princeton University, where he graduated in 1971. From there he traveled to the University of Virginia to earn his MA and Ph.D., programs which he completed by 1975. For the next five years, Richardson taught at Harvard University as an assistant professor.

The majority of his academic career, however, has been spent at Princeton University, where he has served as a professor, a director of their creative writing program and as a seminar presenter. Richardson’s own creative work in poetry has brought him critical acclaim, and his unique voice and style have propelled him to the heights of literary accomplishment.

In addition to appearing in the New Yorker, Richardson’s work has appeared in various anthologies and collections published throughout the early 21st century. He’s also published a number of book-length works that contain both poetry and aphorisms. His books include As IfA Suite for Lucretians, and How Things Are; they are available through Interlibrary Loan.

By his own admission, Richardson’s aphorism writing started “more as a questionable habit” than the foundation for a career, but his work, of obvious cultural importance, has landed him in the lineup of this year’s Literary Festival. His presentation promises to be of as many philosophical, aesthetic and academic turns as his poetry, and we hope to see you there!

Dig Deeper:


Dig deeper with his additional works available through Falvey’s catalogue: By the Numbers, Interglacial and Reservations or by viewing his biography via the Gale Literature Resource Center.

william thumbnailArticle 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.


Peek at the Week: Jan. 30- Feb. 3

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Quote of the Week:

“Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift,” Albert Einstein.


And this is coming from a guy who comprehended a lot (photo from pixabay)

Hello all! January is drawing to an end, meaning we’ve almost knocked out 1/12 of the year 2017 (the only fractions I remember how to calculate). Best of luck to everyone out there maintaining resolutions and successfully beginning yet another (wonderful, challenging, inspired, time-consuming) semester.

This Week in the Library:

Monday, January 30th
-Philosophy Job Talks, Room 205, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 31st
-LSAT Master Class, Room 204, 9:45-11:30 a.m.
-OUS: Pre-Law Advising Workshop, Room 204, 12:05-1:15 p.m.

Wednesday, February 1st
-Resume Review Day, Room 205, 12:00-6:00 p.m.
-Duquesne University School of Law Presentation, Room 204, 12:05-2:00 p.m.
-Africana Studies Spring Event, Speaker’s Corner, 4:30-6:30

Thursday, February 2nd
-OUS: Pre-law Advising Workshop, Room 205,

Friday, February 3rd
-Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club: Regular Group Meeting, First Floor Lounge, 2:30-4:30
-Digital Humanities Event, Room 204, 2:30-4:30


IMG_3285I’ve received my first pair of reading glasses. On top of their magnification of words (the whole point of the glasses, I guess) I also asked for a “blue-light blocking” lens, which is rumored to help with sleep-troubles for those who are awake late into the night on their computers (read: procrastinators). While this point seems to be in contention for the medical field (it may just be placebo, after all), I can only offer the small note: they seem to be working for me. From bright orange goggles to more subtle amber lenses on websites like Etsy.com and Amazon.com, there are many inexpensive options for people with interest in giving this a try.

P.s. – it’s also quite the fashion statement, and has finally let me live out my dream of wearing red glasses! (Both my joy & glasses visible to the left).

Save the Date:
Monday, January 30th
Involvement Fair, Villanova Room, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 31st
Kerry Washington’s birthday!
She says, “I’ve always been a writer because I’ve always been a student.”
(Which good to remember as the semester demands essay after essay.)


Plus, look how happy she is to be both of those things! (Photo from flickr.com, GlenLowe.com)

Wednesday, February 1st 
VU Game Watch vs. Providence, Belle Air Terrace, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, February 3rd
NovaNights: Restaurant Week/Alvin Alley Show, Register with the Campus Activities Team. Buses leave at 5:00 p.m.

#FalveyPeek at the Week provided by Hunter Vay Houtzer, a graduate assistant on the Communications and Marketing Team at the Falvey Memorial Library. She is working toward an MA in Communication at Villanova University, and also on maintaining her New Year’s Resolution (to read more books that aren’t for school). Send your thoughts/suggestions to Hunter at #falveypeek. See you next Monday for more!


Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year

This year,  the Year of the Rooster, begins today, Jan. 28, and ends on Feb. 15, 2018. The new year’s date changes from year to year because it based on a lunisolar calendar.


Image from Pixabay.com.


Foto Friday: Enjoy the Unexpected!

Enjoy an unexpected pop of color in an otherwise dull space.

Enjoy an unexpected pop of color in an otherwise dull space.


Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communication and Marketing Dept.

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The Curious ‘Cat: “Pie or cake for Villanova’s birthday?”

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In honor of Villanova’s 175th birthday, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “Would you prefer pie or cake to celebrate?”

       (Spoiler alert: Wildcats LOVE chocolate cake!)


Catherine Anderson- “Apple pie!”



Brooke Szczygiel- “Cake. Chocolate cake.”



Kyle Gray- “Chocolate cake.”



Colleen McCeliand- “Chocolate cake, like the one in Matilda!”



Sardar Khan-“Well, chocolate mousse cake.”



William Repetto- “Gluten-free pumpkin pie.”

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The Highlighter: Facts for Your FAQs


The following short videos show answers to FAQs about your Library:
The Catalog says the book is on the 2nd floor, but I don’t see shelves of books on 2. Where’s my book?

Can I really borrow books from Rosemont College’s library? How?

How many times can I renew my library book?

How can Falvey’s Interactive Library Map help me?

Where can I post announcements in Falvey?

How can I find the jobs available for Student Employees?

For additional “How to” videos, click the “Help” button on Falvey’s homepage.

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“Jean Heck, PhD: Collector of the Sacred”

Poster designed by Joanne Quinn

Poster designed by Joanne Quinn

The exhibit, “Jean Heck, PhD:  Collector of the Sacred,” was installed just before the Christmas break and will remain on view until February 1. Michael Foight, Special Collections and Digital Library coordinator, and Laura Bang, Digital and Special Collections curatorial assistant, installed the exhibit on the first floor of Falvey. Foight curated the exhibit and researched and wrote the texts for the informative placards. Joanne Quinn designed the poster featuring a black and white portrait of Heck.

Five cases of materials show objects from the recent donation of rare sacred texts collected by Dr. Heck (1944-1916) who taught finance at Villanova University from 1983 until 2006. He and his wife, Nancy, a faculty member in the School of Business, donated the collection to Falvey’s Special Collections. Among his varied interests, Dr. Heck was a bibliophile who collected religious literature from a variety of cultures as reflected in this display.

The exhibit is arranged thematically:  “New World,” “Christian Bibles,” “Sacred Texts of Judaism and Islam” and “Reform and Renewal.” Primarily European, there is one object from Peru, a small carved stone with an incised cross, dated c.1500. The earliest text in the display is dated 1450; the latest is a Holy Bible printed in 1884.

stone resizedThe “New World” section contains an exhibition introduction written by Foight; Dr. Heck’s obituary; a catalog of an exhibit held at St. Joseph’s University in 2013; the small stone mentioned previously; The Holy Scriptures published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints [Mormons], 1867; and a pamphlet by Lorenzo Snow,“The Voice of Joseph:  A Brief Account of the Rise, Progress, & Persecutions of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints …,” published in 1852.

“Christian Bibles” contains in one case St. Jerome’s Opera [Works], published in Venice; a single leaf from a Book of Hours, c.1450; and The Holy Bible published in London in 1639. The second case of Bibles exhibits 1770 Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae Iuxta Formam Missalis, Et Breviarii Romani … from 1707; a volume from 1884 opened to a colored illustration of “The Furniture of the Tabernacle;” an undated advertisement for Kilner’s Catholic Book Store, Philadelphia; and a Biblia Ad Vetustissima Exemplaria … published in Venice, 1579.

In “Sacred Texts of Judaism and Islam” are a large unrolled “Torah Scroll;” The Koran, London, 1734, opened to show its title page; and The Alcoran of Mahomet translated from Arabic to French and published in London in 1649.

Foight explains “Reform and Renewal”, “Demands articulated by the German Augustinian friar and professor at the University of Wittenberg, Martin Luther … helped to institute a complex reformation and counter-reformation …” Here one sees Sacro Sancti Et Oecumenici Concilii Tridentini …” published in 1577; a large book by Martin Luther published in Wittenberg, 1561, Der Siebëd Teil Der Buecher Des Ehrmwirdigen Herr Doctoris Mart. Lutheri …” opened to its title page; Carmina Tomus II by Jean Commire, published in Paris, 1715; and Corpus Iuris Canonici Emendatum Et Notis Illustratum published in Lugduni [Lyon], 1606, with an interesting illustration on its title page.

Detail of Iuris Canonici

Detail of Iuris Canonici

A small exhibit, but the variety of objects reflects the wide-ranging interests of Dr. Heck and provides a fitting memorial to this former Villanova professor. Foight says that the Heck collection is “already enriching the education of students and helping to foster a culture of inquiry and respect for different faith traditions.”

For information about Special Collections, contact Michael Foight at 610-519-5185 or Laura Bang at 610-519-6390.



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1917: The One Hundredth Anniversary of the Russian Revolution


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The “1917:  The One Hundredth Anniversary of the Russian Revolution” exhibit in one of the large windows separating the Library from Holy Grounds commemorates this world-changing event. Designed by Joanne Quinn, graphic designer and Communications and Marketing team leader, the exhibit was mounted by Kallie Stahl, team member.

In addition to a large “1917” sign flanked by two flags, the exhibit includes a  small collection of books about Russia, large snowflakes, two trees and a small bear, all set in a snowy background.

On the left is the large, colorful flag of Imperial Russia (from 1895-1917) with its intricate designs; on the right the flag of Soviet Russia, with a yellow sickle, hammer and star on a red background. Books, all drawn from Falvey’s collection, cover various topics such as art, the 1917 revolution and other history, and fiction, all related to Russia. This colorful exhibit serves as a precursor to a much larger exhibit which will be mounted in February.

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This exhibit is now closed, but the much larger Russian exhibit will soon arrive and will fill the various cases on the first floor.


Photographs by Alice Bampton, Communication and Marketing Dept.


Peek at the Week: Jan. 23-27

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Quote of the Week: 

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
-George Bernard Shaw

Welcome back, Wildcats!
2017 is in full swing, and it’s a chance for a #NewYearNewYou.
Or, a #NewYearSameYou, I guess, depending on how your last semester went.
(I’m practicing a #NewYearSimilarYouButALittleMoreProductiveInMyFreeTime.)


Maybe I’ll even try that healthy smoothie thing (photo from pixabay.com)

This week in the library:
Monday, January 23rd
-Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships (CURF) Information Table, First Floor Public Space, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 24th
-Food For Thought Discussion-VITAL, Room 206, 11:30-12:45 p.m.
-OUS: Pre-Law Advising Workshop, Room 205, 12:05-1:15 p.m.

Wednesday, January 25th,
-New Employee Orientation, Room 204, 8:30-12:15 p.m.
-Food For Thought Discussion-VITAL, Room 206, 11:30-12:45 p.m.
-Philosophy Job Talks, Room 205, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
-Abbey Theatre Summer Studio Information Session, Room 204, 4:30-530 p.m.

Thursday, January 26th,
-OUS: Pre-Law Advising Workshop, Room 205, 12:05-1:15 p.m.

Friday, January 27th,
-DARPA Seminar, Room 205, 10:00-4:00 p.m.


January 23rd to January 27th is national clean out your inbox week (my guess is it’s a whole week because they know that’s how long you’ll need). Because inboxes have the habit of turning emails into keepsakes or to-do lists, this week is a good catalyst to rid the excess information through sorting, but more importantly (for me, at least)—deleting.


In an attempt to avoid the electronic version of this (photo from flickr.com, Jen Gallardo)

Save the Date:
Monday, January 23rd
Last day for adding & dropping classes (!!!)

#FalveyPeek at the Week provided by Hunter Vay Houtzer, a graduate assistant on the Communications and Marketing Team at the Falvey Memorial Library. She is working toward an MA in Communication at Villanova University, and also on understanding how her new television works, with all of its new buttons. Send your thoughts/suggestions to Hunter at #falveypeek. See you next Monday for more!


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