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Rip Tide Results? Dr. Matthew Kerbel on the Election

Matthew KerbelTake an in-depth look at the 2010 election, only days after it happens. Matthew R. Kerbel, Ph.D., will speak about “the rip tide election” on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at 4:00 p.m. in the Falvey Memorial Library first floor lounge.

For the better part of a year, conservatives have been looking forward to the 2010 election with unbridled energy, hoping to regain control of Congress. Their energy and political involvement resulted in the nomination of a number of candidates with immoderate views whose questionable electoral prospects threatened to undermine the Republican wave — like a rip tide cuts against the current.

Did that wave develop? Was it diminished at all by the very activism that promised to make 2010 a banner year for Republicans? Two days after the 2010 election, we’ll assess the fallout by addressing what happened, why it happened, and what it all means for the future of politics and policy.

Dr. Kerbel is a professor in the political science department and the author of several books. His most recent book is Netroots: Online Progressives and the Transformation of American Politics (Paradigm Publishers, 2009).

This event is free and open to the public.


Marathon Community Reading Brings Saint Augustine to Life

Confessions Alive posterJoin the Confessions Alive! marathon reading of St. Augustine’s well-known work, hosted by Falvey Memorial Library, in partnership with the Villanova University Classical Studies Program, the Office for Mission and Ministry, and the Villanova Center for Liberal Education. The day-long public reading will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, in Falvey Memorial Library’s first floor lounge.

University President Rev. Peter Donohue, O.S.A., will commence the reading at 9 a.m. It will continue until midnight, with refreshments available to participants throughout the day.

“St. Augustine’s Confessions is a milestone in the history of autobiography.  It is a narrative, not just theology. Hearing it aloud is helpful,” explains Outreach librarian and theology professor Darren Poley.  “Events of this kind encourage people to understand great works of literature and truly do make ancient texts more accessible.”

Students and members of the University community may participate by reading a portion of the text aloud or just stopping in to listen. Additionally, a slide show of images and a reading guide created by the Classical Studies Program will be made available to assist participants in contextualizing the reading. (more…)


Voting and Election Quick Check

Find out about the parties, political movements and their platforms. Check these websites for an overview of information: Democratic Party, Republican Party, Green Party, Libertarian Party, Reform Party, Democratic Socialists of America and the Tea Party Movement.

Some websites and blogs will attempt to help you sort out the issues. For a sampling, check CQ Politics (maps, ratings, columns, blogs, videos), Politico.com (providing news and opinion on the 2010 elections), C-Span.org (cable TV supported live Congressional coverage and information), CNN Election Center Basics (Cable News Network election center information), CNN Politics – politicalticker (CNN latest posts and up-to-date midterm elections news), Smart Voter (unbiased election information from the League of Women Voters), Dave Leip’s election atlas (election information begun in the 1990s), and LegiStorm (blog and website reporting salary, trip, financial disclosure, foreign gifts and earmark information about senators and congressmen).

Campaign finance and election issues can be checked at websites like the Federal Election Commission (FEC) (administering and enforcing federal campaign finance laws), the Campaign finance reports and data (from the FEC) and American National Election Studies (ANES) (producing data about voting, public opinion and political participation for social scientists and students). (more…)


Visit Ireland: “Rambles, Sketches, Tours” in Special and Digital Collections


By Alice Bampton

Tour Ireland through the centuries with Laura Bang, Special and Digital Collections curatorial assistant, as your guide. This travel and tourism exhibit includes unique works from Falvey’s Joseph McGarrity Collection and can be viewed throughout the fall semester in Falvey Memorial Library and online through the Digital Library.

Because of her interest in travel writing, Laura “had a lot of fun doing the research” for her inaugural exhibit at Falvey. In fact, the exhibit was suggested as a possible project to Laura during her job interview.

“Rambles, Sketches, Tours” begins in two display cases on the first floor. In the first case we are introduced to the exhibit by the “Curator’s Welcome” and find three books on display: Francis Guy’s Tourists’ Handbook to Cork, Killarney and the Blackwater, 1890, opened to the title page and opposite an advertisement for the Imperial Hotel in Cork; John Gerard O’Leary, Ted Smart, and David Gibbon, Ireland, its Beauty and Splendor, 1979, which shows color illustrations of castles (interiors and exteriors), burial grounds  and a church; and Jane Barlow, Irish Ways, 1911, opened to show a color landscape. (more…)


Arab Voices: James Zogby Challenges Myths with Data

James Zogby

Falvey Memorial Library, in partnership with Villanova University’s Center for Arab & Islamic Studies and the political science department, announces a timely lecture on the myths and facts about the people of the Middle East. James J. Zogby, Ph.D., will speak at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25, 2010, in the Falvey Memorial Library first floor lounge.

Dr. Zogby is the president and co-founder of the Arab American Institute and a senior advisor with the international polling firm Zogby International. In the fall of 2009 and the spring of 2010, Zogby International conducted polls across a number of Arab countries. In his book, Arab Voices: What They’re Saying and Why It Matters, Dr. Zogby uses the results of these polls to topple stereotypes about the Middle East and its residents.

Marwan Kreidie, M.A., an adjunct professor in the political science department, comments, “James Zogby is the preeminent Arab-American activist in the United States. Not only is he active in trying to achieve civil rights and political inclusion for the approximately three million Americans of Arab descent, but he also is a keen observer of the Arab world. His book offers pragmatic and genuine insight into the thoughts of the Arab world, much misunderstood by the American public and policy makers.”

The lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Copies of Arab Voices will be available for purchase and signing by the author.


Research Strategy Sessions for Your Classes: Going Beyond Google

Course instructors, are you satisfied with the quality of the sources your students use for term papers and other research assignments? Tired of seeing references to Wikipedia?

Falvey librarians can show your students how to access and navigate the authoritative, information-rich resources available through the library website. Full text-journal articles, national and international newspapers (current and historical), statistical reports, handbooks and raw data sets: all these resources are literally at students’ fingertips. Unfortunately, many of our computer-savvy students, unaware that the library homepage is their gateway to these high quality sources, never find these valuable tools.

vu-student-research1Reveal a whole new universe beyond Wikipedia by scheduling a library instruction session for your students with a subject specialist librarian. If you do not know the name of your liaison librarian, check the list of librarian liaison teams, or contact Barbara Quintiliano, instructional design librarian. Sessions can be scheduled during a regular class period or at another convenient time.

You and your students are welcome to come to the Griffin Room on the first floor of the library for hands-on instruction, or librarians can do a demo in your classroom. Librarians are also available to prepare online course and topic guides as well as handouts to assist your students.

Give your students the edge they need. Contact your liaison librarian today!


Auschwitz and After: Bryn Mawr Professor Nicholas Patruno Speaks on Primo Levi

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Primo Levi

Each year, the Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Distinguished Speakers Series presents a lecture on Italian history and culture. This year’s lecture, on Jewish-Italian author and Auschwitz survivor Primo Levi, will be given by Nicholas Patruno, Ph.D., at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, in Falvey Memorial Library’s first floor lounge.

Dr. Patruno, professor emeritus in the department of Italian at Bryn Mawr College, was initially “surprised,” he says, when asked to write a book on Primo Levi. He took up the challenge, though, because he ranks Levi as “among the most important writers of post-World War II Italy and, internationally, among the most important writers of the 20th century.” (more…)


Voting FAQs

by Merrill Stein

usagov_logoSo many questions. Did I register? If I live in one state but go to school in another, where can I vote? Can I vote absentee? Who’s running for office in my state? What are the issues this year?

Begin at the beginning. Can you vote? Check Registering to Vote and Voting from USA.gov. This year’s slogan is “Get it Done Online, Not in Line.” Canivote.org is a nonpartisan web site created by state election officials to help eligible voters figure out how and where to vote. Careful, there are still one or two states that don’t allow registration by mail. Check with your state’s Secretary of State’s office or website for the voting requirements or your Student Government Association , campus Republicans or campus Democrats may have additional information. If you need an absentee ballot, check with the Federal Voting Assistance Program or check the Program’s state voting information.

Rock the Vote wants to help register you to vote and also build your political power. At declareyourself.com you can register to vote and volunteer in your community. (more…)


Marketing project on your horizon? Try eMarketer

“eMarketer is the best single source for research and statistics on all manner of online marketing. eMarketer employs a team of analysts that synthesize data and primary research from over 4000 sources including consulting firms, government agencies and academics.”

Linda Hauck’s Business Reference blog on eMarketer provides updated information on this new online product. Read Linda’s blog on a regular basis for the latest business information. Linda and other business liaison librarians serve the Villanova School of Business faculty and students.


Banned Books Hit Hollywood


Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

Carrie by Stephen King.

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.

Watchmen by Alan Moore.

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

Do you know what all of these books have in common? (more…)



Last Modified: October 4, 2010