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Africa in the 1960s: Visiting scholars share first-person perspective

By Alexandra Edwards

Falvey Memorial Library is excited to announce a lecture by visiting scholars Ambassador Thomas Melady, PhD, and Margaret Badum Melady, PhD. Ambassador and Dr. Melady will discuss their recently published book, Ten African Heroes: the Sweep of Independence in Black Africa, on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. in the library first floor lounge.

The book documents the authors’ own experiences of a turbulent time in African history when 10 men chose a non-violent approach as a means of creating change and seeking independence. In particular, it emphasizes the role that Christianity played in the actions of the men.

This isn’t Ambassador Melady’s  first visit to the University; on May 16, 1966, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate during Commencement.

Since then, he served as an American ambassador under three presidents and as a sub-cabinet officer for a fourth, and remains active in foreign affairs and international relations. He was appointed Ambassador to Burundi in 1969, Senior Advisor to the U.S. delegation to the UN General Assembly in 1970, and Ambassador to Uganda from 1972 to 1973. In 1989 he was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Holy See. Since 2002, he is Senior Diplomat in residence at The Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Margaret Badum Melady served as president of The American University of Rome from 1997 to 2003. Dr. Melady is a former member of the faculties of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Conn., and the State University of New York in Oswego. She was the first woman promoted to an executive position in public affairs at Stauffer Chemical Company, where she worked in both public relations and governmental affairs. Her most current position is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Catholic Distance University.

This event is free and open to the public. A book sale and signing will follow the presentation.

Newspaper image: The Villanovan, Vol. 41. No. 23, June 24, 1966, courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library


Falvey Memorial Library Presents “Get It For You” – A Music Video

After months of planning and preparation, including a search for the finest talent Villanova has to offer, we are proud to present a music video that celebrates the library’s service and commitment to the future.

Please join us in congratulating the students, staff and faculty who fearlessly contributed their energy to the project. Our special thanks go to Jeffrey Eisenberg, Outreach intern, whose considerable knowledge about video production was invaluable.

The video also features a special guest, Big Planzz, our renovation project “mascot.”  Don’t forget to attend the Library Open House on Sept. 13 & 14 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and see the Big Planzz for yourself!


“Contested Space in the Holy Land” is Topic of World Religions Day

To highlight World Religions Day and the related events taking place on campus on Tuesday, Sept. 13, Joanne Quinn, design specialist, created a display on the kiosk near the library entrance.

The exhibit, which will continue into October, features an Israeli flag, a number of books about the “Contested Space in the Holy Land” and small “walls” with designs and captions.

Posters advertise an information fair—11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m in the Connelly Center’s atrium (on the ground floor); a lecture titled “What Israelis and Palestinians Are Saying” presented by J.A. Hull, a 2011 Villanova graduate; and Frank Galgano, PhD’s discussion: “Contested Space in the Holy Land.”

Dr. Galgano is an associate professor and chair of Villanova University’s Department of Geography and the Environment. Hull’s presentation will be at 3 p.m. in the Library; Dr. Galgano’s will be at 4:00 p.m. in the Connelly Center’s cinema.

Contributed by Alice Bampton and Gerald Dierkes


Win an iPad, a Kindle or a Nook! Free USB thumb drives too. Come to our Open House on Sept. 13 & 14

Tuesday & Wednesday, Sept. 13 & 14,  from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.  Grab some cookies, pens and other free stuff. USB thumb drive give-aways each day to the first 100 students.

Visit the petting zoo and play with the iPad, Kindle and Nook. Then enter your name in the drawing to win one! (You must be a registered VU student.)

Last year Emily Jennings, Estefania Espinoza and Matthew Rinaldi were the grand prize winners at the Falvey Open House.

Graphic Design by Joanne Quinn



Renovation Review: New Web Page Unveiled

In order to give readers a comprehensive view of the Library renovations, we have created a dedicated Renovation News web page that will be periodically updated with new photos and videos of our progress. An exhibit will also be mounted in the first floor glass cases near the entrance showing a time line and giving information on planned phases of construction.


Renovation Review: Cranes & Elevators

If you’ve been following our renovation updates, then you know that the second floor of the Library has been completely gutted in the space of one week. Marble slabs were removed, walls were disassembled, and the elevator was blocked off to keep curiosity at bay (and our patrons safe). Now begins new construction – wiring, plumbing, lighting and ventilation – cranes will lift the building materials from the loading dock and through a second floor window. We ask that patrons stay clear of the second floor stairwell doors and be aware that delays might be experienced when using the elevator.

And don’t forget, the books that were once housed on the second floor can be found in Falvey West, which patrons can enter from the first floor near the print center. Feel free to ask for help at the front desk!

Photo by Alice Bampton


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