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Oct. 31 Harry Potter Reading Cancelled; Costume Contest Postponed

Due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the Villanova community, the Harry Potter costume contest scheduled for this Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Library is POSTPONED until next Wednesday, November 7th at 5pm. All members of the Villanova community are invited to participate in next Wednesday’s weekly reading and costume contest to enjoy fun, refreshments and seasonal butterbeer! The winning Harry Potter themed costume contestant will win an iPod Shuffle!

Additionally, tomorrow’s weekly Harry Potter live reading event will be cancelled. Please join us next week on Nov. 7  as we continue to work our way through all seven Potter books, read out loud, from cover to cover!


Looking for an Ethics Paper Topic?

Marijuana. Fracking. The Occupy Movement.

The Library’s online resource Opposing Viewpoints Resources in Context is a great place to start your ethics research.  Opposing Viewpoints provides an overview of both sides of numerous ethical issues through viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, website links, geographic maps and full-text magazine and newspaper articles. Read more on Rob LeBlanc’s recent blog.


Alert: University Closed Due to Hurricane Sandy – Check Here for Library Updates

UPDATE – October 30:

Thanks to the willingness of emergency library staff, the library will open (Oct. 30 ) from 5:00 p.m. to Midnight. Limited services will be available. The 24-hour lounge is open if you need a place to study until we officially open at 5:00 p.m.  Be careful getting around campus!

Ward Barnes, Sarah Gross‎, Jeffrey R Stevens, Bridget Kiley, Grant Hoffman, Kristen Hallowell and Brianna Healy all volunteered to help out!

Our appreciation goes to University Public Safety, Facilities, Food Service, and Custodial crews for keeping the campus safe and comfortable for Villanova students!


October 28:

Due to the forecast calling for tropical storm or hurricane conditions, the University has made the decision to close on Monday, Oct. 29, and Tuesday, Oct. 30.

The library and overnight study lounge will remain closed. Should we decide to offer limited hours on Tuesday night, you will see that information on this blog. Keep checking back for updates.

Please call our service desk at 610-519-4270 to verify that we are open before traveling to the library.

Villanova University Press Release


Postponed: Othello’s iPad: Lauren Shohet, PhD, is this Year’s First Scholarship@Villanova Speaker

This Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 4:15 p.m. Lauren Shohet, PhD, will deliver a lecture entitled “Othello’s iPad: Editing, Adapting, Translating.” The lecture will focus on Dr. Shohet’s work on Othello in a variety of exciting contexts, including her recent task editing the play for an iPad app. Dr. Shohet is the Luckow Family Endowed Chair and professor of literature in Villanova University’s Department of English.

The event is part of the Scholarship@Villanova series, a string of lectures highlighting bold publications and research from distinguished faculty members at Villanova University. The Library will host five more Scholarship@Villanova events before the end of the academic year.

Dr. Shohet truly works on the cutting edge of her field. Focusing on topics of adaptation, materiality and the digital humanities, she often examines the relationship between form and history. These are subjects of particular relevance to Dr. Shohet, as a scholar of Shakespeare and Milton who often works in a digital context.

But the lecture will focus on more than just the digital; it will also examine Othello in translation, as a common component of high school curricula, and in the context of some of its adaptations from around the world. The lecture will illuminate the many lives of this classic play, and is sure to inspire conversation. The audience will even be invited to play with the materials Dr. Shohet helped develop for the Othello iPad app.

The event will be held in the Speaker’s Corner on the first floor of Falvey Memorial Library, and in the tradition of previous Scholarship@Villanova events, it is free and open to the public. 


Postponed: Join A Marathon Reading of the Divine Comedy on Oct. 30

You would be hard-pressed to find a more fitting way to celebrate October 30, known as Devil’s Day in some parts of the country, than spending it at the Falvey marathon reading of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Dante’s epic poem provides an allegorical journey of himself, as a pilgrim, traveling through hell, purgatory and heaven, where he finally meets God face to face.

All Villanova University students, staff and faculty are invited to come and read one of the Cantos from the Inferno, Purgatorio or Paradiso, beginning at 10 a.m. in the library first floor lounge. You may read in either English or Italian!

This year’s Villanova University community marathon reading focuses on all things Italian. Sponsored by the Italian Club, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, the Villanova Center for Liberal Education (VCLE), the Office for Mission and Ministry, the Department of Humanities, the Classical Studies program and the Library, the marathon reading is the brainchild of Romance Languages Assistant Professor Diane Biunno, PhD, and Special Collections and Digital Library Coordinator Michael Foight.

The “l’avventura Dantesca” is sure to be divertente!

University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 A&S, will begin the event, reading the first of the Cantos at 10 a.m. in the first floor lounge. Dr. Biunno and Foight, along with Marylu Hill, PhD, VCLE director, anticipate that the reading will continue until midnight. Depending what time of day you stop by, you will be regaled with a colazione, pranzo or cena of Italian-themed delizioso treats! (more…)


Dr. Richard Alba on Immigration and the Italian-American Experience, This Year’s Mannella Distinguished Speaker

On Thursday, Oct. 25, at 2:00 p.m., Richard Alba, PhD, will deliver a lecture as part of the Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Distinguished Speaker Series. Dr.  Alba is a professor of sociology at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. His lecture, entitled “Why Italian Americans Matter for Today’s Immigration,” will describe how the United States is once again in an era of mass immigration, wherein many Americans are worried about the impact of new groups on American society.

Dr. Alba will also discuss his ideas about how the Italian-American experience can provide a valuable perspective for thinking about the future of the United States and how best to integrate the new waves of children from immigrant families.

The Mannella Lecture Series began in 1996 and is made possible by the generosity of Villanova University alumnus Alfred S. Mannella, who named the series after his parents. The events in the series focus on scholarship surrounding Italian-American history, culture and the immigrant experience. This year’s talk will be held in the Speakers’ Corner on the first floor of Falvey Memorial Library. Just as with past Mannella lectures, this event is free and open to everyone, including the general public.

About the Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Distinguished Speakers Series:

The generosity of Villanova University alumnus Alfred S. Mannella ’58 VSB, has made it possible for Falvey Memorial Library to sponsor a series of annual events, focusing on scholarship about Italian-American history, culture and the immigrant experience. The endowed lecture series is named for his parents, Alfred F. and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella.

Mr. Mannella’s generous support also provides funds for the Library to acquire books on the Italian-American community and its heritage, a topic close to his heart. It is Mr. Mannella’s hope that his gifts will inspire other Villanova alumni to give to the development of library programming and collections.


Harry Potter Is Moving!

The Harry Potter marathon reading time slot, that is….

To better accommodate the schedules of our frequent readers and audience members, the weekly Harry Potter reading at Falvey Memorial Library will be moving to 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Please join us for our new, early hours!

A public reading of all seven Harry potter books is taking place every Wednesday this semester from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Join us this coming Wednesday, 10/24, as we continue our open-mic reading of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire!

Also, please join us for the Harry Potter Costume Contest on Wednesday Oct. 31 Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m! Library judges will award the guest with the best Harry Potter Themed Costume. The grand prize is a brand new iPod shuffle!!

For more information please contact Rob LeBlanc, First Year Experience & Ethics Librarian.


Wanted: Website Testing Volunteers

Would you like to improve your Library and at the same time receive a gift? We need students who would like to participate in website usability testing. Just 30 minutes of your time will help us improve the library’s website. Volunteers who participated in the usability testing this spring enjoyed the experience. You will receive a set of three mini clip-on flash drives with 4 GB of memory as a thank you gift. Please contact Melanie Wood if you are interested.



RefWorks in 30 minutes: Never type your references again!

Got 30 minutes? Learn how RefWorks can organize your references and then produce your bibliography in a snap – and in any of the major citation documentation styles.  Participants should bring their own laptops (PC or Mac).  Students, staff and faculty welcome. Sign up for any of the following 30-minute sessions.

BE SURE TO BRING YOUR LAPTOP! Sign-up contact: Barbara Quintiliano

Location:  Learning Commons, 2nd floor, Falvey

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 4pm – Rm 204
  • Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 4pm –Rm 205 [Note room change]
  • Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 4pm – Rm 204
  • Wednesday, November  14, 2012, 4pm – Rm 204



10/23: Experts Offer Insight on What Really Matters for the Election

This Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 2:30 p.m., Falvey Memorial Library will host the first of two events centered on the 2012 US Presidential Election. Two Political Science professors from the University will cover the particulars of this year’s election along with some relevant trends from elections past.

The event will give students and community members a chance to consider some of the more nuanced characteristics of the 2012 race and to participate in a political discourse, which is especially important here in one of the most hotly contested regions of this year’s election.

Matt Kerbel, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, will deliver the first lecture, entitled “Understanding the 2012 Election: What’s Likely to Happen in Two Weeks?” He will discuss how—after a long primary campaign, two national conventions and four debates—the 2012 presidential election is about to be decided as voters go to the polls and how control of the Senate and possibly the House of Representatives is also at stake.

Dr. Kerbel will examine how the race stands at the moment and describe what we can expect to happen on Election Day.

Immediately following, David Barrett, PhD, professor, Department of Political Science, will talk about “Some Lessons from Political Science about Presidential Elections.” He will provide insight on what political science can reveal about candidates, campaigns and elections, and will also elaborate on how many of the colorful details of campaigns are rather predictable and have minimal influence on the outcome.

Dr. Barrett’s talk will focus on instances in which particular debates or other events did seem to shape the outcome on Election Day in prior years and speculate on which events, if any, seem to have mattered so far in the current election cycle.

The event begins at 2:30 pm and will take place in Speakers’ Corner, on the library’s first floor.

Barrett photograph by Jen Cywinski ’10 A&S


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Last Modified: October 21, 2012