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Upcoming Workshops for Chicago-Style Footnotes and Bibliographies

9780226103891_p0_v2_s260x420Are you confused by the different formats required by Chicago-style for footnotes and bibliographies? Are you unsure about how and when to use “ibid.”? — Answers to your questions are just around the corner.
Come to Falvey Memorial Library for a quick introduction to Chicago-style rules for footnotes and bibliography. Sessions will be held in Falvey 207 in the second-floor Learning Commons. For more information, contact history liaison librarian Jutta Seibert (jutta.seibert@villanova.edu).

Tuesday, April 14: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 22: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


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Jutta Seibert

Information provided by Jutta Seibert, team leader for Academic Integration and subject librarian for history.


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Dig Deeper: Dr. Lisa Sewell and Impossible Object

SewellOn Tuesday, April 14 at 4:30 p.m., a Scholarship@Villanova lecture featuring Lisa Sewell, PhD, associate professor of English and co-director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will be held in room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library. Dr. Sewell will read from and discuss her newly published collection of poetry, Impossible Object, which won the first annual Tenth Gate prize. The Tenth Gate, named in honor of Jane Hirshfield, recognizes the wisdom and dedication of mid- and late-career poets. A book sale and signing will follow the lecture.

This event, sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Department of English, is free and open to the public.

To learn more about Dr. Sewell’s poetry, dig deeper into the links below, selected by Sarah Wingo, liaison librarian for English and theater.


Dig Deeper

Sewell’s work in Falvey’s Catalog: https://library.villanova.edu/Find/Author/Home?author=Sewell%2C+Lisa%2C+1960-

Audio via Poets.org:  http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/lisa-sewell

Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Faculty Spotlight highlights Dr. Sewell for winning the 2014 Tenth Gate prize for her poetry manuscript, Impossible Object:  http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/gws.html


Sarah WingoDig Deeper links selected by Sarah Wingo, team leader – Humanities II, subject librarian for English, literature and theatre.


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (4/13)

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TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

Philosophy Graduate Workshop. 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in room 204. Questions? Contact: john.immerwahr@villanova.edu

Food for Thought Discussion-VITAL. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in room 205. The discussions provide a forum for networking and exchanging ideas with colleagues from across the campus. Faculty are invited to bring their lunch. VITAL will provide dessert and beverages. Questions? Contact: gabriele.bauer@villanova.edu

Search, Capture, Done! Bibliographies Made Easy with Refworks! 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. in room 207. Are you still hand-copying references and typing bibliographies the old-fashioned way?   Here’s your chance to learn how to use the powerful citation management tool RefWorks. With just a couple of clicks, capture references from databases and search engines and then generate a bibliography in the style of your choice. Get subject search help too! Bring your laptop or Mac. Open to students, faculty, and staff. Questions? Contact: barbara.quintiliano@villanova.eduAdam-Bradley

Africana Studies: Ida B. Wells Lecture. 4:30 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner. The lecture is titled “Ralph Ellison Listens to Kendrick Lamar and Other Counterfactuals” given by Dr. Adam F. Bradley, associate professor of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder. A distinguished scholar of African American Literature, specializing in the work of Ralph Ellison, Professor Bradley is also a nationally recognized scholar of Hip Hop and Cultural Studies. Most recently, he collaborated with rapper and actor, Common, on his memoir, One Day It’ll All Make Sense. Questions? Contact: joyce.harden@villanova.edu


SAVE THE DATE…

Tomorrow! Scholarship@Villanova. 4:30 p.m. in room 205. Scholarship@Villanova lecture featuring Lisa Sewell, PhD,associate professor of English and co-director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Dr. Sewell will read from and discuss her newly published collection of poetry, Impossible Object, which won the first annual Tenth Gate prize. The Tenth Gate, named in honor of Jane Hirshfield, recognizes the wisdom and dedication of mid- and late-career poets. A book sale and signing will follow the lecture.


WE’RE EVIDENTLY NOT THE ONLY LIBRARY WITH A ‘DRONE SERVICE’ 

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Proving that laughter is the international language, we heard from another library from almost halfway around the world that tried to pull the same April Fool’s Day trick on their patrons that we did! The Stadtbibliothek Koln – the City Library in Cologne, Germany, shared their announcement of their new, exciting drone delivery system via this YouTube video. And in the amazing way that only a world with an internet can do, the kind librarians there shared it with us in our comments section as well.  

Gerald Dierkes, senior copy editor on Falvey’s Communication & Service Promotion team and the author of our clever drone piece, was quick to reply to the Germans after viewing their video, stating, “Thank you for your comment and for providing the link for your wonderful video. Your six-propeller drone is impressive, a more capable aircraft than our quad-copters. And you’ve developed a clever name: Library Air Transportation Express (aka LAT-EX). The best part, though, is seeing LAT-EX in action. Also, the item delivered—Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines with the inimitable Terry-Thomas and the unique Red Skelton—was ideal for your video. Congratulations on your achievement!


I DON’T KNOW IF YOU KNEW THIS, BUT WE TWEET!

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travel writingTHAT NEW BOOK SMELL: NEW HOLDINGS AT FALVEY

According to the author, Paul Smethurst, in his book Travel writing and the natural world, 1768-1840, “academic discourse on the subject [of the natural world] has been dominated by romantic ideas of wilderness, new primitivisms, and philosophical approaches to the concept of nature.”  Smethurst examines the height of travel writing about the natural world from 1768-1840 and how its practice turned “nature into a detached and abstract space.”


QUOTE OF THE DAY
“It’s in vain, Trot, to recall the past, unless it works some influence upon the present.” – David Copperfield by Charles Dickens


FORGET YESTERDAY AND HAVE A GREAT TODAY!

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‘Caturday: Poets, Then and Now

Five years ago Christine Simmons, ’10, then editor-in-chief of Arthology, presented the newest issue of Villanova’s student literary-art magazine at Falvey’s Open Mic Poetry Reading. This link will take you to the full blog article that mentions other poets and artists, including the Senior Class Poet of 2010, Emily Southerton, whose work was published in Arthology.

I wonder who will be featured this year at the Open Mic event on April 22.

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Christine Simmons, ’10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


LuisaCywinski_headshot thumbnail‘Caturday feature by Luisa Cywinski, writer, Communication & Service Promotion team, and team leader, Access Services.


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (4/10)

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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

Theology Department Meeting. 12:30 – 2:30 p.m in room 205. Questions? Contact: karen.cunningham@villanova.edu

Competitive Effectiveness Citation Review Session. 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in room 204. Questions? Contact: Linda.hauck@villanova.edu

Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club (VEEC) Regular Group Meeting. The VEEC is a social club, focused on recreation and relaxation. Participants gather once a week on (most) Fridays to play video games in a safe and fun environment. 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the first-floor lounge (Holy Grounds). Always accepting new members. Questions? Contact: laura.matthews@villanova.edu


SAVE THE DATE…

Scholarship@Villanova lecture featuring Lisa Sewell, PhD,associate professor of English and co-director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Tuesday, April 14 at 4:30 p.m. in room 205. Dr. Sewell will read from and discuss her newly published collection of poetry, Impossible Object, which won the first annual Tenth Gate prize. The Tenth Gate, named in honor of Jane Hirshfield, recognizes the wisdom and dedication of mid- and late-career poets. A book sale and signing will follow the lecture.


NOM NOM NOM!
The first of two lightning rounds of #NomNomNomatology has begun! The final four are duking it out. Be sure to vote for the winningest foods in some intensely delicious match-ups right here, or vote in person at the front desk in Falvey!
NOMNOMNOMATOLOGY

 


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THAT NEW BOOK SMELL: NEW HOLDINGS AT FALVEY

unlikely entrepreneursThe excerpt below best represents the “major issues in the history of medicine, women’s history, and immigration history” addressed in Unlikely Entrepreneurs by Barbra Mann Wall.

“In 1877, Sister Lidwina Butler sat in the dimly lit steerage compartment of a trans-Atlantic sailing vessel, her thoughts no doubt shifting between the Ireland she left behind and the New World she would soon embrace. Few in this last great wave of Irish immigrants could have foreseen that this youthful nun would one day become the administrator of a major Catholic hospital.”


QUOTE OF THE DAY
“It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” – The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (4/9)

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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

Search, Capture, Done!  Bibliographies Made Easy with Zotero! 4:00- 4:45 p.m. in room 207. Here’s your chance to learn how to use the powerful citation management tool Zotero. With just a couple of clicks, capture references from databases and search engines and then generate a bibliography in the style of your choice. Get subject search help too! Bring your laptop or Mac. Open to students, faculty, and staff. Questions? Contact: barbara.quintiliano@villanova.edu

Irish Studies Conversation Circle. 6:30-8:30 p.m. in room 204. Questions? Contact Jerry Sweeney: tighdon@gmail.com


SAVE THE DATE…

Outstanding Faculty Research Award Lecture featuring Giorgi Japaridze, PhD. Tuesday, April 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the Reading Room. Dr. Japaridze will discuss the extensive research that led him to win the coveted Outstanding Faculty Research Award in 2015. Tailored for a general audience, Dr. Japaridze’s talk “Computability, Logic, and Computability Logic” will give an overview of the new line of research introduced by the speaker several years ago, named “Computability Logic.” In the same sense that traditional logic is about providing a systematic answer to the question “What is (always) true?” Computability Logic is about providing a systematic answer to the more general question “What can (always) be computed and how?” This is a long-term program for rebuilding logic into a comprehensive formal theory of computability. Light refreshments will be served.

Scholarship@Villanova lecture featuring Lisa Sewell: Tuesday, April 14 at 4:30 p.m. in room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library. Lisa Sewell, PhD, associate professor of English and co-director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will read from and discuss her newly published collection of poetry, Impossible Object, which won the first annual Tenth Gate prize. The Tenth Gate, named in honor of Jane Hirshfield, recognizes the wisdom and dedication of mid- and late-career poets. A book sale and signing will follow the lecture.


APPLE WATCH GETS A RELEASE DATE
The Apple Watch will be released on April 24. The cheapest model will run you $350. Are you going to be part of the wearable tech revolution? Maybe interest will explode when they finally look like the concept art (I repeat: concept art! Not real!) below.

Concept art via Jivaldi

Concept art via Jivaldi


NOM NOM NOM!
The first of two lightning rounds of #NomNomNomatology has begun! The final four are duking it out. Be sure to vote for the winningest foods in some intensely delicious match-ups right here, or vote in person at the front desk in Falvey!
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THAT NEW BOOK SMELL: NEW HOLDINGS AT FALVEY

photograph as contemporary artThe new edition (2014) of The Photograph as Contemporary Art has a revised “introduction outlining the evolution of photography from documentary tool to art form” and an updated chapter that focuses on younger artists who  “employ [contemporary art photography] as part of a wider pan-media practice.”

 

 

 


QUOTE OF THE DAY
“But the cloud never comes in that quarter of the horizon from which we watch for it.” – North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell


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Nomnomnomatology: Final Four Food Fight

This week, our battles shift into high gear with our first lightning round. Final Four voting will close Thursday afternoon, so get your votes in quick! And don’t forget that over the weekend, you’ll be determining our ultimate Chompion.

It’s anyone’s game, really, now that we’re down to the cream of the crop, and we have two matches to call.

450px-Stephen_Colbert_presents_Stephen_Colbert's_Americone_DreamBrownies vs. Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream
It’s so close to summer that Ben and Jerry’s is certainly coming in with, well, frozenness in its favor. Even if it’s not hot, the air is starting to smell like summer vacation, and where’s there’s summer, there’s ice cream. While I’d love to say “scoop some ice cream onto the brownie” and call it a win for both, the world just doesn’t work that way. Sorry, brownies—ice cream is going to win this one.

512px-BK-French-FriesFrench Fries vs. Reese’s Cups
Fries have been showing up consistently, week after week, as one of the highest-tallying foods. Are Reese’s Cups amazing? Yes. But this just isn’t their week. I hold fast to the prediction that Fries are going to take all this year.

Frankly, let’s dip the fries in the ice cream, put the ice cream on the brownies, and crumble the Reese’s on top. Now that’s a Super Bowl Sundae!

…Oops. Wrong sport.

Is your stomach rumbling yet? Be sure to vote for our championship game teams online or at the circulation desk in Falvey. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more #nomnomnomatology action.


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (4/8)

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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

Think Tank Meeting. 12:00 – 1:00 p.m in room 204. Falvey Think Tank is an informal group to facilitate discussion, idea-sharing, and play. This group normally meets from 12:30-1:30pm on the second Wednesday of each month. Please feel free to bring along your lunch and we’ll provide snacks! You do not need to attend the whole hour or come every month — feel free to drop in and out as your schedule permits. Questions? Contact: laura.bang@villanova.edu

From EndNote to Zotero Workshops. 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in room 204. This workshop will show you how to move your citation library from EndNote to Zotero painlessly and how to find all your old favorite features including merging duplicate records, creating a citation from just a PDF, and inserting citations into a Word document or other work. Bring your own laptop to work along or take home instructions for later. Open to faculty, staff, and students of any level. Questions? Contact:  Robin.Bowles@Villanova.edu

APA Demystified. 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. in room 207. Come learn the basics of citing all types of documents: books, journal articles, and websites. Bring your laptop or Mac and get ready to show APA who’s boss! Open to students, faculty, and staff. Questions? Contact: barbara.quintiliano@villanova.edu


SAVE THE DATE…

Earth Day 2015: Panel Discussion on Sustainable Solutions. Thursday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. in Speakers’ Corner. Panelists who have devoted their careers to some aspect of sustainability will discuss their work. The challenges and opportunities of working daily to address environmental issues will be discussed. Questions and discussion between panelists and the audience are encouraged. A light continental breakfast will be provided.

Scholarship@Villanova lecture featuring Lisa Sewell: Tuesday, April 14 at 4:30 p.m. in room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library. Lisa Sewell, PhD, associate professor of English and co-director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will read from and discuss her newly published collection of poetry, Impossible Object, which won the first annual Tenth Gate prize. The Tenth Gate, named in honor of Jane Hirshfield, recognizes the wisdom and dedication of mid- and late-career poets. A book sale and signing will follow the lecture.


ACADEMIC NOTE…

Giorgi Japaridze is Recipient of 2015 Outstanding Faculty Research Award

Giorgi Japaridze, PhD, a professor of Computing Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been selected as the recipient of its 2015 Outstanding Faculty Research Award for his scholarship in logic and computer science. The award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates the highest standards of excellence in research, scholarship and contributions to their field. The Outstanding Faculty Research Award will be formally conferred at the University’s May 15 Commencement ceremony. In addition, Dr. Japaridze will speak about his research in a public talk at 2 p.m., April 21 in the Falvey Memorial Library Reading Room on campus. The talk is co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Office of Research and Graduate Programs.

http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/media/pressreleases/2015/0330.html


USE DO NOT DISTURB ON YOUR iPHONE WHEN STUDYING
do-not-disturb-signiOS 6’s new Do Not Disturb feature can be a great help when you’re trying to hunker down and get some work done. You can set it up manually, and all calls and messages are suppressed until you turn it off. But if there’s certain people that you want to be able to get through to you no matter what, you can set up a VIP list (bae, Grandma, your subject librarian, Justin Timberlake, etc.) Simply tap the “Allow Calls From” to allow incoming calls from those you choose. There’s also a “Repeated Calls” setting that allows through anyone who calls you twice within a three minute span – this can cover emergencies situations. For more info, click here. Have you tried it yet? What uses can you think of?


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THAT NEW BOOK SMELL: NEW HOLDINGS AT FALVEY

classical science fictionWhat do Frankenstein and Oedipus Rex have in common with Battlestar Gallactica and The Hunger Games? Read one or more of the fourteen essays in Classical Traditions in Science Fiction to find out how “science fiction, the genre that is perhaps the most characteristic of the modern world, draws deeply on ancient Greek and Roman mythology, literature, history, and art.”

 


POEM OF THE DAY
If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking – Emily Dickinson

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (4/7)

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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

Competitive Effectiveness Citation Review Session. Room 204. 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Questions? Contact: Linda.hauck@villanova.edu


SAVE THE DATE…

2015 Open Mic Poetry Reading & Arthology Celebration. Wednesday, April 22. 12:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner. Class of 2015 Creative Writing Contestants, other students and members of the University community will share original work and favorite poems, ranging from the humorous to the thought-provoking to the sublime. This event will also feature the release party of Arthology, one of Villanova University’s student art-literary magazines, which will be available to students for free.


ACADEMIC NOTE…

Giorgi Japaridze is Recipient of 2015 Outstanding Faculty Research Award

Giorgi Japaridze, PhD, a professor of Computing Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been selected as the recipient of its 2015 Outstanding Faculty Research Award for his scholarship in logic and computer science. The award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates the highest standards of excellence in research, scholarship and contributions to their field. The Outstanding Faculty Research Award will be formally conferred at the University’s May 15 Commencement ceremony. In addition, Dr. Japaridze will speak about his research in a public talk at 2 p.m., April 21 in the Falvey Memorial Library Reading Room on campus. The talk is co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Office of Research and Graduate Programs.

http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/media/pressreleases/2015/0330.html

 


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NOM NOM NOM!
The Elite Eight of #NomNomNomatology have been chosen! Be sure to vote for the winningest foods in some intensely delicious match-ups right here, or vote in person at the front desk in Falvey!
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POEM OF THE DAY
April is Poetry Month. Check in daily for new verse!

“Hope” is the thing with feathers – (314) by Emily Dickinson

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –

And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –

I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.


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“I Am the Resurrection and the Life” (John 11:25): An Easter Celebration from Special Collections

Laura Bang

Laura Bang

“I Am the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25): An Easter Celebration from Special Collections” is a broadly based exhibit that appeals to viewers on several levels, intellectual and visual. Designed by Laura Bang, Special and Digital Collections curatorial assistant, and mounted by Bang; Michael Foight, Special and Digital Collections coordinator; and Allison Dolbier, intern, the exhibit will remain on display until the end of April. Joanne Quinn, Falvey’s graphic designer, created posters and other graphics for this exhibit.

In her introduction to the exhibit Bang says, “Easter is considered by many to be the most important observance of the Christian year. … This exhibit highlights some of the materials in Falvey Memorial Library’s Special Collections that pertain to Easter and spring celebrations.” In the same tall vertical case as Bang’s introduction are two books, Easter Garland by Priscilla Sawyer Lord and The Easter Book of Legends and Stories edited by Alice Isabel Hazeltine, Elva Sophronia Smith and Pamela Bianco.

Easter Garland is open to display two poems. The other book shows a photograph of a young boy dying Easter eggs, and on the opposite page is an article, “Foods of the Easter Season.” At the bottom of this case, a large book, Festivals & Rituals of Spain by Cristina Garcia Rodero and José Manuel Caballero Bonald, is open to a double-page spread, a colorful photograph of purple-robed men wearing tall pointed hats and playing very long horns, part of a Holy Week celebration.

In the adjacent case are four books: The Temple: Sacred Poems & Private Ejaculations, Little Pollys Pomes [sic], Christmas-eve and Easter-day and The Villanova Monthly (1893). The Temple … by George Herbert, a seventeenth century poet, is open to show “Easter Wings,” an example of concrete poetry in which the text forms a shape which is “as important an element as the verses themselves” (Bang). Little Pollys Pomes, written by T. A. Daly in a child’s voice, shows Polly’s poem, “Easter.” Christmas-eve and Easter-day by Robert Browning and The Villanova Monthly both display Easter poems; “He Is Risen” in The Villanova Monthly was written by R. A. G., a Villanova student.

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The Girl’s Own Paper

Popular culture is presented in the next case with issues of Golden Days (1880), The Girl’s Own Paper (March 26, 1898) and The Chicago Ledger (April 9, 1910) each displaying articles and/or poems relating to Easter.

Religious works are shown in the next three cases. In one case are a Biblia Sacra Polyglotta and a Missale Romanum. The large Biblia Sacra Polyglotta, published c.1800, is open to Luke 23-24, the verses telling of Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection. Bang explains, “A polyglot book displays side-by-side blocks of the same text in several languages. This edition contains text in Greek, English, Hebrew, Latin Vulgate, German, French, Italian and Old Spanish.”

Missale Romanum (Roman Missal)

Missale Romanum (Roman Missal)

An equally large Missale Romanum (Roman Missal), printed in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1773 is in the same case. A Roman Missal is a liturgical book containing the texts used in the celebration of the Roman Catholic Mass. This Missale Romanum is open to pages showing on the left an illustration of the Resurrection and on the right the text for Easter Sunday (Resurrection Day) Mass.

Displayed alone in the next case is a large volume, an open Biblia Latina. The original Biblia Latina, more commonly called the Gutenberg Bible, was printed by Johannes Gutenberg in Mainz, Germany, in the 1450s using movable type, the first important book printed this way. It began the age of printed books; only 48 copies or partial copies of the Gutenberg Bible survive.

The Biblia Latina shown here is a facsimile, one of only 1,000 copies printed in the United States in 1961. This facsimile is open to the beginning of the book of Acts “which describes Jesus’ appearance to the Apostles after his Resurrection …” (Bang). Although the Bible is printed, its colorful decorations continue the tradition of hand-illuminated manuscripts and the colorful decorations on the right-hand page are truly spectacular.

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Book of Kells, Christ in Majesty

Three books occupy the final case in this Easter exhibit. Most impressive both in size and illustrations is the Evangelorum Quattuor Codex Cenannensis, the Book of Kells, a facsimile printed in 1950. The original Book of Kells was probably written and decorated c.800 at a monastery at Kells, Ireland. Today it is housed in the library of Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. The Book of Kells, a Hiberno-Saxon manuscript richly illuminated on vellum (calf skin), contains the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. It was likely intended to be used at the altar of the monastic church. Special Collections’ facsimile is opened to show two of the many illustrations, a Christ in Majesty framed in elaborate Celtic interlace and a cross carpet page. Cross carpet pages are full-page cross designs without text; this one incorporates eight circles and is filled with Celtic interlace. These two pages are part of the Gospel of St. Matthew.

A much smaller book, The Christian Year: Thoughts in Verse for the Sundays and Holydays Throughout the Year by John Keble, published in 1874, is open to display a sepia-colored Crucifixion on the left and “Good Friday,” a poem on the right. Kehle was a poet and churchman. The third book, by Pacificus Baker, The Lenten Monitor. Of Moral Reflections and Devout Aspirations On the Gospels: For Each Day From Ash-Wednesday to Easter Sunday, is open to “At Blessing of the Palms” and “Reflection.” Baker was an eighteenth century English Minorite friar; this volume was published in 1834.

After a long, bitter cold winter, this exhibit welcomes the Easter season, the beginning of spring. On display are works both sacred and secular. It is an exhibit worth viewing and contemplating.


imagesArticle and photographs by Alice Bampton, digital image specialist and senior writer on the Communication and Service Promotion team. 


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