Today’s focus: Room 205
An ideal forum for lectures, panels, workshops and group meetings is Falvey room 205. A much-sought-after space on the Library’s second floor, this multi-faceted room also functions as a social space for receptions and informal gatherings. Although room 205 is quiet and enclosed, it offers a view into the lively activity of the Learning Commons on the second floor.
Whether discussing issues with an intellectual property lawyer during Open Access Week at an event co-sponsored by the Office of Research and Graduate Programs, or exploring the theme, “The worship of the golden calf has returned” (Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel), faculty and staff prefer the versatility, comfort and location of room 205. Concerning the reason for the one event in Falvey 205, business librarian Linda Hauck says, “Open Access Week is a global event for inspiring the academic community to advance the open-access movement. Open access embraces two key complimentary ideas: scholarship should be freely available on the web, AND it should be free of permission barriers for legitimate uses.”
The other event mentioned was one of a three part series of conversations inspired by Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. A faculty panel in room 205 discussed whether a “throw-away culture” is promoted today because the socioeconomic system is unjust.
Another significant event that is held in 205 is something on which Falvey Memorial Library, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, and the Honors Program collaborate: the annual Falvey Scholars awards. This ceremony features presentations by undergraduate students whose scholarly research has earned them this honor, created to recognize outstanding senior theses or capstone projects from across the colleges of Villanova University. In 2015 Falvey Scholars was a part of the campus-wide undergraduate research exposition. These are just a few of the many notable events that have taken place in room 205.
When not in use by the Library as a meeting, reception or program space, Falvey 205 is an open student study area.
If you are interested in booking an event, or just more information about seminar room 205, please contact a member of Falvey’s Scholarly Outreach team, which manages this event space for the Library.
Check here each day this week for information on each of Falvey’s other event venues: including the Learning Commons Lounge, Speakers’ Corner and Room 204.