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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (10/29)


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

Scholarship@Villanova Lecture featuring Rodger Van Allen, PhD. Wednesday, November 4 at 3:00 p.m. in room 205. Dr. Van Allen will discuss “The Call to Holy Worldliness,” a fundamental theme in his teaching and research. This event is more than a Scholarship@Villanova lecture. It is a farewell to Dr. Van Allen and a celebration of his many decades of service here at Villanova. You will not want to miss this unique presentation. ACS approved!


eating earthNEW MEDIA NEWS

Published this year, Eating earth: environmental ethics and dietary choice is authored by philosopher-activitist Lisa Kemmerer, who wrote the book for “environmentalists and animal activists.” The book features “detailed figures, summary slides, and a touch of wry humor [and] exposes the weighty – oftentimes astonishing and downright infuriating – environmental effects of hunting, fishing, and animal agriculture.”

Did you know—FL - fourth-floor window

Planners who designed our Library did not intend to have windows in Falvey’s fourth-floor wall adjacent to Falvey Hall because the view would be dominated by Falvey Hall’s roof. But the glass was less expensive than bricks, so windows were installed.









Did Hoops Mania whet your appetite for a li’l bit of bracketology? No need to wait until March! The folks at The Daily Dot, an online journal that covers life in cyberspace, has been playing Monster Match in which readers cast votes for their favorite horror movie in each bracket. Their voting is down to the Elite Eight, but we’re reprinting their full bracket here in case you’d like to compare responses with your friends. You can borrow several of the film finalists such as The Exorcist and The Shining here at the library as well.

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Did you know that Windows 95 turned twenty this year? The nostalgia is strong with this one. Who remembers this shutdown screen?


via How to Geek


On this day in 1942, Bob Ross was born. Ross, the iconic host of “The Joy of Painting,” is a bit of a cultural meme–and for the past several years, an internet meme, as a result of a photoshop contest that offered a picture of Ross with a blank canvas to photoshoppers far and wide. Beloved and/or humored for his calming voice and “happy little trees” approach to painting, Ross actually has an interesting backstory as anything but calming. As a master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, Ross did a whole lot of screaming. He decided that if he ever left the military to pursue a different career, he’d “never scream again.” By the way, the whole first season of “The Joy of Painting” is recently available on YouTube!

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via Reddit

“Look around. Look at what we have. Beauty is everywhere—you only have to look to see it.” – Bob Ross


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (10/28)


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


A spoonful of brown sugar into a cup of coffee

A spoonful of brown sugar into a cup of coffee

The Villanova Community is invited to educate their palates and their minds during the 3rd annual Cultural Studies Food and Justice Week involving tastings and talks on food justice around the world. At the third event of the week, Megan Haupt will recount the brutal history of sugar, how sugar compares to artificial sweeteners and the way sugar affects the human body. The talk will take place today, Wednesday, October 28, at 6:00 p.m. in room 204 of Falvey Memorial Library. Food samples will be provided at this ACS-approved event.

This event, co-sponsored by the Cultural Studies Program and Falvey Memorial Library, is free and open to the public.


Cultural Studies Food and Justice Week: Raul Rivera Hernandez on “The Politics of Maize and the Tortilla in Mexico” on 10/29

Thursday, October 29th, 2015 at 6:00 PM in Bartley 2001

foodEducate your palate and your mind during the 3rd annual Cultural Studies Food and Justice Week involving tastings and talks on food justice around the world. For the final event in the series, Villanova Assistant Professor Raúl Diego Rivera Hernández, PhD, will discuss “The Politics of Maize and the Tortilla in Mexico.” The talk will take place on Thursday, October 29 at 6:00 p.m. in room 2001 of Bartley Hall. Delicious food samples will be provided at this ACS-approved event!

This event, co-sponsored by the Cultural Studies Program and Falvey Memorial Library, is free and open to the public.


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If you’re a fan of documentaries, and you want to know more about real people serving sentences in the Philadelphia prison system, then watch the video, Pull of Gravity, which describes how three men are trying to break free of the vicious cycle of crime. “As part of the 700,000 prisoners released into society every year, they find themselves faced with a chilling outlook: 67% of ex-offenders re-offend within three years. What explains this invisible force that keeps former inmates in a seemingly unending cycle of incarceration?” (Image from the Pull of Gravity website.)

Did you know—

For reasons unknown, planners in the 1960s designed Falvey Memorial Library without a first-floor public restroom.

library-interiorThat deficiency remained until the renovation of the Library’s first floor in 2004.


First the good news – you’ll be glad to hear that Generation Z – i.e., those aged 12-24, still prefers ‘real life’ over the digital kind, with 88% of respondents admitting to taking intentional digital detox breaks according to a recent survey conducted by Wildness, a research and consulting firm that specializes in marketing to younger audiences. Despite that, Gen Zers report taking in content roughly 18 hours of their day in one form or another – and not in front of the TV. Wildness reports that if left with only one device, zero out of ten would choose their television, with only 50% ever having cable, preferring to watch YouTube instead.

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This new website, Kittify, turns all of your written content into cat puns. I really don’t have much more to meow othepurr than this is purrobably the most impurrtant invention in the history of mankind.


Today is National Chocolate Day, the best day of the year for chocoholics everywhere. Sure, we’ve been eating chocolate all month, all year – but now we have an excellent excuse! Chocolate holidays, however, come in countless variations, including Chocolate Cake Day (January 27), National Chocolate Chip Day (May 15), and National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day (December 16), so our opportunities to celebrate abound. As luck would have it, today is also Fair Trade Coffee Day through dining services, so enjoy your chocolate with a twenty-five cent coffee!


“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schulz


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Reading Villanova Series Panel #1: Why We Should Challenge the Status Quo

A panel of four elite Villanova University scholars participated in a discussion on “The Global and the Interdisciplinary: ‘Education and Privilege’” on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 4:30 p.m. in Falvey Memorial Library’s Speakers’ Corner. The panel, co-sponsored by The Global Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies and Falvey Memorial Library, determined the reasons why current issues of race and identity exist in society and also explored ways in which we can take action to challenge the status quo.

Panelists included Jerusha Conner, PhD, Department of Education and Counseling; Carol Anthony, MA, Center for Peace and Justice Education; Jill McCorkel, PhD, Department of Sociology and Criminology; and Bryan Crable, PhD, Department of Communication. Each panelist described their perspective on why issues of race and inequality persist and the steps we can take to make a difference.

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Maghan Keita, PhD, professor of History and director of the Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies made opening remarks.

To kick-off the panel discussion, Dr. Jerusha Conner discussed her approach the problem of race integration by utilizing her background in the field of education. She stressed the need to educate and empower students to be activists in order to initiate social change. In addition, Conner cited that a group of current Villanova students participate in a service partnership with inner-city schools. By going to the core of the problem, she believes that the students are able to take action and promote change.

Dr. Jill McCorkel, who actively studies the inequalities that exist in the U.S. prison system, emphasized that a vicious cycle exists for students who come from lower-income families; they tend to go from school directly to prison. Dr. McCorkel called it a “school to prison pipeline.” She believes people from certain groups are considered scapegoats and are unfairly treated. The privileged don’t always recognize this inequality. In addition, Dr. McCorkel cited her belief that forms of punishment are connected with our racial history and recommends that we explore the ways that this connection resonates with other countries.

Examining the problem from a social justice perspective, Professor Carol Anthony discussed the need to question the ways we rationalize the morality of conditions in our society. She stressed reasons we should question our justification of violence and inequality as the norm.

Dr. Bryan Crable, an expert in the study of rhetorical theory, talked about race, identity, power and privilege, utilizing his background in the study of communication. He discussed his close examination of the relationship between Kenneth Burke and Ralph Ellison, two influential American writers. Dr. Crable views this relationship as a reflection of the racial divide that still clearly exists in society.

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Jerusha Conner, Jill McCorkle, Carol Anthony and Bryan Crable participated in the panel discussion. (From left to right)

So, what steps can we take to successfully integrate all members of society? How do we avoid reinforcing the ever-present racial divide? The panelists agreed that we do a lot as a community, but that we are capable of doing much, much more. Some solutions include providing prison inmates with education, hiring more diverse students and faculty, and presenting more opportunities to students who come from lower-income families with more attention given to how racial diversity is presented in schools. It is also important to continue to be open to learning and make a conscious effort to self-educate. They believe that with knowledge we are better suited to tackle this problem.

Next up in the Reading Villanova series: Amy Way, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Communication; Chiji Akoma, PhD, associate professor, Department of English; and Catherine Warrick, PhD, associate professor, Department of Political Science will present on “The Global and the Interdisciplinary ‘Gender and Imperialism’” on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 4:30 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner of Falvey Memorial. Be sure to join us!


Commemorating 150 years of the study of genetics: “Gregor Mendel, OSA, and the Origin of Genetics”


“Gregor Mendel, OSA, and the Origin of Genetics,” an exhibit on Falvey’s first floor, introduces Mendel; commemorates the 150th anniversary of Mendel’s paper, “Experiments in Plant Hybridization” (Versuche űber Pflanzenhybriden); looks at Mendel on campus; and offers a small display related to the Mendel Medal.

The name Mendel is familiar to the Villanova community as the name of a campus building, the Mendel Science Center, usually called Mendel Hall. But how many are aware of the man for whom the building is named? Gregor Mendel (1822-1884) is the acknowledged father of genetics based upon a paper he presented in 1865 and published the following year.

RS9958_DSC_0290-scrHe was born in the German-speaking Austrian Empire (now the Czech Republic) to a farming family. At age twenty one he joined the Augustinian Abbey of St. Thomas in Brűnn to further his education. The abbot, who was interested in heredity of plants and animals, encouraged Mendel to experiment with plant genetics in the abbey’s five-acre garden. As noted he presented his research, but it was virtually ignored until 1900.

Falvey’s exhibit begins in the vertical case with an introduction to the exhibit and Mendel’s experimentation with plant hybridization using peas. A large eye-catching banner (from University Archives) with a life-like portrait of Gregor Mendel, OSA, commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Mendel Medal. Also in this case are a few books about Mendel and a small framed portrait.

Five more themed cases continue the exhibit, beginning with “Early Life” and ending with “The Mendel Medal.” Illustrating Mendel’s “Early Life” are a children’s book from Special Collections, Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas by Cheryl Bardol; Life of Mendel by Hugo Iltis (Augustinian Historical Institute); views of Brno (location of the Abbey of St. Thomas where Mendel lived and worked); views of the Mendel Museum and the foundations of his greenhouse at the Abbey; and select pages from a manuscript photograph album, The Mendel Tradition in Brno, Czechoslovakia by Herbert Christian Hanson.

The next case, “Versuche űber Pflanzenhybriden (Experiments on Plant Hybridization),” shows a facsimile reprint of Mendel’s paper as it appeared in print in 1866, a program from the presentation of a copy of “Verhandlungen des naturforschenden Vereines in Brűnn” by the Augustinians of the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova to the University and other related publications. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Mendel’s paper, “Experiments in Plant Hybridization,” the University will hold a symposium on Monday, Dec. 7.

“After the Pea Paper” case displays assorted publications from the Augustinian Historical Institute and Special Collections, including Mendel’s Dwarf (1998), fiction by Simon Mawer. A placard tells the viewer that Mendel’s paper was almost unknown until the early 1900s.

“Mendel at Villanova” displays copies of the Villanovan with articles about the dedication of the first Mendel Hall in 1929 and the current Mendel Science Center in 1961. This display features photographs of the 1910 statue of Mendel in Brno and of the one on campus beside the Mendel Science Center.


“The Mendel Medal: Honoring Pioneers in the Sciences” case presents photographs of some of the recipients, programs from the award ceremonies, a 1929 Villanovan article about the presentation of the first Mendel Medal to John A. Kolmer, MD, and an obverse image of the medal as designed and sculpted by John R. Sinnock.

The Mendel Medal, named in honor of Gregor Mendel (1822-1884), OSA, “the father of modern genetics,” is now awarded annually to an outstanding scientist. The award was established in 1928 and given each year until 1943. From 1946 until 1968, the Mendel Medal was awarded only eight times and from 1968 until 1992 there were no awards. In 1992 the Mendel Medal award was reestablished and has been given each year to an outstanding scientist.

This year’s Mendel Medal recipient is the Nobel Prize-winning biochemist, Brian Kobilka, MD, of Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Kobilka will give the 2015 Mendel Medal Lecture at 2:00 p.m., October 2, in the Villanova Room, Connelly Center.

This very educational exhibit about Gregor Mendel, OSA, his important scientific discovery and his relationship with Villanova is well worth visiting several times; there is far more here than can be readily absorbed in just one visit. This exhibit is a collaborative effort, drawing from materials owned by University Archives, Falvey’s Special Collections and the Augustinian Historical Institute. It was planned and materials were curated by Special Collections and Digital Library Coordinator, Michael Foight and Digital & Special Collections Curatorial Assistant Laura Bang. Graphics were designed by Joanne Quinn, Falvey’s graphic designer. The exhibit will be open throughout this semester.


Alice Bampton is a visual specialist and senior writer on the Communication and Publications Team.


Foto Friday: How Villanova Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

Photo by the PopKick App from Pixabi

National Hispanic Cultural Heritage Month, celebrated annually from September 15 to October 15, recognizes the vital contributions, history and culture of Hispanic and Latino American people. Since the University’s patron saint, Thomas of Villanova, is of Spanish descent, we feel a special connection with this culture and recognize the importance of highlighting this month on campus.

Since 2005, Falvey Memorial Library has been proud to co-sponsor various programs and displays in collaboration with other academic divisions and student organizations from across campus to honor National Hispanic Heritage Month. Previous events have included book talks, receptions and cultural displays in the Library. Events have ranged from talks, such as those about writer Juan Ramón Jiménez and painter El Greco, to a reception in honor of Peruvian author José María Arguedas.

This year, Falvey Memorial Library has teamed up with the Office for Mission and Ministry’s Hispanic Initiatives Project to create a poster display in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Twenty vibrant posters featuring doorways to various Spanish-speaking countries have been mounted in Falvey’s Speakers’ Corner by Laura Matthews, library events and outreach specialist; Kallie Stahl, Scholarly Outreach graduate assistant; and Kyle Bowles, Scholarly Outreach student employee. The display was meticulously designed by Joanne Quinn, Communication and Service Promotion team leader. Students, faculty and staff are invited to view the poster display until the end of the fall semester.

Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 3.05.45 PMIn addition to the poster display in Falvey, the Office for Mission & Ministry’s Hispanic Initiatives Project regularly promotes additional Hispanic activities and programs, both on and off campus, in order to meet the needs of the growing Hispanic and Latino student population at Villanova and in the surrounding communities. This outreach effort includes information about how to access academic programs and support services, activities, clubs and organizations, support by Spanish-speaking Villanova faculty and staff, information about the bi-annual Villanova Hispanic Forum as well as details about how to attend Masses held in Spanish. Please check the Office for Mission and Ministry’s Hispanic Initiatives webpage for more information about these programs and about additional resources related to Hispanic history, culture and programs.

Also, please be sure to attend the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures’ talk, “Remembering Student Movements in Mexico: From 1968 to Ayotzinapa” by Raúl Diego Rivera Hernández and Tomás Hidalgo Nava. The talk will take place Thursday, Oct. 8 at 3:00 p.m. in SAC, room 300. This event will recognize the one year anniversary of the kidnapping and disappearance of 43 students in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico.

Help Villanova celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month! Be sure to view the poster display in Falvey, participate in the Office for Mission and Ministry’s programs or attend the lecture on October 8.

Article by Regina Duffy; photo by Joanne Quinn. 



Foto Friday: Avoid the crowds; meet with Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families through the printed page

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Selected books by or about Pope Francis:

  • A big heart open to God : a conversation with Pope Francis / Call Number: BX1378.7 .F712 2013
  • Fioretti : the little flowers of Pope Francis : heartwarming stories of the Gospel in action / Call Number: BX1378.7 .T66513 2014
  • Francis : man of prayer / Call Number: BX1378.7 .E8313 2013
  • I ask you to pray for me : opening a horizon of hope / Call Number: BX1378.7 .A25 2013b
  • The church of mercy : a vision for the church / Call Number: BX1378.7 .A25 2014

 Selected books about marriage and family:

  • A Christian theology of marriage and family / Call Number: BX2250 .R825 2003
  • Marriage : the rock on which the family is built / Call Number: BX2250 .M39 2009
  • Marriage and family : experiencing the Church’s teaching in married life / Call Number: BX2250.M37 1989
  • The splendor of love : John Paul II’s vision for marriage and family / Call Number: BX2250 .S355 2003
  • Vocation to virtue : Christian marriage as a consecrated life / Call Number: BX2250 .L357 2014 Located: Falvey West – 1st Floor

Selected books about conjugal love:

  • Fruitful and responsible love / Call Number: BV4639 .J55 1979
  • On human life : Humanae vitae / Call Number: HQ766.3 .C33 2014
  • Sexuality, marriage, and family : readings in the Catholic tradition / Call Number: BX1795.S48 S53 2001
  • The Catholic Church on marital intercourse : from St. Paul to Pope John Paul II / Call Number: BX1795.S48 O23 2009
  • The nuptial mystery / Call Number: BT701.3 .S3613 2005

Selected books about Theology of the Body:

  • Called to love : approaching John Paul II’s theology of the body / Call Number: BX1795.B63 A53 2009
  • Gift & communion : John Paul II’s Theology of the body / Call Number: BX1795.B63 K8713 2014
  • Men and women are from Eden : a study guide to John Paul II’s Theology of the body / Call Number: BX1795.B63 J6434 2005
  • Theology of the body explained : a commentary on John Paul II’s “gospel of the body” / Call Number: BT741.2.J643 W47 2003

Questions? Email: darren.poley@villanova.edu

Article by Darren Poley, the theology subject specialist, scholarly outreach librarian and curator for the Augustinian Historical Institute. Book collage by Joanne Quinn.Darren




Pope Francis: Weekend Library Hours

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Robert Indiana, AMOR, 1998, Polychrome aluminum painted red and blue, 72″x72″x36″, © 2015 Morgan Art Foundation, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

For the duration of Pope Francis’ visit to the area, the regular library hours will remain unchanged.

The library will offer basic circulation services. Some processing delays may be experienced by library patrons.

Friday, Sept. 25: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 25: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 26: 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.

A librarian will be on-call Friday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached via the Ask a Librarian chat on our homepage.

We will also have a librarian on call Sunday, Sept. 26, from 1 to 8 p.m., also via the Ask a Librarian chat.

Holy Grounds @ Falvey will maintain the following hours:

Friday, Sept. 25: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 26: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 27: 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.




‘Caturday: A Nostalgic Note for Parents Weekend

Welcome, Wildcat parents and families! Take a look at the activities being offered, including the ICE Institute tour on the ground floor of Falvey! Take a walk around the library while you’re here. The recently installed Mendel exhibit is on the first floor and the Learning Commons is on the second floor.

(Events planned for Parents Weekend in 2015 might differ ever so slightly from those held in 1974.)

Parents Weekend 1974
Photo courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.

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Foto Friday: Name something that has to be done before Parents Weekend….

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Enjoy Parent’s Weekend!

Laura Hutelmyer is the photography coordinator for the Communication and Service Promotion team and special acquisitions coordinator in Resource Management


Project Website Launched: Mill Creek Valley


Craig Bailey, PhD, associate professor of history, reads his edifying and entertaining introduction to the Mill Creek Valley project website.

The Aurelius Digital Scholarship Initiative at Falvey Memorial Library supports digital humanities projects and digital scholarship here at Villanova. Our digital humanities superheroes are Laura Bang, Digital and Special Collections curatorial assistant, and David Uspal, senior web specialist for Library Services and Scholarly Applications, and together they work with classes to produce fascinating and forward-thinking digital scholarship. Past classroom projects include the Ardmore Project, a digital edition of El Perú en sus tradiciones, an su historia, en su arte, Travels Through Greco – Roman Antiquity, and a series of DH workshops for graduate students covering topics such as coding basics, audio editing, and mapmaking. This past Monday, Bang and Uspal joined Craig Bailey, PhD, associate professor of history as he and his undergraduate class launched an interactive website tracing the transformation of the Mill Creek Valley.


Dave Uspal explains the website building process and introduces the audience to the wonders of responsive resizing.

The launch took place at 3:00 p.m. in room 204 of Falvey Memorial Library, and Dr. Bailey presented a talk entitled “Changing Landscapes: People and Place in the Mill Creek Valley, Lower Merion c.1870-c.1920.” In spring 2015, ten junior-year students participating in a research seminar with the Department of History undertook a group project to examine how the farms and mills of the Mill Creek Valley transformed into the familiar residential properties of today. Each student chose a property from an atlas published in 1877, traced that property’s development over time, and reconstructed the lives of the inhabitants. Working alongside Digital Humanities staff in Falvey Memorial Library, students constructed an interactive website to communicate their research.


The satisfying reveal of a finished product.


Changing Landscapes: People and Places in the Mill Creek Valley, Lower Merion c.1870-c.1920

Check it out!



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