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Due to the growth in the number of event venues at Falvey and the capacity to have multiple programs going on simultaneously, the number of events in the Library has skyrocketed into hundreds each academic year.

We are often still asked, “Why does the Library have events at all?” The answer is quite simple: If a library has value, it is more than a learning resource center or a conduit for data. The university library retains much of its value as a place where things happen, especially the organized and the unexpected acquisition of knowledge outside the classroom.

It is not just a place where study and research occurs, but also a place where ideas become connected and many discoveries are made by scholars who are living, learning and thriving in the community the library serves. It is an anchor institution for a university education. It is also a place where the many members of the university are enriched by experiences that can help them interpret the world they are trying to explain by means of the academic enterprise.

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Why so many events?

Because the number of connections and discoveries to be made are innumerable, the ways in which our world can be interpreted and explained are unbounded. And although there are limits to what a library can do, Falvey wants to flourish as a place encouraging  inspiration, consciousness raising and community engagement. 

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If you are interested in booking an event, or just more information about the intellectual, cultural, and social programming in Falvey, please contact a member of the Scholarly Outreach team, which manages the events for the Library.


Spotlight on Falvey Forums: Room 205

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.

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Dina Leytes, practice group chair, Intellectual Property and New Media, at Griesing Law, LLC, and Nikolaus Fogle, PhD, subject librarian for philosophy, discussing in Falvey 205, “Author Rights: When and How Can You Archive, Share and Own Your Published Work?”

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.

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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.

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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.


Spotlight on Falvey Forums: Room 204


Today’s focus: Room 204

One of the seminar rooms in Falvey’s Learning Commons, which is often filled with studying students when not in use for an event, is Falvey room 204. This is an exceptional space for presenting to a group in a setting that can accommodate either rows of chairs or an arrangement of tables and chairs. Its default layout is classroom style.

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Associate Professor of History Craig Bailey, PhD, (pictured below) discusses, with a group in Falvey room 204, the Ardmore Project, one of the Digital Humanities (DH) projects for which Falvey is a partner. Another DH project unveiled in room 204 was the mapping of ancient sites by students in Valentina DeNardis’s, PhD, “Cities of Ancient Greece” (Classics 2051) course, Travels Through Greco-Roman Antiquity. Digital and Special Collections Curatorial Assistant Laura Bang wrote in Golden Electrode: the Aurelius Digital Scholarship Initiative Blog, “in addition to our continued collaboration with Dr. DeNardis on describing the ancient world, we will be collaborating again with Dr. Craig Bailey of the History department on a reiteration of the Ardmore Project. This time around, we will actually be expanding the project to encompass more of Lower Merion Township.”

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Room 204, which is part of the Learning Commons, is a visible seminar room across from the elevator on Falvey’s second floor. The space, with its large screen and projector, is ideal for the many types of lectures and symposia co-sponsored by the Library.

Library events held in room 204 have included talks on John Paul II’s theology of the body, the intersection of medicine and robotics, the World War I centennial, Remembering the Holocaust in Lithuania, and Spanish Renaissance artist El Greco for Hispanic Cultural Heritage Month.

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If you are interested in booking an event, or just more information about seminar room 204, 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 205.


Spotlight on Falvey Forums: Learning Commons Lounge


Today’s focus: the Learning Commons Lounge

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Learning Commons Lounge, Falvey Memorial Library


A secluded forum in the Library is the lounge located on the second floor in the Learning Commons in Falvey, near Learning Support Services, across from Room 202. When this public area opened in 2012, it was described as “the new lounge space with funky furniture and cafe lighting.”

Given its out-of-the-way location on Falvey’s second floor, even though it is a public event space as a part of the Learning Commons, it is “a neat little comfortable back corner where thoughts can brew and be blended.” It is occasionally used as a venue for casual events hosted by the Library.
This past year’s events include the “Coffee Break” series sponsored by the English department and a series of book discussions by the Tolle Lege Literary Society. Some of the Learning Commons Lounge’s best features are its mellow ambiance and morphable layout. Although moderately small, it is also a quieter public event space than Speakers’ Corner on the first floor.

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Photo by John Welsh.

If you are interested in booking an event, or just more information about the Learning Commons Lounge, 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 Speakers’ Corner and Rooms 204 and 205.

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Spotlight on Falvey Forums: Speakers’ Corner


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Senior Class Poet contestant Joey Bagnasco reads his poem “A Sunday” during the Open Mic Poetry Reading 2012 in Speakers’ Corner.

Focus today: Speakers’ Corner

The Library sponsors events, but it also hosts many campus events, and its major forum is affectionately called Speakers’ Corner. Inaugurated as a new space for intellectual, cultural, and social programming in February 2012, Speakers’ Corner is a public area on the first floor of Falvey.

“It serves as a place for our community to congregate both formally and informally in the exchange of ideas,” says Scholarly Outreach / Theology Librarian Darren Poley. This highly visible event space is a popular venue in Falvey, and events in this venue are always open to the public. Poley further says, “Students see and hear what is going on in Speakers’ Corner serendipitously, and we think that is one of its advantages.” It is suitable for the wide range of community gatherings that Falvey supports in the engagement of the minds and spirits of students, faculty, staff and guests.

Programming in Speakers’ Corner has included poetry readings, book signings, musical and orientation events.

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Professor Michael Hollinger, CLAS ’89, associate professor in the Department of Theatre, speaks at the Alumni Authors’ Panel, with Sean Harvey, PhD, CLAS ’00, and novelist Judy Lee Burke, CLAS ’75, Speakers’ Corner, June 2015.

The Library is a crossroads at the heart of campus. Having multi-purpose common areas assists Falvey in providing room for the structured, as well as the anarchic, ongoing conversations which surround the pursuit of knowledge in a residential learning community. The most recent event held in Speakers’ Corner was an alumni authors’ panel discussion as a part of Reunion Weekend 2015. When it is not engaged for events, Speakers’ Corner serves as a study lounge where collaboration is commonplace.

If you are interested in booking an event, or just more information about Speakers’ Corner, 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 and Rooms 204 and 205.


Celebrate Freedom by Exploring Juneteenth and Harriet Tubman resources



Today is the sesquicentennial of Juneteenth, the nineteenth of June, and the day that marks the end of slavery in the United States. Though the Emancipation Proclamation was signed two and a half years earlier in 1863, at that time without mass media, it actually took the physical arrival of Major General Gordon Granger and his Union soldiers in Galveston, Texas to announce to the last of the held slaves there that the Civil War had ended and that they were free. Hence, birthing a new Independence Day.

Juneteenth not only commemorates the abolition of slavery but also is growing to be a multicultural and global celebration of  freedom in general. Specifically, it is an opportunity to build cultural awareness, and in many communities, to educate young African-American generations about the struggles of their past and how their ancestors prevailed. Gratitude and pride, story and song make up many Juneteenth celebrations.


Also in recent news is one of the country’s most legendary abolitionists, Harriet Tubman. Ms. Tubman recently emerged the winner of a public survey (Womenon20s.org) to nominate the first woman to appear on U.S. paper currency. Though the selection, and even the process, was subject to debate (e.g., some see it as hush money, some see it as ‘money’,) the accomplishments of this brave abolitionist in her very dangerous times cannot be minimized. News broke Wednesday, June 18, that the $10 bill, which now depicts Alexander Hamilton, will definitely feature the portrait of a woman, though her identity is yet to be determined. The Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew will determine the person by the end of 2015, with the new currency appearing in 2020 — the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

Dig Deeper

Explore further the intriguing times after the Emancipation through the following Falvey resources about Juneteenth and Harriet Tubman, curated by history liaison, Jutta Seibert. She’s also included some links on what actually goes into making the U.S. dollar bill. Contact Jutta here for her guidance through your research needs and also for her help navigating the wealth of books and online library materials.

1. African American Studies Center Online (AASCO)
AASCO is a great source about African American history in general and Harriet Tubman’s life in particular. It includes the Encyclopedia of African American History: 1619-1895, Black Women in America, and the African American National Biography project. AASCO also includes primary sources and images.

2. Books about Harriet Tubman in the Falvey collection:

3. Black Abolitionist Papers, 1830-1865
Find numerous digitized primary sources written by and about Harriet Tubman.

4. African American Newspapers: The Nineteenth Century
Follow the life of Harriet Tubman as chronicled in the African American Press.

5. Historical New York Times, 1851-2009

Tubman’s obituary from March 14, 1913:

A report about the white resistance to emancipation in Texas from July 1865:
“The Negro Question in Texas.” New York Times (1857-1922), Jul 09, 1865.

6. Secondary sources about the tradition of Juneteenth celebrations in the Falvey collection:
Kachun Mitch. “Celebrating Freedom: Juneteenth and the Emancipation Festival Tradition.” In Remixing the Civil War: Meditations on the Sesquicentennial, edited by Thomas J. Brown, 73-91. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011. [E641 .R45 2011]

7. A Brief History of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

8. All you ever wanted to know about the dollar:
Currency Notes. [Washington, D.C.]: Bureau of Engraving and Printing, 2004.

Links and resources prepared by Jutta Seibert, team leader for Academic Integration and subject librarian for History.


Happy Bloomsday!


Fans of James Joyce and his novel, Ulysses, commemorate the Irish author and that novel on June 16: Bloomsday. Named for Leopold Bloom, the main character in Ulysses, Bloomsday is celebrated on that date because Ulysses spans a single day—June 16—in Dublin.

Why June 16?—So that’s the reason Bloomsday celebrations occur on June 16. But why did Joyce set his story in June 16? The date, when Joyce chose it, did not coincide with the anniversary of a major world event. Nor does it appear to carry significance to Joyce in his personal life.

Could Joyce have chosen June 16 to commemorate the beginning of his romance with Nora Barnacle? Or perhaps he selected that date because it would not be in competition with that of a significant anniversary or holiday. Could Joyce have imagined that setting the actions for Ulysses on a neutral date would result in his novel receiving its own commemoration every June 16?

Answers could be found at the following Free, Local Event

Marylu HillThe Rosenbach Museum & Library, which has a manuscript of Ulysses— handwritten by Joyce—in its collection, hosts a Bloomsday celebration every June 16. This event includes a reading of Ulysses. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., Philadelphia area dignitaries, such as Edward G. Rendell—45th governor of Pennsylvania, will each read a passage of Joyce’s novel. This year’s roster features Marylu Hill, PhD, director, Villanova University Center for Liberal Education.

To Dig Deeper, explore the following links, prepared by Sarah Wingo, team leader: Humanities II and also subject librarian for English, literature and theatre:

Free Downloadable audiobook of Ulysses
The Cambridge companion to James Joyce
Joyce Reading from Ulysses
Our Special Collections holdings for Joyce
The James Joyce Centre website

Sarah WingoSarah Wingo
Team Leader: Humanities II
Falvey Memorial Library
Villanova University

Article by Gerald Dierkes, senior copy-editor for the Communication and Service Promotion team and a liaison to the Department of Theater. Alice Bampton, digital image specialist and senior writer on the Communication and Service Promotion team, also contributed to this article.

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Octocentenary! 800th Anniversary Celebration of the Magna Carta


The Magna Carta (originally known as the Charter of Liberties) of 1215, written in iron gall ink on parchment in medieval Latin, using standard abbreviations of the period, authenticated with the Great Seal of King John. The original wax seal was lost over the centuries.[1] This document is held at the British Library and is identified as “British Library Cotton MS Augustus II.106” One of four known surviving 1215 exemplars of Magna Carta. Source Britishlibrary.png This file has been provided by the British Library from its digital collections.

John, by the grace of God King of England, Lord of Ireland, Duke of Normandy and Aquitaine and Count of Anjou, to his archbishops, bishops, abbots, earls, barons, justices, foresters, sheriffs, stewards, servants and to all his officials and loyal subjects, greeting. 

Octocentenary! Truly, that’s a word you don’t hear everyday!

Though most of its clauses have been repealed, the Magna Carta – celebrating its 800th anniversary today – still stands as a framework and rallying cry against the arbitrary use of political power.

Signed June 15, 1215 by King John in Runnymede, (and not Runnemede, NJ, for those of us who have watched too much local news) this medieval document was composed as a peace treaty between the king and his subjects.

John, according to history (and to this entertaining British Library-produced video narrated by Monty Python’s Terry Jones,) was allowing power to go to his head – having allegedly imprisoned his wife, murdered his nephew, and raising taxes to pay for expensive foreign wars and wasteful expansionism. His barons had had enough and imprisoned John, forcing him to negotiate and follow the rule of law himself. Though most of of the document was rewritten within its first ten years, three of its original clauses still stand in English statute books: one granting liberties to the English Church, one granting certain privileges to the city of London, and third and most important, the right to a trial by jury. To writ:

“No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions,or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgement of his equals or by the law of the land.

See excerpts of the remaining clauses here.

Ideas in the Magna Carta are also reflected in theories of representative government and influential behind the cries of “no taxation without representation” which sparked the American Revolution and ultimately were incorporated into the US Bill of Rights. Worth viewing is the Library of Congress’ recent digital exhibit, Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor. Its overview material states that, “by examining the ways in which Magna Carta has been interpreted in English and American constitutional law and politics, this exhibition demonstrates how principles such as due process of law, the right to a jury trial, freedom from unlawful imprisonment, and the theory of representative government emerged from a tradition that began 800 years ago.”

Library curator Nathan Dorn and Princess Anne view the exhibit. Photo by John Harrington. Retrieved 6/8/15 http://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2014/11/pic-of-the-week-princess-anne-opens-magna-carta-exhibition/

Library curator Nathan Dorn and Princess Anne view the exhibit. Photo by John Harrington. Retrieved 6/8/15 http://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2014/11/pic-of-the-week-princess-anne-opens-magna-carta-exhibition/

 Can one still view the original Magna Carta?

Yes, If you happen to find yourself in Merrie Ol’ England, you can visit one of three original parchments of the document, or several other locations with amended or later versions. In fact, last week, Princess Anne officially reopened Lincoln Castle after a “multi-million pound refurbishment” that included a new vault for housing that city’s original copy of the document.

Closer to home…Dig Deeper

But if you’d rather save your pounds for a rainy day, you can still get up close and personal with the Magna Carta by viewing the extensive array of Falvey resources gathered by subject librarian for political science and geography, Merrill Stein.

On the famous bronze doors of the Supreme Court in Washington DC, there are eight images; three are dedicated to the Magna Carta (5,6 & 7).

On the famous bronze doors of the Supreme Court in Washington DC, there are eight images; three are dedicated to the Magna Carta (5,6 & 7).


Full text of the document and good explanation of the document’s relevance and history from Fordham University.

Full text with annotations; an ed doc.

British Library Digital Collection

National Archives translation

British Library Modern day English translation

EAWC Readings from Medieval Europe

Yale Law School Avalon Project

William Sharp McKechnie, Magna Carta: A Commentary on the Great Charter of King John, with an Historical Introduction, by William Sharp McKechnie (Glasgow: Maclehose, 1914)

Magna carta; the Lincoln cathedral copy

Magna Carta Libertatum (Latin)

University of Oxford Bodleian documents

1215 version

1225 version

Falvey Memorial Library subject search:

Dig Deeper links provided by Merrill Stein, subject librarian for political science and geography. Find Merrill’s contact info here.MerrillStein



New Week: Summer Event listings, Hours & More!


OK, Monday – Let’s Do This!
If you’re coming to Falvey this summer, here’s all you need to know to get you through the week!

This week’s hours:

Monday-Thursday, June 8 – 11: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday, June 12: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, June 13: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This week’s events:

Monday, June, 8:

Grant Application Discussion. Room 204. 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (private event)

Tuesday, June, 9:

University Advancement Department Retreat. First Floor Lounge. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Joint CFDV and DVMSDG Meeting. Reading Room. 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June, 10: 

Think Tank. Room 204. 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Did you catch the ‘Caturday photos of Alumni Wildcats at Reunion University? Click on the photo below to go there now!


Alumni Author Panel Discussion kicked off Reunion Weekend activities at the library with presentations from (clockwise,) playwright Michael Hollinger and authors Sean Harvey and Judy Lee Burke. Photos by Alice Bampton.


It’s Monday and you’re knackered, but look. how. cute.
Though it’s inconceivable that this could be your first viewing of this photo, what better way to start your week than with a kingly dose of royal cuties, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Also inconceivable to have first official royal portraits snapped and then tweeted by their mom, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Bit quicker than waiting for Hans Holbein’s paint to dry! I do think I see a little of Alfred the Great in her, don’t you? Around the eyes, maybe?

Digital Library Content Roundup – First Week – June 2015

Front cover, Chicago Ledger, v. XXXVII, no. 16, Saturday, April 17, 1909

Front cover, Chicago Ledger, v. XXXVII, no. 16, Saturday, April 17, 1909

This week finds a number of resources newly available including more of the Falvey Daily Doodles (for more on Joanne Quinn’s work, see:The Falvey Whiteboard Artist), more Story Paper issues, and more Great War content! And of special note in the World Collection is the additional of an early Photograph Album depicting daily life in the Philippine countryside. There’s something new every week! See all this week’s items by clicking here.


Draggin’ your wagon this morning? Oh, don’t be so dramatic

Maybe you shouldn’t have stayed up so last night to watch the Tony Awards, AKA the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre!

This year’s Broadway productions may have piqued the interest of bibliophiles more than usual, as several Best Play and Best Musical nominations were based on popular books. Fun Home, subtitled A Family Tragicomic, is a graphic memoir written by Alison Bechdel in 2006 and is a riveting examination of a father-daughter relationship. Fun Home was adapted into a Broadway musical and was nominated for 12 Tony Awards. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Tony-nominated for Best Play, is a 2003 novel by Mark Haddon which tells the story of Christopher, a 15 year old boy with an autistic spectrum condition who decides to investigate death of his neighbor’s dog for which he’s been accused. And nominated for eight Tonys, including Best Play, is Wolf Hall, Parts One and Two, which is based on Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize winning historical novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, and center on Thomas Cromwell and political intrigue in Henry VIII’s court and the king’s desperation for a male heir.

P.S., we hear through the grapevine that at least one Falvey librarian has already put in the 6 hours needed to view Parts 1 and 2. Can you guess who?

icloudIn The Cloud:

It was another busy year. Who had time to figure out the iCloud? Now that summer is here, this book, How to Do Everything iCloud, could be the answer to your cloud questions. Since it’s an eBook, you can easily dig into it while your toes dig into the sand. See you in the Cloud!

WB_Yeats_ndBirthdays abound

Birthdays this week include acknowledgments of architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) former First Lady (and First Mother?) Barbara Bush who turns 90 today and Maurice Sendak, who passed away in 2012. English Stuart lyricist and poet Ben Jonson and Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage share a birthday on Wednesday, and on Thursday, another Bush family member, former President (and First Father?) – George Herbert Walker Bush (41) turns 91. Wednesday is also the birthday of diarist and Holocaust victim Anne Frank. Sadly, Saturday would have been Nobel-prize winning mathematician John Nash‘s 87th birthday. And, believe it or not, Mary Kate & Ashley will turn 29. You wanted birthdays? You got it, dude! :-)

We’ll end with a quote from another June 13 birthday celebrant, Irish poet William Butler Yeats (1865-1939): an invocation to end writer’s block for all beginning to form their midterm papers. It comes up quick in summer semester!

writerblockHANDS, do what you’re bid:

Bring the balloon of the mind

That bellies and drags in the wind

Into its narrow shed.

Have a great week! Let us know how we can help!


Alumni Authors to Discuss Writing, Answer Questions


Harvey, Hollinger and Burke

Alumni authors will discuss their published and/or performed intellectual pieces of work on Friday, June 5, in Falvey Memorial Library’s Speakers’ Corner at 10:00 a.m. This panel discussion features Judy Lee Burke ’75 CLAS, Michael Hollinger ’89 MA, and Sean P. Harvey ’00 CLAS. Attendees will gain insights into the writing process from inspiration to final edited draft to publication, as well as have opportunities to ask questions of the three alumni authors.

Judy Leeblackrock Burke ’75 CLAS will discuss her new suspense thriller, Blackrock. Burke’s novel takes readers on an exhilarating multi-country journey as undercover operative Laine Sullivan encounters jolting mysteries in her personal life as she performs her espionage work. Burke, who cites painting among her avocations, even painted the novel’s cover image.

Burke is also an Alumni Medal recipient. The Villanova University Alumni Association presents this award (now called “the St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal”) to alumni who have achieved a level of distinction within their chosen fields or professions and who have provided outstanding service to Villanova.

After receiving her undergraduate degree from Villanova University, Burke earned her master’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan. She subsequently entered the Curriculum Teaching Psychological Studies and Literacy doctoral program at the University of Michigan. She also attended Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York.

Learn more about Burke, her publications and the career she launched at Villanova by visiting her website.


under-the-skin-1Michael Hollinger ’89 MA earned his master’s degree in theater from Villanova and is now an associate professor in the University’s Department of Theatre. Professor Hollinger has authored several award-winning plays, many of which have been performed at Philadelphia’s Arden Theater Company, as well as by other professional theater companies across the country.

Professor Hollinger has an uncommon approach to writing plays: “Plays are music to me … characters are instruments, scenes are movements; tempo, rhythm and dynamics are critical; and melody and counterpoint are always set in relief by rests—beats, pauses, the spaces in between.” Baker, John M. (2007). “Intrigue and Delight: The Comedy of Michael Hollinger. In Comédie du Jour: A Festival of Plays by Michael Hollinger. Theatrical program published by Iowa Summer Rep, University of Iowa.

Learn more about Michael Hollinger, the plays he has authored, and his career in theater by visiting his website.


nativeSean P. Harvey ’00 CLAS graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in History from Villanova University in 2000; he earned his PhD in History from the College of William and Mary in 2009.

He has won awards for his teaching and his research, including yearlong fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His articles and reviews have appeared in the William and Mary Quarterly, Reviews in American History, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Humanities and Social Sciences Online (H-Net), and Journal of the Early Republic, where he is Co-Editor of Book Reviews.   Currently an assistant professor in the Department of History at Seton Hall University, he lives in New York City with his wife, Sarah Grunder, and his newborn son, James.

Harvard University Press published his first book, Native Tongues: Colonialism and Race from Encounter to the Reservation, in 2015.


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