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Villanova University hosts The Hidden Room Theatre’s der Bestrafte Brudermord


On March 23-24, Villanova will host award-winning Texas-based theatre group The Hidden Room to stage their original-practices puppet-show production of der Bestrafte Brudermord, the mysterious slapstick Hamlet found in a German manuscript in the 18th century.  The Hidden Room’s visit to Villanova will include a talk by Zachary Lesser, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania; two evening shows, each followed by an artist talk-back; and two workshops on theatre scholarship, dramatic practice, and arts entrepreneurship.  Events will take place in the Villanova Cinema and are free with a Villanova or Penn ID.  Seating will be first-come.  ACS Approved.  Direct questions to Alice Dailey, PhD (alice.dailey@villanova.edu).

Monday, March 23

5:00 p.m.  Workshop

“Page to Stage: Turning Theatre Scholarship into Practice”

The Hidden Room’s collaborations with scholars from Shakespeare’s Globe, the American Shakespeare Center, and, most recently, Oxford University’s Tiffany Stern have yielded theatrical events that have won multiple awards, critical acclaim, and international attention.  Using Hidden Room’s der Bestrafte Brudermord as a model, this discussion hopes to illuminate ways that theatre practitioners might build successful working relationships with scholars and use their research to infuse old plays with new life.

6:30 p.m.  Scholarly Talk

Zachary Lesser, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

“Uncanny Hamlets: The Mystery of der Bestrafte Brudermord”

7:30 p.m.  Performance of der Bestrafte Brudermord followed by artist talk-back

Tuesday, March 24

5:00 p.m.  Workshop

“The Business of Playing Professionally: Making a Living in the Theatre”

The Hidden Room’s artistic director/theatrical deviser, Beth Burns, has worked as an actor, writer, director, stage manager, teacher, lighting board operator, publicist, grant consultant, tour manager, box officer, usher, house manager, dresser, personal assistant, talent wrangler and janitor.  Burns invites you to learn from her mistakes as she details her successes, stumbling blocks and ways into the future with a focus on a creating a sustainable economic model for a theatrical company.

7:30 p.m.  Performance of der Bestrafte Brudermord followed by artist talk-back


This event made possible by generous support from: Villanova University College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English, 
Department of Theatre, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Honors Program
University of Pennsylvania Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, Theatre Arts Program,
English Department Undergraduate Program, and English Department Graduate Program

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‘Caturday Night News

Have you noticed that people don’t hold onto their old newspapers like they used to? We do. If you want to read more about Villanova Wildcats sports history, we’ve got digitized back issues of The Villanovan before they started publishing online editions.

NCAA 1985 Division I Mens Championship

NCAA 1985 Division 1 Men’s Championship Bracket, The Villanovan, March 22, 1985

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Foto Friday: Who’s in charge here?


Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer.

~Geoffrey B. Charlesworth

Laura Hutelmyer is the photography coordinator for the Communication and Service Promotion Team and Special Acquisitions Coordinator in Resource Management

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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (3/20)


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


The Ward: Race and Class in Du Bois’ 7th Ward. 2:00 p.m. in room 204. Lecture featuring Amy Hillier, PhD, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania. The Ward is a 10-year-old teaching, public history, and outreach project based on Du Bois’ 1899 book, The Philadelphia Negro. Light refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact: laura.matthews@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


In the Journal of Cold War Studies, Janet G. Vaillant reviewed The Teachers of Stalinism saying the author, E. Thomas Ewing, “argues that teachers served as agents of Stalinism but also retained some room for negotiation and choice, particularly in the early 1930s when directives from the central and local officials were often contradictory or impossible to carry out.”

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Follow Falvey Library on Instagram for a fun assortment of people photos, quotes and whiteboard art!

Emmet-legos-lego-movie…that there are 86 pieces of LEGO for every person on the planet? Check out this short documentary from the BBC 2 series, The Culture Show hosted by English architecture critic and broadcaster Tom Dyckhoff, who explores how the building blocks influence modern architecture and improve children’s concepts of space, structure, and design. Plus, they are awesome!

“Live all you can; it’s a mistake not to. It doesn’t so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. If you haven’t had that what HAVE you had?” – The Ambassadors by Henry James

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Access a New, Powerful New Database for Theology and Religious Studies

Falvey now subscribes to Index Religiosus (IR), the new online international reference bibliography from KU Leuven, Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, and Brepols Publishers that indexes a vast array of academic publications in the areas of theology, religious studies, Bible, liturgy, archaeology, canon law, and Church history.

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It includes publications, written in various European languages, on subjects ranging from ancient thought and society to contemporary systemic theology, ethics and culture. It has a wide geographic and ecumenical range, and incorporates the Revue d’histoire ecclésiastique (RHE) and the Elenchus Bibliographicus (EB), which are no longer published as separate bibliographies in print. IR gives the researcher the ability to limit a search to either of these two previously mentioned bibliographies, as well as making available to a user combined simple and advanced searching. It even features an email alert system for staying informed of new content.

A welcome newcomer to the databases offered by the Library, Index Religiosus already contains more than a half a million citations, and the number of fully searchable bibliographic records continues to grow. The content of more than one thousand scholarly journals is systematically checked so that references can be regularly added to IR. It covers the following publications, just to name a few:

Acta Apostolicae Sedis
Analecta augustiniana
Ancient Philosophy
Augustinian Studies
Biblical Archaeology Review
Biblical Theology Bulletin
Bibliotheca sacra
Bulletin for Biblical Research
Catholic Biblical Quarterly
Ecclesia Orans
Ephemerides theologicae Lovanienses
Estudio Agustiniano
Foi et vie
Geist und Leben
International Journal of Systematic Theology
Journal of Early Christian Studies
Journal of Eastern Christian Studies
Journal of Ecclesiastical History
Journal of Ecumenical Studies
Kerygma und Dogma
Near Eastern Archaeology
Recherches Augustiniennes et Patristiques
Revista Agustiniana
Revue d’éthique et de théologie morale
Revue d’Études Augustiniennes et Patristiques
Studia Theologica
Studia liturgica
Studia Missionalia
Studia Moralia
Theological Studies
Theologie und Glaube
Theologie und Philosophie
Theologische Literaturzeitung
Theology and Science
Theology Digest
Theology Today
Una sancta
Vigiliae christianae and
Voices from the Third World.

One can search the active list of periodicals in the database by clicking the coverage tab, once in the user interface for Index Religiosus.

Falvey’s access to IR strengthens a user’s ability to do library research and is, therefore, listed under core databases on the theology and religious studies subject guide. Other online resources from Brepols Publishers that Falvey subscribes to include a multidisciplinary bibliography of Europe, North Africa and the Near East (300-1500), The International Medieval Bibliography (IMB), and the Vetus Latina database of the digitized catalog of comprehensive patristic records related to the Old Latin translation of the Bible from the Vetus Latina Institute.

darren_edArticle by Darren Poley, the theology subject specialist, scholarly outreach librarian, and curator for the Augustinian Historical Institute. 



‘Cat in the Stacks: #LetsMarchNova


 I’m Michelle Callaghan, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is our column, “‘Cat in the Stacks.” I’m the ‘cat. Falvey Memorial Library is the stacks. I’ll be posting about living that scholarly life, from research to study habits to embracing your inner-geek, and how the library community might aid you in all of it.

Feeling the March Madness fever yet? I don’t know how you can avoid it—and I don’t know why you’d avoid it! The Wildcats are a hype machine!


via villanova.com

At the risk of being terribly generalizing (but a risk I’m willing to take for the chuckles), there may or may not be a few readers of the library blog whose social circles pride themselves on not caring about sportsball. Perhaps, daresay, this apathy is not actually apathy but a lack of exposure!

Sports knowledge, like any knowledge, doesn’t come naturally. We’re not born knowing you can’t pick up the ball in soccer, or that running home is a point. If we aren’t immersed into sports as kids, it can be hard to understand the excitement and passion surrounding what seems like, well, games. But it’s never too late to expand your appreciation for an activity so many humans on this planet love!


This March, how can you dip your toe into a little bit of basketball?

You could check out our catalog for all sorts of basketball related resources.

You can peep this nifty cheat sheet at Basketball for Dummies.

This ELI5 (Explain Like I’m Five) Reddit thread has your back.

You can watch this holy grail of a YouTube Video:

So what’s all the hype about? It’s March Madness! What’s March Madness? The moniker for the annual NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) college basketball tournament. What was all that seeding hype about? Nova nabbed a number one seed! What’s seeding? Well, it certainly doesn’t have anything to do with gardening.

What a crash course, eh? Now you’re ready to catch the game tonight at 6:50 on TBS! The ‘Cats (32-2) are playing the Lafayette Leopards (20-12) in Pittsburgh.


Article by Michelle Callaghan, graduate assistant on the Communication and Service Promotion team. She is currently pursuing her MA in English at Villanova University.

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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (3/19)


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


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“Joseph the Worker.” Sculpture located in the atrium of main entrance of Bartley Hall. Digital Library @ Villanova University. Date Accessed: 18 March 15, 1:41 PM.


Search, Capture, Done!  Bibliographies Made Easy with Refworks! 4:00-4:45 p.m. in room 207. Questions? Contact: barbara.quintiliano@villanova.edu

Nova Feis: Lecture featuring Eoin Mc Evoy, visiting Fulbright Scholar. 5:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner. A lecture in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Eoin Mc Evoy, visiting Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from the University College, Dublin, will be giving a lecture: “Gaelic Yesterday and Today: Tracing the Irish Language through History.” Eoin is currently teaching Introductory Irish II and Intermediate Irish to Villanova students this semester.

VSB Peer Tutor Office Hours. 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 205. Open to all VSB students. Walk-in study sessions. (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the semester.) Questions? Contact: patricia.burdo@villanova.edu

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



That is all!


MeerkatThe other four letters making an impact this week besides NCAA would be #SXSW, the annual buzz-a-thon in Austin, TX, that brings together the latest fads, music, movies and technology. The buzz around Meerkat seems to be the biggest news to leave Texas borders this year. What is Meerkat you ask? It’s an app that allows you to instantly push live video to your friends and follow their lives in real-time. The implications astound on this one! Have to miss a class? Instead of borrowing a friend’s notes, you can just prop you phone up on your pillow and watch as your friend broadcasts the class live through their phone! Not that we condone that! Their tussle with Twitter brought them to the forefront, and has now introduced this remarkable idea to the general public.


En GuerreAccording to the publishers at The University of Chicago, the recently published book En Guerre: French illustrators and World War I “explores the conflict through French graphic illustration of the period. The exhibition presents themes essential to a deeper understanding of the war in France: patriotism, propaganda, the soldier’s experience, as well as the mobilization of the home front as seen through fashion, humor, and children’s literature.”

Vive la France!

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“St. Joseph’s mission is certainly unique and unrepeatable, as Jesus is absolutely unique. However, in protecting Jesus, in teaching him how to grow in age, wisdom and grace, he is a model for every educator, and in particular for every father. … I ask for you the grace to be every closer to your children, allow them to grow, but be close, close! They need you, your presence, your closeness, your love. Be, for them, like St. Joseph: protectors of their growth in age, wisdom and grace. Guardians of their path, and educators: walk alongside them. And with this closeness, you will be true educators.”

– General audience on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, March 19, 2014


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Nomnomnomatology: Round of 32 Bracket Predictions

Last week’s battles have concluded, and what a delicious duking it was. Plenty of votes online and at our printed bracket by the circulation desk determined the 32 foods for this week. Most evenly-matched were 90s favorites Dunkaroos and Gogurt, with cookie-dipping snack Dunkaroos eking by with a three-pointer. The biggest trouncing? Well, Brownies wiped the floor with Peeps at a not-so-subtle 40 to 5. Highest-scoring Brownies came in like a wrecking ball—how will they hold up this week? Plenty of nommy contenders will be taking the court, but a few match-ups stand out. Here are our most appetizing predictions for this round:

 512px-BK-French-FriesVegetable Fried Rice vs. Fries
Vegetable Fried Rice and Fries are an exciting match-up, since both foods are such delicious sides, but Vegetable Fried Rice packs a punch for its ability to be both a side and a main dish. Fries, however, have a fan base far and wide, satisfying blander palates and foodies who need a reliable base for their toppings and ketchup. While Vegetable Fried Rice can’t be beat for Friday night takeout, I give the game to Fries.

1280px-MashedPotatoesIrish Potatoes vs. Mashed Potatoes
It’s a perfect week for a potato battle, don’t you think? A St. Patrick’s Day match-up sees starchy potatoes and the coconut cream cheese variety go head to head. Mashed potatoes are the perfect comfort food and, like fries, appeal to the plainer mouths and the savory tastes alike. But timing might just be in Irish Potatoes’ favor—with holiday spirit tipping the scales, I could be tempted to give the match to Irish Potatoes. Still, Mashed Potatoes just have too much weight to stand down. I call Mashed for the win, with a wary eye on the underdog.

Chili DogsBrownies vs. Chili Cheese Dogs
Brownies and Chili Cheese Dogs were two of the highest-scoring contenders last week, and I can only see this match-up coming to a seriously tight result. The darling of sweet-tooths and amateur bakers everywhere, Brownies are the homespun kids-next-door. Loyalty and nostalgia weigh heavily in their favor. Chili Cheese Dogs’ flavor stats, however, reign supreme in the bracket. This battle is entirely up for grabs, swinging between the sweet and savory fates. My current hunger says Chili Cheese Dogs by a margin of two.

Maca-maduraSpinach vs. Sliced Apples
It’s a compliment to our voters that Spinach and Apples breezed right into week 2, but now, unfortunately, one natural choice must go. The eternal Popeye marketing campaign and its current popularity as a raw salad green make spinach a very tempting prediction. Still, apples are both sweet and healthy, while spinach … well, spinach isn’t always a top-of-mind snack to nibble. With so many varieties to choose from and a satisfying juicy crunch, Apples are gonna send Spinach packing.

Is your stomach rumbling yet? Be sure to vote for week 2 online or at the circulation desk in Falvey. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more #nomnomnomatology action.


The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (3/18)


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



Falvey Memorial Library would like to cordially invite the Villanova Campus Community to a reception being held for Rev. Dennis J. Gallagher, OSA, PhD, in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination. Father Gallagher, the University’s Archivist since 1985, was ordained as an Augustinian priest in St. Thomas of Villanova Church on Jan. 30, 1965. Please join us for a light cocktail reception to give him your best wishes and to help us celebrate this landmark occasion. The reception will be held Wednesday, March 18, in the President’s Lounge, Connelly Center, 3-5 p.m. Please note that RSVPs are not required in order to attend the reception


VSB Peer Tutor Office Hours. 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 205. Open to all VSB students. Walk-in study sessions. (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the semester.) Questions? Contact: patricia.burdo@villanova.edu




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Early English Books Online Image retreived from: http://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?ctx_ver=Z39.88-2003&res_id=xri:eebo&rft_id=xri:eebo:image:52989
Author: Tulley, John, 1638-1701.
Title: Tulley 1700 Date: 1700 Reel position: Wing / 856:15
Copy from: Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery

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“It was joyful to hear the merry whistle of blackbirds as they darted from one clump of greenery to the other. Now and again a peaty amber colored stream rippled across their way, with ferny over-grown banks, where the blue kingfisher flitted busily from side to side, or the gray and pensive heron, swollen with trout and dignity, stood ankle-deep among the sedges. Chattering jays and loud wood-pigeons flapped thickly overhead, while ever and anon the measured tapping of Nature’s carpenter, the great green woodpecker, sounded from each wayside grove.” – The White Company by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


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The Highlighter: What does it take to become a librarian?


Before earning the position of Falvey librarian, each applicant undergoes a rigorous screening process that includes the following:

1. Spell “Boolean,” “authentication,” “tertiary” and “plagiarism.”

2. Teach a class on college-level academic research while balancing Webster’s Third New International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged on his/her head (poise counts!).

3. Simultaneously show a first-year student how to find resources for her research project, answer a Live-chat question about citing sources in APA style, and help a caller limit his search results to only peer-reviewed, full-text articles.

4. Exit his/her office; hurdle a laptop computer, a taut power cord, and a studying student; and greet the patron standing at the Information Desk within 20 seconds.


to become a Falvey librarian, a person must be—

– an expert both in scholarly research and in one or more academic disciplines,

– a caring person who possesses a stalwart service ethic, and

– a dedicated professional committed to your success.

Whether you are exploring possible research topics, already have a well-developed research question, need help citing sources, or have other research needs, Falvey librarians look forward to helping you accomplish your goals.


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