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‘Caturday: Black Wildcat

Shown below is the cover of Black Wildcat, an image borrowed from Black Villanova: An Oral History. Take a scroll through this amazing resource, especially this month as we celebrate Black History Month.

“On April 23, 1969, the Black Student League (BSL) published the first edition of the Black Wildcat. The unmistakable clenched fist on the front cover sent a clear signal to the Villanova community that the BSL was clearly influenced by the larger Black Power movement. With its controversial articles and opinion pieces, the Black Wildcat served to educate the Villanova community about the experiences of black students on a predominately white campus.”

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


The Curious ‘Cat: What Do Villanova Students Really Think about the Library?


In this new feature, the Curious ‘Cat will ask a question of several students in the Library and show their responses here, on Falvey’s blog.

CUR CAT 2-4This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “What do you wish the Library knew about your needs as a student?

Sarah Welch: “[I wish there were] more hours that it’s available; it closes [too] early on weekends”

Antonio Triggiano: “Right now, the Library fills all of my needs.”

Nusrat Akanda: “I would like to suggest having more desks, more spaces to study during finals.”

Andrew Houser: “VU Mobile is the most pressing issue … at the school. I really like the setup, though, as it is … I’m pretty content with the library setup.”

Emily Folse: “[I wish there were] a way we could print from our laptops instead of having to log on to [library] computers to send things to the printer … The Library does a really good job [with] the Writing Center and the Math Center of understanding the needs of the student and providing those resources.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: It is possible to send print jobs to the library’s printers from a personal laptop. Staff at Falvey’s main service counter has instructions for current Villanova students to add the library’s printers to the list of available printers on their personal laptop computer. Evidently, we need to do a better job of communicating that fact!

 Jane Cho: “[I wish there were] more availability from the librarians with hours … to communicate [with students] in person. Their hours are pretty limited and they don’t work weekends. It’s just not as convenient to send them an email as it is to talk to them.

“[I also wish that] the staff [were] a little more knowledgeable about how to help students with their research, like what direction they could go in … when the research librarians aren’t available.”

RESEARCH HELP ON WEEKENDS, A LIBRARIAN RESPONDS: Library help is available on weekends! We have a librarian on-call at Falvey most Sundays from 2pm-8pm for all your weekend research needs. We have experimented with Saturday librarians in the past, but there was never quite enough work for them to keep it up. During the week, librarians are on-call for instant help Mondays-Thursdays 8am-6pm and Fridays 10am-5pm.

While we are on-call, you can ask to see us in person at the front desk, come up to the 2nd floor directly and look for the “Ask it here!” sign with the blue lights outside a librarian’s office, send us an email at ref@villanova.edu, or contact us by chat with the Ask a Librarian button in the bottom right-hand corner of the library website. For quick questions you can call 610-519-4200 or even text us at (610) 816-6222.

Want to make absolutely sure that you’ll be able to get the exact help you need when you come in? You can make an appointment with a specific librarian anytime by simply emailing them from the Subject Guide(link) of the topic closest to your area of interest.


Black History Month 2015: Saladin Ambar, PhD

CLAS.2.2.15Black History Month is observed every February in the United States and acknowledges the central role and achievements of black Americans in our nation’s history. Significantly, this Black History Month marks fifty years since the assassination of Malcolm X. On February 9th at 4:30 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner of Falvey Memorial Library, Saladin Ambar, PhD, associate professor of political science, Lehigh University, will be presenting a talk titled “Malcolm X’s Legacy at 50: Lessons for Today.”

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

How Governors Built the Modern American Presidency by Saladin Ambar, while currently checked out, is available at Falvey. Dr. Ambar also authored Malcolm X at Oxford Union: Racial Politics in a Global Era.

To learn more about Malcolm X before Dr. Ambar’s lecture, check out his biography on bio.com

For a list of places and events in Philadelphia to celebrate Black History Month, check out Visit Philadelphia.


Malcolm X, 12 March 1964, via Wikimedia Commons

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Looking Forward to Spring: Events in Falvey

groundhogThe spring semester is finally upon us! And although it doesn’t feel (or look) much like spring just yet, keep in mind that warmer weather is getting closer each day. Regardless of what our favorite groundhog , good ol’ Punxsutawney Phil,  tells us today, we have many good things to look forward to in the coming weeks: wearing shorts, having more hours of precious sunlight and, my personal favorite, enjoying free Rita’s water ice on the first official day of spring. Here at Falvey we are looking forward to all of the things to come and are happy to offer another semester full of events and activities to keep your mind off of this blustery climate!

The Library has a great line-up of workshops, panels, talks, open houses, meetings and other events almost every day of the week! This semester’s highlights include a Black History Month lecture by Saladin Ambar, PhD; a talk about academic libraries in the Digital Age by Phi Beta Kappa Scholar William Y. Arms, PhD;  Literary Festival talk featuring author Bruce Smith; several Scholarship@Villanova talks featuring Villanova faculty members such as Helene Moriarty, PhD, RN (Nursing), Megan Quigley, PhD (English) and Lisa Sewell, PhD (English); an Open Mic Poetry Reading ;and even a celebration in honor of Earth Day featuring a panel about climate change. Our culminating event of the semester will be our 2015 Falvey Scholars Awards presentation and reception in which the Library recognizes undergraduates from all five colleges at the University for their outstanding research projects.

Spring Event Speakers: Clockwise from upper left: Ambar, Quigley, Arms, Sewell, Moriarty and Smith.

Spring Event Speakers: Clockwise from upper left: Ambar, Quigley, Arms, Sewell, Moriarty and Smith.

As usual, some of our regularly scheduled events will include VSB peer-tutoring office hours in the Learning Commons almost every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. and the Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club (VEEC) meetings on many Friday afternoons in our first floor lounge throughout the semester. Be sure to stop by the Library to participate in these events as they are free and open to all!

In addition to events the Library plans, Falvey also serves as a host site for events organized by other departments and groups from all across campus. Villanova faculty, staff and representatives from official student groups are able to request a space for their event or meeting by filling out the Events Request Form or by directly contacting Regina Duffy, library events and Outreach program manager. Event locations include the Speakers’ Corner, Learning Commons rooms on the second floor ( 204, 205, 206, 207) and the first-floor lounge.

And, if all of the exciting things going on in Falvey aren’t enough to snap you out of the winter blues, don’t worry; spring break will soon be in our midst! Hang in there!

Article by Regina Duffy, writer for the Communication & Service Promotion team and Library Events and Outreach Program Manager.


A Golden Anniversary: Rev. Dennis J. Gallagher, OSA, PhD, Celebrates 50 Years as an Augustinian Priest

Rev. Dennis J. Gallagher, OSA, PhD, is celebrating his fiftieth anniversary as an Augustinian priest. He was ordained in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, located on campus, Jan. 30, 1965, by Bishop Gerald V. McDevitt, DD, JCD, VG.

Born in Bryn Mawr, Father Gallagher was raised in Rosemont, Pa., where he attended St. Thomas of Villanova elementary school and attended West Catholic High School in Philadelphia. In 1955, he entered the Good Counsel Novitiate, New Hamburg, New York, to begin his studies for the priesthood. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Philosophy from Villanova University in 1960 and also received a Master of Science degree in Library Science (MSLS) from Villanova University in 1965. He earned his Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Augustinian College, Washington, D.C., in 1965. In 1975 Father Gallagher received his PhD in Administration (Higher Education) from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and he has completed additional studies at Northeastern University, Boston, Mass.


Father Gallagher was assigned to Austin Preparatory School, Reading, Mass., from 1965 through 1969, where he was teacher, librarian and director of Reading Services. He was then assigned to Malvern Preparatory School, Malvern, Pa., where he served as a teacher, librarian and also served as residence hall minister in Tolentine Hall until 1972.

In 1975 he became a professor in Villanova’s Graduate School of Library Science and also served as a residence hall minister in Stanford Hall and in McGuire Hall from 1975 through 1997.

Father Gallagher is the first full-time University Archivist. At the time of his appointment in 1985, he was quite familiar with the University, its history and personnel. University President, The Rev. John M. Driscoll, OSA, PhD, decided that it was important to have a full-time university archivist, someone who could help prepare materials for the upcoming University Sesquicentennial, and Father Gallagher was the logical choice. (Villanova Magazine, Vol II, No. 1, October, 1995, p.13.) Father Gallagher designed a historical exhibit for Villanova’s sesquicentennial.

In 1989, Father Gallagher developed the “Handbook for the Collection and Preservation of University Records.” In 2012 Father Gallagher collaborated with University Legal Counsel in the development of the policy and guide, namely “Villanova University: Retention and Management of University Records,” approved by the University President, Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, and the President’s Cabinet in 2013. This is a comprehensive policy and guide with information for all offices and departments, including what University records should be transferred to the University Archives and those records that are no longer useful. For more information about the University Archives see http://www.villanova.edu/library/archives/. Father Gallagher says, “In effect, the University Archives serve as the institutional memory of the University.” And in the 1995 Villanova Magazine article he said “obtaining material is an uphill battle.” Even with the existence of this University policy Father Gallagher hopes that more records will be transferred to the University Archives.


When asked what is the oldest object in the University Archives, he says it is “the 1793 survey of the property that later became known as Belle Air.” This document is framed and hangs on the wall in the research and exhibit area of the University Archives. Mark Thompson of Mark B. Thompson Associates LLC, Philadelphia, acquired the document from the original family. Thompson donated the survey document to Father Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, University President, who presented it to the University Archives.

An interesting artifact, currently on exhibit in the University Archives, the original lock and key from Belle Air, the Rudolph mansion which stood where St. Rita’s is now. Belle Air was where Villanova’s first students and Augustinians lived and studied. The lock and key are all that remain of the mansion which was destroyed in a 1912 fire. Some of the earliest student “jug books” listing student infractions from the 1850s are also housed in the University Archives.

Records, artifacts, photographs, negatives, slides, various memorabilia and much more are all housed in the University Archives, which are now located on the ground floor of Falvey in a suite between University Communications Creative Services and Viewing Room 3. The University Archives moved from the fourth floor to the newly renovated ground floor space during the summer.

In addition to his full time position as University Archivist, Father Gallagher created the sesquicentennial exhibit in 1992 and co-authored with David R Contosta the exhibition catalog, Villanova: College to University: 150 Years of Augustinian Tradition and Promise, 1842 – 1992. He is also co-author of Ever Ancient, Ever New: Villanova University, 1842 – 1992, a pictorial history of Villanova University. Father Gallagher was the research and editorial assistant for Villanova University: American–Catholic–Augustinian.

Since 1989 Father Gallagher has been the weekend assistant at St. Catherine-St. Margaret Parish in Spring Lake, N.J. He is the spiritual director of the Third Order of Mount Carmel in Spring Lake. Earlier he assisted in other parishes in the Diocese of Trenton, such as Incarnation, Ewing, and St. Alphonsus, Hopewell and from 1975 to 1986 he assisted at the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus in Rosemont. Father Gallagher is a member of the Knights of Columbus (3rd degree). For his service to community, in 1984 he was inducted into the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor.


Father Gallagher, despite his schedule as the University Archivist and parish ministry at St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish in Spring Lake, N.J. on the weekend is also a world traveler. In Italy he has visited Rome (of course), Assisi, Florence, Milan, Pavia, and Venice. He has also visited Ireland, home of his ancestors, many times. He has visited Bermuda, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, England, Greece, Istanbul, Turkey, North Africa, Russia and Spain. He has followed in the footsteps of St. Paul the Apostle. He also visited Alaska, Hawaii and the Canadian Rockies.

He is a member of the Delaware Valley Archivists (DVAG), the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference (MARAC), the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and the Tri-State College Library Cooperative (TCLC) – Archives and Special Collections Interest Group.

Father Gallagher often says, “Life is a journey – ever ancient, ever new.” And he intends to continue this journey for many more years. He has no plans to retire; he would enjoy celebrating the University’s next major anniversary, its 175th.

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

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Foto Friday: A Life of Dedication


Congratulations to The Rev. Dennis J. Gallagher, OSA, PhD, who celebrates his 50th anniversary today.

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


All Dressed Up and Somewhere To Go: A Chill Lineup of Spring 2015 Events

Window Shopping: All dressed Up and Somewhere To Go

The current exhibit in Falvey’s cultural window to the left of the entrance to Holy Grounds is “All Dressed Up and Somewhere To Go: Spring 2015 Events: Scholarship, Culture, Poetry.” Especially appropriate for this January weather, the exhibit features penguins and snow. “All Dressed Up and Somewhere To Go …” promotes events that will be held in Falvey during the spring semester. Window Shopping: All dressed Up and Somewhere To Go

Glass blocks displaying photographs and signs advertising planned events fill three shelves. Books written by speakers are also included as are some origami penguins.

A large sign at the top of the window—a photograph of a penguin’s head on one side and the exhibit’s title on the other—proclaims the “All Dressed Up …” theme. The three shelves in the center hold the glass blocks; books by some of the speakers accompany their photographs. Small black signs provide the date, time and location of various events. Artificial snow is scattered on the shelves and on the glass blocks.

Window Shopping: All dressed Up and Somewhere To GoTo frame the exhibit, Kallie Stahl, graduate assistant for the Outreach team, painted snow in the upper corners of the window and across the bottom. On each side stands a group of three penguins.

Joanne Quinn designed the exhibit and its graphics. Molly Quinn, a work study student for the Outreach team, assembled the photographs and text panels in the glass frames, created the origami and scattered the snow, creating the wintery ambience.

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


Mood Board: Bill Greene talks Triceratops, Sci Fi, and 40 Years at Falvey

This week’s Mood Board features Falvey Memorial Library staff member Bill Greene. Bill’s varied spectrum of interests and skills makes him one awesomely multifaceted person! Read on to learn more about Bill, dinosaurs, science fiction, and to follow some links to great books and resources.


Hi, Bill! So I saw on Facebook that you had a major work anniversary recently. How many years have you been here now?

40. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it?

What is your earliest Falvey memory?

Actually, it wasn’t much of a memory, but it was my first day here. I was a student. Way back—I can tell you the date! I was a student. I knew it was gonna be a life-changing thing, y’know. The date was May 7, 1968. It was a Wednesday, and I was working in acquisitions. I was working with books in print. I was checking the orders to make sure they were correct. The whole first day was really strange, because the previous day, I had known nothing about working in a library. But then my mother said to me “[one of our neighbors] called, and she wanted to know if you’d like to work at Villanova’s library. “ So I said, “Yeah, why not?” I just could’ve said, you know, “Nah, forget it, I don’t wanna do that” and that would’ve totally changed my life. But I said yes. Next day, I was in there, that quick. It just grew from there, it wasn’t planned.

And forty years later, look at you!

Yeah, still here!

What are the first three words that come to mind when you think of Falvey Memorial Library?

Fun. Novel.* People.

*”I was considering, I still am, writing a novel with this place as the background. With so many experiences, I have plenty to pick from.”

Read any periodicals, magazines, journals?

I read Discover Magazine, because mainly, it’s science, which I am interested in. It’s science, but they write it so I can understand it. Once in a while I read Scientific American… and I wonder, why did I bother reading this? I didn’t get anything out of it. They’re too technical, I think, in some cases. Discover is a good magazine, especially if you find an article on something you care about.


via Wikimedia Commons

What’s your favorite dinosaur?

My favorite dinosaur is Triceratops. Do you have any idea what Triceratops looks like?

 I do!

Very good! I figured you would. He’s one of the more common ones, the three horn face, that’s what it stands for in Latin, I guess. I couldn’t tell you why I like him. My favorite dinosaur is not Tyrannosaurus Rex because that’s who everybody’s favorite dinosaur is. [Triceratops] is always defending himself against Tyrannosaurus Rex, supposedly.

I can’t even pronounce my favorite.

Yeah, what is it?

 I think it’s… Parasaurolophus?

Parasaurolophus, you like him? He’s cool! Thinking about this question [of my favorite dinosaur], he came up. Parasaurolophus is the one with the horn. He’s the one they’re thinking, recently, in the past five years or so, they’re figuring, the reason for the horn? All of the duck-billed dinosaurs, which she is one of, went around making noises and the different noises they made could tell each one what individual was from his group, what species it was from. The air went through the horn, and made all kinds of honking noises.

That would be so neat to hear!

Wouldn’t it? A herd of ‘em?


via Wikimedia Commons

Current favorite poet? Any poet you’ve read, new or old, that makes you think “yeah, them!”

One that pops to mind is Coleridge. “Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” “Kubla Khan.” When I was reading him, he hit me right away.

What is your information routine? How do you get news and info?

Most of my news I probably get from TV. I don’t get any papers, because they all come to the library. I don’t have time from it, for one thing. Yeah, the news. Channel 6 is what I usually have on.

Do you visit any websites on a regular basis?

Amazon. Goodreads.

What are you going to do after this interview?

Probably going to continue work. A lot of the things I do, I have to wait for someone to bring it to me, like the mail, and the stuff from UPS, and the stuff that’s over in Garey waiting to come over to be scanned. But chances are pretty good that I’ll probably go down and start scanning stuff. Lot of books to scan, articles.

Can I mention something you haven’t asked me? I’m a big science fiction person.

Great! When did you discover you love science fiction?

I was around 12, give or take a year. I think the first book I read was R is for Rocket by Ray Bradbury, short story collection. And I read the whole book, and I kept thinking – this is just my state of mind at the time, you know, I’m 11 or 12 – I’m thinking, “gee, these are good stories, he writes them so well and they’re good, but they all end badly! I don’t like that, they all end badly!” And now I’m coming from a different perspective, being as old as I am; they do end badly, but you know, they’re really cool stories. I wish I had written them. It doesn’t bother me quite as much, and I can see why he did it the way he did it. ‘Cause it would’ve been a stupid story if it didn’t have a bad ending.

What is your favorite Bradbury work?

Fahrenheit 451, of course.

Any other favorite science fiction authors besides Bradbury?

Alfred BesterTheodore Sturgeon. Any of the best [science fiction] novels are written back in the fifties, I think, because now science fiction just can be anything. How do you define science fiction anymore? There is a definition for it, but a lot of the science fiction today is really on the edge. There’s no science in it! So what if it takes place on Mars? There’s no science in it.

I just read a book called The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber. The thing that makes it different is it’s a combination of science fiction and romance, and I’m thinking, I can’t think of any books, good books, like that. I would highly recommend it.

Thanks for chatting with me, Bill!

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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Burns Night Supper: Celebrating the Poet and the Haggis

What follows is a two-part article: part one is about Robert Burns, Scotland’s favorite poet, and part two is about The Haggis Project. 

Robert Burns: The Poet

bard robert burnsBurns is widely considered Scotland’s national poet and was at the forefront of the Romantic Movement. Burns wrote poetry in both Scots, a form of Gaelic spoken in Scotland, and English. In addition to his Romantic poetry, Burns was known for his political and civil commentary, and for writing and collecting folk songs.

Burns Night is a celebration of the life and work of Robert Burns, and is held on 25 January each year (Burns’ birthday). One of the traditions of Burns night is to have a Burns Supper, involving traditional Scottish dishes and poetry recitations. The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA has information and videos for how to organize your own Burns night, which can be found here.

They also offer these “Top Tips” for a successful Burns Supper:

  • For dinner, serve haggis with neeps (turnips) and tatties (potatoes). Before eating, recite two poems by Robert Burns: the Selkirk Grace and ‘Address to a Haggis.’
  • After dinner, two humourous toasts are made over a dram of whisky. ‘The “Toast to the Lassies” is given by a male guest to the women present. In the “Reply to the Laddies,” a female guest responds humourously to the earlier toast.
  • End the evening with Burns’ best known song ‘Auld Lang Syne.’

Robert Burns: The Haggis Project

In search of the main ingredients for a Burns Night Supper, and looking forward to a road trip, I invited my sister, Michele, to join me for a leisurely drive to Berks County. We had great weather and bantered on about what would come to be known as The Haggis Project (or That Which Shall Not Be Named).

bechtelsville signAfter passing through the village of Bechtelsville, which took a few seconds, we wound our way through hills and trees as the sun created shadowed landscapes.

It was beautiful, even in winter. We could just as easily have been in the hills of Scotland. When we arrived, we found the Manieri Meats office and main building located next to the Manieri family home. Across the street was a picturesque barn and behind the main building was a small waterfall.

manieri barnThe Manieri family has been in business for four generations beginning with the first generation in Abruzzi, Italy. Stephen, Gwen, and their adult daughter, Lorena, were very open about all aspects of their business. A USDA agent, also very friendly, was on site the whole time. The Manieri’s only take advance orders by phone and don’t have a storefront for walk-in business.

manieri officeVisiting this small, family-owned operation in Bechtelsville was like seeing old friends. The office probably hasn’t changed much since Elmo Manieri started the business and the whole family seems to be on a first-name basis with their customers. We waited while another customer oversaw the handling of his order, ensuring that everything was done according to Dhabihah methods, and conforming to halal as dictated by the Muslim faith.

Bobbie sheep

We named the sheep Bobbie.

Now it was our turn. Lorena brought out my order of sheep stomach, heart, liver, and tongue. I’ll spare you the gory details. Luckily, I had brought along a cooler and we stopped for ice on the way back. When I got home, I wrapped the offal in Ziploc bags and stowed it in the fridge. I had researched many recipes, read the history of Robert “Bobbie” Burns, visited websites on the history of haggis, and watched videos of other people making haggis, but nothing prepared me for the awful truth of handling sheep offal.

My favorite video featured Chef Jochen Kern at the Berjaya University College of Hospitality, which ends with an authentic Scots recitation of Robert Burn’s Address to a Haggis. After all was said and done, I decided to loosely follow Alton Brown’s recipe with hints from other recipes when I thought it made sense or looked interesting. Little did I know that his parting words, “if you serve it at all,” would haunt me for days.

Finding the other non-sheep ingredients wasn’t too difficult, but the only store to sell mace (the spice) was the Bhavani food market in Exton, Pa. Most authentic recipes call for sheep lungs, however, the sale of them is banned in the United States.

The first step requires soaking the sheep stomach in heavily salted water overnight. Use a large plastic container with a tight-fitting lid and several tablespoons of kosher salt. The next day I rinsed the stomach several times with white vinegar and water.


1 sheep stomach (Feel free to substitute with sausage casing. Really. I’m completely serious.)

1 sheep liver

1 sheep heart

1 sheep tongue

½ lb. steel cut oats, toasted

3 medium yellow onions, minced

½ lb. beef kidney suet (found at Wegman’s in meat freezer section)

1 tsp. mace (found at Bhavani food market)

½ tsp. each of dried herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage)

1 ½ tsp. kosher salt

½ tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. nutmeg (freshly ground if you have it)

Optional: Beef stock

After you have soaked the sheep stomach overnight, start cooking the sheep offal in the largest stock pot you own. Fill the pot with water, or beef stock, add some kosher salt, and cook at a slow simmer for 2 hours. Save the strained broth; you’ll need it later.

bowl of haggis mixWhile the offal is simmering, start chopping the onions, measure the spices into small bowls, mince the suet, and toast the oats on a large baking sheet. Once the offal is finished simmering, remove it and let it cool. Most recipes instruct one to mince the offal, and one site advised using a meat grinder (who has a meat grinder at home?), but one site, to which I am eternally grateful, suggests using a food processor. It works beautifully, breaking down the meat into more of a sausage texture.

Using the largest bowl you own, combine all of the above ingredients, including the meat and about 2 cups of the broth you saved and, using your hands, mash it all together until it holds together a bit.

Stuff the filling into the sheep stomach leaving enough space to either tie the stomach closed or stitch it closed with a chef’s needle and string. For the first time in my life, I used latex kitchen gloves. It was the only way I could bring myself to handle the sheep stomach.

haggis cutUsing the same large stock pot, add fresh water or beef stock and simmer the haggis for 3 hours. Be prepared for an odor that will be reluctant to leave your nostrils. I even started a homemade potpourri on the stove. Truthfully, that only made matters worse.

Serve the haggis with neeps and tatties (mashed turnips and potatoes). I know that Robert Burns and others toast the haggis with a dram of whiskey, but I toasted mine with a glass of Elderberry Black Ale. Bagpipes and drums are optional.

haggis serving

In closing, and in all honesty, I tasted the haggis and will probably never eat it again. My son-in-law, Mike, loved it. He’s right up there with Andrew Zimmern when it comes to food.

Further Reading:

www.RobertBurns.Org is also a great source for Burns information, and they too have a set of instructions for a Burns Supper.

The Poetry Foundation

Book- Burns : poems

Book – A Burns companion

Robert Burns: The Poet and and Further Reading written by Sarah Wingo, Team Leader of Humanities II Liaison Team & Subject Librarian for English Literature and Theatre.

Robert Burns: The Haggis Project written by Luisa Cywinski, writer on Communication & Service Promotion Team and team leader, Access Services.


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Faculty member and playwright Michael Hollinger’s new play, Under the Skin, to premiere

Fans of Villanova Theatre may be interested to know that faculty member and playwright Michael Hollinger’s new play, Under the Skin, will be premiering this month at the Arden Theatre Company. Directed by Terrence J. Nolen, Under The Skin will run January 15, 2015 – March 15, 2015.
The Arden Theatre Company has a long history of partnership with Hollinger and has been host to the world premiere of eight of his works: Under the Skin, Opus, Ghost-Writer, Tooth and Claw, Red Herring, Tiny Island, Incorruptible and An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf.
Villanova theatre goers will be familiar with Hollinger’s work most recently from fall 2013’s production of Red Herring.
Tickets for Under the Skin can be purchased from the Arden Theatre Company’s website
Please see this article for details on Under the Skin and Hollinger’s relationship with the Arden Theatre Company. 

SarahArticle by Sarah Wingo, team leader- Humanities II, subject librarian for English, literature and theatre.


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