With the new semester well underway, it is clear that we all have a lot going on in our lives. From classes and meetings to social engagements, there isn’t much wiggle room in our schedules. It’s hard to keep up with what’s going on at Villanova, causing some to suffer extreme cases of FOMO. According to Oxford Dictionaries, FOMO (aka the Fear of Missing Out) is “Anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.” Take note: Falvey can help to quell your deepest, darkest fears and ease symptoms of FOMO. With so many events happening on-site, the Library is the place to be when you don’t want to miss out on something hashtag-worthy.
Falvey will be co-sponsoring a number of exciting events throughout the fall semester. Events range from interactive presentations and formal lectures to social meetings and informal gatherings. Highlights will include the following:
Thursday, Sept. 10, 4:30 p.m., Speakers’ Corner, Falvey Memorial Library
One Book Villanova Author’s Visit & Book Signing
Reyna Grande, author of the 2015-2016 One Book Villanova selection, The Distance Between Us, will come to Villanova’s campus. As part of Grande’s visit, she will sign copies of her book in Falvey.
Most Fridays, 2:30 p.m., First Floor Lounge, Falvey Memorial Library
Villanova Electronic Enthusiast Club
The Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club (VEEC) will meet most Fridays during the semester from 2:30-4:30 p.m. for some fun! The VEEC is a social club, focused on recreation and relaxation. Participants gather weekly to play video games in a safe and fun environment. Meeting dates include Sept. 11 & 18; Oct. 2, 23 & 30; Nov. 6, 13 & 20 and Dec. 4.
Monday, Sept. 14, 3:00 p.m., Room 204, Falvey Memorial Library
Changing Landscapes: People and Place in the Mill Creek Valley, Lower Merion c.1870-c.1920
Craig Bailey, PhD, associate professor of history, will present “Changing Landscapes: People and Place in the Mill Creek Valley, Lower Merion c.1870-c.1920.” The talk will describe how ten junior-year students who participated 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. The talk will also detail how students, working alongside Falvey’s Digital Humanities staff, were able to construct an interactive website to communicate their research.
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 4:00 p.m., Room 204, Falvey Memorial Library
Arthur Cola: The Silent Chime of the Bell, Immigrants, Riots and Old St. Augustine
Arthur Cola will present a lecture titled “The Silent Chime of the Bell, Immigrants, Riots and Old St. Augustine” about his new book, Pure and Tarnished Hearts. Cola’s seventh novel, Pure and Tarnished Hearts, is a tale of three teens under the leadership of The Rev. Thomas O’Malley, OSA, who came to America from Ireland during the famine era. However, it is more than a coming of age adventure story, it is also historically accurate in presenting actual events that took place in the United States during the famine era. This period of history saw riots and protests against new immigrants and Catholics. Villanova University, called Villanova College at that time, is featured in the story, as is the St. Augustine Church and a variety of iconic places in and around the Philadelphia area.
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 3:00 p.m., Speakers’ Corner, Falvey Memorial Library
Religious Diversity Day: Talk by Daniel Mark, PhD
To celebrate the various religious backgrounds of Villanova students, faculty and staff, as well as to create opportunities for interfaith engagement, Campus Ministry will hold a Religious Diversity Day. As part of this celebration, Daniel Mark, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Political Science, will present a talk in Falvey titled, “Home Improvement: Forgiveness and Family Life: An Orthodox Jew in Conversation with the Roman Catholic Church.”
Monday-Friday, Oct. 26-30, Falvey Memorial Library
Cultural Studies Food Week–The Taste of Justice: Rhetoric and Reality
In our annual speaker series, students will learn about the politics of food production and consumption as they relate to nutrition and other issues. Each evening’s event will include Q and A for students as well as tasty culinary treats.
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 4:30 p.m., Room 205, Falvey Memorial Library
Scholarship@Villanova Lecture featuring Rodger Van Allen, PhD
Rodger Van Allen, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies, will speak about the focus of his research during his tenure at Villanova.
Thursday & Friday, Dec. 10-11, Falvey Memorial Library
Falvey Stress Relief Fun!
Falvey Memorial Library will be co-sponsoring a series of events in order to help students relieve stress during finals time. Events will include a Falvey open house featuring games and free refreshments, stress-relieving workshops organized by POWER (Peers Offering Wellness Education and Resources) as well as free massages courtesy of the Campus Activities Team.
Stop suffering from FOMO. Make sure not to miss out on these important events! Stay updated on noteworthy happenings in Falvey Memorial Library by connecting with us via social media and through our upcoming-events page. All events are free and open to Villanova students, and most are ACS approved!
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