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


Cultural Studies Food Week–The Taste of Justice: Rhetoric and Reality. Monday-Friday, Oct. 26-30. 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.

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Falvey has over 2,300 DVDs in its collection. How can you find the borrowing policies for library DVDs?  This video shows how to find Falvey’s guidelines for DVDs and other items.

BOOKTOBER: Jill A. McCorkel, PhD

Breaking WomenJill A. McCorkel, PhD, associate professor, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, and panelist at last week’s Reading Villanova event on “Education and Privilege” (co-sponsored by the Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies and Falvey Memorial Library) released a book in 2013 called Breaking Women: Gender, Race, and the New Politics of Imprisonment. The book was featured at last fall’s Scholarship@Villanova lecture, and its perpectives on the incarceration of women are as apt today as ever. The book is available in our stacks, although it is currently checked out. It is also available on Kindle.



It is Hispanic Heritage Month – a celebration that recognizes the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States. Technically a month that straddles two, HHM is celebrated each year between September 15 and October 15,and includes the anniversaries of the independence of five Latin American countries.

The term Hispanic or Latino refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish cultures or origins regardless of race. According to the 2010 Census, 50.5 million Americans identify themselves as Latino or Hispanic, representing a 3% increase since 2000.

Each day this month we will reproduce one of twenty countries represented on a joint poster project sponsored by the library and the Office of Mission and Ministry. Each poster features QR codes linking to premier resources that the library has for researching Hispanic history, culture or language and more importantly, the names of the specialized subject librarians devoted to aspects of these studies. Contact Susan Ottignon (Romance Languages and Literature,) Jutta Seibert (History and Art History) or Merrill Stein (Geography and Political Science) for further research needs or assistance. Posters designed by library Communication team leader, Joanne Quinn, with the assistance of Ottignon and Stein. The library wishes to thank Christopher Janosik, PhD and the Office of Mission & Ministry for their support of this project.


While we would never condone unhealthy eating, we also know that sometimes food indulgences in moderation can make or break a midterm study session. So how about this for foodie motivation–bacon fried Oreos. Yea? Nay? One could argue for the aesthetic of salt and sugar in one bite. Still, the final product looks… well, a little bit horrific.



And now that your appetite is sufficiently suppressed by the above image, welcome it back with some good news: it’s National Pierogi Day! If you haven’t had a pierogi before, then you should do everything in your power to obtain a pierogi today. For science! (I have it on good authority that Winger’s, right next to Campus Corner, has some satisfactory pierogies.) What is a pierogi? I’m glad you asked. It’s a dough dumpling pocket stuffed with mashed potatoes and cheese. In other words, culinary perfection.


“I was an accomplished pierogi thief. While they were kept warm on the stove ahead of our guests’ arrival, I could lift the cover to the pan that cradled them without making a sound, liberating one to scarf down before my Polish mother walked back into the kitchen. My lips gleamed with a mix of butter and Bonnie Bell lip gloss.” – Renita Jablonski in a story for NPR’s The Salt. It seems “every culture has a dumpling”; listen to the story here.


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Last Modified: October 8, 2015

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