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  • Posted by: Joanne Quinn
  • Posted Date: January 20, 2016
  • Filed Under: Library News

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2016 Literary Festival featuring Daniel Torday. Thursday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner. Poetry reading and talk by Daniel Torday, the author of the novel The Last Flight of Poxl West, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, and an Best Debuts of 2015. Questions? Contact: Alan Drew



Contemporary China : Between Mao and Market is a full-text e-book that is described by the publisher as an “overview of Chinese politics, economy, and society by a leading scholar offers a deeply informed assessment of China’s last decade—its debates and political infighting, its rising and assertive international profile, and the forceful initiatives taken by Xi Jinping,” Jinping took office as president of China in 2013 and is considered the country’s strongest leader since Mao Tse-Tung and Deng Xiaoping.

Not that we’re condoning its use for your latest research paper, but even we admit that Wikipedia can be pretty darn handy. Last week it celebrated its 15th year as the internet’s largest and best known encyclopedia written collaboratively by its users. The site is a wiki, which allows modification of copy and structure directly from the web browser. Content, then, is written by many people who have agreed to release their contributions for use under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, permitting free usage of the material to all.

In this fascinating though now dated infographic, you’ll see that if you ever attempted to read the entire English portion of Wikipedia, it would take you over 16 years to finish it. And these are 2012 figures. Now there are five million articles to plow through, so add about another 25% to all these factors.


Happening @ ‘Nova
Be sure to check out these noteworthy events that are taking place on Villanova’s campus this week!

Spring Career Fairs: 2/2 & 2/3
The Career Center is hosting the 2016 Spring Career Fairs on 2/2 and 2/3. Tuesday, Feb. 2: 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Communication, Marketing & Media; Tuesday, Feb. 2: 3–6 p.m. Finance, Accounting & Consulting; Wednesday, Feb. 3: 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Engineering, Science, & Technology. All fairs are held in The Villanova Room. Questions? Contact: Sheila Doherty

6th Annual Spotlight on Leadership w/ Dr. Darryl Ford: 2/8
The Office of Student Involvement invites you to attend the 6th Annual Spotlight On Leadership themed, “Servant Leadership in the Augustinian Tradition,” with Darryl Ford, PhD. Dr. Ford will highlight his experiences being a (servant) leader within the education system for over 25 years. He has a seasoned perspective of leadership and is a proponent for being a servant first and exhibits the idea that leadership begins with being a servant to those that you lead. Class groups are welcome to attend this ACS APPROVED event. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Ford back to Villanova on Monday, Feb. 8, 4:30 p.m., in the Villanova Room, Connelly Center. Student, faculty and staff tickets are free; however, registration is required at Questions? Contact: DeVon Jackson

Jummah (Muslim) Prayer: Fridays on Campus
Jummah is a congregational prayer that Muslims hold on Friday afternoons; beginning this semester, prayers will take place weekly on campus. Muslims and non-Muslims are welcome to attend. Co-sponsored by the Muslim Student Association and Campus Ministry. Questions? Contact: Julia Sheetz


On this day in 1945, Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated to his fourth term in office. He only lived three more months after his fourth inauguration and was the only president to serve three consecutive terms. After his stint in office the Constitution was amended (22nd) to prevent presidents from serving for longer than two consecutive terms. FDR served thirteen years as president!


“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Have an excellent day! Feel free to comment your thoughts and ideas for future editions of The 8:30 below.



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