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  • Posted by: Michelle Callaghan
  • Posted Date: February 22, 2016
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SAVE THE DATE…Asali Solomon

2016 Literary Festival & Ida B. Wells Lecture featuring Asali Solomon, PhD. Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner. The Africana Studies Program in conjunction with Villanova University’s 18th Annual Literary Festival presents the Ida B. Wells Lecture featuring author Asali Solomon, PhD. Dr. Solomon is the author of the novel Disgruntled.  She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award for her stories collected in Get Down, her first book; the volume was also a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. In 2007 she was named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.” Dr. Solomon teaches English at Haverford College. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two sons. At the event, Dr. Solomon will read selections from her novel Disgruntled.


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

What’s the big idea? – IdeaBounce®: Today!
The ICE Institute will host an IdeaBounce® for students, faculty, staff and community members interested in new and innovative ideas Monday, Feb. 22, 4:30 p.m., at the Idea Accelerator in the lower level of Falvey Memorial Library. Come have fun, provide feedback and meet others interested in helping ideas move forward. You don’t need to have an idea to attend. The event and reception are free and open to everyone. If you have an idea that you’d like to discuss, please submit it to the IdeaBounce® website below. Questions? Contact:

Behind Zootopia: 2/23
Join the Department of Communication for a special one-hour behind the scenes look at Disney’s next animated feature Zootopia due in theaters March 4. Directors Rich Moore and Byron Howard will be on-hand to answer questions about the animation presentation and the filmmaking and animation process. The event takes place in Connelly Cinema Feb. 23, 7 p.m. Questions? Contact: Sandra Kearney

Introduction to Centering Prayer: 2/24
Centering prayer is a popular method of contemplative prayer or Christian meditation, placing a strong emphasis on interior silence. Come to a 45-minute introduction to this prayer style in which there will be time for an explanation of the prayer practice as well as time to practice it. Introduction to Centering Prayer will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 12:45-1:30 p.m., in St. Rita Hall Community Room. All are welcome. Questions? Contact: Linda Jaczynski

Greg WoodardThis Week in Villanova History.  “This week’s Villanova Athlete of the Week is Greg Woodard. Woodard, a 6-foot-6-inch junior guard, poured in 25 points against both B.C. and Providence, leading Villanova to two key wins in Big East play.  Woodard is one of the leading three-point shooters in the nation at 48 percent.”  The Villanovan, Vol. 66, No. 15 (Feb. 22, 1991), p. 31. Bound volumes are housed in the University Archives.


Have you ever read a book or series of books that just has so many characters that you can’t even try to keep up? You’re not alone. Check out this cool infographic. These fifteen books have several hundreds of characters – and some of the featured series present over one thousand! Thousands of named characters… how do you even come up with so many names!? This lovely infographic is via



Dr. Patricia E. Bath (b. 1942) is a famous ophthalmologist responsible for the invention of the Laserphaco Probe, an instrument which ablates and removes cataracts. In addition to her invention, Dr. Bath is very active in the prevention and treatment of blindness–she is the cofounder of the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness. A veritable groundbreaker, Dr. Bath holds claim to many firsts: first African American resident of ophthalmology, first female chair of a United States ophthalmology residency program, and first African American female doctor with a medical patent. You can learn more about African Americans in ophthalmology by checking out this journal article.

Dr. Patricia E. Bath

“Believe in the power of truth… Do not allow your mind to be imprisoned by majority thinking. Remember that the limits of science are not the limits of imagination.” —Dr. Patricia E. Bath





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