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  • Posted by: Michelle Callaghan
  • Posted Date: February 26, 2016
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2016 US Presidential Election Panel. Tuesday, March 29 at 10:00 a.m. in Speakers’ Corner. Several elite Villanova scholars will present on various aspects of the 2016 United States Presidential election. Billie Murray, PhD, Department of Communication, will respond to “Does Social Movement Rhetoric Matter in Elections?” Heidi Rose, PhD, Department of Communication, will speak on “Style, Substance and the Performance of Presidential Candidates.” Camille Burge, PhD, Department of Political Science, will answer the question “How Might Emotions Shape the 2016 Election?”


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

Men’s Basketball vs. DePaul: 3/1
Tickets have become available to purchase for the low price of $20 to the Men’s Basketball game vs. DePaul at the Pavilion on Tuesday, March 1. Faculty and staff will have two ways to purchase these tickets, at the Athletics Ticket Office in the Jake Nevin Field House or via the link below (enter promo code “CAMPUS” to purchase tickets online). Go Nova! For additional information:
Questions? Contact:

“Romans Decomposed: Senescence and Decline in the New Italian Cinema”: 3/17
The Italian Studies Program presents a lecture by Dr. Brendan Hennessey SUNY (Binghamton) March 17, 5 p.m., Idea Accelerator (Falvey Library) “Romans Decomposed: Senescence and Decline in the New Italian Cinema” Questions? Contact: Anne-Marie Joyce

Restorative Justice Conference: Practices for Healing: 3/18
Join us for a daylong conference at Villanova University to explore restorative justice principles and implementation. There will be a keynote speaker and various breakout sessions ranging from Mural Arts to Restorative Conferencing. This is a unique opportunity to learn more about restorative justice and connect with others who are concerned with improving the criminal justice system. Free for students, $10 general admission. For more information see: Questions? Contact: Sharon Discher

This Week in Villanova History.  “Generation Gap explored by ‘Nova Theatre,” was the headline for the brief announcement that the Villanova Theatre would perform “Nothing Sacred” on Feb. 20-24, 1991. The play was part of the theatre’s 1990-91 “Season of Masks and Mazes.” “Nothing Sacred,” written by George F. Walker, was adapted from Ivan Turgenev’s 1862 novel, Fathers and Sons.




News from Washington, D.C. doesn’t usually become the highlight of our day, but we want to share this item released about 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin’s visit to the White House this week. In order to illustrate the changes that have occurred during the ten decades of Virginia’s life, particularly for African-American women, The Guardian released a list of black women who created the world that made it possible for Virginia to live long enough to see the first African American president and first lady. As writer Syreeta McFadden put it, “To watch 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin’s pure elation in meeting the nation’s first African American president and first lady is more than just confection. For black women born early in the 20th century, when the nation suppressed the civil, social and economic liberties of African Americans, when American society actively resisted the humanity of African Americans, to be alive and witness this particular historical moment – McLaurin’s dance of joy is celebration hard earned and won.”

It’s well worth your time to watch the video and experience Virginia’s joy – it just might make your day!


The Humane Society of Missouri has a very cool program: the Shelter Buddies Reading Program. The purpose? Socialize shy dogs and help kids read to an audience that will never judge them. The goal for the kids is to gain reading confidence; the goal for the dogs is to encourage them to approach humans more willingly at the front of their kennels to increase their chances of adoption – and, more generally, to improve their overall socialization with little humans. Read more here!

Black History Month

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, born April 16, 1947, is an all-time leading scorer in the NBA. Abdul-Jabbar played for the Milwaukee Bucks and the L.A. Lakers. He has also coached, authored, and acted – all in addition to being a record six-time NBA MVP! As a best-selling author, Abdul-Jabbar wrote several books, including Black Profiles in Courage: A Legacy of African-American Achievement, with Alan Steinberg, What Color Is My World? The Lost History of African American Inventors with Raymond Obstfeld, and Mycroft Holmes.

“I’m not comfortable being preachy, but more people need to start spending as much time in the library as they do on the basketball court.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar



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