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The Curious ‘Cat: California Dreamin’

Hang in there, Wildcats! Summer break is almost here. This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanova students, “What’s one thing you’re looking forward to this summer?” 

(Monica Dunphy, Cinthia Carlos)

Monica Dunphy: “I’m going to Aruba this summer!”

Cinthia Carlos: “I’m excited to go home to Los Angeles, California.”

Matthew Arnold: “I’m looking forward to hanging out by the pool.”

(Olivia Sigmond, Amy Vera)

Olivia Sigmond: “For our birthdays, my mom and I are going to New York to see ‘Wicked’ on Broadway.”

Amy Vera: “I’m excited to take the NCLEX exam so I can become a certified nurse.”

Alec Jania: “I’m going to Chicago to see some friends!”

Make finals eventful at Falvey – Save the date for our “Finals Crunchtime” open house/stressbuster event on May 3rd from 12-3 pm in the first floor lounge. There will be a cereal bar and plenty of relaxing activities including: puzzles, coloring sheets, perler beads and board games. You can also enter to win a private study suite for finals.

Keep up the great work, Wildcats! Our librarians are here to help with any last minute research assistance. Just a friendly reminder that the reading room, first floor lounge, and the ground, first and second floors of the library are open 24/7.


It’s Crunchtime! Grab a Spoonful of Cereal and Relax at Falvey’s Annual Stressbuster Open House

Photo courtesy of Pablo.

Do finals have you feeling like your bowl is half empty? It’s crunchtime – figuratively and literally! Grab a spoonful of cereal and relax at Falvey Memorial Library’s annual stressbustin’ open house. On Thursday, May 3, at 12:00 p.m. in the first floor lounge, Falvey is proud to bring you a cereal bar with all your favorites! Choose from a wide range of cereal and milk options to meet your dietary restrictions. Whether you’re looking to fill your bowl with some sugary sweetness or whole grain goodness, come take a study break with us.

While chomping on your Cheerios, relax and enjoy an array of stressbustin’ activities including: puzzles, coloring sheets, perler beads and board games. You’ve been a champion all semester, so don’t miss your chance to take a selfie on the front of Will D.’s (like Wheaties) cereal box. Falvey’s subject librarians will also be in attendance to help with any last minute research assistance. Join us for brunch and enter to win a private a private study suite for finals. No matter if you pour the milk in last or first, come alleviate the stress of the season at Falvey!

Don’t forget to stop by the Oreo on Friday, May 4, at 1:00 p.m. to visit with furry friends from Pals for Life! The Stress-Free Happy Healthy Hours event is co-sponsored by POWER, Villanova Student Advancement and the Office of Health Promotion.


Highlighter: Esteemed Author Ariel Levy to Visit Falvey

Ariel Levy will visit Falvey Memorial Library’s Speakers’ Corner as part of the Creative Writing Program’s ongoing Lit Fest today, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. Levy will discuss the publication of her second book, The Rules Do Not Apply, a memoir that recounts Levy’s most personal moments from her memories at Wesleyan University, to her partner’s struggle with alcoholism, to her own miscarriage.

This Highlighter brings together some of Levy’s work available to you through Falvey. As you will find browsing her already written materials, Levy’s talk promises to unveil how we might channel our own personal difficulties into those things we are most passionate about, for Levy: writing.

Ariel Levy poses for a photo.

1. Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture

Female Chauvinist Pigs” starts with a simply asked question, yet one that might not be so simple to answer; “why is laboring to look like Pamela Anderson empowering?” In “FCP,” Levy looks at the rise of a new type in American culture: the female chauvinist pig, who she claims uses a traditionally male aesthetic as a guise for feminism. Exploring the rise of, for example, lad mags and Howard Stern, Levy comes to the conclusion that “‘raunchy’ and ‘liberated’ are not synonyms.”

2. “Thanksgiving in Mongolia”

Learn some intensely personal autobiographical information in this essay. Levy herself claims to have not liked her introverted childhood very much – redeemed by her early decision to become a writer. She contemplates what the future might hold for her own child. Unfortunately, she miscarries in a place far from home – Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. In this “Best American Magazine Writing, 2014” selection, she recounts the details of that experience.

“The New Yorker’s” cartoon depiction of Levy.

3. “Postscript: Edith Windsor, 1929-2017

In this obituary of Edith Windsor, Levy’s latest contribution to “The New Yorker,” Levy gives pedigree information, of course: where Windsor received her degrees and the direction of her career. But Levy stands in awe at the woman who worked to topple the Defense of Marriage Act and who teased her partner, despite their 30 year separation in age, for having too little energy.

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Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Dept. at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.



Falveydelphinovian: novel characters

  • Posted by: Hunter Houtzer
  • Posted Date: April 23, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

This Falveydelphinovian blog showcases the students who find themselves situated in Falvey throughout the week.

This is Elizabeth O’Malley, a Political Science major with minors in Irish Studies and Global Health, and Angelina Malenda, an English major:

“What book character do you identify with the most”

Elizabeth O’Malley [left] :
“Lizzie Bennet because I’m stuck between what I want for me and what is expected of me”

Angelina Malenda [right]:
“Hermione Granger because she kicks butt.”

Falveydelphinovian written and photographed by Anne Stankiewicz and Becca Davis, team member of the Communication and Marketing team at Falvey Memorial Library. 

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Peek at the Week: April 23-27

  • Posted by: Hunter Houtzer
  • Posted Date: April 23, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

Quote of the Week: 

“Never yet was a springtime, when the buds forgot to bloom.”
-Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

Not even this year, even though spring did threaten not to show up.

Monday, April 23, 
Wildcat Crossing Meeting, Room 206, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Falvey Scholar Interview, Room 214, 10:30-11:00 a.m.
2018 Outstanding Faculty Research Award Lecture, Idea Accelerator, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
General Biology Study Group, Room 205, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 24,
The Learner’s Studio, Room 301, 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Literary Festival event featuring Ariel Levy, Speaker’s Corner, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25,
Food For Thought Discussion-VITAL, Room 206, 11:30-12:45 p.m.
Falvey Scholar Interview, Room 214, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 5:00-9:00 p.m.
AAP Peer Leader Meeting, Room 214, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 26, 
Food For Thought Discussion-VITAL, Room 206, 11:
Bibframe Webinar, Room 205, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Success Coaching, Room 301, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 1:30-6:00 p.m.
The Learner’s Studio, Room 301, 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, April 27, 
College Day, Room 301, 8:00-3:00 p.m.
2018 Falvey Scholars Awards Presentation and Reception Ceremony, Room 205, 9:00-12:30 p.m.
Office 365 in Higher Education, Room 205, 1:30-5:00 p.m.
Unitas Weekend Planning Meeting, Room 206, 2:00-3:15 p.m.
Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club, Speaker’s Corner, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

#FalveyPeek at the Week provided by Hunter Vay Houtzer, a graduate assistant on the Communication and Marketing Dept. at the Falvey Memorial Library. She is working toward an MA in Communication at Villanova University. Send your thoughts/suggestions to Hunter at #falveypeek. See you next Monday for more!


2018 Outstanding Faculty Research Award Event: Today!

  • Posted by: Regina Duffy
  • Posted Date: April 23, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

Please join us for the 2018 Outstanding Faculty Research Award event featuring co-recipients Marc Gallicchio, PhD, and Michael Pagano, PhD, today from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Idea Accelerator, Falvey Memorial Library.

Dr. Gallicchio and Dr. Pagano will each give presentations that will highlight the extensive research that led them to win the coveted Outstanding Faculty Research Award. Marc Gallicchio, Professor and Chairperson Department of History, will be presenting the first talk at 1:00 p.m. titled, “Trouble at Home: War Weariness, American Strategy, and the Meaning of Victory in the Pacific War.” Following a short Q&A and break, Michael Pagano, PhD, Professor, Finance and The Robert J. and Mary Ellen Darretta Endowed Chair in Finance, will be presenting a talk at 2:00 p.m. titled, “The Impact of Financial Markets & Institutions on Society.”

Outstanding Faculty Research Award Lecture. 2018 OFRA, Marc Gallicchio, Michael Pagano

Dr. Marc Gallicchio is a historian of U.S. foreign relations and has published most often on American-East Asian relations in the twentieth century. In writing on that subject, he has explored the connections between domestic politics, military affairs and foreign policy; the role of race in international affairs; and the function of collective memory in contemporary trans-Pacific relations. He has written three books, co-authored another, and edited a collection of scholarly essays. He has also published a variety of articles and chapters in collections of scholarly essays and served as a research fellow on the National Security Archive’s project on Power and Prosperity: Linkages between Security and Economics in US-Japanese Relations Since 1960.

During his talk today, Dr. Gallicchio will discuss his most recent book, Implacable Foes: War in the Pacific, 1944-1945 (2017), co-authored with Waldo Heinrichs, for which he was awarded the Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy for 2018. The book details the controversial end of the Pacific War.

Implacable Foes book, Marc Gallicchio

Dr. Michael Pagano is recognized for his research in the areas of financial markets and financial institutions with a focus on analyzing the efficiency, informativeness and impact of these markets and institutions on the allocation of economic resources and societal welfare. In his talk, Dr. Pagano will describe the basic economic functions of financial markets and institutions, as well as how these functions create both benefits and costs to society.  He will also show some examples from his research that demonstrate these costs and benefits in the areas of institutional investor trading, Exchange Traded Fund arbitrage, and digital currencies such as Bitcoin.

Light refreshments will be served. This event, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Office of the Provost, is free and open to the public. Be sure to join us to honor these two remarkable awardees!

Dig Deeper

Looking to enhance your knowledge about the Pacific War and/or financial markets? Let us help you “dig deeper.” See below for a list of resources curated and provided by a librarian specializing in the subject. Don’t hesitate to ‘ask us!’ if you’d like to take the excavation even further. And visit our Events listings for more exciting upcoming speakers, lectures and workshops!

To learn more about the Pacific War, please check out the resources below, which were provided by Jutta Seibert, Director of Academic Integration and subject librarian for history.

Implacable Foes: war in the Pacific, 1944-1945 – by co-authors Marc S. Gallicchio and Waldo H. Heinrichs

The Cold War Begins in Asia: American East Asian Policy and the Fall of the Japanese Empire  by Marc Gallicchio

A list of monographs about the war in the Pacific available at Falvey

A collection of sources featuring eyewitness accounts about the war in the Pacific.

To learn more about financial markets, be sure to check out the following resources, which were provided by Linda Hauck, subject librarian for business.

Finance, Society and Sustainability: How to Make the Financial System Work for the Economy, People and Planet by Nick Silver

Derivatives and the Wealth of Societies edited by Benjamin Lee and Randy Martin

FINRA: Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is a nonprofit authorized by Congress to Ensure Market Integrity

Video of a panel discussion on the role of finance in society by Leading Finance and Economic Scholars


Foto Friday: CONCEPTually Awesome

Congratulations to Justine Carré Miller, winner of the CONCEPT Graduate Research Prize Essay! Read her article, “‘Marriage is the Tomb of Trust and Love:’ Marriage and Divorce in Olympe de Gouges’ Plays,” in the latest edition of CONCEPT, Villanova University’s Interdisciplinary Journal of Graduate Studies.


#Throwback Thursday: 94′ Stage Crew

  • Posted by: Hunter Houtzer
  • Posted Date: April 19, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

#tbt to 1994 when Stage Crew was able to “sit back and enjoy the show now that all the equipment is set perfectly.” -Belle Air (1994), p. 153

If these photos have you feeling nostalgic, feel free to look through the Belle Airs any time the circulation desk is open! Just ask a staff member behind the desk to retrieve the year you’re looking for and you can flip through these yearbooks yourself.
Additionally, we have the years of 19221924, and 1930 online!

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2018 CONCEPT Release Celebration Event

  • Posted by: Regina Duffy
  • Posted Date: April 19, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

Please join us in Falvey Memorial Library’s room 205 today, Thursday, April 19 at 12:00 p.m., as we celebrate the publication of CONCEPT: Villanova University’s Interdisciplinary Journal of Graduate Studies. Editors, authors and peer-reviewers involved in the project will be recognized for their contributions. Light refreshments will be served!

Concept logo

This event, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Graduate Division of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is free and open to the public.

For more information about CONCEPT, please see: http://concept.journals.villanova.edu/


’Cat in the Stacks: Diversity and Diversification, Revisited

CAT-STAX4I’m William Repetto, a second-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is the “‘Cat in the Stacks” column. I’m your ‘cat. I’ll be posting about college life, about learning and growing here at Villanova, and, of course, about the Falvey Memorial Library’s role.

A few weeks ago, I brought you a ’Cat in the Stacks about our new Diversity and Inclusion Resource Guide and encouraged you to implement the ideas of diversity into your own life. Well, yesterday at Falvey we hosted a panel titled “The Language of Race and Gender in 2018,” featuring Sonia Velasco, Brighid Dwyer, and Dr. Terry Nance. In light of this event, I wanted to revisit the topics of diversity and diversifying.

In my earlier post, I talked about the importance of both educating oneself about and interacting with other cultures, but I also pointed out the ways we can diversify our own lives to aid in personal growth. I’d like to turn presently toward the lessons of our panel to continue that same line of thinking, starting with Brighid Dwyer’s message that the language of diversity changes, i.e., words we used five years ago might not carry the same connotation today.

From left to right: Velasco, Dwyer and Nance

This message drastically deepens our personal understandings of diversity and inclusion – as both a field of study and its practical implementation. For me, this means that some of the messages I learned about these topics even at the beginning of my undergraduate years might not be up-to-date. For you, it might mean that words or phrases that were acceptable during high school have developed a new connotation – meaning (a) you should be sensitive to how you’re saying things and (b) you should always seek out new sensitivities.

I would say also that this perspective on change should affect how we look at diversifying our own lives. Just because something was normal for us five or ten years ago does not mean that it’s normal now. For example, ten years ago it might have been different for me to take an entire day to read. Nowadays, as a graduate student, it’s a break from the norm to take some time off to socialize. Keep this constant change in mind when you think about diversifying your own life – be it by meeting new people or changing your routine.

This all ties back to a message that Dr. Nance gave at the event; different does not equal negativity. This message applies to our language and our personal lives. Just because someone says something differently from how we say it, does not necessarily imply something negative. It’s often worthwhile to learn their point-of-view to improve our own sensitivity (and sensibility!). In your personal life, trying something new has two outcomes: either you enjoy it or, well, not so much; it’s not always negative, so you might as well experience it!

University Librarian and Director of Falvey Memorial Library Millicent Gaskell introduces the panel.

Dwyer also left us with another inspiring message: it all comes down to constant engagement, constant learning and constant reading. We can help you with all of those things here at Falvey. You can visit our Subject Librarians, our stacks, or even the Diversity and Inclusion Resource Guide to engage, learn and read all about diversity and diversification.

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Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Dept. at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.

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