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Get Ready for Fall in “No Stile”: Falvey Memorial Library Unveils Refreshed Entrance and Access System

The library has removed the turnstiles from the entrance way, enhancing the library’s welcoming atmosphere for Villanovans and guests.

Regular semester hours remain unchanged, and Villanovans will continue to have access 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

However, it is important to note that beginning in the fall semester, a Wildcard will be required to enter the building after 8 p.m. Sunday–Thursday and after 4:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Patrons will swipe on the external door to gain access.

Library visitors will be able to enter the library until 8 p.m. Sunday–Thursday and until 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Courtesy card holders will continue be able to enter anytime during library service hours up until 30 minutes before closing.

Join us for a “Kiss the Turnstiles Goodbye!” event Aug. 28, 12-2 p.m., on the first floor, in front of Holy Grounds.

Also look for new automated doors for the main entrance lobby that are scheduled to arrive in the beginning of September!

Student comes through the old turnstiles

The turnstiles, April 2019.

worker removing the turnstiles

The turnstiles being removed.

the neww entrance

The new entrance, now without turnstiles.











Shawn Proctor, MFA, is Communications and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.


Villanova Veterans Voices Event Celebrates Alumni Military Service and Stories

Michael Foight, John Schofield, Michael Brown, and Vince Arpa

Villanova Veterans speakers Michael Foight, Director of Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement, Falvey Library; John Schofield CLAS; Michael Brown, Director, Office of Veterans and Military Service Members; and Vincent Arpa COE.

The Department of Veterans Affairs estimated in 2018 that 318 World War II veterans die every day. As they are lost, their voices, filled with stories of service and sacrifice, disappear forever.

At Falvey Memorial Library on Nov. 12, Villanova’s Office of Veterans and Military Members and the Library’s Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement Department launched a collaboration “Lest We Forget: The Villanova Veterans History Project” that has begun to capture the unique voices and stories of veterans with connections to Villanova through digital recordings.

The recordings were engineered by Laura Bang, Distinctive Collections Librarian.

Digital Scholarship Librarian Erica Hayes overviewed the project’s interactive memorial map that honors Villanovans who have died in service to their country.

“This project has as a goal, to honor veterans, to hear their voices and to tell their stories. Whether it be through the Voices project, in an oral interview, or through the mapping project where we show more than just a name, we want to honor that sacrifice and service,” said Michael Brown, Director of Villanova’s Office of Veterans and Military Service Members and an Army Veteran. “I want you all, if you’re a veteran and have an interest, to come and tell your story as well. There’s value in that—we want to hear it. When you’re gone, which is hopefully a long time from now, maybe your grandchildren will want to hear that story too.”

More than 100 veterans, alumni, family, ROTC students, faculty, and staff attended the launch celebration, which included remembrances of three of the project’s 17 participants. They shared memories of their time in the armed services as well as their time as a student at Villanova.

Former US Navy Commander John Schofield CLAS discussed his time in Villanova’s NROTC program, where he struggled, graduating last in a class of 18, but found equal measures of support and tough love from his mentors. That pushed him to succeed then and built a foundation for success in his military service and beyond.

“The prevailing themes at Villanova and in the family of Villanovans is that you are going to make it and we love you. That speaks volumes about how special of a place this is, including for veterans,” he said. “I can’t thank you and Villanova enough for doing this.”

Villanova Veterans who are interested in participating in the project are encouraged to visit the website or email


The GlobalSmackDown: 11/11/19 Protests in Chile

Another episode of the GlobalSmackDown is available on Falvey Memorial Library’s YouTube channel. You can check out the highlight below. Dr. Tim Horner presents the GlobalSmackDown every Monday from 2:00pm – 2:23pm in Speakers’ Corner.

GlobalSmackDown 11/11/19 Protests in Chile

Synopsis written by Dr. Tim Horner

It’s not as if a single dramatic event happened in the last week in Chile; they have been happening for weeks. But events have been escalating fast since mid-October when a groups of middle school children refused to pay their train fare, jumping turnstiles (1) and ‘evading’ police officers dressed in riot gear (2), as they chased them through terminals in Santiago. Again, we are confronted with a single act of the government, in this case 4% hike in subway fares, igniting mass protests in the streets of cities and towns all across Chile. It’s about more than the fare.


In the week that followed those protests in October, Chile’s president, Sebastian Piñera, declared a state of emergency in the capital (3). It was lifted after a week, but Piñera has continued to increase aggression against protesters and Chileans are not backing down. As of now, 19 protesters have been ‘officially’ killed with thousands injured and arrested. And even though Piñera rescinded the fare hike and offered to reshuffle his cabinet, protesters are now demanding he step down as president (4). There is no indication that they are going to stop (5) or that Piñera is going to step down. The military appears, for the moment, to be under his control.


The context for these protests run quite deep, but income inequality (6) seems to be at the root of the discontent. These protests are being seen as a rejection of the neoliberal economic policies that were put into place during the Pinochet years (1973–1990). On the surface, Chile looks like one of the more established, stable countries (7) in South America. But the people of Chile are responding, in homegrown ways (8), to the decline in their standard of living. The most telling indicators are a growing economic inequality coupled with a stagnant, elite leadership for the last twenty years.


President Piñera’s heavy-handed approach to these protests have not helped. It has ironically shown him to be weak in the face of the public discontent. This has created a new political solidarity where many deep cultural discontents (9) are now finding their voices amplified. This is especially true for the Mapuche (10) people of Chile. This indigenous minority has been marginalized and persecuted since colonialization. There is also a growing wave of destruction of the symbols of colonization. This includes not only statues of 16th CE Spaniards but also the churches (11) that came with colonists.

1. (YouTube)

2. (The Guardian)

3. (Independent)

4. (YouTube)

5. (Foreign Policy)

6. (CIA)

7. (Trading Economics)

8. (YouTube)

9. (The Nation)

10. (PRI)

11. (DW)

The GlobalSmackDown is presented every Monday afternoon (2:00pm – 2:23pm EST) in Falvey Memorial Library at Villanova University. The presentation, co-sponsored by ACS program and Falvey Memorial Library, is created and compiled by Dr. Tim Horner from the Center for Peace and Justice Education.


A Modern Midsummer

I’m Daniella Snyder, a second-year graduate student at Villanova University, and your ‘Cat in Falvey Library’s Stacks. I’ll be posting about academics– from research to study habits and everything in between– and how the Falvey Library can play a large role in your success here on campus.

Villanova Theatre is proud to present A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Edward Sobel, on stage November 12-24.

Beware the forest outside Athens, where mischief reigns and faeries tease and torment. Shakespeare’s comedy of passion and power throws two mismatched couples into the fray of a lovers’ quarrel between the faerie king and queenand soon they’re all entangled in enchantments. Add to the mix the devious Puck and hapless troupe of amateur actors, and mayhem abounds. This magical tale, boldly reimagined for our time, reveals the dangers of unbridled desire and the healing potential of the imagination. 

Angela Rose Longo as Hermia and Sarah Stryker as Lysander. Photos by Kimberly Reilly.

Director Edward Sobel leads a cast of 16 Villanova graduate students, portraying the lovers, faeries, and novice actors drawn to the Athenian woods. Sobel’s contemporary staging zeroes in on issues of gender politics while showcasing the darker forces at play in Shakespeare’s well-loved comedy. According to Sobel, the Athens of this production is “a male-dominated world that thinks it’s a democracy – but it’s not.” This Athenian worldview impacts its characters both politically and romantically. “Love is a dangerous thing,” he adds, “and we want to reveal the way male characters manipulate passion in order to absorb rebellion and maintain their power.”

The production features female-identifying actors in various male roles while the most politically powerful male characters are played by male-identifying actors. Female-identifying actors will portray the young lovers Lysander and Demetrius and members of the relentless acting troupe The Rude Mechanicals. The cross gender casting allows actors to both hilariously embody and also critique gender stereotypes.

Angela Rose Longo as Hermia and Sarah Stryker as Lysander. Photos by Kimberly Reilly.

Dramaturg Travis Milliman has extensively researched gender roles in society, both in Elizabethan England and modern-day America, suggesting that the oppressive forces at play will resonate with our audiences in a way that will cause them to perk up and listen. Milliman’s research has also helped to illuminate the faerie world as it related to an Elizabethan audience. He says, “I want to prepare audiences for a Midsummer no one would have expected.”

An Elizabethan audience would have regarded the “Faerie World” as being a very real threat to sinners in their human society and believed that their wrongdoings could result in punishments or torture from vengeful faeries. While our understanding of “fairies” today has been infiltrated by the cute, Disney characters many of us know and love, this production plans to use the fearing subconscious to inspire the faerie world of Titania, Oberon, and Puck. Check out Milliman’s dramaturgical guide to learn more.

Angela Rose Longo as Hermia and Sarah Stryker as Lysander. Photos by Kimberly Reilly.

Costume designer and second-year graduate student Asaki Kuruma’s ambitious design conjures three distinct worlds: the regal Athenian court, ominous faeries, and lower-class actors. While audiences might not see wings on these faeries, they can expect to feel as though these haunting spirits are from a world mortals dare not enter. What’s more, she has created silhouettes that allow female bodied actors to inhabit male roles in a way that is realistic and affecting. Kuruma blends repurposed materials, classical silhouettes, and couture inspiration to wardrobe a large ensemble, each of whom play multiple roles.

Deepening the world of the play is set designer Stephanie Hansen. Hansen’s unified set marries the natural forest and classical architectural structures in order to suggest that these locations are far from separate and that the powers and mysteries of the woods are, in fact, an extension of the desires of the real world. Jerold Forsyth’s lighting design will illuminate the foliage of the woods and create the dark and starry skies required to evoke the shadowy nighttime. John Stovicek’s soundscape will emphasize the play’s bewitching themes, bringing encroaching winds and haunting lullabies into the mix of theatrical spectacle.

Sarah Stryker as Lysander. Photos by Kimberly Reilly.

For those of you who haven’t seen A Midsummer Night’s Dream before, you might want to check out a more traditional production of the play before you see Villanova Theatre’s modern re-imagining. Don’t worry, Falvey has you covered. We have two DVD versions of the play in our permanent collection, we have the 1994 issue of The Villanovan that reports a previous production of Midsummer, and you can stream at least 3 different productions of the play through our subscription to Digital Theatre +. We also have access to the BBC version of Midsummer with video and text transcripts. Finally, check out the Midsummer educational guide from Villanova Theatre.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is on stage from November 12 to 24. Buy your tickets here.

Daniella Snyder HeadshotDaniella Snyder is so excited to see Villanova Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her favorite Shakespearean play is Othello. She also wants to thank Sarah Wingo, the Falvey Subject Librarian for English, Theatre, and Romance Languages, for her help and information about valuable Shakespearean resources.

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New Resources for LGBTQ Research: LGBT Magazine Archive and LGBTQ Thought and Culture

LGBTQ Resources ScreenshotThe library has recently purchased access to two essential LGBTQ+ research resources: Alexander Street’s LGBT Thought and Culture and Proquest’s LGBT Magazine archive. These new additions will greatly bolster the University’s LGBTQ+ research resources and help fill important gaps in our LGBTQ+ and Gender and Women’s Studies collections.

LGBT Thought and Culture provides coverage of the essential works and archival documents of the global LGBTQ+ movement. It includes the Pat Rocco and Jeanne Cordova collections, which contain speeches, correspondences, and ephemeral from these important LGBTQ+ activists. The collection also includes the Magnus Hirshfeld collection, which includes professional correspondence, confidential reports, and court documents from the renowned early 20th century sex researcher.

The collection includes a huge array of limiters including subject heading, archival collections, and media-type, allowing researchers to hone in on very specific aspects of LGBTQ+ culture. Whenever possible the resource includes a high definition direct scan of the source material with a sidebar table of contents for the scanned resource.

The LGBT Magazine Archive feature full coverage of 26 of the most influential LGBTQ+ magazine and newspapers. This archive also includes, for the first time, the entire run of the Advocate from its inception in 1967 to the present. The ProQuest interface allows researchers to search all the tiles simultaneously or restrict their searching to a specific title or titles. A place of publication limiter also allows researchers to search by region.

Both resources will provide researchers with long overdue access to a huge store of LGBTQ+ primary resources.

For any research-related questions regarding LGBTQ+ or gender studies, contact Susan Turkel,  the Sociology & Criminology, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, and Gender & Women’s Studies librarian.

Rob LeBlanc is First year Experience Librarian at Falvey Library.

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How We Help: Honoring Our Military Heroes

Villanova Veterans Voices Postcard

Villanova’s strong connection to service is reflected in the University’s proud tradition of military service.

Its Naval Reserve Officer Training Corp includes more than 90 Navy and Marine Corps midshipmen, under the advisement of a staff of highly trained and motivated sailors and marines. The program has produced more Navy Admirals and Marine Corps Generals than any other institution outside of the Naval Academy. The University also has an Army ROTC program, which trains and produces top level Cadets to serve as Army officers.

The University’s Office of Veterans and Military Members and Falvey Memorial Library’s Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement Department are collaborating on a Villanova Veterans History Project called “Lest We Forget: The Villanova Veterans History Project” that will capture the unique voices and stories of veterans with connections to Villanova through digital recordings. It also features an interactive memorial map that honors Villanovans who have died in service to their country.

“Through extensive research and collaboration, our team created an interactive memorial map that will memorialize and remember the service of these Villanovans. In doing so, we hope to educate present and future generations about the cost of freedom and Villanova’s legacy of service,” said Michael Brown, Director of Villanova’s Office of Veterans and Military Service Members and an Army Veteran.

The launch of the digital project will be celebrated in Falvey Memorial Library’s Speakers’ Corner on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 4:30–7 p.m. The launch event will feature several project participants and Villanova University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD.

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Veterans and Military Service Members and Falvey Memorial Library.

Visit the digital project online at


Foto Friday: The Joy of Sox

Photo courtesy of Tom Costello Jr.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, volunteers from Falvey Memorial Library, the Law Library, and Peer Ministry participated in the annual St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service. Teaming with Tom Costello Jr. ’69 COE, founder of The Joy of Sox, the group assisted in cleaning and painting the organization’s warehouse, sorting and taking inventory of socks, and assembling shelving. The Joy of Sox is a nonprofit organization that collects and purchases new socks to distribute to the homeless. The group’s Day of Service work was covered by the Philadelphia Inquirer! In all, they sorted nearly 4,000 pairs of socks for distribution.

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.


The Curious Cat: Christmas Music – Where do we draw the line?

Folks, we have something important to talk about and it lies at the heart of many familial and friendship squabbles… When is it appropriate to start playing Christmas music? This week’s Curious Cat asked students when they thought it was acceptable to start playing Christmas music.

“Whenever you want to! I started in the Summer!”

Kamryn Don, Class of 2022, Political Science

“Anytime after Black Friday”

Chris Leonard, Class of 2023, Computer Engineering

“After Thanksgiving.”

Regan Montefusco, Class of 2023, Political Science


The GlobalSmackDown Highlights Launch!

Today marks the premier of the GlobalSmackDown highlights series. Those of you who are familiar with Dr. Tim Horner’s weekly presentations will be happy to hear that we will now be uploading 3-4 minute highlights of every GSD, just in case you missed his live presentation.

The videos will be posted directly to our YouTube Channel (Falvey Memorial Library), but they will also be embedded in a blogpost for easy access (check out the first one below). For those of you not familiar with Dr. Horner’s presentations, we strongly encourage you to attend one of his 23-minute presentations on Mondays at 2:00pm in Speakers’ Corner.

The GlobalSmackDown with Dr. Tim Horner (11/4/19 Protests in Lebanon)



Discover Amazing Historical Treasures with AM Explorer

The Library has trial access to the complete Adam Matthew digital archive until December 14. The archive includes over sixty unique digital collections spanning from the 15th to the 21st century. Contents include documents, manuscripts, letters, historical books, newspapers, magazines, films, images, posters, and audio files. All collections are curated by academic editorial boards and include contextual essays written by recognized scholars and in some cases video interviews. These introductory materials facilitate access to the collections for undergraduate students. The sheer size of the archive makes it impossible to describe it in a short blog post. The collections highlighted here are by no means representative. Interested readers can find a complete list of available collections online.

Socialism on Film (1918-1988) is a collection of newsreels, documentaries, and feature films from the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, the former GDR, China, Vietnam, Korea, and Latin America. Sourced from the archives of the British Film Institute, this collection features the films gathered by British communist Stanley Forman. The films in the collection are dubbed in English for distribution in the West. Scholars can assemble their own playlists and link to preselected snapshots or excerpts of each film. They can also create their own custom clips. Each film includes a transcript. For example, the Lenin & the Russian Revolution sub-collection “features over 80 documentary and feature films that present and explore the dramatic rise of communism and formation of the Soviet Union under the leadership of Vladimir Lenin. Created to bolster and celebrate the communist cause, as well as to kindle and ignite the political passions of new generations of revolutionaries, these films make for powerful propaganda tools.” [Excerpt from the collection description] Denise J. Youngblook (University of Vermont) contributed an essay on “The Soviet Documentary and Cold War Propaganda” to the collection.

Under the Banner of Peace still image

Under the Banner of Peace, 1969, Moscow Popular Science Film Studio.

The Food and Drink in History collection was sourced from a wide range of institutions world-wide including two local archives: The Winterthur Library and the Hagley Museum & Library. Primary sources in the collection range from the 16th century to the early 21st century and include a variety of formats such as cookbooks, food marketing materials, trade cards, food labels, and cooking magazines. Beth M. Forrest (Culinary Institute of America) contributed an essay that discusses “Performing History Through Food: Interpreting Recipes and Cookbooks.”

Save Waste Fats for Explosives, poster,

Save Waste Fats for Explosives, poster, color, 20 x 28 in., USGPO, 1943.

Everyday Life & Women in America “comprises thousands of fully searchable images of monographs, pamphlets, periodicals and broadsides addressing 19th and early 20th century political, social and gender issues, religion, race, education, employment, marriage, sexuality, home and family life, health, and pastimes. The collection is especially rich in conduct of life and domestic management literature, offering vivid insights into the daily lives of women and men, as well as emphasizing contrasts in regional, urban and rural cultures.” [Excerpt from the collection description] The primary sources featured in this collection come from the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History at Duke University and The New York Public Library. Judith Mattson Bean contributed an essay about “Women Talking about Themselves: Changing Discourse in American Advice Literature.”

Race Relations in America explores “three pivotal decades in the struggle for civil rights in America through the eyes and work of sociologists, activists, psychologists, teachers, ministers, students and housewives. Sourced from the records of the Race Relations Department of the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries, housed at the Amistad Research Center in New Orleans, this resource provides access to a wealth of documents highlighting different responses to the challenges of overcoming prejudice, segregation and racial tensions. These range from survey material, including interviews and statistics, to educational pamphlets, administrative correspondence, and photographs and speeches from the Annual Race Relations Institutes.” [Excerpt from the collection description] The collection includes an interactive chronology and a map that allows the reader to identify primary sources by geographic location. An essay by Katrina M. Sanders (University of Iowa) delineates the history of the Race Relations Institute at Fisk University.

Race Relations in America Map

A word of warning before you start exploring the Adam Matthew Explorer archive. Don’t enter unless you have plenty of free time on hand. It is easy to lose track of time and get lost in the wealth of primary sources. Contact Jutta Seibert ( if you would like to recommend the complete archive or selected collections for acquisition. Trial access to the archive will be available until December 14. The link to the collection is available under Databases A-Z on the Library website for the duration of the trial: Enter PALCI2019 as user name and as password.


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Last Modified: November 4, 2019