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Foto Friday: First Look

Stop by Falvey’s first floor to see the proposed plans for a potential future renovation of the library. Questions, comments, concerns…submit your feedback here:

The Curious ‘Cat: Best in Class

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanova students,

“What is one course you are enjoying this semester?”

Jessie Williamson: “Theology.”

(Andrene Powell, Morgan Williams)

Andrene Powell: “Fundamentals of Acting.”

Morgan Williams: “African Americans During Slavery.”

Manuel Guerra: “Cell Biology.”

(Kendal Woods, Abby Quinn, Haley Giaramita)

Kendal Woods: “Bio Materials.”

Abby Quinn: “Sociology and the Family.”

Haley Giaramita: “Drugs and Behavior.”

Staff Pick: Black Historical Newspapers

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: September 20, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

Black Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)

By Jutta Seibert

Philadelphia Tribune

In recent years, the Black Lives Matter and Me Too movements have given minority groups a platform to voice their grievances and concerns, and most of the major U.S. news outlets have reported on these movements. However, minority voices and viewpoints used to be largely underrepresented in the media.

For most of the twentieth century African Americans relied on the African American press for their information needs. During the Progressive Era African Americans began printing their own news in all major cities with strong African American populations: New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Norfolk and Pittsburgh.

ProQuest has digitized the print archives of the most influential African American newspapers as much as they survived, and the Villanova community can now access them through the Library’s website.

The Black Historical Newspapers collection includes The Baltimore Afro-American, founded in 1892 by John H. Murphy, Sr. and one of the most widely circulated black newspapers on the Atlantic coast. It remains in print today under its new name Afro. Also included are the Chicago Defender, founded in 1905 by Robert S. Abbott, a newspaper that exposed Jim Crow laws in the South and urged African Americans to move north to improve their lot.

Today the Defender is the oldest newspaper in Chicago. Noteworthy for scholars with local history interests will be the Philadelphia Tribune, founded by Christopher J. Perry in 1884. It is the oldest continuously published African American newspaper in the country. Other newspapers in the collection are the Atlanta Daily World, the Cleveland Call & Post, the Los Angeles Sentinel, the New York Amsterdam News, the Norfolk Journal & Guide, and the Pittsburgh Courier.

The first African American newspapers in the country were founded in the early nineteenth century. The Villanova community has access to digital copies of some of these publications through African American Newspapers: The 19th Century. The collection includes the Freedom’s Journal, the first African American owned and operated newspaper, the Christian Recorder, The North Star, and Frederick Douglass’ Paper.

African American communities continue to support these historically significant news outlets, many of which remain in print today. Interested readers will notice that in some cases print issues of the early years of these newspapers are lost and are hence not part of the digital archive. For those interested in learning more about the history of the African American press, the Library has the following recommendations:

  • Penn, I. Garland 1867-1930. The Afro-American Press and Its Editors. Springfield, MA: Willey, 1891.
  • Thompson, Shirley E. “The Black Press.” In A Companion to African American History, ed. by Alton Hornsby Jr., 332-345. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005.
  • Wolseley, Roland Edgar. The Black Press, U.S.A. [1st ed.]. Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1971.
    Falvey collections: PN4888.N4 W6
  • Pride, Armistead Scott., and Clint C. Wilson. A History of the Black Press. Washington, DC: Howard University Press, 1997.
    Falvey collections: PN4882.5.P75 1997
  • Simmons, Charles A. The African American Press: A History of News Coverage During National Crises, With Special Reference to Four Black Newspapers, 1827-1965. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 1998.
    Falvey collections: PN4882.5 .S57 1998
  • Hutton, Frankie. The Early Black Press in America, 1827 to 1860. Westport, Conn. ; London: Greenwood Press, 1993.
    Falvey collections: PN4882.5 .H87 1993
  • Newkirk, Pamela. Within the Veil: Black Journalists, White Media. New York: New York University Press, 2000.
    Falvey collections: PN4882.5 .N49 2000
  • Carroll, Fred. Race News: Black Journalists and the Fight for Racial Justice in the Twentieth Century. Urbana; Chicago; Springfield: University of Illinois Press, 2017.

‘Cat in the Comic Book Stacks

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: September 19, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

I’m Daniella Snyder, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University, and your newest ‘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!


September 25th is National Comic Book Day!

While I certainly encourage you to celebrate by picking up your favorite childhood comic book (I’ll be grabbing Wonder Woman, of course), I would also urge you to look at those comic books in a new, more critical way. The Falvey Library can help: use this list of critical sources to re-examine your childhood favorites for National Comic Book Day.

Happy reading!

Source: Amazon.

Comic Book Nation: The Transformation of Youth Culture in America by Bradford W. Wright

Wright offers a provocative history of the comic book industry throughout the history of twentieth-century America. Wright asserts that comic books have continually reflected national moods, and Wright finds that comic book writers and illustrators used the medium to address a variety of national issues, including racism, economic injustice, fascism, the threat of nuclear war, and drug abuse. He looks to Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and others, superimposing them over monumental moments in American history, like the Cold War, the Depression, and others.

Comic Book Nation is at once a serious study of popular culture and an entertaining look at an enduring American art form.

Jeremiah Massengale, Assistant Professor and Director of Journalism at University of the Cumberlands, asserts, “By creating such a comprehensive volume, Wright’s efforts should provoke a further interest in serious cultural criticism of the medium. Readers can easily find in the book a starting point for their own studies. It paves the way for more exhaustive study of comics during specific historical periods and especially during his relatively untapped analysis of the cultural representation in comics during the 1990s and beyond.”




Source: Flickr.

The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore

Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has uncovered an astounding array of documents and papers belonging to William Moulton Martson, Wonder Woman’s inventor. Marston was influenced by early suffragists and feminists in creating the female superhero. In the 1920s, Marston and his wife lived with Olive Byrne, the niece of Margaret Sanger, one of the most influential feminists in American history.

Wonder Woman, Lepore argues, is the missing link in the history of the struggle for women’s rights.

Sonny Figueroa of The New York Times writes, “In The Secret History of Wonder Woman she [Lepore] fully tells Marston’s history for the first time, as well as the complete history of how so many crisp feminist ideas made their way into Wonder Woman comics. It’s complicated material that she capably explores, though she leaves you with uncomfortably torn feelings and a sense that this intellectual jigsaw puzzle is missing pieces. Should we read Marston’s Wonder Woman strips as feminist manifestoes, or as the working out of issues by a somewhat troubled man, or both? Her book makes you inwardly cheer, “Go Wonder Woman!” one moment, and then fret, “Go Wonder Woman?” in the next.”



Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe

Source: Amazon.

Marvel Comics gave us Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and the Amazing Spider-Man. Their stories and mythologies fascinate us and the rest of the world, and have for approximately half a century.

Sean Howe, a former comic book reviewer and editor at Entertainment Weekly, tells a gripping narrative of one of the most extraordinary and beloved pop cultural entities in America’s history.

The New York Post says Howe’s book is a “must for any superhero or pop-culture fan.”

American novelist Jonathan Lethem writes, “Sean Howe’s history of Marvel makes a compulsively readable, riotous and heartbreaking version of my favorite story, that of how a bunch of weirdos changed the world. That it’s all true is just frosting on the cake.”




Source: Amazon.

Disability in Comic Books and Graphic Narratives by Chris Foss, Jonathan W. Gray, and Zach Whalen

This source would be ideal for any student interested in Disability Studies and its intersections.

As there has yet to be any substantial scrutiny of the complex confluences a more sustained dialogue between disability studies and comics studies might suggest, Disability in Comic Books and Graphic Narratives aims through its broad range of approaches and focus points to explore this exciting subject in productive and provocative ways.

On the book, psychologist M. F. McClure says, “Foss, Gray, and Whalen offer an ambitious cross-disciplinary collection bringing disability studies theories to bear on the burgeoning genre of graphic literature…The work is useful for several disciplines including disability studies, graphic literature, psychology, and popular culture.”

English scholar Charles Acheson remarks, “Foss, Gray, and Whalen provide comics scholars, as well as those located in such related fields as children’s literature and visual rhetoric, the opportunity to think critically about key issues in disability studies and their particular representation in hybrid visual-verbal texts…This collection captures the urgency of the intersection of comics and disability, and the absence of non-American comics texts suggests an opportunity for the discussion to continue developing further through various national and cultural perspectives.”

What’s Your Go-To?

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: September 18, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News


Dr. Evan Radcliffe, Director of the English Graduate Program and Associate Professor of English


“My go-to database is ECCO, or Eighteenth Century Collections Online.

When I was first doing doing research on the 1790s, you had to actually go to the libraries– old libraries– to find research materials. I remember, I was working in the Yale Library, trying to find this one pamphlet, and I just couldn’t find it. Then I realized it had fallen down between the stacks and had been stuck there! It could have been there for 100 years.

But now, almost anybody can do the research they might want to do. There are a lot of other great 18th century databases, but with this one you can find all kinds of stuff. It makes the job of being a scholar that much easier and even more possible.”

Peek at the Week: 9/17-9/21

  • Posted by: Nathaniel Haeberle-gosweiler
  • Posted Date: September 17, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

This Week in the Library


Monday, September 17

CASA Restorative Conference, Room 206, 11:00a-1:30p

GlobalSmackDown Series: Russia, Speakers’ Corner, 2:00p-2:23p

Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 301, 3:00p-4:00p

The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 4:00p-9:00p

Tuesday, September 18th

Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 301, 11:30a-2:30p

RSSE Brown Bag Lunch Series: Pixelated Pedagogy: Creating Digital Projects in the Classroom Room 205, 12:00p-1:00p

Town Hall with Millicent Gaskell (Students), Speakers’ Corner, 5:30p-6:30p

The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 4:00p-9:00p

Biology Study Group, Room 205, 7:00p-9:00p

Wednesday, September 19th

Student Worker Administrators Group, Room 205, 12:30p-1:30p

The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 4:00p-9:00p

Town Hall with Millicent Gaskell (Students), Speakers’ Corner, 6:00p-7:00p

Thursday, September 20th

Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 301, 3:00p-4:00p

The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 4:00p-9:00p

Anatomy and Physiology Study Group, Room 205 7:00p-9:00

Friday, September 21th

Converge Web Governance, Room 205, 9:00a-12:00p

Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club, Speakers’ Corner, 2:30p-4:30p


1842 Day!

Please keep Falvey Memorial Library in mind when you make your donation for 1842 Day. Falvey Memorial Library Director, Millicent Gaskell, will be matching up to $1,842 of contributions! Thank you all for your generosity and continued support!


Your Monday Morning Playlist

Too distracted to work on that paper, presentation, take-home quiz, group project, etc.? Are you being held back by unfocused residual energy from a weekend of sensory overload? Try out some of these droning songs from the industrial, ambient, and avant garde traditions.


Throbbing Gristle “Final Muzak”


Haruomi Hosono “Growth”

Merzbow “Forgotten Land”


Celebrate National Coloring Day With These Villanova Coloring Pages

Celebrate National Coloring Day with these Villanova coloring pages! Download them here and get out your colored pencils:

St. Augustine

Coach Harry Perretta

Falvey Memorial Library

St. Thomas of Villanova

Jay Wright

V for Villanova, V for Victory

Will D Cat and the Oreo

Foto Friday: Proposed Plans

Millicent Gaskell, University Librarian and Director of Falvey Memorial Library, shares the proposed draft plans for a potential Falvey Memorial Library redesign with Villanova faculty and staff. Students, come learn about the library master planning project at Falvey’s town hall events in Speakers’ Corner on Tuesday, September 18 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, September 19 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.

The Curious ‘Cat: Falvey of the Future

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanova students, “What would you like to see in a potential Falvey Memorial Library redesign? 

Kathleen Inger: “New computers and more tables (in a variety of sizes).”

(Henry Haligowski, Sarah Moxham)

Henry Haligowski: “More group study rooms.”

Sarah Moxham: “New desks for individual study on the third and fourth floors.”

(Valerie Rodriguez, Chloe Cherry)

Valerie Rodriguez: “More printers.”

Chloe Cherry: “More tables for individual study.”

(Courtney Murphy, Krista Walsh)

Courtney Murphy: “More outlets and better lighting.”

Krista Walsh: “More study space and color printers.”

Students, come learn about the library master planning project at Falvey’s town hall events in Speakers’ Corner on Tuesday, September 18 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, September 19 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

‘Cat in the Stax: Hispanic Heritage Month

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: September 12, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

I’m Daniella Snyder, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University, and your newest ‘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!


Nationally, we recognize Sept 15th to October 15th as Hispanic Heritage Month. We use this month to pay tribute to generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively contributed to society through politics, art, and literature. Villanova University and the Office of Intercultural Affairs is certainly using this month to celebrate! Be sure to check out the list of events happening on campus, ranging from ZUMBA classes to a film screening of COCO.

While you can certainly use Falvey’s Diversity & Inclusion Guide to find a wide array of databases and resources that highlight Hispanic and Latin American voices, use this brief list as a way to jumpstart your reading for Hispanic Heritage Month. Use the links to borrow a copy in the Falvey Library today!


The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Source: Amazon.

Sandra Cisneros is a Mexican-American author. Her most notable work is New York Times bestseller The House on Mango Street: a 1984 coming-0f-age novel that tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina woman growing up in Chicago with Chicanos and Puerto Ricans.

The entire novel is composed of various vignettes that resemble poetry in length. Esperanza narrates the vignettes in first person, ranging from topics like her family, her dream house, and the trees on her street. The vignettes chart her life over the course of a year, reflecting her physical and emotional growth.

The House on Mango Street is considered one of the greatest works of Latino literature.




Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldúa

Source: Amazon.

Gloria Anzaldúa is a multi-identity Chicana feminist writer. Her semi-autobiographical work, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza is a best selling, notable, and award-winning book.

The term “Borderlands,” according to Anzaldúa, refers to the geographical area along the US/Mexico border. In the book, she shares the story of growing up along the Texas/Mexico border. Anzaldúa artistically articulates– through prose and poetry in both Spanish and English– the way in which culture, language, and even worlds hybridize in the Borderlands.

Anzaldúa also addresses her activism as a queer Chicana woman, and the borders that appear around queer and gender identities.

25 years after the publication of Borderlands, the book was banned in an Arizona school district due to a law that prohibited the teaching of Mexican-American studies.



The Dew-Breaker by Edwidge Danticat

Source: Amazon.

Edwidge Danticat is a Haitian-American novelist and short story writer. Although Danticat resides in the United States, she still considers Haiti her home.

The title of the novel comes from a Creole phrase which refers to those who break “the serenity of the morning dew,” and can be considered a Creole nickname for someone who tortures others. In this novel, “The Dew Breakers” are a paramilitary group who tortured thousands of innocent Haitian civilians in the late 20th century.

Danticat tells heartbreakingly real and emotionally-driven narratives that center around the Haitian-American experience. Another one of her books, Breath, Eyes, Memory tells the story of a young girl immigrating from Haiti to the United States, and her struggle with leaving her home country.




I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

Source: Amazon.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter follows the story of 15-year-old Julia Reyes, a Mexican-American girl growing up in Chicago, and the problems that occur following the death of a family member.

In an interview about the process of writing the novel, Sánchez remarked, “I wanted to create a story that documented the experiences of an immigrant family because that’s the family that I belonged to. And I think it’s really important to read different narratives about people so you can understand what it’s like to be them. I think reading can be a very powerful tool for empathy. I hope that young children of immigrants can see themselves in the book and feel validated.”

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter is a finalist for the National Book Award for young people’s literature.





Make Your Home Among Strangers: A Novel by Jennine Capó Crucet

Source: Goodreads.

Latina novelist Jennine Capó Crucet tells the story of Lizet, a first-generation college student and daughter of Cuban immigrants. She gets accepted to Rawlings College, and leaves Miami, her hometown. An array of troubling changes ensue and ultimately affect Lizet’s life: her parents sell her childhood home, they divorce, and Lizet finds herself on the margins at college.

Goodreads writes about Make Your Home Among Strangers: “Urgent and mordantly funny, Make Your Home Among Strangers tells the moving story of a young woman torn between generational, cultural, and political forces; it’s the new story of what it means to be American today.”

Make Your Home Among Strangers won the International Latino Book Award for Best Latino-Themed Fiction in 2016.







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