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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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The Curious ‘Cat: Missing Class

With the end of the semester approaching, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanova students, “What class are you going to miss the most?”

Michael Nocan-Tamariz: “Any bio class.”

(Josh Seong, Eric Scott)

Josh Seong: “Number Theory.”
Eric Scott: “Number Theory.”

(Tessa Enes, Eunice Cho)

Tessa Enes: “Augustine and Culture Seminar.”
Eunice Cho: “Augustine and Culture Seminar.”

Elizabeth Napierkowski: “U.S. Constitution Law.”



Poetry and Prose: Students Share Original Works at Open Mic Event

On Tuesday, April 17, Villanova students, staff and faculty gathered in Speakers’ Corner to celebrate National Poetry Month. The annual Open Mic event, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, the Department of English and the Program in Creative Writing, provides members of the Villanova community the opportunity to share original work and listen to prose ranging from the humorous to the thought-provoking to the sublime.

Alan Drew, M.F.A; Associate Professor of English; Director, Minor in Creative Writing; Director, Villanova Literary Festival, welcomed attendees and previewed a never before seen chapter of his new novel. Check out Drew’s latest novel, Shadow Man.

Inviting his faculty members and Jutta Seibert, Director of Academic Integration; History, Sociology & Criminology Liaison Librarian, Vicrim Chima, second year graduate student in the department of history, shared multiple works he had written, including one story he plans to turn into a children’s book.

Participating in numerous Open Mic events, senior Marianne Donley, spoke about a landmark near her hometown and thanked her professors for their guidance during her time at Villanova.

Chris Smith shared a poem he wrote for class.

Briana Hayes had the audience laughing as she talked about customer service in her story titled, “I Hate People.”

Tia Parisi shared the thoughts of inhabitants on the Las Vegas strip in her creative writing excerpt.

Do you have a poem or prose you’d like to share? Or, do you just want to listen? Either way, join us for the next Open Mic event. Follow the library on social media for further updates!


New Additions to Falvey!

  • Posted by: Jessica Baldys
  • Posted Date: April 17, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

With the end of the school year, there comes an influx of papers and exams to be researched and studied for- luckily, Falvey Library has all of your new book needs covered!

1.) Marketing to Gen Z : the rules for reaching this vast and very different generation of influencers:

2.) Demoralized : why teachers leave the profession they love and how they can stay:

3.) Reimagining journalism in a post-truth world : how late-night comedians, Internet trolls, and savvy reporters are transforming news:

4.) The line becomes a river

5.) Gambling and war : risk, reward, and chance in international conflict:

6.) Neuroscience basics : a guide to the brain’s involvement in everyday activities:

Happy researching!

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Scholarship @Villanova featuring Dr. Ian Clausen

Introduction: Ian Clausen & The Moral Self

Please join us today, Tuesday, April 17 at 3:00 pm in Falvey’s Speakers’ Corner for a Scholarship@ Villanova talk featuring Ian Clausen, PhD. In this book talk, Dr. Clausen will take us through key phases in Augustine’s development as a teacher and philosopher as presented in Reading Augustine: On Love, Confession, Surrender and the Moral Self (Bloomsbury 2017).

Describing an intellectual journey that will resonate especially with readers at the beginning of their own journey, Clausen will show that Augustine’s early writing career was an outworking of his own inner turmoil and discovery, and that both were to summit, triumphantly, on his monumental book Confessions. On Love, Confession, Surrender and the Moral Self offers a way of looking at Augustine’s early writing career as an on-going, developing process: a process whose chief result was to shape a conception of the moral self that has lasted and prospered to the present day.

As part of our ongoing coverage of the event, we’ve included information on Clausen’s own scholarly works, which are available through Falvey, to bring you a primer on his talk.

Dr. Ian Clausen, Ian Clausen, Scholarship at Villanova, book talk, faculty book talk

Highlighter: Reading Clausen

As a college student at Villanova, you might have pondered about the role of values or ethics in your liberal arts education. I know that I sure have. Clausen has written about this very question in the past in his Seeking the Place of Conscience in Higher Education: An Augustinian View. Centered around the question of how educators can inspire students to encounter their own conscience, this article asks one to think about – among other things – the definition of “conscience,” the third chapter of Genesis, and the role of education more generally.

We come to learn that the conscience can, or perhaps ought, to be viewed as a starting place for moral judgment rather than an ending place for negative emotions associated with our actions. We discover that God’s question “where are you?” might have a figurative meaning that drastically alters how we read the fall of man. And lastly, we learn that education might have more to do with bringing us in touch with awareness of truth rather than asking us to transmit the truth. Click the link above to read the article in its entirety; you won’t regret it!

Reading Augustine begins with the very same question from Genesis 3 – where are we? In this book, Clausen seeks to present the early writings of Augustine as relevant to the world we find ourselves in today as the archetypal conversion experience. Clausen also interrogates what Augustine scholars mean, and indeed what we mean, when we claim to talk about our “selfs.”

Image of St. Augustine, courtesy of Digital Library.

Conclusion: More on Clausen and Attending the Event

Dr. Ian Clausen is an Arthur J. Ennis Postdoctoral Fellow in the Augustine & Culture Seminar Program at Villanova University. He completed his PhD at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, where he studied the writings of Augustine under the tutelage of Professor Oliver O’Donovan, and as a recipient of the international British Marshall scholarship. Before that, he received his BA in English and Religious Studies from the University of Illinois.

In his research, Dr. Clausen combines a focus on Augustine in his historical time and place, along with an interest in perennial questions around moral agency, formation, and the complexities of human love – all of which he will discuss at the event.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Augustine & Culture Seminar Program. Please be sure to join us!

Written by Library Events and Program Coordinator Regina Duffy and Falvey Communication and Marketing Department Graduate Assistant William Repetto.


Peek at the Week: April 16-20

  • Posted by: Hunter Houtzer
  • Posted Date: April 16, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

Quote of the Week: 

“I do things like get in a taxi and say, The library, and step on it.”
-David Foster Wallace

Monday, April 16, 
General Biology Study Group, Room 205, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 6:00-10:00

Tuesday, April 17,
Open Mic, Speaker’s Corner, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Scholarship at Villanova: Ian Clausen, Speaker’s Corner, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
The Patricia Imbesi St. Augustine Fellow Public Lecture, Room 205, 4:00-6:30 p.m.
The Learner’s Studio, Room 301, 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18,
Restorative Practice, Room 206, 11:00-1:15 p.m.
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 1:30-6:00 p.m.
Cultural Competency Panel, Speaker’s Corner, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
The Learner’s Studio, Room 301, 5:00-9:00 p.m.
FEMM: Fertility Education & Medical Management, Room 205, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 19,
CONCEPT Reception, Room 205, 12:00-1:30 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.
Anatomy& Physiology Study Group, Room 205, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 20,
Theology Dies Academicus, Room 205, 9:00-3:30 p.m.
Saint Martin de Porress Executive Committee Meeting, Room 206, 12:45-1:15 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!


Announcing the 2018 Falvey Scholars!

  • Posted by: Regina Duffy
  • Posted Date: April 16, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

Falvey Scholars is an annual program that recognizes outstanding undergraduate research at Villanova University. It is a collaborative initiative of the Library and the Center for Research and Fellowships. Winners of the Falvey Scholar award are selected from a pool of candidates that is generated by applications submitted by a senior Villanova University student or a group of students working on a senior project together with the recommendation of the advisor to the senior thesis or capstone project completed for academic credit.

We are proud to announce that the following students have been selected as our 2018 award winners: Nathaniel Gallishaw, Agnes Cho, Simran Kripalani, Kate Henderson, Elizabeth Marie Eby and Patrick Monagle.

Each winning student will give a short presentation on the content and findings of the research involved in the writing of their thesis or creation of their project report at an event on Friday, April 27 from 9:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library. This event is free and open to the public.

The 2017 Falvey Scholars pictured with University President, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD.

Falvey Scholars is one of the keynote events of the annual Villanova Spring Research Exposition, or EXPO Week. EXPO is a week-long series of events that celebrates the scholarly achievements of Villanova’s researchers – undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. The EXPO showcases a year’s worth of undergraduate research and student accomplishment in innovation and creativity, as well as, research done by our graduate students and faculty.

Digital copies of the winning papers are maintained in Falvey’s Digital Library.


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Last Modified: April 16, 2018