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Foto Friday: Mendel on the Move

  • Posted by: Kallie Stahl
  • Posted Date: April 12, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

On Wednesday, April 10, Father Gregor Johann Mendel, OSA, got a bird’s-eye view of Villanova’s recent renovations as he traveled to his new home on Mendel field. Photo courtesy of Kelly McMahon ’22.

The Curious ‘Cat: Films For Your Entertainment

  • Posted by: Kallie Stahl
  • Posted Date: April 11, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

Excited about Falvey’s new external DVD players, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanova students,

What was the last movie you watched?

(Jamie Trende, Erin Crawford)

Erin Crawford: “The Princess Switch.”

Jamie Trende: “Black Panther.”

(Juliana Choi, Brandon Won)

Juliana Choi: “Get Out.”

Brandon Won: “Get Out.”

(Molly McMahon, Charlotte Duffy)

Molly McMahon: “You Get Me.”

Charlotte Duffy: “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.”

Daniella Snyder: “The Highwaymen.”

Falvey Library now has two external DVD players that can be checked out from the service desk on the first floor for three hours at a time. To operate the players, they simply need to be plugged into a USB outlet. There are no software drivers to install, and the players will work on both Windows and Mac operating systems.

Celebrate National Library Week- study in Falvey!

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: April 10, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

I’m Daniella Snyder, a first-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!

Hey Wildcats! Did you know it’s National Library Week?

Even though the weather is beautiful and you want to study outside, remember that Falvey Library is always here for you! We’re open 24/7 to make sure your library will always be a space to learn and contribute to the Villanova community!

What better way to celebrate National Library Week than by studying in Falvey? Since we know seating can be hard to find, take a peek at one of our blog posts from last semester that highlights some lesser-known study spots in Falvey.

Grateful for your library? Take a pic and tag us on social media telling us how you plan on celebrating #nationallibraryweek!


Falvey Basement:


All of these spots are down by the Idea Accelerator. It’s a pretty quiet hallway with little foot traffic, the perfect set up for long-term studying.


Falvey West Stacks:

Okay, I know the Falvey West Stacks can be a little scary sometimes, but if you want the most isolated and quiet spot in Falvey, this is the spot for you.


Old Falvey Basement:

Look at all of these! open! seats!


Main Floor:

Whenever there isn’t a class in the Griffin Room, it’s open for studying. Use it!


3rd Floor, Old Falvey:


The third floor of Old Falvey houses the the Graduate Student Lounge, but there are a ton of additional quiet study spots in the hallway.

Faith by the Numbers

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: April 9, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News



By Darren Poley, Librarian for Theology, Religion, Humanities and Classical Studies



It’s hard knowing if you have accurate statistical data when you don’t know a credible source, and often for academic reasons you need to find it quickly. Falvey has procured access to two very important statistical databases in the field of religious studies: World Religion Database, produced by the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs; and World Christian Database from the Center for the Study of Global Christianity. Access to these two dynamic online databanks is licensed from Brill, a well-respected academic publisher. And Brill has recently given them a fresh, new user interface.

Both are respected sources of information and data that is useful to the student and the professional scholar, too. It allows one to get up-to-date facts and figures on religions and denominations from several points of entry. They each have helpful glossaries which define unusual terms used by the databases and dictionaries that define religions, traditions and other standard terms. The information is organized by regions, countries, peoples and languages. They both offer data gathered by field research, estimation, censuses, surveys and projections. They even offer “Top 20 Lists.” World Religion Database includes information from The Pew Research Center. World Christianity Database has unique categories such as a chronology, martyrs, theological education directory, and religious change over time. Both take a global view on their respective subjects. Perhaps the best feature of these databases is that they are updated quarterly, so the data is not only comprehensive, historical and reliable but also the most current.

Researchers nowadays talk frequently about “Big Data” and how it gets curated and disseminated. Well, these Web-based tools go a long way to provide access to enormous amounts of data that is more easily mined by means of them. You can access them through Falvey’s catalog, A-Z databases list, and Theology and Religious Studies subject guide.


External DVD Players Now Available for Internal Use

  • Posted by: Kallie Stahl
  • Posted Date: April 8, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

Streaming services are great: Who doesn’t enjoy watching a Netflix original or binge watching a TV show on Hulu? While the various content options on streaming services may seem overwhelming, there may be a time when the movie you’re looking for is unavailable. With more than 2,686 films in Falvey’s DVD collection, you may be able to find the film you are seeking. Don’t have a DVD player on your laptop? No problem; Falvey Library now has two external DVD players that can be checked out from the service desk on the first floor for three hours at a time. To operate the players, they simply need to be plugged into a USB outlet. There are no software drivers to install, and the players will work on both Windows and Mac operating systems. Whether you are working on a group project, analyzing an assigned film for a class, or watching a movie from Falvey’s collection, the external DVD players are now available for internal use.


Peek at the Week: April 8th – April 12th

  • Posted by: Nathaniel Haeberle-gosweiler
  • Posted Date: April 8, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

This week in the library:


GlobalSmackdown Series, Speakers’ Corner, 2:00 – 2:23

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

Digital Humanities with Lauren Shohet / Bob Beck, Room 214, 4:30p – 7:00p


Interviewing Skills Workshop, Room 205, 10:00a – 11:45a

Open Mic Event, Speakers’ Corner, 12:30p – 2:00p

Falvey Scholars Decision Meeting, Room 214, 2:00p – 3:00p

The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 11:30a – 2:30p & 4:00p – 9:00p

Access Services Student Employee Meeting, Room 205, 3:00p – 6:00p

General Biology Study Group, Room 205, 7:00p – 9:00p


CASA Restorative Conference, Room 206, 10:30a – 12:30p

2019 CONCEPT Reception, Room 205, 12:00p – 1:30p

The Patricia Imbesi Fellow Public Lecture, Room 205, 4:00p – 6:00p

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

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


Beckman Scholars Program, Room 206, 10:30a – 11:00a & 3:00p – 4:30p

Conversation with Heimbold Chair, Mike McCormack, Speakers’ Corner, 2:30p – 4:00p

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

Russian Areas Studies Meet and Greet, Room 205, 4:30p – 6:00p


VSEC Practice Pitch Session, Room 301, 1:00p – 5:00p

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

Unitas Weekend Planning, Room 206, 2:30p – 3:30p

Data Fest, Room 205, 4:00p – 5:00p

This Day in History 

Written by Brandon Boyer

April 8, 1983- David Copperfield Makes Statue of Liberty Disappear 

On this day in 1983, magician David Copperfield pulled off his most notable trick when he made the Statue of Liberty disappear. In performing the trick, Copperfield wanted to emphasize the importance of liberty and how easily it could be lost. “I can show with magic how we take our freedom for granted,” Copperfield explained. Copperfield had a curtain raised up in front of the statue to conceal it in front of the cameras and live audience. When he dropped it, the statue was gone, having completely disappeared to the astonishment of the audience. Though the audience had been made to believe the statue had disappeared, an explanation of the trick reveals that the platform holding the statue was rotated behind one of the pillars holding up the curtain. The lights illuminating the statue were turned off and duplicate lights were turned in the position where the statue was supposed to be. Therefore, it appeared that the statue was gone, when in reality, it was hidden behind one of the pillars and the curtain, lights, and loud music being played distracted the audience from noticing. This trick entered the record books as “The Largest Illusion Ever Staged” and became one of the eleven Guinness World Records Copperfield would hold in his lifetime. 



We Finally Know How David Copperfield Made The Statue of Liberty Disappear. (2017). Retrieved from 




Foto Friday: Falvey Library Celebrates VU PRIDE WEEK

  • Posted by: Kallie Stahl
  • Posted Date: April 5, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

Falvey Memorial Library staff show their pride and support by wearing this year’s VU Pride Week t-shirt!

The Curious ‘Cat: Seasonal Sweets

  • Posted by: Kallie Stahl
  • Posted Date: April 4, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanova students, “What is your favorite Easter candy?

(Erin O’ Donovan, Lily Day, Erica Mallon)

Erin O’ Donovan: “Cadbury Creme Egg.”

Lily Day: “M&M’s.”

Erica Mallon: “Cadbury Creme Egg.”

(Caroline Garvin, Julia Mustaro, Emma Mueller)

Caroline Garvin: “Reese’s Egg.”

Julia Mustaro: “Marshmallow and caramel Cadbury Egg.”

Emma Mueller: “M&M’s.”

Madeline Bishop: “Cadbury Creme Egg.”

(Elizabeth Carter, Katie Kametz)

Elizabeth Carter: “Jelly beans.”

Katie Kametz: “Chocolate bunny.”

Villanova Theatre getting “WILDE”

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: April 3, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

I’m Daniella Snyder, a first-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 excited to bring Oscar Wilde’s most enduringly popular play, The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Theatre Department Chairperson Dr. Valerie Joyce.

In Victorian London a pair of wily bachelors masquerade as respectable gentlemen to court the attentions of two well-dowried ladies. Gallant Jack and irreverent Algernon invent “Ernest” alter-egos to win the hearts of Cecily and Gwendolen, each of whom conveniently claims she’ll only marry a man by that name. When all four arrive at Jack’s country home on the same weekend, the men struggle to keep up with their stories as their plans go hilariously awry. With its witty wordplay, caustic commentary and blistering banter, Earnest is a riotously funny farce for the ages.

Director Valerie Joyce will bring Wilde’s tea-and-crumpet-infused comedy to life with an approach that brings out his complex social commentary. A witty satire of the Victorian Era, Earnest skewers the façade of propriety, hypocritical habits, and the social and sexual mores of his time.

Dr. Joyce has encouraged her actors to look beneath the “shallow mask of manners” each character has created in order to uncover the truth behind his or her own secrets, lies, and double lives. A double alumna of Villanova herself, she has been directing, designing, or performing on stage at Villanova Theatre for more than 20 years. Previous projects she has directed on campus include Last Seen: Voices of Slaveries Lost Families, Intimate Apparel, Little Women the Broadway Musical, Translations, The Threepenny Opera, The Light in the Piazza, Carousel, Batboy: The Musical, Annie Get Your Gun, Cabaret, and Talley’s Folly.

Dramaturg and second-year graduate student, Kristin Curley kicked off the rehearsal process with an “Etiquette Relay Race” for the cast and creative team, where participants were asked to lace a corset, stir their tea, and balance a book on their head (behaviors the characters of The Importance of Being Earnest would have been expected to master with style and panache).

According to Curley, “The heart of Wilde’s humor is in the way he doesn’t let even one custom go un-mocked. I’ve been using an etiquette book from the 1890s as a reference; paging through that is like seeing the jokes in the show laid out chapter by chapter. Wilde’s position as a queer, Irish outsider in an Imperial British, heteronormative world lets him acknowledge the frivolity of the ‘rules’ without losing sight of the heart that makes a good comedy work.”

To ensure the elegance and poise of these Victorian aristocrats, Joyce sought the expertise of Barrymore Award-winning Movement Director, Steve Smith. Smith has worked with the actors to create movement that is “stylized—but barely.” He encouraged the cast to combine the archetypal nature of the characters with the seemingly impossible amount of subtext conveyed with the subtlest of movements, adding, “The way humans communicate information is 80% body language. Even a woman taking her gloves off tells a story.” Smith is Assistant Professor of Drama at Delaware County Community College and the only full-time faculty member in the Drama department. He holds an MA in Theatre from Villanova University and an MFA in Acting from The University of Delaware’s Professional Theatre Training Program.

Dialect Coach Neill Hartley will be guiding the cast through the historic accent commonly referred to as ‘Received Pronunciation,’ or RP. Hartley challenges the actors with “an accent that would have only been acceptable for members of society with high social prestige.” Hartley brings his experience as an actor on the sets of House of Cards and The Sixth Sense as well as stage at many regional theatres. An assistant professor of voice and speech at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Hartley offers the Earnest cast a unique opportunity to build their skills and training in the British dialect.

In preparation for opening night, Harry Dietrich (John “Jack” Worthing) says audience members should expect to laugh. “It’s meant to be funny, and we’ll play it for the funny,” he continued. Tina Lynch (Miss Prism) wants the audience to “fall into the crazy lives of these aristocratic characters and the situations Wilde puts them in,” and Mary Lyon (Cecily Cardew) says everyone will fall in love with each and every character “in all of their quirky nuanced ways.”

Be sure to pick up a copy of The Importance of Being Earnest in Falvey Library before (or even after) you see the play, however, actor Kale Thompson (Lane/Merriman) notes, “The way we put it on the stage gives life to the text that reading alone doesn’t give it.”

The Importance of Being Earnest runs at Villanova Theatre in Vasey Hall until April 14, 2019. Speaker’s Night, immediately following the performance on Thursday, April 11 will feature a Q&A talkback with director Valerie Joyce, dramaturg Kristin Curley, and Dr. Marylu Hill, director of Villanova University’s Augustine and Culture seminar and an accomplished Oscar Wilde scholar.

Vasey Hall is located on Villanova’s main campus at the intersection of Lancaster & Ithan Avenues. Performances will be held Tuesdays – Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets run $21-$25 with discounts available for seniors, students, graduate theatre alumni, and groups. Tickets may be purchased at the Villanova Theatre Box Office (M-S, 12-5 pm) in person, by phone: (610) 519-7474, or online at


Oscar Wilde

Born on October 16, 1854 in Dublin, author, playwright and poet Oscar Wilde was a popular literary figure in late Victorian England, known for his brilliant wit, flamboyant style and infamous imprisonment for homosexuality. After graduating from Oxford University, he lectured as a poet, art critic and a leading proponent of the principles of aestheticism. In 1891, he published The Picture of Dorian Gray, his only novel which was panned as immoral by Victorian critics, but is now considered one of his most notable works. As a dramatist, many of Wilde’s plays were well received including his satirical comedies Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892), A Woman of No Importance (1893), An Ideal Husband (1895) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), his most famous play. Unconventional in his writing and life, Wilde’s affair with a young man led to his arrest on charges of “gross indecency” in 1895. He was imprisoned for two years and died in poverty three years after his release at the age of 46.


Queer Resources for your Research

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: April 2, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

Welcome to the New Resource Roundup, a series dedicated to highlighting Falvey’s new databases and acquisitions that help make you an excellent researcher, student, and citizen!

Happy Pride Week, Wildcats! Over the next five days, Villanova University will have events all over campus to celebrate the queer community. However, in Falvey, we are constantly expanding our sexuality and gender identity-related resources to help you excel in your research. Check out our newest acquisitions today!


The Ashgate Research Companion to Queer Theory by Noreen Giffney (2016)

Disturbing Attachments: Genet, Modern Pederasty, and Queer History by Kadji Amin (2017)

Decolonizing The Sodomite: Queer Tropes of Sexuality in Colonial Andean Culture by Michael J. Horswell (2005)

Reclaiming Queer: Activist and Academic Rhetorics of Resistance by Erin J. Rand (2014)

Staging Queer Feminisms by Sarah French (2017)

Gay on God’s Campus: Mobilizing for LGBT Equality at Christian Colleges and Universities by Jonathan Conley (2018)

The Gang’s All Queer: The Lives of Gay Gang Members by Vanessa Panfil (2017)

LGBTQ Politics: A Critical Reader by Martha Brettschneider (2017)

Learning Queer Identity in the Digital Age by Kay Siebler (2016)

Nonbinary Gender Identities: History, Culture, Resources by Charlie McNabb (2018)

LGBT Athletes in the Sports Media by Rory Magrath (2019)



The Falvey Library also wants to remind you of our Diversity & Inclusion Resource Guide, launched in 2017. We hope you will use the guide as a way to explore a vast range of social, political, race and gender-related issues in today’s world.

This page offers a point of entry for exploration and seeks to provide a space for genuine personal, intellectual and emotional growth. As a library community composed of diverse voices, we intend for this resource to allow you to engage with voices, ideas, and stories both familiar and new.

Whether this resource serves as your first encounter with the perspectives it offers or you’re eminently familiar with these paradigms, it is our hope that the resources assembled here will aid in your growth as a member of the Villanova community and as a global citizen.

Use the energy and passion ignited from LGBTQ+ Awareness week to educate yourself and others, and let the LGBTQ+ section in the resource guide help you.



For any specific research-related questions regarding sexuality or gender identity, contact Susan Turkel ( at Falvey Memorial Library.


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