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Foto Friday: 2024 One Book, One Philadelphia Selection “True Biz”

Layna Nurse and Isabel Choi discuss True Biz with a Falvey patron.

This spring Falvey is proud to promote One Book, One Philadelphia. From April 8 to May 22, the Free Library of Philadelphia will offer events to “foster literacy, library usage, and civic dialogue through all corners of the city.” For more information on the One Book, One Philadelphia events: visit this link.

One of the 2024 One Book, One Philadelphia Selections is True Biz by Sara Nović. The fictional novel, centered around three characters at the River Valley School for the Deaf, focuses on “themes of belonging, autonomy, and the importance of self-expression…True Biz shows the rich history and culture of Deaf communities.” Want to read True Biz online? Check out Falvey’s eBook!

The Villanova community had the opportunity to enter in a drawing to win copies of True Biz and a pocket sign language dictionary on Wednesday, April 17-19. Winners will be announced soon–Stay tuned! The informational table (pictured above), sponsored by the Falvey Library DEI Committee provided students with helpful resources. Join Falvey Library this September for Deaf Awareness Month. Falvey’s DEI Committee and the Deaf Studies Program at Villanova will host a panel book discussion on True Biz and Deaf culture.

Interested in learning more about ASL and Deaf culture at Villanova? Check out the new Deaf Studies minor! Looking for more resources? No list of this nature could ever be comprehensive, but we hope these eBooks available at Falvey will serve as a starting point.

Open Your Eyes: Deaf Studies Talking by H-Dirksen L. Bauman
Deaf Gain: Raising the Stakes for Human Diversity by H-Dirksen L.Bauman and Joseph J. Murray
Deaf Utopia: A Memoir – and a Love Letter to a Way of Life by Nyle DiMarco



Black History in the Philadelphia Landscape with Amy Cohen

Please join us on Thursday, April 25, from 12-1:15 p.m. in Falvey Library’s Speakers’ Corner or via livestream for a book talk and Q&A event featuring historian Amy Jane Cohen. At the event, Cohen will discuss her recently published book, Black History in the Philadelphia Landscape: Deep Roots, Continuing Legacy (Temple University Press, 2024). The event will be moderated by Olukunle Owolabi, PhD, Associate Professor of Political Science and Global Interdisciplinary Studies and Director of Africana Studies.

In Black History in the Philadelphia Landscape, Amy Cohen recounts notable aspects of the Black experience in Philadelphia from the late 1600s to the 1960s and how this history is marked in the contemporary city. Learn more here.

This ACS-approved event is being presented by the Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest and is co-sponsored by Falvey Library, Falvey Library DEI Committee, Department of History, Department of Political Science and Africana Studies. It is free and open to the public.

View the Livestream here.




Last Modified: April 2, 2024

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