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Weekend Recs: Into the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Happy Friday, Wildcats! After a year off, Falvey Memorial Library is bringing back Weekend Recs, a blog dedicated to filling you in on what to read, listen to, and watch over the weekend. Jenna, a graduate assistant from the Communication department, scours the internet, peruses the news, and digs through book stacks to find new, relevant, and thought-provoking content that will challenge you and prepare you for the upcoming week. 

This week includes many exciting updates within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), including a new show episode, a new short, and a new film premiering ONLY in theaters. Beyond releases, over the last month, Marvel movies and actors have also been making appearances in the news. Whether you have 3 minutes or are ready to hit the theaters, I’ve compiled the best ways to keep up with the MCU. 

If you have 3 minutes… and haven’t already seen it, watch the latest Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer. 

If you have 6 minutes… watch this recap video from the Wall Street Journal about how Scarlett Johansson’s Disney lawsuit could change the structure of how actors are paid. 

If you have 6 (more) minutes… watch the new Marvel Studios Legends episode on The Ten Rings. This Marvel short will give some background and build excitement for Shang Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings. 

If you have 18 minutes… watch the Spider-Man No Way Home Trailer FULL Breakdown – Marvel Easter Eggs and Things You Missed just in case the 3-minute trailer wasn’t enough. There are tons of Easter eggs from past Spider-men in the trailer, and this video helps you catch them all! 

If you have 35 minutes… watch What If on Disney+. What If is Marvel Studio’s first animated series that reimagines famous events from Marvel films in unexpected ways.  

If you have 2 hours 14 minutes and a movie ticket… go see Shang Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings. Shang Chi is the first theater-only Marvel release since before the pandemic. Tickets are now available with the first showings starting Thursday, Sept. 2. 

If you want to read about Marvel and the MCU, visit Falvey’s website to browse the virtual stacks. 


""Jenna Renaud is a Graduate Assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department.


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The Return of Broadway

By Ethan Shea

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It goes without saying that just about every industry, from retail to restaurant, has been devastated by the COVID-19 Pandemic. With regard to the arts, some film studios were able to make use of in-home movie releases, while musicians occasionally put on socially-distanced concerts. Although those in the theatre industry have managed to put together stunning virtual performances, the traditionally in-person nature of theatre has made the pandemic especially tough on this branch of fine arts.

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“Slaphappy: A Covid-Era Commedia” Poster

Villanova knows this well, as our theatre program was forced to go virtual for the 2020-2021 season. The success of Slaphappy: A Covid-Era Commedia proved the arts are incredibly resilient, but I have no doubt that everyone is looking forward to the upcoming in-person performances.

I think we all need to hear some good news every once in a while, which is why I want to call your attention to this week’s Broadway performances. After a long 18 months of silence, Broadway’s biggest musicals are finally back! On Sept. 14, The Lion KingWicked, Hamilton, and Chicago all made their pandemic debuts.

It’s worth noting that these are not the first Broadway performances since the pandemic shut down all 41 Broadway theatres on March 12, 2020. The musicals Waitress and Hadestown have been putting on shows for over a week, and there were even showings of Springsteen on Broadway as well as Pass Over earlier this summer. Nonetheless, the return of Broadway’s box office juggernauts is a huge step forward for the theatre industry as it slowly recovers from the financial havoc COVID-19 wreaked.

It is mandatory that all who attend these Broadway performances are fully vaccinated and remain masked throughout the entire show. With these restrictions, the theatres will be operating at full capacity.

Falvey Library provides Villanovans with access to a wide array of resources related to theatre. With the help of our subject guide, I encourage you to check out some of the provided content, including films of contemporary stage performances.


Headshot of Ethan SheaEthan Shea is a first-year English Graduate Student at Villanova University and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Memorial Library.


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Cat in the Stax: Appreciating Hispanic Visual Artists

By Ethan Shea

"Food City by Yunuen Cho"

“Food City” by Yunuen Cho

To keep with recent “Cat in the Stax” themes of exploring different forms of art, and to honor the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, I want to call attention to a few visual artists of Latin-American descent.

Gaining access to these artists’ works was made easy with the help of Falvey’s Art History subject guide and a database called Artstor. Here, I was able to find plenty of images of paintings and sculptures by several artists. Scrolling through this database was like walking through a museum without ever leaving my desk, so if you enjoy visual art, I recommend you check it out! There are also plenty of art books located in our stacks that are a pleasure to thumb through.

Research aside, here are a few artists definitely worth knowing!

"Nuestra Senora de Las Iguanas" by Graciela Iturbide

“Nuestra Senora de Las Iguanas” by Graciela Iturbide

Graciela Iturbide

Graciela Iturbide has been featured in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as well as The J. Paul Getty Museum for her photography that focuses on the daily lives of indigenous people in Mexico. She is lauded for her ability to vividly document the lives of those she photographs in a manner that is not exploitative. Iturbide was born in Mexico City and introduced to photography as a child through her father, who would take pictures of Iturbide and her family members. Other points of inspiration for Iturbide are women’s rights and migration.

Doris Salcedo

"Untitled" by Doris Salcedo

“Untitled” by Doris Salcedo

Born in 1958, Doris Salcedo is a sculptor of Colombian descent who uses common household items to represent trauma and loss. Salcedo has witnessed family members go missing in her home nation of Colombia due to political turmoil, and she uses these personal, trumatic experiences to represent the feeling of emptiness loss brings. Salcedo has had her art featured in the Guggenheim Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the University Museum of Contemporary Art in Mexico among several others. Earlier this year, Salcedo’s installation, Fragmentos, made headlines when the Colombian Ministry of Culture was accused of exploiting the piece for their own purposes, breaking from the anti-war messages carried by the piece.

"Cow Community" by Yunuen Cho

“Cow Community” by Yunuen Cho

Yunuen Cho

Based in New York City, Yunuen Cho is an Asian-American and Latina artist of Mexican descent, specifically of the Tarahumara people. Her piece featured here, Cow Community, is a painting inspired by Labor Day. There are many food-related elements in the piece that pay homage to the Mexican working class. Cho has several family members who are essential workers in the food industry, and this painting brings light to the fact that essential workers like them do not have the privilege of enjoying a day off like others. There are also references to specific historical events in the piece. The mushroom holding a flag with text that translates to “Land and Liberty” represents Emiliano Zapata, a leader of the Zapatista movement, a cause that fought against the Mexican government in the early 20th century in the name of agrarian rights. Cho was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, so many of her other pieces, such as Food City, are inspired by the experience of living in the American Southwest. You can find more of Yunuen Cho’s art here.

 

 


Headshot of Ethan SheaEthan Shea is a first-year English Graduate Student at Villanova University and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Memorial Library.


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Photo Friday: Displays in Commemoration of 9/11

By Ethan Shea

To honor the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Villanova University has dedicated two separate displays to those who lost their lives in the unprecedented attacks. These displays are open for viewing on the first floor of Falvey Memorial Library and in the Presidents’ Lounge between Sept. 8 and Sept. 10.

"9/11 Display in President's Lounge"

9/11 Display in Presidents’ Lounge

"9/11 Display Obituaries in President's Lounge"

9/11 Display in Presidents’ Lounge

"9/11 Display in Falvey Memorial Library"

9/11 Display in Falvey Memorial Library

"9/11 Display in Falvey Memorial Library"

9/11 Display in Falvey Memorial Library


Headshot of Ethan SheaEthan Shea is a first-year English Graduate Student at Villanova University and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Memorial Library.


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Cat in the Stax: What are you listening to?

By Ethan Shea

"man listening to music in headphones while reading"

Here at Falvey Memorial Library, we certainly emphasize the importance of reading. Film is also given a fair amount of attention, especially when a beloved book is adapted to the screen.

In fact, Falvey’s “Flick or Flip” series is dedicated to discussing exactly that. The art form that isn’t mentioned quite as much in literary circles is music, and personally, music is something I couldn’t do without for even one day. Whether I’m driving, studying, exercising, or just hanging out, I almost always have music playing.

I realized I may have gone a bit overboard with my listening habits when Spotify notified me back in 2017 that I had listened to a total of 108,455 minutes of music that year, which according to my calculations is over 75 days of constant music consumption. Keep in mind that these stats only include time spent listening to a single streaming platform.

I’ve since re-evaluated my admittedly excessive level of music consumption. Nevertheless, I stand by my belief that music is an indispensable art that can not only increase your productivity but bring countless hours of pleasure. On that note, here are a few albums released this year that I’ve been listening to.

"Album cover of the album 'Mood Valiant" by Hiatus Kaiyote"

“Mood Valiant” album cover

Mood Valiant – Hiatus Kaiyote

Hiatus Kaiyote is a group based in Melbourne that manages to pop up more often than you may think. Even if you have not heard the name of this band, you may have heard their music sampled by superstars such as Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Anderson .Paak. Their most recent release, Mood Valiant, stays true to their self-acclaimed “genre-fluid” style. This album’s neo-soul influence creates a groovy blend of natural sound that often feels like it was recorded by Mother Nature herself.

With song titles such as Flight of the Tiger LilyRose Water, and Stone and Lavender, the group is not shy about how they are influenced by the natural world and indigenous aboriginal imagery. My favorite track on this record is And We Go Gentle. I just can’t get enough of the lush, layered vocals and catchy bass line. This album’s relationship with nature is the reason why I believe this album is best listened to outdoors, so grab a pair of headphones and take a walk around campus while you soak in the tight 42-minute tracklist of Mood Valiant.

CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST – Tyler, the Creator

"Album cover of 'CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST' by Tyler, the Creator"

“CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST” album cover

Fortunately for his fans, the LA based rapper, producer, and fashion designer (amongst many other titles) known as Tyler, the Creator, releases an album every two years like clockwork. Tyler’s been on a hot streak for a while now, and CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST is no exception.

Tyler takes on yet another persona in this album. This time he calls himself Tyler Baudelaire, a man of class and exquisite taste who enjoys eating brioche in France and traveling in luxury cars across Europe. The theme of travel is present in this record from front to back. Admittedly, this thematic choice is rather odd given the fact that we’re in the middle of an ongoing pandemic, but I’ll allow the fictional Tyler Baudelaire to do as he pleases. The narrative of a messy love triangle that appears here and there throughout the record culminates on the track WILSHIRE, a spacey track that gives Tyler room to speak from the heart for over eight minutes.

My personal favorite, SWEET/I THOUGHT YOU WANTED TO DANCE, is two songs in one and blends smooth, soulful rap with bossa nova. Given the number of upbeat tunes on this record, I’d recommend playing this album at a party to give some life to the function.

"Album cover of 'The Turning Wheel' by Spellling"

“The Turning Wheel” album cover

The Turning Wheel – Spellling

The Turning Wheel is the first Spellling album I’ve listened to, and unfortunately, I have to admit that I never would have discovered the multitalented purveyor of progressive pop if it wasn’t for the famous internet critic Anthony Fantano giving her album a 10/10.

From the very beginning, in the opening track Little Deer, it is clear listeners are in for something special. Among an ensemble of strings and dreamy chimes, Spellling’s vocal performance is moving yet playful. My favorite song off The Turning Wheel, the 7 and a half minute track Boys at School, builds itself up with spiraling electric guitar riffs and eventually gives anxious audiences a breath of release with a triumphant bridge that makes use of a powerful horn section. This album is something you have to let marinate to fully appreciate, which is why I enjoy listening to it during long car rides.

Sling – Clairo

"Album cover of 'Sling' by Clairo"

“Sling” album cover

The second full-length album from Clairo, the 22-year-old songwriter who rose to fame after her single Pretty Girl went viral in 2017, is good news for her fans, as she stays true to her indie, bedroom pop roots while growing as a writer and vocalist alike. There is a healthy amount of folk influence in this album, which is especially apparent in the track Reaper. This track’s soothing guitar melody accompanies Clairo’s subtle and emotive voice. My personal favorite track, Amoeba, is in my opinion, the most danceable song on the record. I love the keys that are reminiscent of a ’70s funk song, and the flow of Clairo’s lyrics are unbelievably catchy. Because most of this album is relatively low-key, I’ve loved listening to it while studying. It can also set the tone for a relaxing night of playing board games with friends.

Now that I’ve shared a few recent releases I’ve been enjoying, it’s important to note that reading and music are not mutually exclusive. There is an entire section of Falvey’s subject guide dedicated to music, which can be found here, so rest assured that Falvey Library will have the answers to all your tuneful questions!

Feel free to share what you’ve been listening to lately in the comments below. I’m always looking for recommendations!


Headshot of Ethan SheaEthan Shea is a first-year English Graduate Student at Villanova University and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Memorial Library.

 


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Remembering 9/11 with Michael Benfante

By Ethan Shea

"Michael Benfante"

In honor of the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Villanova University will be hosting several events to promote solemn reflection and conversation on the topic of 9/11. The keynote speaker of this series of events will be Michael Benfante, a 9/11 survivor and author of the book Reluctant Hero.

"Reluctant Hero Book Cover"In the midst of the attacks, Benfante and a co-worker carried a woman in a wheelchair down 68 flights of stairs in the North Tower, a 96-minute process that allowed the three to escape just minutes before the building collapsed. Benfante was immediately greeted by cameras as he exited the building, and before long, he was speaking with Oprah Winfrey on national television. Reluctant Hero details not only his act of heroism, but the emotional turmoil Benfante faced in the aftermath of the attacks.

Falvey Memorial Library welcomes you to borrow this captivating book hereReluctant Hero has recently been purchased by Falvey, and will soon be available in our own collection as well as through InterLibrary Loan. The book is currently on display on the first floor of the Library, along with several other books and newspaper clips regarding the 9/11 attacks. Feel free to visit this display at your leisure.

Villanova invites you to come listen to Michael Benfante speak at the Riley Ellipse at 3 p.m. on Sept. 10. Refreshments will follow. If it is to rain, the event will be held in the Villanova Room, Connelly Center.

In addition to Benfante’s speech, the following events will be taking place during the days leading up to the 20th anniversary of 9/11:

Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion

On Sept. 8, Tuan Samahon, JD, Catherine Warrick, PhD, and Joe Evans, a doctoral student of Theology, will take part in a discussion moderated by Tim Horner, DPhil. This event will take place from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Attend via this Zoom link.

“9/11 Human Library”: Firsthand Stories and Reflections

In a series of 15-minute, small-group conversations, attendees will have the opportunity to hear fellow Villanovans share personal experiences regarding 9/11. This event will be carried out in the President’s Lounge at the Connelly Center at 4 p.m. on Sept. 9."Stained glass window in Corr Hall Chapel in hornor of those who died in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001"

Interfaith Vigil

After Mr. Benfante’s speech, at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 10, there will be a candlelight procession as well as readings and music from different faith traditions on the Rowen Campus Green. In the case of rain, this event will be held in the Villanova Room, Connelly Center.

9/11 Memorial Display

Almost 3,000 people, including 15 Villanova alumni were killed during the attacks. Fourteen Villanovans were in the World Trade Center and one was working as a flight attendant on Flight 175. In the Presidents’ Lounge, between Sept. 8 and Sept. 10, there will be a memorial display to honor these victims. Additionally, the stained glass window in Corr Hall Chapel, which is dedicated to these 15 victims, is a permanent reminder of the lives tragically lost on this fateful day.

Additionally, Falvey Memorial Library has created a display on the first floor to remember those lost that day, including those from our own community.


Headshot of Ethan SheaEthan Shea is a first-year English Graduate Student at Villanova University and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Memorial Library.


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Legislative and Judicial Branch Trial Databases

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Trials of the following databases are now available at Databases A-Z

CQ Congress Collection (SAGE) – Features include:

  • Floor votes and member profile tabs covering members of congress from 1969-present, including records on CQ designated key votes, interest group voting, and CQ generated voting scores.
  • Data analysis section including Congressional member alignment with other members, interest group ratings with other members and groups and advanced key vote analysis to compare how members voted or to analyze voting behavior, based on member demographic information on the same vote.
  • A How Congress Votes tab features a Policy Analysis section on broad topics including floor votes on legislation, legislative chronologies and links to Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports, where applicable.

CQ Supreme Court Collection (SAGE) – Features include:

  • Search for case summaries by court name from Jay to Roberts, select a term from 1789-present or browse all cases by constitutional area, court, justice, term, topic, voter totals, case type and date. Alternately, browse justices by name, court, term or type of opinion.
  • Use the “Analyze Data” section, 1941-present, to search for a justice’s role in an opinion, opinion alignment or voting block incidence (to search the number of times the bloc of justices selected were together in the majority and the number of times they were together in the minority, or the number of times the selected bloc of justices voted against each other).
  • Other sections include justices’ biographies, CQ key cases pertaining to constitutional amendments, court rules and traditions, analysis of term overviews (such as the Coronavirus Term), a Supreme Court Encyclopedia, key documents and laws in American history and a glossary of common legal terms.

See these and other related resources in SAGE’s CQ Press Library (CQ Press).

 


""Merrill Stein is Political Science Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 

 

 


 


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Factiva and Global Newsstream Trials

By Linda Hauck

 

The Library is hosting a trial to Factiva, an international news database, by Dow Jones. A wide range of news reporting formats, including newspapers, magazines, wires, podcasts, TV news transcripts, and blogs in multiple languages, are offered. Factiva is a one-stop shop for influential national news sources, such as the Washington Post, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, and Los Angeles Times. All editions of key international publications, such as Der Spiegel, Le Monde and China Daily, are also available.  Many local papers, trade, and professional publications are included. Most of the content is archival, current and full text. A detailed title list is available. In addition, Factiva includes company and industry snapshots.

Factiva News Search Interface

Customization options abound in the form of Alerts and Newsletters. The News Pages tab conveniently groups top publications by industry and region to facilitate browsing and searching. The Search Builder tab employs boolean operators and filtering for efficiency and ease.

As the name suggests, Global Newsstream also provides coverage of local, national and foreign news publications. The search interface will be familiar to anyone who has used a Proquest database.

We simultaneously have trials to three competing news databases: Factiva, Proquest’s Global Newsstream and Newsbank’s Access World News. Put Factiva and Global Newsstream to test here. Please take a moment to share your feedback on these resources with the library. The trials run through Sept. 30, 2021.

 


Linda Hauck, MLS,  MBA, is Business Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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Not Just for Fashionistas: The Berg Fashion Library

By Jutta Seibert

Fashion touches our lives in ways small and large. It is an outlet for creative expression and an instrument of compliance. Fashion and design shape the mundane and elevate the holy and extraordinary. Just think about the conspicuous vestments worn to celebrate mass or the extraordinary garments we choose to celebrate special milestones in our lives.

The Berg Fashion Library (BFL) is a testament to fashion’s ubiquitous influence. The collection features a wide range of multidisciplinary monographs and essays that touch on all aspects of dress and fashion worldwide. Titles that discuss the constraints of fashion include Craik’s Uniforms Exposed: From Conformity to Transgression (Berg, 2005) and Tynan and Godson’s Uniform: Clothing and Discipline in the Modern World (Bloomsbury, 2019). Hume’s The Religious Life of Dress: Global Fashion and Faith (Bloomsbury, 2013) explores the role of religious apparel. In Wedding Dress Across Cultures (Berg, 2013) Foster and Johnson present a rich collection of essays on the role of wedding garments worldwide. Recently added titles include Turney’s Fashion Crimes: Dressing for Deviance (Bloomsbury, 2020) and Turner’s The Sport Shoe: A History from Field to Fashion (Bloomsbury, 2019)


The Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion is one of the cornerstones of the collection together with the second edition of Classic and Modern Writings on Fashion, a collection of seminal writings on fashion including influential thinkers such as Roland Barthes, Pierre Bourdieu, Fernand Braudel, Johan Huizinga, Georg Simmel, and Thorstein Veblen. A selection of carefully chosen images from museums and exhibits round out the collection together with lesson plans and bibliographic guides.

Remote access is provided through the Library’s Databases A-Z list under B.


Jutta Seibert is Director of Research Services & Scholarly Engagement at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 



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Peek at the Week: September 6

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Word of the Week: 積ん読, Tsundoku  

There’s a handful of words from other languages that should probably be adopted into the English language. One Japanese word, “tsundoku,” will most likely strike a chord with most book lovers. 

Tsundoku literally means “reading pile” and refers to the pile of books that you have next your bed that you meant to read, but still haven’t. How many books are in your tsundoku right now? 


This Week at Falvey  

Wednesday, Sept. 8 

Fall 2021 Falvey Forum Workshop Series: Introduction to Google My Maps / 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. / ZOOM / Register Here 

Friday, Sept. 10 

Villanova Gaming Society Meeting / 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. / Speakers’ Corner / Free & Open to the Public 


This Week in History 

September 11, 2001 – 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks 

Villanova University is hosting a variety of events for everyone on campus to learn about, remember and explore the legacy of the tragic September 11 terrorist attacks. The attacks claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people, including 15 alumni.  

To find a full list of events going on, starting September 8, visit the Villanova Remembers 9/11 page. In addition, stop by Falvey to view the 9/11 display.  


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Last Modified: September 6, 2021