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The Curious ‘Cat: California Dreamin’

Hang in there, Wildcats! Summer break is almost here. This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanova students, “What’s one thing you’re looking forward to this summer?” 

(Monica Dunphy, Cinthia Carlos)

Monica Dunphy: “I’m going to Aruba this summer!”

Cinthia Carlos: “I’m excited to go home to Los Angeles, California.”

Matthew Arnold: “I’m looking forward to hanging out by the pool.”

(Olivia Sigmond, Amy Vera)

Olivia Sigmond: “For our birthdays, my mom and I are going to New York to see ‘Wicked’ on Broadway.”

Amy Vera: “I’m excited to take the NCLEX exam so I can become a certified nurse.”

Alec Jania: “I’m going to Chicago to see some friends!”

Make finals eventful at Falvey – Save the date for our “Finals Crunchtime” open house/stressbuster event on May 3rd from 12-3 pm in the first floor lounge. There will be a cereal bar and plenty of relaxing activities including: puzzles, coloring sheets, perler beads and board games. You can also enter to win a private study suite for finals.

Keep up the great work, Wildcats! Our librarians are here to help with any last minute research assistance. Just a friendly reminder that the reading room, first floor lounge, and the ground, first and second floors of the library are open 24/7.


It’s Crunchtime! Grab a Spoonful of Cereal and Relax at Falvey’s Annual Stressbuster Open House

Photo courtesy of Pablo.

Do finals have you feeling like your bowl is half empty? It’s crunchtime – figuratively and literally! Grab a spoonful of cereal and relax at Falvey Memorial Library’s annual stressbustin’ open house. On Thursday, May 3, at 12:00 p.m. in the first floor lounge, Falvey is proud to bring you a cereal bar with all your favorites! Choose from a wide range of cereal and milk options to meet your dietary restrictions. Whether you’re looking to fill your bowl with some sugary sweetness or whole grain goodness, come take a study break with us.

While chomping on your Cheerios, relax and enjoy an array of stressbustin’ activities including: puzzles, coloring sheets, perler beads and board games. You’ve been a champion all semester, so don’t miss your chance to take a selfie on the front of Will D.’s (like Wheaties) cereal box. Falvey’s subject librarians will also be in attendance to help with any last minute research assistance. Join us for brunch and enter to win a private a private study suite for finals. No matter if you pour the milk in last or first, come alleviate the stress of the season at Falvey!

Don’t forget to stop by the Oreo on Friday, May 4, at 1:00 p.m. to visit with furry friends from Pals for Life! The Stress-Free Happy Healthy Hours event is co-sponsored by POWER, Villanova Student Advancement and the Office of Health Promotion.


Highlighter: Esteemed Author Ariel Levy to Visit Falvey

Ariel Levy will visit Falvey Memorial Library’s Speakers’ Corner as part of the Creative Writing Program’s ongoing Lit Fest today, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. Levy will discuss the publication of her second book, The Rules Do Not Apply, a memoir that recounts Levy’s most personal moments from her memories at Wesleyan University, to her partner’s struggle with alcoholism, to her own miscarriage.

This Highlighter brings together some of Levy’s work available to you through Falvey. As you will find browsing her already written materials, Levy’s talk promises to unveil how we might channel our own personal difficulties into those things we are most passionate about, for Levy: writing.

Ariel Levy poses for a photo.

1. Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture

Female Chauvinist Pigs” starts with a simply asked question, yet one that might not be so simple to answer; “why is laboring to look like Pamela Anderson empowering?” In “FCP,” Levy looks at the rise of a new type in American culture: the female chauvinist pig, who she claims uses a traditionally male aesthetic as a guise for feminism. Exploring the rise of, for example, lad mags and Howard Stern, Levy comes to the conclusion that “‘raunchy’ and ‘liberated’ are not synonyms.”

2. “Thanksgiving in Mongolia”

Learn some intensely personal autobiographical information in this essay. Levy herself claims to have not liked her introverted childhood very much – redeemed by her early decision to become a writer. She contemplates what the future might hold for her own child. Unfortunately, she miscarries in a place far from home – Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. In this “Best American Magazine Writing, 2014” selection, she recounts the details of that experience.

“The New Yorker’s” cartoon depiction of Levy.

3. “Postscript: Edith Windsor, 1929-2017

In this obituary of Edith Windsor, Levy’s latest contribution to “The New Yorker,” Levy gives pedigree information, of course: where Windsor received her degrees and the direction of her career. But Levy stands in awe at the woman who worked to topple the Defense of Marriage Act and who teased her partner, despite their 30 year separation in age, for having too little energy.

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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.



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.


’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!


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.

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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.


Foto Friday: Are We Sisters?

“It was a deceptively quiet Sunday in Paris…”

Catherine Kerrison, PhD, Associate Professor of History, captivates her audience, sharing an excerpt from her new book, Jefferson’s Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America. 

Photo by Hunter Houtzer, Graduate Assistant in the Communication and Marketing Department at Falvey Memorial Library


Falvey Memorial Library Supports Research in Gender and Women’s Studies

Last week, Falvey Memorial Library made a showing at the Gender and Women’s Studies Student Research Conference. This conference, held every spring, featured panel presentations of research by graduate and undergraduate students from across the university. This year the conference featured work by students from several other local colleges and universities as part of the Greater Philadelphia Women’s Studies Consortium. The library had a table at the conference promoting library resources, staff, services, and upcoming events. We gave out flyers, buttons, and stickers, which were all a big hit! Please come to the library for help with your research.

For more information on Gender and Women’s Studies-specific resources at the library, visit the Gender and Women’s Studies Subject Guide. Supporting research in Gender and Women’s Studies, the library continues to make books and databases on relevant topics available to the Villanova community. Some recent additions:

Gender Studies Database

Gender Studies Database covers the full spectrum of gender-engaged scholarship inside and outside of academia. GSD provides indexing and abstracts for academic and professional journals, conference papers, books, book chapters, government reports, discussion and working papers, theses & dissertations and other sources. GSD combines Women’s Studies International and Men’s Studies databases with the coverage of sexual diversity issues. Coverage spans from 1972 and earlier to the present.

Duke Gender Studies e-book Collection

The Duke Gender Studies e-book collection includes “essential titles and field-defining scholarship in queer theory, gay and lesbian studies, transgender studies, feminist theory, and women’s studies.” This collection is comprised of more than 500 titles published between 1990 and the present. Each book is fully downloadable and printable (chapter by chapter), and is accessible by an unlimited number of VU community members at once.

Article by GWS Librarian, Susan Turkel (susan.turkel@villanova.edu; 9-3846; Falvey room 229; make an appointment).



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