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Library 101: Stream Falvey Library Events from the 2021-2022 Academic Year

If this is your first year at Villanova, please take a moment to browse some of the Library’s event offerings. Scroll to view links to most of Falvey’s sponsored and co-sponsored events from the 2021-22 academic year. Falvey Memorial Library hosts a number of in-person and virtual events each semester. View a list of upcoming Library events here. We know the Villanova community has many academic and social commitments during the year, so if you missed an event last semester, or if you just want to watch a particular event again, check out the list of Library programming below.

Scholarship@Villanova featuring Billie Murray, PhD, on Combating Hate: A Framework for Direct Action

The United States has a hate problem. In recent years, hate speech has led not only to deep division in our politics but also to violence, murder, and even insurrection. And yet established constitutional jurisprudence holds that proper response to hateful expression is not government regulation, but “more speech.” So how can ordinary citizens stand up to hate groups when the state will not? What does “more speech” look like in our contemporary moment? In Combating Hate, Billie Murray, PhD, proposes answers to these questions. As a scholar-activist at public protests against the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and Westboro Baptist Church, Murray researched firsthand the limitations of the ‘more speech’ approach as well as the myriad of tactics used by activists. Dr. Murray argues that while more speech tactics can be effective in some contexts, what is also needed in this ongoing struggle are combative tactics that embody a radically different strategy for combating hate—one that explodes the myth of content neutrality and reveals hate speech to be a tactic of fascist organizing with very real, highly anti-democratic consequences.

Watch the lecture here.

Reading the Bible in Black: the Rev. Naomi Washington-Leapheart

What if we read and interpreted the biblical text with Black ways of knowing and being as our guiding light? This interactive session, with Theology & Religious Studies professor, the Rev. Naomi Washington-Leapheart, explores the possibilities for spiritual, social, and political formation when we study the Bible in Black.
Part one: The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament.
Part two: The New Testament.


Birds of North America: A Reading and Artist’s Talk

The event is a celebration of the publication of Birds of North America, an artist’s book that is accompanying a show at The Drawing Room in Philadelphia with images by Susan Hagen and poems by Nathalie Anderson and Lisa Sewell. At the event, Susan Hagen showed slides and gave an artist’s talk and Lisa and Nathalie read from their series of collaborative poems that focus on the birds.

About North American Birds: This series of miniature drawings of North American birds by Susan Hagen includes two characteristic individuals of each bird species, a male and a female. Most of the birds were encountered first-hand while walking in wetlands, forests, and urban landscapes, and many were spotted in and around Philadelphia during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 and 2021. This book features 82 of Hagen’s drawings, along with text by poets Nathalie Anderson and Lisa Sewell–who collaborated on an interactive series of poems that developed from their responses to the drawings and incorporated their personal experiences with birds. The poetic format of Sewell and Anderson’s work is derived from the rondelet, whose back and forth structures echo the way birds call and sing to each other across space. Two thirds of North American birds are currently at risk of extinction due to habitat loss, climate change, and extreme weather events like hurricanes and forest fires. This project is a multi-faceted inquiry into the beauty, meaning, and reality of birds in our time.
Watch the talk here.

Villanova University Three Minute Thesis Finals

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a competition for master’s and doctoral students to develop and showcase their research communication skills. 3MT cultivates students’ academic, professional, presentation and research communication skills. To be successful, competitors must effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

Watch the presentations here.

2021 Outstanding Faculty Research Award Lecture

The 2021 Outstanding Faculty Research Award Lecture featuring co-recipients Christopher Kilby, PhD, and Samantha K. Chapman, PhD. Dr. Kilby and Dr. Chapman each gave presentations that highlighted the extensive research that led them to win the coveted Outstanding Faculty Research Award in 2021. First, Dr. Kilby, Professor, Department of Economics, Villanova School of Business, discussed his work on US influence in the World Bank and how this can undermine the institution’s apolitical mandate to alleviate poverty and provide important global public goods. The talk focused on Dr. Kilby’s recent projects that explored the role of US domestic politics in this process and on the World Bank’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following a short Q&A and break, Dr. Chapman, Professor, Department of Biology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, spoke on how coastal wetlands protect human communities from big storms and help mitigate climate change through carbon storage. Dr. Chapman explored how these thin strips of green that line the earth’s coasts are threatened by sea level rise and development, and how we can manage our coasts to help us adapt to climate change and move into a more sustainable future.

Watch the lectures here.

Conversation with Villanova 2022 Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies Emma Dabiri and NYU Sociologist Dr. Kim DaCosta

Emma Dabiri has written two very successful non-fiction books: Twisted (published as Don’t Touch My Hair in Ireland) and What White People Can Do Next. Her work in the arts, fashion, and the media are complemented by her academic teaching and research in African Studies and Visual Sociology. She is currently completing her PhD at Goldsmiths University, London. The Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. Chair of Irish Studies is held in the Spring semester of each academic year by a distinguished Irish writer. Inaugurated in 2000, it has become one of the most prestigious Irish Studies positions in the United States. Typically, the Heimbold Professor teaches two undergraduate seminar courses, one in Creative Writing and one in Irish Literature, allowing Irish Studies students to have the enriching experience of a close classroom experience with Ireland’s finest voices.

Kimberly DaCosta, PhD, is a sociologist interested in racial inequality and, in particular, the contemporary production of racial boundaries. Her book, Making Multiracials: State, Family, and Market in the Redrawing of the Color Line (Stanford University Press, 2007), explores the cultural and social underpinnings of the movement to create multiracial collective identity in the United States. She is currently writing on how interracial extended kin relationships speak to questions of interracial empathy, care and politics. She teaches courses on race in different societies, social mobility, consumerism, and the commercialization of intimate life.

Watch the conversation here.

2022 Villanova University Literary Festival: Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown is author of the The Tradition (Copper Canyon 2019), for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he is the winner of the Whiting Award. Brown’s first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His third collection, The Tradition, won the Paterson Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is the director of the Creative Writing Program and a professor at Emory University.

For more information on Brown, please visit his website.

Watch the reading here.

2022 Villanova University Literary Festival: Emma Dabiri

Emma Dabiri, our 2022 Charles A. Heimbold Jr. Chair in Irish Studies, is an Irish writer, academic, BBC broadcaster, and social media influencer who has written two very successful non-fiction books: Twisted (published as Don’t Touch My Hair in Ireland) and What White People Can Do Next. Her work in the arts, fashion, and the media are complemented by her academic teaching and research in African Studies and Visual Sociology. She is currently completing her PhD at Goldsmiths University, London.

For more information on Dabiri, please visit her website.

Watch the reading here.

2022 Villanova University Literary Festival: Camille Dungy

Camille T. Dungy’s debut collection of personal essays is Guidebook to Relative Strangers (W. W. Norton, 2017), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan UP, 2017), winner of the Colorado Book Award. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2019. She is a professor in the English department at Colorado State University.

Watch the reading here.

2022 Villanova University Literary Festival: Tiphanie Yanique

Tiphanie Yanique is a novelist, poet, essayist, and short story writer. She is the author of the poetry collection, Wife, which won the 2016 Bocas Prize in Caribbean poetry and the United Kingdom’s 2016 Forward/Felix Dennis Prize for a First Collection. Tiphanie is also the author of the novel, Land of Love and Drowning, which won the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Award from the Center for Fiction, the Phillis Wheatley Award for Pan-African Literature, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation Award, and was listed by NPR as one of the Best Books of 2014. Land of Love and Drowning was also a finalist for the Orion Award in Environmental Literature and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. She is a tenured associate professor at Emory University.

For more information on Yanique, please visit her website.

Watch the reading here.

2022 CONCEPT Virtual Recognition Ceremony

We celebrate the official launch of the 2022 issue of CONCEPT, the interdisciplinary journal of graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The ceremony recognized this year’s Graduate Research Prize for top paper, along with all of the student authors and editors, faculty editors, and peer reviewers. CONCEPT accepts submissions from Villanova graduate students in all fields of the arts and sciences and is an opportunity for them to share their scholarship and research. The 2022 edition of CONCEPT marks the 45th release of the journal.

Visit the CONCEPT website to learn more about the journal and to browse past volumes.

Watch the ceremony here.

Scholarship@Villanova talk featuring Mark Schrad, PhD, on Smashing the Liquor Machine: A Global History of Prohibition

A Scholarship@Villanova talk featuring Mark Schrad, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, on his book Smashing the Liquor Machine: A Global History of Prohibition. “Schrad’s pathbreaking history of prohibition looks at the anti-alcohol movement around the globe through the experiences of pro-temperance leaders like Vladimir Lenin, Leo Tolstoy, Thomás Masaryk, Kemal Atatürk, Mahatma Gandhi, and anti-colonial activists across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Schrad argues that temperance wasn’t ‘American exceptionalism’ at all, but rather one of the most broad-based and successful transnational social movements of the modern era” (Oxford University Press, 2021).

View the lecture here.

2022 Falvey Scholars Virtual Research Presentation and Awards Ceremony

This program provides the opportunity to recognize outstanding undergraduate research by the senior students who were selected as the 2022 Falvey Scholars from across Villanova’s campus. The event also serves as a recognition of the dedication of faculty in supporting undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. During the event, award recipients shared a video and provided a brief 10-minute presentation to highlight their overall research process and showcased a summary of their winning project. Presentations emphasized the use of Library resources, which included one-on-one librarian consultations, reference workshops, library books, and journals, access to Interlibrary Loan, databases, and even quiet study space. Five minutes of live Q&A take place after each student presentation.

Watch the presentations here.

Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Endowed Distinguished Speaker Series Lecture featuring Poet Maria Famà

The 2021-2022 Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Endowed Distinguished Speaker Series Lecture featuring Poet Maria Famà. Famà’s talk is titled, “Mining an Italian Heritage for Poems.” As a poet of Sicilian descent, she mines the richness of the oral culture that has been passed down by her family of storytellers. Famà writes her poems to preserve family tales, personalities, sufferings, joys, and wisdom for future generations. In her presentation, she gives examples of her poems from her various books and explains how they came into being.

Famà is the author of eight books of poetry. Her work appears in numerous publications and has been anthologized. Famà has read her poetry in many cities across the U.S. and shared one of her stories on National Public Radio. She co-founded a video production company and recorded her poetry for CD compilations of music and poetry.

To learn more, check out Maria Famà’s website here.

Watch the reading here.

Faculty OER Adoption Award Forum

Join the Affordable Materials Project (AMP) in celebrating faculty members, Jeanne Liedtka, JD, and Valentina DeNardis, PhD, awarded Open Educational Resource (OER) Faculty Adoption Grants for 2021-22 in a virtual forum. Faculty shared their insights into the benefits and challenges posed by redesigning their courses using FREE, OPENLY LICENSED TEXTBOOKS. Students shared feedback on using OER. This event is perfect for faculty considering or curious about OER and everyone interested in educational affordability, accessibility, and inclusivity.

Watch the panel here.

Matthew Bui, PhD, on “Toward Urban Data Justice: Auditing the Racial Politics of Data”

A virtual talk by Matthew Bui, PhD, on “Toward Urban Data Justice: Auditing the Racial Politics of Data” as part of Falvey Memorial Library’s Digital Seeds Speaker Series. What is the role of (open and big) data in enacting, facilitating, and/or limiting racial justice within an increasingly datafied society? This talk explores the relationship between marginalized communities of color and data, foregrounding questions about power, inequality, and justice. First, Dr. Bui briefly touches on a study that proposes a typology of community-based engagements with, and disengagements from, data for racial justice: namely, data use, re-use, and refusal. Building on this work and considering the politics of data re-use and refusal to keep powerful actors accountable, Dr. Bui discusses in detail a second longer-term project exploring questions of algorithmic accountability and the predatory nature of data-driven systems: specifically, a study that aims to audit and examine online targeted ads as racially discriminatory by nature. In all, this work theorizes and conceptualizes “urban data justice” as a community-engaged vision and reparative praxis in response to what Dr. Bui and his team are conceptualizing as “algorithmic discrimination.” In all, he asks: how do we tell stories with—and about—data? Who benefits from dominant narratives? How can we subvert unequal power relations within—and of—data? What new methods, frameworks, and language do we need for these endeavors?

Watch the talk here.

David R. Ambaras, PhD, and Kate McDonald, PhD on “Bodies and Structures 2.0: Scalar and the Practice of Digital Spatial History”

A virtual talk by David R. Ambaras, PhD, and Kate McDonald, PhD on “Bodies and Structures 2.0: Scalar and the Practice of Digital Spatial History” as part of Falvey Memorial Library’s Digital Seeds Speaker Series. The fundamental intervention of spatial humanistic scholarship is the notion that space is multi-vocal—that places are made up of layers of meaning and history; that layers of place produce distinct geographic footprints and sets of spatial relationships; and that one’s social-historical positionality or “body” shapes how one encounters particular spatial “structures.” Launched in 2021, Bodies and Structures 2.0 examines the dynamics of place- and space-making in modern East Asia. In this presentation, Dr. Ambaras and Dr. McDonald discussed how they developed Bodies and Structures 2.0’s unique combination of individually-authored modules and collectively-curated conceptual maps and visualizations and how they used the open-source Scalar platform to build our multivocal project.

Watch the talk here.

Polar Voyaging and the Humanities with Hester Blum, PhD, Professor of English at Penn State

In the summer of 2019 Blum was the lone humanities scholar on a scientific expedition tracking climate change in the Northwest Passage. Drawn from her experience on the Arctic icebreaker (and on an Antarctic expedition), as well as her research on nineteenth-century polar expeditions, Blum’s talk offers a meditation on ice as a measure for visualizing, writing about, mourning, and mediating the state of the climate in an age of ecological and institutional crisis. The event was offered in support of Falvey Memorial Library’s current exhibit “That Fairyland of Ice”: Polar Exploration in Mind and Memory.”

Watch the talk here.


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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Peek at the Week: August 29

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In Verse 64 of Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu said, “A journey of  a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Welcome and welcome back, Wildcats! A new year at Villanova brings new beginnings, whether it’s your first year or your last. As you embark on your 2022-2023 journey, remember that all of your fellow Wildcats are taking the step with you. Happy fall semester!


THIS WEEK AT FALVEY

Monday, August 29

Mindfulness Mondays | 1-1:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to all Villanova Students, Faculty, and Staff

Check back next week for more awesome Falvey Library events and exhibits!


HOLIDAYS THIS WEEK

Celebrate We Love Memoirs Day on Wednesday, August 31, by reading or listening to one of your favorite memoirs. If you need a bit of humor in your day, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel provides some genuine laughs and things to reflect on (and, bonus, as a graphic novel, it’s a pretty quick read).

September 2 is College Colors Day. So, if you’re stuck picking out an outfit for Friday, throw on some blue and white to show your ‘Nova pride.

 

 

 

 

 


Annie Stockmal is a graduate student in the Communication Department and graduate assistant in Falvey Library.


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The Affordable Materials Project (AMP) Hosts a Lineup of Fall Events

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The Affordable Materials Project (AMP) and Falvey Memorial Library are set to host a lineup of fall events. AMP is a University-wide collaboration between the Villanova bookstore, Falvey Library, the Center for Access, Success and Achievement (CASA), and the Office of the Provost, all working together to provide faculty with resources and options for selecting high quality, affordable course materials and creating student awareness of affordable options for obtaining course materials. At the conclusion of the spring 2021 semester, AMP celebrated an important milestone—saving Villanova students more than $1 million on course materials!

Join AMP and Falvey Library at one—or both—of these upcoming virtual events:

Best Practices for Course Materials Adoption Workshop (Monday, Oct. 18, at 11:30 a.m.)

Falvey Library staff and Course Materials Manager Bernadette Mania will be holding a workshop for faculty on selecting course materials on Monday, Oct. 18, 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. via Zoom. Get answers to your questions about course packs, copyright, and e-reserves. Learn about the effort to provide electronic copies of course texts. Hear about resources to help lessen the financial burden of textbooks/course materials on students without sacrificing quality. Please register here.

Authoring an Open Access (OA) Interdisciplinary Textbook: Michael Pagano, PhD, on Liquidity, Markets & Trading in Action (Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 1:30 p.m.)

Join Michael Pagano, PhD, The Robert J. and Mary Ellen Darretta Endowed Chair in Finance, Professor, Finance & Real Estate, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 1:30-2:15 p.m. for a virtual talk on authoring the open access textbook Liquidity, Markets & Trading in Action: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. This book will be of interest to finance, economics, and information technology faculty, and includes a TraderEx simulation and ancillary instructor materials. Dr. Pagano will explain the thought process that went into publishing OA, describe the authoring experience, and touch on the OA funding model that made it possible. A description of programs that support OA publishing at Villanova will be included. Please register here.

Both events are open to the Villanova community and faculty everywhere interested in open access publishing. Faculty interested in course adoptions should consider applying for the Open Educational Resources (OER) Faculty Adoption Grant. Designed to encourage faculty to select free, openly licensed textbooks as primary course materials, applications for the grant will be accepted until Saturday, Oct. 30. Faculty members will be required to adopt an OER textbook for a new/existing course taught in spring 2022. The 2021 recipients of the OER Faculty Adoption Grant, Valentina DeNardis, PhD, and Jeanne Liedtka, JD, will save students an estimated $10,000 in one semester while they experiment with new ways of teaching.

Please contact Linda Hauck, Business Librarian, for more information on AMP and open access opportunities.


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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Smashing the Liquor Machine Book Talk

On Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 5 p.m., Dr. Mark Lawrence Schrad will give a book talk on Smashing the Liquor Machine in Falvey Memorial Library’s Speakers’ Corner. The event is free and open to the public. All visitors to campus, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks inside campus buildings. 

About Mark Schrad, PhD 

Mark Lawrence Schrad is an Associate Professor of Political Science in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Russian politics and history, post-communist democratization, comparative politics, international law, international organizations, and globalization. 

About Smashing the Liquor Machine: A Global History of Prohibition 

In a new book, Smashing the Liquor Machine (Oxford University Press, 2021), Mark Lawrence Schrad, PhD, offers an international history of alcohol prohibition—redefining it as a progressive, global, pro-justice movement that affected virtually every significant world leader from the 18th through the early 20th centuries.  

Smashing the Liquor Machine offers a wide-ranging, revisionist history of the effort to ban the predatory liquor traffic—and corrects distortions about those who supported Prohibition across the centuries. He examines anti-alcohol movement around the globe through the experiences of pro-temperance leaders like Vladimir Lenin, Leo Tolstoy, Mahatma Gandhi, and anti-colonial activists across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. In addition, he places temperance in a global context, showing how the movement often aligned with progressivism, social justice, liberal self-determination, democratic socialism, labor rights, women’s rights, and indigenous rights. 

Smashing the Liquor Machine gives voice to minority and subaltern figures who resisted the global liquor industry, and further highlights that the impulses that led to the temperance movement were far more progressive and variegated than American readers have been led to believe. 

More About Temperance 

If you are interested in learning more about the temperance movement, check out this Special Collections and Digital Library exhibit on the 19th century writings of Samuel Alanson Lane. Lane was a strong supporter of the temperance movement and traveled the country talking at various temperance conventions. The exhibit includes writings from Lane as well as temperance propaganda, advertisements, and pledges.  

Other Books by Mark Lawrence Schrad 

Schrad, M. L. (2014). Vodka politics: Alcohol, autocracy, and the secret history of the Russian state. Oxford University Press. 

Schrad, M. L. (2010). The political power of bad ideas: Networks, institutions, and the global prohibition wave. Oxford University Press. 


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


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Save the Date: Join Us For The Final Events of the 2021 Spring Semester

Hey, Nova Nation! Join us for the final events of the 2021 spring semester. All events will stream via Zoom and are open to the Villanova community.

Mindfulness Meditation (Mondays during the spring semester at 1 p.m.)Mindfulness Mondays

  • Mindfulness Mondays will offer a virtual, comfortable space where you are guided and encouraged to stop and focus on the “here and now.” Mindfulness is proven to reduce stress and enhance well-being, which can be beneficial to all faculty, staff, and students. The series, presented by Campus Ministry and co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, is ACS approved!
  • Please follow this link to join. Registration is not required: https://villanova.zoom.us/j/98337578849

GLOBALSMACKDOWN SERIES (Mondays during the spring semester via the campus newswires)

  • Join Tim Horner, DPhil, Teaching Professor in the Center for Peace and Justice Education and the Augustine and Culture Seminar Program, Mondays during the spring semester for the GlobalSmackDown series. During each Zoom video recording, Dr. Horner will discuss timely and important international news and issues. Dr. Horner’s videos will be available for viewing each Monday via Campus Currents and Wildcat Newswire. The GSD is co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, VSB’s Moran Center for Global Leadership and Falvey Library.

Villanova University Earth Week 2021 (4/19-4/24)

  • Check out the lineup of upcoming campus events here.

GET TO KNOW GALE’S BRITISH LIBRARY NEWSPAPERS (Tuesday, April 13, 12 p.m.)

  • Join us for a webinar to learn more about a new Gale primary source collection available at Falvey Memorial Library: British Library Newspapers. Enhance your understanding of regional life and culture in Britain across parts of three centuries with a trove of local newspaper coverage and first-hand accounts with British Library Newspapers. This resource provides researchers with the most comprehensive collection of national and regional newspapers of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and early twentieth-century Britain. Taken directly from the extensive holdings of the British Library, the selected publications provide coverage of well-known historic events, cultural icons, sporting events, the arts, culture, and other national pastimes.
  • Register here: https://cengage.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cbyS0ENvSwmKq8Ntdsas0w

COURSE MATERIALS ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS AT VILLANOVA WORKSHOP (Wednesday, April 14, 12:30 p.m.)

  • Join us for a virtual workshop on course materials assistance programs offered at Villanova University. Existing and emerging financial limitations, COVID-19, and the pivot to online learning has exposed challenges that many students face securing the course materials they need to succeed. The Affordable Materials Project (AMP) is hosting this workshop for faculty and academic support staff to learn about strategies and resources available across the university to reference whenever a student discloses being in need of course materials. The workshop will run for approximately 30 minutes with time for Q&A afterwards.
  • ​​​​​Register here: https://villanova.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIpceCgrDMsEtKvuA9QzKv4VNbD9YiOODkQ
  • For more information about the Affordable Materials Project, please visit: https://library.villanova.edu/amp/index.html

2021 LITERARY FESTIVAL EVENT: HANNAH KHALIL (Thursday, April 15, 5 p.m.)

Hannah Khalil
  • Join us for reading and talk by the 2021 Charles A. Heimbold Jr. Chair for Irish Studies, Hannah Khalil, one of the Literary Festival’s featured speakers. Palestinian-Irish writer and playwright, Hannah Khalil holds the Charles Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies for Spring 2021 at Villanova University. Her work for stage includes A Museum in Baghdad, which opened at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in 2019, Interference for The National Theatre of Scotland, The Scar Test for Soho Theatre and Scenes from 68* Years for the Arcola. She is currently under commission to write new work for Shakespeare’s Globe, Chichester Festival Theatre, The Kiln and Golden Thread San Francisco. Alongside her theatre work, Khalil has written numerous radio plays, including The Unwelcome, Last of the Pearl Fishers and The Deportation Room all for BBC Radio 4. Television work includes multiple episodes of the Channel 4 drama Hollyoaks. Khalil’s first short film, The Record, won the Tommy Vine screenplay award at the Underwire film festival, and went on to be made. It was selected at London Palestine Film Festival and Almagro Festival as well as Filmets Badalona. It was a finalist in the Tolpuddle Radial Film Festival.
  • This ACS-approved event is co-sponsored by the English Department, the Creative Writing Program, the Honors Program, the Department of Theatre, Africana Studies, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, the Center for Irish Studies, and Falvey Memorial Library.
  • Register here: https://villanova.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUlduyrrTkoGNAw5I3RwpJAxEU9dI3CzNyM

2021 CONCEPT VIRTUAL RECOGNITION CEREMONY (Thursday, April 22, 3:30 p.m.)

  • Join us as we celebrate the official launch of the 2021 issue of CONCEPT: Villanova University’s Interdisciplinary Journal of Graduate Studies. The ceremony will recognize this year’s top submission along with all of the student editors, faculty editors, and peer reviewers. This event is co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Graduate Division of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • Register here: https://explore.villanova.edu/register/CLAS_Concept_Apr22_21
  • For more information about CONCEPT, please visit: http://concept.journals.villanova.edu/

FALVEY FRIDAYS—POLICY MAP/SOCIAL EXPLORER (Friday, April 23, 11 a.m.)

  • Join Deborah Bishov, Social Sciences & Instructional Design Librarian, and Merrill Stein, Social Sciences Librarian, for a workshop entitled “Policy Map/Social Explorer.” Explore features of two easy-to-use, online demographic data mapping tools which draw on a combination of governmental, proprietary, and open resources. Map data of interest and export and save visualizations for research or teaching. Knowledge of geographical information systems is not required.
  • Register here: https://villanova.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEscOGtqTwuGN1SqGzFYONpmNA65dIQ5H_h

2021 Falvey Scholars Virtual Research Presentation and Awards Ceremony (Friday, April 30, 9 a.m.)

  • This program will provide the opportunity to recognize outstanding undergraduate research by the senior students who were selected as the 2021 Falvey Scholars from across Villanova’s campus. The event also serves as a recognition of the dedication of faculty in supporting undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. During the event, award recipients will provide brief 10-minute presentations to highlight their overall research process and showcase a summary of their winning project. Presentations will emphasize the use of Library resources, which may include one-on-one librarian consultations, reference workshops, library books and journals, access to Interlibrary Loan, databases, and even quiet study space. Five minutes of Q&A will take place after each student presentation.
  • This event is co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Center for Research and Fellowships.
  • Register here: https://villanova.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvceyvrDwiH9S3DIipMf5IBH_3VsfEUfrf

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. 

 

 


 


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Scholarship@Villanova Event: Roundtable Discussion on “We Have Been Here All Along: Gender, American Literature, and White Supremacy”

Join us on Tuesday, March 16, 7:30-9 p.m., to celebrate the publication of Gender in American Literature and Culture—the latest addition to a new Cambridge University Press series that seeks to understand the cultural forces that have brought us to our vexed contemporary moment—by attending this virtual roundtable discussion with the book’s co-editor and three contributors. Examining texts from early America to the present, the volume demonstrates how rigid inscriptions of gender have perpetuated a legacy of violence and exclusion in the United States.

Speakers include Travis Foster, PhD, Associate Professor of English and Academic Director of Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS), Villanova University; Jean M. Lutes, PhD, Professor of English, Villanova University; Brigitte Fielder, PhD, Associate Professor of the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Seulghee Lee, PhD, Assistant Professor of African American Studies and English Literature at the University of South Carolina.

This ACS-approved event, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, the Gender and Women’s Studies Program, and the Department of English, is free and open to the public.

Please REGISTER by following this link:

https://villanova.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEkdeqvrTwpEtwTh7gsQVFOEU6NpsfgRbw4

Once registered, you will be sent a link to this event. Interested in purchasing the book? Use code GALC20 for 20% off this title from Cambridge University Press.

Looking for more GWS resources? Check out the Women’s History Month blog curated by Susan Turkel, Social Sciences Librarian. For help with your research, please contact the GWS Librarian Jutta Seibert. Explore the panelists’ scholarship before the event with resources made available to you by Falvey Memorial Library:


Sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, Scholarship@Villanova events are dedicated to recognition of the scholarly publications, ongoing research, and other intellectual contributions of faculty members from all six colleges of Villanova University. Growing out of a longstanding tradition of faculty research and book talks in Falvey, Scholarship@Villanova developed in the spring of 2004. Falvey hosts several lectures in the series per year, including a talk by the Outstanding Faculty Research Award recipient.  


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. 

 

 


 


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Cat in the Stax: Connecting Virtually

College is all about meeting and connecting with new people from all over the country that normally you wouldn’t get an opportunity to interact with if you stayed in your small town. Unfortunately, the last year has made it really difficult to form and maintain those relationships. Below are some ways to stay safe, mask up, but still connect with friends, new and old.

Virtual Study Sessions
This was one idea my undergraduate roommate had as a way for us to spend time together despite the fact we were both super busy in grad school and hundreds of miles apart. We pick a time that works well for both of us, find our own, safe study space, then hop in a Zoom room to study at the same time. Our fields couldn’t be more different, but the important part is being able to spend time together, like we used to when we had study sessions back at Delaware. 

Attending NEW Events
Walking into a room full of people you don’t know to hear a speaker on a topic you’re unfamiliar with can be super intimidating. However, with Zoom events, you can feel free to leave your camera off and no one will even know you’re there! And who knows? Maybe you’ll find a new topic you enjoy learning more about or see the name of someone you have a class with also at the event and make a new connection!

To view a list of upcoming events hosted by Falvey click here. To check out the latest Villanova Theatre production, Songs for a New World, click here

Fresh Air
Going for walks, masked up, around Villanova’s beautiful campus is another way to connect with new and old friends while still staying safe. Swing by the library to pick-up some books, grab some food, loop around campus, and then go your separate ways back to your building or house. Being outdoors is a safer way to connect and is a great way to take a break from studying (if you don’t believe me, read any of my stress reliever blogs from last semester). 

What new ways have you been able to connect with people this past year that you’ve never thought of before?

 


Jenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department.


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Join us for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election Virtual Series Events

By Regina Duffy

In the run-up to Election Day on Nov. 3, Falvey Memorial Library is working with a group of campus partners to present a lineup of virtual events that’s intended to spark meaningful dialogue within the Villanova Community. This election cycle falls during a pivotal moment for the United States; not only are grappling with a global pandemic, but also we are confronting many issues of social justice as a nation. Our virtual events will feature several faculty experts from across Villanova who will explore topics related to the contentious presidential race during this unsettling time. Join us to learn more and be a part of the conversation.

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Camille Burge, PhD, on “Examining the Roles of Race and Emotions in the 2020 Election”

First up in the series is Camille Burge, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, who will discuss “Examining the Roles of Race and Emotions in the 2020 Election” on Thursday, Oct. 8, 1-2 p.m. During the talk, Dr. Burge will address how we’re all feeling during this pandemic as well as our collective emotional reactions to a number of issues, including police brutality, #BlackLivesMatter, protests, #MeToo, hyperpolarization, and more.

Zoom join link for event attendees: https://villanova.zoom.us/j/94050688544

Note: Attendees must be logged into a Zoom account to be able to access this webinar.

 

 

 

Matthew R. Kerbel, PhD,  on “The State of the Contest, Election Day, and What Happens Next”

Next, please join us for a talk by Matthew R. Kerbel, PhD, Interim Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Professor, Department of Political Science, on Thursday, Oct. 22, 1-2 p.m., for Matt Kerbel Headshotan update on the state of the contest and a discussion of what things could look like on Election Day and during the weeks afterwards. Dr. Kerbel will describe how in the midst of a pandemic and with an incumbent casting doubt on the legitimacy of the vote, Americans are going to the polls to decide an election that could have more far-reaching consequences than any in our lifetime.

Zoom join link for event attendees: https://villanova.zoom.us/j/92278872069

Note: Attendees must be logged into a Zoom account to be able to access this webinar.

 

 

 

Faculty Panel on “The Meaning of an Election in a Pandemic Year”

Finally, on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.,  join us for a panel of faculty experts who will discuss the meaning of the election in a pandemic year. Billie Murray, PhD, Associate Collage of Billie Murray, Danielle Gadson and Tim HornerProfessor, Department of Communication, will discuss how the recent movement for Black lives has influenced the 2020 election, and how such movements can also work to transcend electoral politics. Danielle N. Gadson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, will talk about how fodder for single-issue politics in past elections, the ubiquitous effects of public health policy will be a critical consideration this election year for every voting demographic. Tim Horner, DPhil, Teaching Professor, Center for Peace and Justice Education, Augustine and Culture Seminar Program, will give us a global perspective of the upcoming election.

Zoom join link for event attendees: https://villanova.zoom.us/j/97949390141

Note: Attendees must be logged into a Zoom account to be able to access this webinar.

 

This ACS-approved event series is co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library in collaboration with the Center for Peace and Justice Education, the Department of Political Science, the Department of Communication, the Department of Public Administration, and Let’s Vote Nova. Join us and make sure that you get out and vote!


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Regina Duffy is a Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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Foto Friday: Celebrate Black History Month on Campus

By Kallie Stahl

Flyer of Black History Month events.


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. 


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Halloween tricks and treats with Distinctive Collections staff

Distinctive Collections staff hosted a Halloween Open House yesterday, with spooky treasures on display in the Rare Book Room and treats in Room 206 across the hall. Laura Bang, Distinctive Collections Librarian, and Rebecca Oviedo, Distinctive Collections Coordinator, welcomed visitors in the Rare Book Room while Beaudry Rae Allen, Preservation & Digital Archivist, dished up treats in Room 206. Our featured treat was a Prohibition-era mocktail called the St. Augustine. We also had people point out spooky spots on a campus map. It was a spooktacular event! (Click the images below to see them larger.)

Halloween event sign next to the door.

The entrance to the Rare Book Room.

Two students looking at material in cases.

We had spooky treasures on display in cases and on a table in the Rare Book Room.

Four people looking at books on a table.

Three students looking at books on a table.

Meanwhile, across the hall in Room 206, we had lots of treats.

Beaudry served up our featured treat, the St. Augustine mocktail (vanilla ice cream, vanilla and strawberry syrups, and club soda).

Visitors added stickers to a map of Villanova to mark haunted spots on campus.

The map with spooky spots. Beware!

Library staff in costumes, left to right: Chris Hallberg, Sarah Wingo, Kallie Stahl, Laura Bang, Rebecca Oviedo, Beaudry Rae Allen, Shawn Proctor.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by! You can find many of the materials that were on display in the Rare Book Room in our Digital Library.

Photos in this post were taken by Laura Bang, Annabelle Humiston, Rebecca Oviedo, and Daniella Snyder.


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