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Peek at the Week: April 19

By Jenna Renaud

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Word of the Week: Type II Fun 

Maybe you’re thinking, “I know what fun is,” but did you know that there are different types of fun?  

Type II fun usually feels terrible while you’re doing it, like climbing up a mountain in the freezing cold, running an ultra-marathon, or standing in line at Disney World in the blazing sun, but when it’s over, your memory erases the miserable parts, and you would do it again for fun.  

This is all based on the “fun scale,” typically used by outdoor enthusiasts. You can read more about it in this article from REI. But in summary the other types of fun are: 

Type I Fun – Enjoyable when it’s happening. Simply fun. Eating good food with good friends. Celebrating birthdays or holidays with family. Movie nights.  

Type III Fun – Not actually fun at all. While you’re doing it or in retrospect. Maybe you’re waiting for the Type II fun effect to hit, but it never does. 

For many people, Type II fun is the sweet spot. It’s challenging but isn’t actually putting your life at risk. With finals right around the corner, consider planning some Type II adventures for this summer. 


This Week at Falvey  

NOW–Wednesday, Jun. 15th  

“That Fairyland of Ice”: Polar Exploration in Mind and Memory Exhibit | Falvey First Floor & Virtual | Free & Open to the Public 

Tuesday, April 19th  

Polar Voyaging and the Humanities | 4–5 p.m. | Virtual | https://villanova.zoom.us/j/98337578849 

Wednesday, April 20th   

2022 Falvey Forum Workshop Series: Capturing the Web – Introduction to Web Archiving | 12–1 p.m. | Virtual | Register Here 

“The Politics of the Irish Harp Symbol from Henry VIII to Brexit” Lecture & Harp Performance with Mary Louise O’Donnell | 4 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Learn More Here 

Thursday, April 21st 

2022 Literary Festival: Tiphanie Yanique | 7–8:30 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Free & Open to the Public | Find more info here 

Friday, April 22nd  

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

2022 Falvey Scholars Virtual Research Presentation and Awards Ceremony | 10 a.m. | Virtual | Register Here 

2022 Concept Virtual Recognition Ceremony | 1–2 p.m. | Virtual | Register Here 


This Week in History 

April 22nd, 1970 – First Earth Day was celebrated 

Earth Day is an annual event used to demonstrate support for environmental protection and bring awareness to a wide range of environmental issues. 2022 marks the 52nd celebration of the holiday.  

Earth Day was started by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, an environmentalist who wanted to increase awareness and provide unity to the environmental movement. “The objective was to get a nationwide demonstration of concern for the environment so large that it would shake the political establishment out of its lethargy,” Senator Nelson said, “and, finally, force this issue permanently onto the national political agenda.” 

Earth Day has contributed to the passage of the Clean Water and Endangered Species Act. Each year the holiday is recognized by 192 different countries. 

Read more from History.com. 


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


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Join Us for the Remaining Lineup of Spring Events

Happy April, Wildcats! The end of the semester is quickly approaching. Be sure to check out one (or a few) of the remaining events at Falvey Memorial Library. All events are ACS-approved and open to the Villanova University community. The lineup of events are listed below.


2022 Villanova University Literary Festival: Tiphanie Yanique

  • Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in Falvey Library’s Speakers’ Corner.
  • Livestream link.
  • 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.
  • This event is co-sponsored by the English Department, the Creative Writing Program, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, the Center for Irish Studies, and Falvey Library.

Polar Voyaging and the Humanities

  • Tuesday, April 19, at 4 p.m.
  • Virtual lecture on Zoom. Register here.
  • Lecture by 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.
  • This event is offered in support of Falvey Memorial Library’s current exhibit “That Fairyland of Ice”: Polar Exploration in Mind and Memoryand is included alongside Earth Week events.
  • This event is co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, the Office of Sustainability, the Department of Geography and the Environment, the Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, and the Department of English.

2022 Falvey Forum Workshop Series: Capturing the Web: Introduction to Web Archiving

  • Wednesday, April 20, at 12 p.m.
  • Virtual workshop on Zoom. Register here.
  • Workshop led by Beaudry Rae Allen, Preservation and Digital Archivist.
  • Web archiving is the process of gathering up data that has been recorded on the World Wide Web, storing it, ensuring the data is preserved in an archive, and making the collected data available for future research. Get a foundational overview of web archiving in this workshop and learn ways to leverage the Wayback Machine and other web preservation tools in your scholarship and teaching.
  • This event is co-sponsored by Falvey Library and the Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest.

 


“The Politics of the Irish Harp Symbol from Henry VIII to Brexit” Lecture and Harp Performance with Mary Louise O’Donnell

  • Wednesday, April 20, at 4 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner.
  • Mary Louise O’Donnell, PhD, will discuss the origin of the Irish harp symbol and its history and significance in Irish political iconography through the centuries.
  • Dr. O’Donnell is a harpist, musicologist, and Fulbright scholar 2019/2020. She holds a doctorate from the University of Limerick and is a former Irish Research Council postgraduate scholar and postdoctoral fellow. Her first book Ireland’s Harp: the Shaping of Irish Identity c.1770 to 1880 was published by UCD Press in 2014. She has also published widely on topics relating to Irish cultural history, semiotics, and performance studies. Some of her most recent research can be found in Musicians and their Audiences: New Approaches to a Timeless Division (Ashgate, 2016) and Thomas Moore and Romantic Inspiration (Routledge, 2017). Dr. O’Donnell has performed extensively throughout Ireland, Europe, Africa, and Asia as a soloist and with various ensembles; she has also appeared on BBC, RTÉ, CNN, and NHK (Japan). Working alongside her sister, Dr. O’Donnell recently recorded an album which includes compositions for pedal harp, portable Irish harp, and voice to harp accompaniment by the nineteenth-century Irish composer Charles Egan.
  • This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Irish Studies and Falvey Library.

2022 Falvey Forum Workshop Series: Bringing Historical Maps into GIS

  • Wednesday, April 27, at 12 p.m.
  • Virtual workshop on Zoom. Register here.
  • Workshop led by Erica Hayes, Digital Scholarship Librarian.
  • Georeferencing is the process of connecting images (e.g., scanned historical maps, aerial and satellite photographs) to their geographic locations, so that they can be used as spatial layers in GIS software. Using tools like Map Warper and ArcGIS Online, this workshop will provide participants with the steps to align geographic coordinates to a scanned historical map and display them online to examine how locations have changed over time.
  • Falvey Scholars will give short presentations on the content and findings of the research involved in the writing of the thesis or in the creation of the project report.

 


Russia’s War on Ukraine: Historical Turning Points

  • Monday, April 25, from 6-7 p.m.
  • Virtual lecture on Zoom. Register here.
  • A conversation about the ongoing war in Ukraine.
  • Dr. Adele Lindenmeyr, Historian of Russia and the USSR, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Villanova University, and Dr. Mike Westrate, Historian of Ukraine and the USSR, Assistant Vice Provost, Graduate Education and Research, Villanova University, will discuss the turning points that led to Russia’s invasion.
  • What were the historical turning points that led to Russia’s current war on Ukraine and its people? Join us for a discussion of the Ukrainian-Russian relationship, including: the Holodomor, WWII and its aftermath, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Budapest Memorandum, the Russian war on Georgia, and the illegal annexation of Crimea.
  • This event is co-sponsored by Falvey Library and the Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest.

2021-2022 Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Endowed Distinguished Speaker Series Lecture featuring Poet Maria Famà

  • Thursday, April 28, at 2:30 p.m.
  • Virtual lecture on Zoom. Register here.
  • Lecture by 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 will give examples of her poems from her various books and explain how they came into being.
  • For more information on Famà, please visit her website.
  • This event is co-sponsored by Falvey Library, the Italian Studies Program, the Department of English, and the Creative Writing Program.

Falvey Library’s Semi-Annual Stress Busting Open House: Make Finals a Grand Slamphoto of the Philadelphia Phillies stadium

  • Friday, April 29 (Reading Day) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until supplies last on the Old Falvey patio.
  • Stop by for some major (league) fun and treats to make these finals a grand slam!
  • Pals for Life therapy animals will be there to help you during the 7th inning stretch of the semester.
  • This event is co-sponsored by Falvey Library, the Office of Health Promotion, and POWER.

 

 


2022 Falvey Scholars Awards Presentation and Reception Ceremony

  • Friday, April 22, at 10 a.m.
  • Virtual lecture on Zoom. Register here.
  • The 2022 Falvey Scholar award winners: Nadjulia Constant, Daryl Jucar, Christopher DiLullo, Addison Drone, Nicole Garcia, Alec Henderson, Mai Khuc, and Erica Mallon.
  • Falvey Scholars is an annual program that recognizes outstanding undergraduate research by senior students at Villanova University.
  • Falvey Scholars will give short presentations on the content and findings of the research involved in the writing of the thesis or in the creation of the project report.
  • This event is co-sponsored by Falvey Library and the Center for Research and Fellowships.

CONCEPT Virtual Recognition CeremonyConcept poster

  • Friday, April 22, at 1 p.m.
  • Virtual lecture on Zoom. Register here.
  • Join us as 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 will recognize 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.
  • This event is co-sponsored by Falvey Library and the Office of Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • Visit the CONCEPT website to learn more about the journal and to browse past volumes.

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


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Peek at the Week: March 28

By Jenna Renaud

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Word of the Week: Offensive efficiency 

Villanova is in the Final Four, so we’re back with more basketball terminology this week. Offensive efficiency is the number of points scored per 100 offensive possessions. Currently, according to the popular KenPom Ratings, Villanova has a top-10 offense, despite relying heavily on defense in this past weekend’s win against Houston.  

Fingers crossed for another big win this Saturday against the Kansas Jayhawks! If we secure the win, I will be back again next week with more basketball vocabulary as we move into the finals. 


This Week at Falvey  

NOW–Wednesday, Jun. 15th  

“That Fairyland of Ice”: Polar Exploration in Mind and Memory Exhibit | Falvey First Floor & Virtual | Free & Open to the Public 

Monday, March 28th   

2021 Outstanding Faculty Research Award Lecture Featuring Christopher Kilby, PhD, and Samantha K. Chapman, PhD | 1–3 p.m. | Room 205 | Free & Open to the Public | Find more info here 

Tuesday, March 29th   

2022 Literary Festival Schedule: Camille Dungy | 7–8:30 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Free & Open to the Public | Find more info here 

Wednesday, March 30th   

2022 Falvey Forum Workshop Series: Photo Management with Tropy for Archival Research | 12–1 p.m. | Virtual | Register Here 

Thursday, March 31st   

Spring 2022 Digital Seeds Lecture: David R. Ambaras, PhD, and Kate McDonald, PhD on “Bodies and Structures 2.0: Scalar and the Practice of Digital Spatial History | 4 p.m. | Virtual | Register Here 

Friday, April 1st   

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


This Week in History 

March 31st, 1889 – Eiffel Tower opens  

For this week’s “This Week in History” we’re traveling across the Atlantic Ocean over to Europe, specifically, Paris, France. On March 31st, 1889, the Eiffel Tower is dedicated in Paris. Gustave Eiffel, the tower’s designer, French Prime Minister Pierre Tirard, various other dignitaries, and over 200 construction workers were in attendance.  

The Eiffel Tower is 984 feet tall and boasts an iron framework supported on four masonry piers, from which rise four columns that unite to create a single vertical tower. There are observation decks on each of the three levels.  

Despite now being regarded as an architectural masterpiece, the project was originally met with some resistance, in part due to concerns it would be structurally unsound. At the time, it was the largest man-made structure in the world, a title it held until the New York Crysler building was completed in 1930.  

Read more from History.com. 


Jenna Renaud is a Graduate Assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a Graduate Student in the Communication Department.

 


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Dig Deeper: Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown. Photograph by Darnell Wilburn.

Jericho Brown. Photograph by Darnell Wilburn.


Jericho Brown, one of the 2022 Villanova University Literary Festival featured speakers, will read works from his Pulitzer Prize winning poetry collection, The Tradition, on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. in Falvey’s Speakers’ Corner (and virtually). Brown grew up in Shreveport, LA, and earned a PhD from the University of Houston, an MFA from the University of New Orleans, and a BA from Dillard University.

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.

Dig deeper and explore the links below for more on Brown’s work:


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

 

 


 

 


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Introducing the 2022 Villanova University Literary Festival Lineup

The lineup for the 2022 Villanova University Literary Festival is listed below. All events will take place at 7 p.m. in Falvey Memorial Library’s Speakers’ Corner, except for the Emma Dabiri talk, which will take place in the Presidents’ Lounge, Connelly Center. These ACS-approved events, co-sponsored by the English Department, the Creative Writing Program, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, the Center for Irish Studies, and Falvey Memorial Library, are free and open to the public.


JERICHO BROWN

 Thursday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m., in Falvey Memorial Library’s Speakers’ Corner

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: https://www.jerichobrown.com/

Livestream link: https://vums-web.villanova.edu/Mediasite/Play/d7c24d1b0ab3427da371d78e422ed08b1d


EMMA DABIRI

 Tuesday, March 15, at 7 p.m., in the Presidents’ Lounge, Connelly Center

Emma Dabiri, the 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: https://www.kbjmanagement.co.uk/emma-dabiri

 

 


CAMILLE DUNGY

 Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m., in Falvey Memorial Library’s Speakers’ Corner

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.

Livestream link: https://vums-web.villanova.edu/Mediasite/Play/4086caf5425347eeafc1daac395a75c31d

 

 

 


TIPHANIE YANIQUE

Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m., in Falvey Memorial Library’s Speakers’ Corner

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: https://www.tiphanieyanique.com/bio

Livestream link: https://vums-web.villanova.edu/Mediasite/Play/a70b3ecc7e914b2f846dc273fc4e1ce01d


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

 

 


 


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Register for the Last Two Literary Festival Events!

 

Literary Festival poster with Hannah Khalil and Robin Coste Lewis

The 23rd annual Villanova Literary Festival resumes on Thursday, April 8! Please REGISTER for the two remaining virtual readings and talks. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event. All readings are ACS approved!

Robin Coste Lewis (Thursday, April 8, at 7 p.m.)

Register here: https://villanova.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMqdOugqD4oEtVf2K5H8upjyxgNcgpqoiyk

Coste Lewis is the poet laureate of Los Angeles. In 2015, her debut poetry collection, Voyage of the Sable Venus (Knopf), won the National Book Award in poetry–the first time a poetry debut by an African-American had ever won the prize in the National Book Foundation’s history. Lewis’ writing has appeared in various journals and anthologies such as Time MagazineThe New YorkerThe New York TimesThe Paris ReviewTransition, and Best American Poetry.

Hannah Khalil (Thursday, April 15, at 5 p.m.)

Register here: https://villanova.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUlduyrrTkoGNAw5I3RwpJAxEU9dI3CzNyM

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.


Previous 2021 Literary Festival Speakers:

Brenda Shaughnessy

Shaughnessy is the author of five poetry collections, including The Octopus MuseumSo Much Synth (2016, Copper Canyon Press) and Our Andromeda (2012), which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award, The International Griffin Prize, and the PEN Open Book Award. A 2013 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Shaughnessy is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Newark.

Bryan Washington

Washington’s debut collection of short stories, Lot, was published by Riverhead in 2019. His fiction and essays have appeared in The New York TimesThe New York Times MagazineThe New YorkerBBC, The Paris ReviewTin House, and numerous other publications. Washington is also a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 winner, and the recipient of an O. Henry Award.

His first novel, Memorial was released on Oct. 27, 2020. The New York Times called it a Notable Book of 2020 and TIME called it one of their books of the year. So did the Los Angeles TimesEntertainment Weekly and Vanity Fair.


Gina's headshotRegina Duffy is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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Cat in the Stax: Celebrating National Poetry Month

Tomorrow is not only April Fool’s Day, but also the first day of National Poetry Month! National Poetry Month is a way to recognize current and past poets while also exploring the poet inside of us all. Below are a handful of ways to celebrate National Poetry Month, whether you’re an avid poetry reader or new to the genre. 

Attend the 2021 Villanova University Literary Festival! Robin Coste Lewis, one of the Literary Festival’s featured speakers, will be on Zoom for a virtual reading and talk on Thursday, April 8 at 7 p.m. Coste Lewis is the poet laureate of Los Angeles. Hannah Khalil, playwright and the 2021 Charles A. Heimbold Jr. Chair for Irish Studies, will present a virtual talk on Thursday, April 15 at 5 p.m. Khalil’s 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. 

These ACS-approved events, co-sponsored by the English Department, the Creative Writing Program, the Honors Program, Africana Studies, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, the Center for Irish Studies, and Falvey Memorial Library, are free and open to the public. You can find more information about the events and register to attend here

Listen to a poem a day. The Academy of American Poets releases a podcast called Poem-a-Day where you can listen to just that, a poem a day. Most of the poems are under 10 minutes long and perfect to listen to while walking around campus between classes.  

Go back to your childhood poetry roots. When I think about where my awareness of poetry started, I’m instantly transported back to my childhood bedroom where I’d sit and read Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends. His collection of sketches and poems contains not only comedic poetry for kids, but also wisdom for adults of any age. Pick it up from Falvey’s collection and enjoy the nostalgia!

Create your own poems. One way to stir your own creativity is to put a bunch of words into a jar and then pick three out and try to make a poem. Doing this with your friends and family may help you recognize the poet inside of youor at least produce a laugh or two!

Do you have favorite poets that you’re going to be reading this month? Let us know in the comments! I’m always looking for new recommendations.


jenna newman headshotJenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department.


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Foto Friday: Just the Beginning

We’re continuing our lineup of virtual events for the spring semester, and we can’t wait to have you join us! Three exciting event series kicked off this week: the 2021 Villanova University Literary Festival, Falvey Fridays, and Researcher’s Toolbox.

Check out some screenshots below and see how you can join these exciting ACS-approved events!

The 2021 Villanova University Literary Festival kicked off with Brenda Shaughnessy on Thursday, Feb. 11. Shaughnessy read multiple poems to an engaged audience comprised of 98 Villanovans. Next up on the Literary Festival Lineup is Bryan Washington on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. Register here.

Falvey Fridays evite

 

Sarah Wipperman, Scholarly Communications Librarian, led the first of six Falvey Friday workshops today at 11 a.m. Wipperman discussed the basics of copyright and how to reuse content responsibly. Drawn from our popular brown bag lunch sessions, each Falvey Friday workshop will provide new and exciting information on research methods, tools, and pedagogies for researchers of all levels. During the next workshop, Erica Hayes, Digital Scholarship Librarian, will discuss “Bringing Historical Maps into GIS” on Friday, Feb. 26, at 11 a.m. Register here. View more information on all six Falvey Friday sessions here

Researchers Toolbox Workshop with Jutta Seibert

 

Jutta Seibert, Director of Research Services and Scholarly Engagement, led a workshop session entitled “Newspapers and Magazines” today at 3 p.m. as part of the Research’s Toolbox event series. The workshop took a look at the discovery of national and international news publications covering daily news, as well as texts aimed at specific interest groups. Seibert guided audience members in locating a cited source, determining the availability of news sources in the local collection, and citing news sources. Seibert will led another session focusing on newspapers and magazines on Wednesday, March 24, at 4 p.m. Register here.

For a detailed listing of upcoming events, visit the Falvey Memorial Library events page.


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

 

 


 


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Announcing the 2021 Literary Festival Lineup!

 

The 23rd annual Villanova Literary Festival begins Thursday, Feb. 11! Please REGISTER for these exciting virtual readings and talks. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event. All readings are ACS approved!


Brenda Shaughnessy

Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m.

Register here: https://villanova.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJckcOygpj8sHNT6qZlLZfHmmo4Gyqqasv1l

Shaughnessy is the author of five poetry collections, including The Octopus MuseumSo Much Synth (2016, Copper Canyon Press) and Our Andromeda (2012), which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award, The International Griffin Prize, and the PEN Open Book Award. A 2013 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Shaughnessy is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Newark.


Bryan Washington

Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m.

Register here: https://villanova.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIpc-ytpjouEt34Ydb1FaJEQOJRj6X27XBU

Washington’s debut collection of short stories, Lot was published by Riverhead in 2019. His fiction and essays have appeared in The New York TimesThe New York Times MagazineThe New YorkerBBC, The Paris ReviewTin House, and numerous other publications. Washington is also a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 winner, and the recipient of an O. Henry Award.

His first novel, Memorial was released on Oct. 27, 2020. The New York Times called it a Notable Book of 2020 and TIME called it one of their books of the year. So did the Los Angeles TimesEntertainment Weekly and Vanity Fair.


Robin Coste Lewis

Thursday, April 8, at 7 p.m.

Register here: https://villanova.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMqdOugqD4oEtVf2K5H8upjyxgNcgpqoiyk

Coste Lewis is the poet laureate of Los Angeles. In 2015, her debut poetry collection, Voyage of the Sable Venus (Knopf), won the National Book Award in poetry–the first time a poetry debut by an African-American had ever won the prize in the National Book Foundation’s history. Lewis’ writing has appeared in various journals and anthologies such as Time MagazineThe New YorkerThe New York TimesThe Paris ReviewTransition, and Best American Poetry.


Hanna Khalil

Thursday, April 15, at 5 p.m.

Register here: https://villanova.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUlduyrrTkoGNAw5I3RwpJAxEU9dI3CzNyM

Palestinian-Irish writer and playwright, Hannah Kahlil 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.

 


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

 


 


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Foto Friday: Villanova University Literary Festival Speaker Featured in 2020 National Book Awards

Photo courtesy of William Repetto.


Brit Bennett, a 2017 Villanova University Literary Festival speaker, was featured in the 2020 National Book Awards. Her novel, The Vanishing Half was included in the Longlist for Fiction. The novel tells the story of two sisters: “The Vignes twins will always be identical—After growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it’s not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it’s everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities.

Born and raised in Southern California, Bennett graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction as well as the 2014 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers. Her work is featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel. She is one of the National Book Foundation’s 2016 5 Under 35 honorees.

Revisit Bennett’s 2017 Literary Festival reading here. Explore the complete list of 2020 National Book Award winners here.


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

 

 


 


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