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Banned Book Performances in Falvey’s Speakers’ Corner

Who bans books in the U.S.–and what are they so afraid of?

Please join us for a collection of banned book performances by students in COM 3241 Performance of Literature, guided by Dr. Heidi Rose, on Monday, Oct. 30, and Wednesday, Nov. 1. Performances will take place in Falvey Library’s Speakers’ Corner at 5 p.m. Banned book performances include: The GiverLooking for AlaskaCaste: The Origins of our DiscontentsCatcher in the RyeThe Glass CastleThe Bluest EyeLord of the FliesThe Hate U GiveThe House on Mango StreetNineteen MinutesJunie B JonesAnimal Farm, and To Kill a Mockingbird. These events are sponsored by the Department of Communication and Falvey Library.



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Leticia Robles-Moreno Theatre Talk: 10/26

In honor of Hispanic/Latine Heritage Month 2023, please join us on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 4-5:30 p.m. in Falvey Library’s Speakers’ Corner for a talk by Leticia Robles-Moreno, PhD, titled “Peruvian Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani: Weaving Shared Memory Landscapes through Theatre & Performance.”

Theatre and performance, as corporeal artistic expressions, acquire a transformative potential in times of political turmoil when violence, torture, and disappearance target bodies marked as disposable. Yuyachkani, the legendary Peruvian theatre collective that has worked together for over 50 years, continues to ask a question relevant for artists, academics, and activists alike: how can an absent body be made visible? This talk will reflect upon this question, and the labor of collective memory and resistance in Latin America.

Leticia Robles-Moreno is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance at Muhlenberg College. Her research is focused on how theatre groups of “creación colectiva,” as well as artivist collectives in the Americas, generate alternative political subjectivities, communities, and spaces of belonging in times of socio-political unrest. Her book project Living After Death: Performance, Decay, and Collective Survival in the Americas analyzes the political aesthetics of theatre, art, and activism, as modes of anti-neoliberal and intersectional bodily coexistence.

This ACS-approved event, sponsored by Falvey Library, the Department of Spanish, and the Latin American Studies Program, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.



Join the Villanova Communication Department for the World Premiere of “Parakeet”

Join the Villanova Communication Department for the world premiere of Parakeet at the Villanova Communication Department Studio (Garey Hall) on the following dates: Thursday, Sept. 29 (7 p.m.), Friday, Sept. 30 (7 p.m.), Saturday, Oct. 1 (7 p.m.), and Sunday Oct. 2 (2 p.m.) Click here or use the QR code above to reserve tickets.

Parakeet, a play adapted and directed by Heidi M. Rose, PhD, Chair of the Department of Communication, Professor of Performance Studies, is based on the novel by Marie-Helene Bertino ’99 CLAS.

Parakeet tells the story of a bride-to-be who is visited by a bird (parakeet) she identifies as her dead grandmother. After her grandmother tells her not to get married, the bride takes a transformational journey a week before her wedding. “Parakeet asks and begins to answer the essential questions. What do our memories make us? How do we honor our experiences and still become our strongest, truest selves? Who are we responsible for, what do we owe them, and how do we allow them to change?” (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2020). Read the novel before the world premiere of the play: Parakeet is available for loan at Falvey Memorial Library.

Parakeet is co-sponsored by the Villanova College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Office of Intercultural Affairs, VU Pride, the Honors Program, the McNulty Institute, the English Department, the Creative Writing Program, Gender & Women’s Studies, and the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Parakeet kicks off the 30th anniversary celebration of Performance Studies at Villanova University.

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Marie-Helene Bertino ’99 CLAS

Marie-Helene Bertino’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Electric Literature, Tin House, McSweeneys, Granta, BOMB, Guernica, NPR, and others. The author of four books: Safe as Houses, 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas, Parakeet, and Beautyland (forthcoming), she is the recipient of The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellowship in Cork, Ireland, The O. Henry Prize, and The Pushcart Prize. She teaches in the Creative Writing programs of NYU and The New School, and earned a BA in English from Villanova University and an MFA from Brooklyn College. For more on Bertino, visit her website.

Dig deeper and explore the links below for further reading:

Photo courtesy of Villanova University.

Heidi M. Rose, PhD

Heidi M. Rose joined the Communication Department at Villanova University in 1993. She earned a BS in Speech/Theatre from Northwestern University, a MA in Communication from Emerson College, and an Interdisciplinary PhD in Communication from Arizona State University. Her scholarship focuses on performance ethnography, autoethnography, performance, culture and identity, ASL poetics and Deaf culture, and performance and advocacy. The author of numerous publications, she is the writer and performer of “Twin,” “Mirror Image,” and “Good Enough.”

She is a recipient of the Top Contributed Performance, Performance Studies Division, National Communication Association (2020), the Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance, National Communication Association (2018), the Creative Expression Award, Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (2017), the Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Performance Studies, National Communication Association (2015), Service to the Discipline Award, Performance Studies Division, National Communication Association (2012), and many others. For more information on Dr. Rose’s scholarship, please visit her webpage.

Anna Jankowski ’23 CLAS

Photo courtesy of Anna Jankowski.

Voicing the parakeet is Anna Jankowski ’23 CLAS, a senior communication major, and communication and marketing assistant at Falvey Memorial Library.







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






Last Modified: September 7, 2022

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