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Upcoming Events at Falvey Memorial Library

Thursday, September 10th, 2015 at 4:30 PM in Speakers' Corner

Please join us in Speakers’ Corner of Falvey Memorial Library on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 4:30 p.m. as the University’s One Book Villanova author, Reyna Grande, visits us for a book signing. Her book, The Distance Between Us: A Memoir, was chosen to be the 2015-2016 One Book Villanova selection for the University community.

The book tells the compelling story of a young girl’s life before and after illegally emigrating from Mexico to the United States. Reyna Grande shares the story of her childhood that is sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking but all the time compelling. Beyond the politics of immigration debates, The Distance Between Us gives us insight into the story of a single family: the decisions made, the risks taken and the personal costs paid.

One Book Villanova is our campus reading program. We’ll welcome Reyna Grande to campus Sept. 10 for the St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration. Please have your book with you ready to be signed.

Following the book signing, Grande will participate in other activities including the following: 

6:00-7:00 p.m.—community dinner in Dougherty Hall Dining Room with Reyna Grande and University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS

7:30-8:30 p.m.—author’s lecture and Q&A in the Villanova Room, Connelly Center

This event, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the One Book Villanova Committee, is free and open to the public.

Friday, September 11th, 2015 at 2:30 PM in First Floor Lounge

Join the Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club (VEEC) most Fridays during the semester from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the first-floor lounge for some fun! The VEEC is a social club, focused on recreation and relaxation. Participants gather once a week to play video games in a safe and fun environment. The VEEC also has the pleasure of participating in video game activities, such as tournaments and expositions, and is always accepting new members!

This event, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club, is free and open to the public.


Please join us on Monday, September 14 at 3:00 p.m. in room 204 of Falvey Memorial Library as Craig Bailey, PhD, associate professor of history, presents a talk: “Changing Landscapes: People and Place in the Mill Creek Valley, Lower Merion c.1870-c.1920.”

In spring 2015, ten junior-year students participating in a research seminar with the Department of History undertook a group project to examine how the farms and mills of the Mill Creek Valley transformed into the familiar residential properties of today. Each student chose a property from an atlas published in 1877, traced that property’s development over time, and reconstructed the lives of the inhabitants. Working alongside Digital Humanities staff in Falvey Memorial Library, students constructed an interactive website to communicate their research.

This event, sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, is free and open to the public.


Please join us on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 4:00 p.m. in room 204 of Falvey Memorial Library as author Arthur Cola, presents a lecture titled “The Silent Chime of the Bell, Immigrants, Riots and Old St. Augustine” about his new book, Pure and Tarnished Hearts.

Arthur Cola was born in Chicago’s “Little Italy” neighborhood on the near west side. His family later moved to Oak Park, Illinois. He attended Loyola University, Chicago, where he met his future wife. He, his wife and family now live in Wisconsin. Cola received his Master’s Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and performed post graduate work at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Archdiocese of Chicago and Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Cola’s seventh novel, Pure and Tarnished Hearts, is a tale of three teens under the leadership of The Rev. Thomas O’Malley, OSA who came to America from Ireland during the famine era. However, it is more than just a coming of age adventure story, it is also historically accurate in presenting actual events taking place in the United States during the famine era. This period of history saw riots and protests against new immigrants and Catholics. Villanova University, called Villanova College at the time, is featured in the story, as is the St. Augustine Church and a variety of iconic places in and around the Philadelphia area.

Copies of Cola’s book will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. Light refreshments will be served.

This event, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the American Catholic Historical Society, is free and open to the public. 


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All events in Falvey Memorial Library are organized by the Scholarly Outreach Team. If you have any questions regarding events, please email: libraryevents@villanova.edu.



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