Distinctive Collections invites you to explore the world of fairy tales and examine the importance of morals in the tales with the new exhibit, Happily Forever After: The Timeless Relevance of Fairy Tales. Curated by Rebecca Oviedo, Distinctive Collections Coordinator, and Beaudry Allen, Preservation and Digital Archivist, the exhibit showcases a selection of fairy tales and fairy tale inspired works from Falvey Memorial Library and Special Collections. The exhibit is located on the first floor of Falvey Memorial Library and open to the public through September 1, 2019.
Please join us on Thursday, October 24 at 12:30 p.m. in Falvey Memorial Library’s room 205 for a talk by Joseph Orazi ’72 CLAS on his book L’America. Orazi will discuss the late 19th and early 20th century emigration of Italians to this country, including the reason for the exodus of millions and the brutal passage via steamship during those years. He will cover the challenges of assimilation, concluding with the largely unknown events (the labelling of Italians as enemy aliens, internment in camps throughout the country, and forced relocation on the west coast) leading up to World War II.
Orazi received a BA in English and Theater from Villanova University. His work, The Lion and the Lamb, won him a Pennsylvania Playwright Fellowship. In addition to writing numerous TV and radio commercials and industrial films, Orazi was a staff writer for the ABC Daytime Drama, Ryan’s Hope. He is also an accomplished lyricist. His song, “Rescue You, Rescue Me” received a 2016 nomination for an American Songwriting Award. The documentary film, Prisoners Among Us which he wrote and associate produced, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the New York Independent Film Festival.
This event, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and Ciao Philadelphia, is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
More information about Joseph Orazi and his book: https://www.lamericabook.com/
Please join us on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m., in Falvey Memorial Library’s room 205 for the annual Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Endowed Distinguished Speaker Series lecture, featuring Massimo Faggioli, PhD, Professor of Historical Theology, Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University. Dr. Faggioli will present a talk titled, "The Shifting Meanings of 'Roman' in US Catholicism during the Last Century." He will discuss how American Catholicism has changed enormously during the last one hundred years. Part of this change has to do with the shifting perceptions of the role of Rome and the Vatican for Catholicism and for American Catholics in particular: religiously, symbolically, theologically, organizationally, and politically. The lecture will identify some different macro periods in the history of the relations between (Italian) American Catholics and the Vatican, with some insights on the present period during pope Francis. The Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Endowed Distinguished Speaker Series began in 2009 and celebrates Italian-American history and culture. It is made possible by the generous support of Alfred S. Mannella ’58 VSB. This event, sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, and Ciao Philadelphia, is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.