Tuesday, February 5th, 2019, at 7:00 PM in Speakers' Corner

Please join us on Tuesday, February, 5 at 7:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner of Falvey Memorial Library for a reading and talk given by author Ross Gay, one of the Literary Festival’s featured speakers. Gay is the author of the forthcoming book of essays, The Book of Delights, as well as three books of poetry, including Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and won the National Book Critic’s Circle Award and the Kingsley Tuft Award. He has received grants and awards from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He teaches at Indiana University. This event, co-sponsored by the English Department, the Creative Writing Program, the Honors Program, Africana Studies, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, The Writing Center, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Falvey Memorial Library, is free and open to the public.

 

Please join us on Wednesday, February 6 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library for a Scholarship@Villanova talk featuring Jennifer M. Dixon, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Political Science. Dixon will give a talk about her new book titled, Dark Pasts: Changing the State’s Story in Turkey and Japan.

 

When and why do states change the stories they tell about dark pasts? Over the past two decades, as international expectations about truth-telling and accountability have grown, many states have been called on to recognize and apologize for historic wrongs. While some states have apologized for past crimes, others continue to silence, deny, and relativize dark pasts. In her new book, Dark Pasts, Jennifer Dixon investigates the sources of stability and change in states’ narratives of past atrocities, arguing that international pressures increase the likelihood of change in official narratives of dark pasts, while domestic considerations determine the content of such change. Drawing on an in-depth, macro-historical analysis of the post-World War II trajectories of Turkey’s narrative of the 1915-17 Armenian Genocide and Japan’s narrative of the 1937-8 Nanjing Massacre, the book unpacks the complex processes through which international pressures and domestic dynamics shape states’ narratives and the ways in which state actors negotiate between domestic and international demands in producing and maintaining such narratives.  

 

This ACS approved event, which is co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, the Department of Political Science, the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies and the Center for Peace and Justice Education, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

 
Thursday, February 21st, 2019, at 7:00 PM in Speakers' Corner

Please join us on Thursday, February, 21 at 7:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner of Falvey Memorial Library for a reading and talk given by author Lauren Grodstein, one of the Literary Festival’s featured speakers. Grodstein is the author of four novels, including the New York Times bestseller A Friend of the Family and the Washington Post Book of the Year The Explanation for Everything. Her latest novel, Our Short History was published by Algonquin Books in March, 2017. She directs the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden and lives in New Jersey with her husband, children and dog. This event, co-sponsored by the English Department, the Creative Writing Program, the Honors Program, Africana Studies, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, The Writing Center, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Falvey Memorial Library, is free and open to the public.

 

Please join us on Monday, March 18 at 4:00 p.m. in room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library for a Digital Scholarship Talk featuring Sharon Leon, PhD, on “Labor, Exchange, Manumission, and Sales: The Enslaved Community Owned and Sold by the Maryland Province Jesuits.”

In the Jesuit Plantation Project, Dr. Leon focuses on the lives and experiences of the enslaved community owned and sold in 1838 by the Maryland Province Jesuits. With an eye to the events and relationships that formed the warp and woof of the daily lives of this enslaved community, Dr. Leon has worked to identify more than 1,000 individual enslaved people present in the documentary evidence between roughly 1740 and 1840. The project employs linked open data and an array of techniques to visualize the entire community of enslaved people and their relationships to one another across space and time.

This event, sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

 

Please join us on Wednesday, March 20 at 1:00 p.m. in room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library for a webinar on “Social Crisis Management and the Expanding Role of the Information Professional.” Crisis situations arise in all types of libraries and impact staff and users. Information professionals must be prepared to meet the social, psychological, medical and legal situations caused by drug overdoses, sexual assault, homelessness, neglect and mental illness. The webinar will cover the ways in which social issues impact the safety of staff and users in libraries and ethical issues surrounding these social issues. Instruction led by Jennifer Jumba, an Adult Services Librarian Supervisor at a branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library. This event, sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, is free and open to the public.

 
Thursday, March 21st, 2019, at 7:00 PM in Presidents' Lounge, Connelly Center

Please join us on Thursday, March 21, at 7:00 p.m. in the Presidents’ Lounge, Connelly Center, for a reading and talk given by author Mike McCormack, one of the Literary Festival’s featured speakers. McCormack has published two collections of stories, Getting it in the Head, which won the Rooney Prize for Irish fiction, and Forensic Songs. He is also the author of three novels, most recently, Solar Bones, which won the 2016 Goldsmith’s Prize and the 2018 International Dublin literary award. He is currently in residency at Villanova University as the 2019 Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies. This event, co-sponsored by the English Department, the Creative Writing Program, the Honors Program, Africana Studies, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, The Writing Center, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Falvey Memorial Library, is free and open to the public.

 
Thursday, April 4th, 2019, at 7:00 PM in Connelly Center Cinema

Please join us on Thursday, April, 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Connelly Center Cinema for a reading and talk given by poet Claudia Rankine, one of the Literary Festival’s featured speakers. Rankine is founder of the Racial Imaginary Institute and the author of two plays, Provenance of Beauty and The White Card, and five poetry collections including Don’t Let Me Be Lonely and Citizen, which received awards from the LA Times, the NAACP, the National Book Critic’s Circle and PENN. Recipient of a 2016 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” grant, she teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry. This event, co-sponsored by the English Department, the Creative Writing Program, the Honors Program, Africana Studies, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, The Writing Center, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Falvey Memorial Library, is free and open to the public.

 
Wednesday, April 10th, 2019, at 12:00 PM in Room 205

Please join us in Falvey Memorial Library's room 205 on Wednesday, April 10 at 12:00 p.m., as we celebrate the publication of CONCEPT: Villanova University's Interdisciplinary Journal of Graduate Studies. Editors, authors and peer-reviewers involved in the project will be recognized for their contributions. Light refreshments will also be served! This event, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Graduate Division of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is free and open to the public.

For more information about CONCEPT, please see: http://concept.journals.villanova.edu/

 
Thursday, April 25th, 2019, at 7:00 PM in SAC 300

Please join us on Thursday, April, 25 at 7:00 p.m. in SAC room 300 for a reading and talk given by poet Julia Kasdorf, one of the Literary Festival’s featured speakers. Kasdorf is the author of four books of poetry, including Sleeping Preacher, which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, as well as the Great Lakes College Award and the Conference of Christianity and Literature Book of the Year. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Penn State University. This event, co-sponsored by the English Department, the Creative Writing Program, the Honors Program, Africana Studies, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, The Writing Center, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Falvey Memorial Library, is free and open to the public.

 
Friday, April 26th, 2019, at 9:00 AM in Room 205

Please join us in room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library on Friday, April 26 at 9:15 a.m. for the 2019 Falvey Scholars Awards presentation and reception ceremony. This ceremony is one of the keynote events of EXPO '19 week, which recognizes outstanding undergraduate research from across Villanova's campus. At this event, award recipients 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.

For more information about Falvey Scholars: http://library.villanova.edu/about/projects/falveyscholars/

This event, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Center for Research and Fellowships, is free and open to the public.

Faculty can nominate students until March 28 by using this link. Once nominated, students will be asked to apply in order to be considered for the award by using a link on the same page. Faculty mentors who plan to nominate should encourage students to apply.

Villanova students, if you’d like to be considered for the Falvey Scholar award urge your faculty mentor to nominate you by forwarding them the nomination link. (Note: Students MUST be nominated by a faculty mentor before applying in order to be considered for the award.) The deadline for faculty nominations is March 28. The deadline for student applications is April 5.

 
Thursday, August 1st, 2019, at 1:30 PM in First Floor Lounge

Selections from the collection,“Now Far From Home: The 100th Anniversary of the Armistice Ending the Great War,” are now on display on Falvey’s first floor! The exhibit, curated by Michael Foight, director, Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement, features photographs, photo albums, newspapers, newspaper clippings, event and play programs, a game, book plate, scrapbooks, paper toys and other rare remembrances and artifacts from the Great War time period.