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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Library Day of Conversation

On May 14th Joe Lucia, the head of Falvey Library, is hosting a day of conversation about future directions for the library as a key component of the academic environment. The theme of the day is "Library Transformation and Academic Life in the Digital World" and will include various speakers addressing the topic. While everyone is invited to attend this event as audience members, Lucia is also looking for speakers to give "lightning talks" on what they believe a library should be (and/or what Falvey Library should become), and he would love for a graduate student or two to volunteer. Dr. Hicks will be one of the faculty speakers, and she would be happy to hear your thoughts about Falvey, which might help to shape her comments.

As a kickoff in the morning, the university will formally receive the 2013 Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Award for Excellence. Fr. Peter will be on hand to accept the award from ACRL President Steven Bell.

At the end of the day, there will be celebratory reception in the Old Falvey Reading Room. Members of the greater Philadelphia academic library community will be invited to join with their Villanova library colleagues for this event, which will also be open to the Villanova University community.

A feature of the evening will be a performance by Lucia’s musical ensemble, Marc Fields & Bad Data, which is comprised of librarian musicians from the Mid-Atlantic region.

We hope to see you there, and please let Dr. Hicks know if you are interested in participating as a graduate student speaker.

Check back for further details!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Merchant of Venice

The students of Shakespeare in Performance (HON 5753) invite you to our free public performances of The Merchant of Venice on May 2 and 3. After a semester-long literary and dramatic exploration of Shakespeare's play, led by Dr. Alice Dailey (English) and Dr. Shawn Kairschner (Theatre), the honors students are pleased to present an hour-and-twenty-minute production that features the work of eleven student actors, original music, and a post-show talk by the cast.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Graduate Liberal Studies Lecture Series

The Graduate Liberal Studies lecture series begins on Tuesday, April 16th with a multidisciplinary panel discussion on the theme "Community and Identity."

The panel is comprised of the following faculty members:

Valentina DeNardis (Classical Studies)
Crystal Lucky (Africana Studies)
Paul Rosier (History)
Fayette Veverka (Theology)

Click here to see the official event poster.