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Friday, May 23, 2014

Prof. Lisa Sewell's "King Lear"

Prof. Lisa Sewell's poem "King Lear" was the May 21 poem of the day on poets.org.  “‘King Lear’ is part of a sequence of poems," explains Prof. Sewell, "that explore the intersection of reading and the construction of identity. Many of the different relationships in King Lear have resonated for me at different points in my life and by the time I wrote this poem, I had already written two other poems with this title. During the last days of his life, my father, mad with what the hospice nurse called ‘sundowner syndrome,’ made me understand the play again in a completely unexpected and heartbreaking way.”

King Lear

For the father who wakes
and wakes himself, eyes full of himself

and for the one, who when the sun descends
slips into the stormy

smite flat the rotundity o’ the world.

Done in with conspiracy and murder
in his sleep (his eye-tooth finally unfixed
and tucked into a cheek for safekeeping)

he dreams of a three-armed garment
unable to wonder or comprehend
how he has come to this blurred ridge and broken—

I try to fix in my mind, his shining eyes
the terrors he shut his lips against

and his early morning utterly lucid accusation:
“I never would have believed,” he said to me
“that you would be among them.”

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Prof. Megan Quigley Wins Tolle Lege Teaching Award

On May 9, the English department's Prof. Megan Quigley was named the winner of the Tolle Lege Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The Tolle Lege Award acknowledges excellence in teaching of a faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Awards are presented annually for excellence in teaching in Science and Mathematics, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Nominations are solicited at the beginning of the Spring semester each year. Nominated faculty are reviewed by a College committee who evaluate course content, student and faculty teaching evaluations, and other evidence of teaching excellence in selecting award winners.

Prof. Quigley is on the left in the picture below.  On the right is Prof. Cathy Staples, who won the Tolle Lege Award for Teaching Excellence among adjunct faculty.  She taught for many years in the English department and now teaches in Honors.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Nicholas Nickleby First Edition at Falvey

Falvey Library recently obtained a complete first edition of Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby--as it was originally published in serial form.  As Laura Bang, the library's Digital Humanities Coordinator and Special Collections Curatorial Assistant, explains, "The novel was published in 19 installments of 20 parts (with the last issue being a double issue) in 1839.  It is in excellent condition and seems to have all advertisements intact (including a rather remarkable advertisement for wax seals that includes colorful samples of the seals on the page).  This set was generously donated by the Midwestern Province of the Augustinian Order via Villanova's own Augustinian Historical Institute. We are hoping to digitize this soon."

The library's first edition of Nicholas Nickleby.

The advertisement for seal wafers.

Friday, May 16, 2014

New Yorker Blog Post on Nellie Bly and Prof. Jean Lutes

A recent New Yorker blog post talks at length about Nellie Bly and Prof. Jean Lutes' Penguin edition of her writing--and quotes Prof. Lutes.  Click here to read the post.

Prof. Jean Lutes in her Villanova office.

Graduating Seniors: Positions with City Year

DID YOU KNOW...that only 1/2 the students who start high school in big American cities graduate in 4 years? Learn how YOU can change this statistic.

As you look to secure that next step in your professional career, consider City Year. This 11-month position is designed for graduates from a variety of disciplines to kick start virtually any career path while doing something incredibly meaningful.

City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world. In communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, these diverse young leaders help get students back on track to graduation by working to improve their attendance, behavior and course performance.

To ensure consideration for the Philadelphia location, apply by May 19th at cityyear.org/applynow. Approximately 20 positions remain.  Recruitment Manager Dawn Jackowski
(djackowski@cityyear.org) would also be happy to talk with you about the position.

Rising Seniors: Working on Wall Street Program and Reception

RSVP DEADLINE is Wed., 7/9.
To get complete details on this program AND to register, go to GoNOVAJobs (click here) and search by “Employer” on “Wall Street Events.”

Thursday, May 15, 2014

College of Engineering Communications Assistant Job

If you will be on campus this summer and are interested in working 8-10 hours a week as a Communication Assistant, click here to check out an opportunity with the College of Engineering.