Trinity: a Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb – It’s What We’re Reading


April 2015

A monthly offering from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read.

Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb

Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb
Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

Trinity is an excellent graphic novel detailing the history and the efforts that went into the development of the most destructive weapon in human history. As with most graphic novels, the illustrations complement the text and dialogue masterfully. The book is written with succinct conciseness getting to the point without the drawn-out, convoluted exposition a longer non-fiction work would labor over.

The book begins with a brief history of the discovery of polonium, radium, and their natural byproduct: radiation. It outlines the discovery of the structure of atoms, the potential to harness incredible energy—a concept not lost on writers like H. G. Wells—and the eventual race to be the first to produce and control this energy.

Trinity examines not only the efforts to build atomic weapons, but looks also at the ethical dilemma of those involved with the secret Manhattan Project, the use of the first atomic weapons, the aftermath of their use, and the ignorance of a world gone mad in a race to produce weapons so powerful that their use could result in the total annihilation of all life on Earth. Correlations are made between Zeus’ punishment of Prometheus for giving man the tool of fire before he was intelligent enough to use it and the development of nuclear power by man himself in a world still not yet intelligent enough to fully comprehend the consequences of possessing such devastating power.

Trinity is available in the Popular Reading section on the First Floor of the Post Learning Commons.

HSB Research on Corporate Social Responsibility

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WHAT:  Panel on sustainability based on recent faculty publications

WHO: 
Dr. WaQar I. Ghani, Accounting
Dr. Rajneesh Sharma, Finance
Dr. A.J. Stagliano, Accounting
Dr. Karen Hogan, Finance
Dr. Thanigavelan Jambulingam, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing
Dr. Carolin Schellhorn, Finance
Dr. Claire Simmers, Management

WHEN:  Tuesday, March 31st — 11:00 AM-12:15 PM

WHERE:  Wachterhauser Seminar Room, 2nd Floor

For a list of topics, with their respective presenters, see
Library website.

All are invited! We hope you are able to attend this timely and engaging presentation!

 

 

 

 

Crimson and Gray Book Signing

Crimson and Gray Cover editWHAT:  There will be a presentation
and book signing of Crimson and Gray: The Red-Tailed Hawks of Saint Joseph’s University. Crimson and Gray documents the adventures of two hawks that nested on campus recently. Along with over 50 photos, the book contains supplemental text ranging in topics from Biology to Ignatian Spirituality.

Books cost $25 ea. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go towards improving bird habitat here on campus.

WHEN:  Thursday, March 26th Free Period

WHERE:  Post Learning Commons, 2nd Floor Lounge

WHO:  All are invited — hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

The Artist as Preacher: Conveying the Word of God through Art in the Saint John’s Bible

111031bible044WHAT: The University will host Father Eric Hollas, O.S.B., deputy to the President in the Office of Institutional Advancement of Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., to speak about the artistry of the Saint John’s Bible and its ability to convey religious ideas. The first completely handwritten and illuminated, multi-volume Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey since the advent of the printing press, the Saint John’s Bible weaves together word and image in a powerful way. Saint Joseph’s University is the only institution in the Philadelphia region to own a copy of the limited Heritage Edition, a full-size, fine art replica of the original Saint John’s Bible.

WHEN: Thursday, March 19th 7:00 PM

WHERE: Chapel of Saint Joseph-Michael J. Smith, S.J. Memorial
Refreshments immediately following in Wolfington Hall.

WHO: All are invited. Please plan to join us!
For more information, please contact Christopher Dixon, Archival Research Librarian, Drexel Library: “cdixon@sju.edu” or 610-660-2164.

 

 

Mission Week Campus Coffee Hour — March 17th

WHAT:  Coffee Hour sponsored by Academic Affairs, Drexel Library and ATDL

Centered around the themes of Mission Week, this coffee hour is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to socialize and network in an informal setting.

WHEN:  March 17th 9:30 am – 10:30 am

WHERE:  Post Learning Commons, 2nd Floor Lounge

WHO:  All are invited! Hope to see you there!

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“A small cup of coffee” by Julius Schorzman — Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons

 

 

 

 

Once upon a Grind – It’s What We’re Reading


March 2015

A monthly offering from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read.

Once Upon a Grind

Once Upon a Grind
Cleo Coyle

Once Upon a Grind is the 14th installment to Celo Coyle’s Coffeehouse Mystery series. Clare Cosi is a coffeehouse manager who is drawn into a series of insidious adventures during a Fairy Tale Fall event in New York when Prince Charming is mysteriously sickened and the Pink Princess is turned into a Sleeping Beauty. An unsolved murder during the Cold War is somehow linked to a present-day murder and attempted murder. Clare soon becomes embroiled in a quandary of espionage as she works to clear international coffee hunter, and ex-husband, Matt Allegro, who is framed for murder and attempted murder.

Though part of a continuing series, this book is an excellent stand-alone read, as are its predecessors. Cleo Coyle’s characters are down-to-earth and lovable.

Once Upon a Grind is located in our Popular Reading: Fiction section on the 1st Floor of the Post Learning Commons.

Campus Coffee Hour — February 20th

WHAGreat_Reformer_smallposterT:  Coffee Hour sponsored by the Post Learning Commons and the Office of the President

Fr. Gillespie will share his insights into the recently-published book, The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope, by Austen Ivereigh. This is also an opportunity to come together to socialize in an informal setting.

WHEN:  Friday, February 20th

WHEN:  9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

WHO: All are invited. Hope to see you there!

Neil Patrick Harris: It’s What We’re Reading

February 2015 A monthly offering from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read.

NPH Book CoverNeil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
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Ever wanted to know what it’s like being Neil Patrick Harris? If you read his Choose Your Own Autobiography you will find out! Viewers of Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, How I met your Mother, and fans of Hedwig and the Angry Itch on Broadway already know how funny he is. You will love experiencing life through NPH’s eyes with this whimsical read. It’s available in the library’s collection.

Emily Moscato: Transformative Photography

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Emily Moscato, Assistant Professor in Food Marketing, will discuss her article “Transformative Photography: Evaluation and Best Practices for Eliciting Social and Policy Changes”, from the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing.

WHEN:  Thursday, Feb. 19th NOON

WHERE:  Wachterhauser Seminar Room, 2nd Floor Post Learning Commons

Bring your lunch — we’ll provide cookies and drinks. Hope to see you there!

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