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Pavia, Italy — City of Knowledge

Pavia, Italy — City of Knowledge
Currently on Exhibit
Post Learning Commons 3rd Floor


Curated by the Civic Museums of Pavia and presented in partnership with the municipality of Pavia and the Italian Consulate of Philadelphia, this exhibit presents photographs of Pavia from the 19th to the 21st century by six Italian photographers, Fiorenzo Cantalupi, Guglielmo Chiolini, Antonio Manidi, Giuseppe Nazzari , Pierino Sacchi, and Ettore Valli.

Founded by the Romans on the left bank of the Ticino River, Pavia was a center of art and culture for centuries. Several times capital city during the Middle Ages (8th – 13th century), Pavia preserves many historical and material traces of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, including the massive walls that encircle it, splendid churches with richly sculpted façades (San Michele, San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro), and the lofty towers that overlook the palazzi and populate the city skyline. The Visconti family took control of the city in the mid-1300s and built an elegant and richly decorated castle, the characteristic Covered Bridge over the Ticino, the majestic cathedral (designed in part by Leonardo da Vinci) and the Certosa, a masterpiece of Renaissance art. The origins of the university—one of the oldest and most prestigious in Europe– also date to that period (1361). World renowned literati and scientists taught here in the 18th and 19th centuries, from the physicist Alessandro Volta, inventor of the battery, to the poet Ugo Foscolo, the naturalist Lazzaro Splallanzani and the neurologist Camillo Golgi. For the beauty of its monuments and the wealth of its educational tradition, Pavia is known as the “City of Knowledge”.

New Lincoln & Kennedy Display in Post Learning Commons

Our book display to support the symposium “Lincoln and Kennedy, from 1863 to 1963 to 2013: From Civil War to Civil Rights to the Meaning of America” is located on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons.

An all-SJU faculty panel discussion will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the 50th anniversary of John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s landmark Civil Rights Address. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 4:00 p.m., in the John Cardinal Foley Center on the James J. Maguire ’58 Campus.

“This panel centers on two vital and enduring speeches from two ennobled presidents,” says Saint Joseph’s President C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J. ’72. “Given that we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address on Nov. 19, and observe the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy on Nov. 22, in the same week, this event is a great teachable moment for our students.”

The interdisciplinary panel draws on faculty expertise from the Departments of History, Political Science, English, and Theology and Religious Studies.

"Mirroring the Saints" Exhibit

mirroringComing this fall in the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Special Collections

Mirroring the Saints:
The Jesuit Wierix Collection from the
Church of St. Francis Xavier  in Amsterdam

Saint Joseph’s University is one of four U.S. venues for “Mirroring the Saints,” the other three being: Manresa Gallery, St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, Ca. (Spring 2012); Loyola University Museum of Art (Fall 2012); and the Carlos Museum, Emory University (Spring 2014).

More about this exhibit can be found on page five of the Library Lines newsletter: Library Lifelines.

"Royal Tiger" - Student Art Display

“Transcription of Eugène Delacroix’s Royal Tiger”
June 10 – December 17, 2013
Post Learning Commons
2nd floor Lounge –  (behind the elevator)

Transcription of Eugène Delacroix’s Royal Tiger

Transcription of Eugène Delacroix’s Royal Tiger

“Transcription of Eugène Delacroix’s Royal Tiger” is a 10′ x 4′ charcoal drawing created in April by students in Kathleen Vaccaro’s Drawing I (ART 133) course. This large drawing of a tiger is an interpretation of a small lithograph created in 1829 by Eugène Delacroix, a French Romantic artist who also painted “Liberty Leading the People.”


Royal Tiger (Tigre Royal) Eugene Delacroix, French, Charenton-Saint-Morice 1798-1863 Paris

Royal Tiger (Tigre Royal)
Eugene Delacroix French, Charenton-Saint-Morice           1798-1863 Paris
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
image provided by ARTstor

The artists involved in this project are: Jordan Cotter, Amanda Rose, Matthew Sarcona, Demi Liccio, Nina Giglio, Timothy Craig, Carla Pontarelli, Kylie Smeraglio, Olivia Martino, A. J. Werkheiser, Stephen Noglows, Brian Pernice, and Billy Annesley. Kathleen thoroughly enjoyed working with them.

SJU students working on charcoal drawing.

SJU students working on charcoal drawing.

For the majority of these students, Drawing I is their first art course. None of the students are art majors, and so this project serves as a reminder that anyone can make art. The students met the difficult and fun challenge of creating this drawing as a group, and worked tirelessly to complete the image of this fierce tiger. This is the second exhibition for this section of Drawing I. Their first was the Kimmel Center’s 3rd Annual College Night Art Exhibition, which occurred on April 13, 2013. At the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. This group of SJU students also shared their passion for drawing with students in the Gompers Elementary School after school program.



Ex libris: The Rare Book Collection of Jean Heck, Ph.D., Haub School of Business

Ex libris: The Rare Book Collection of Jean HeckEx libris: The Rare Book Collection of Jean Heck, Ph.D., Haub School of Business

Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Special Collection Rooms (3rd Floor)
John and Maryanne Hennings Post Learning Commons

Jean Heck, Ph.D., the Brian Duperreault ’69 Chair for Risk Management and Insurance in the Haub School of Business, is an avid bibliophile and collector of rare books. This exhibit features a number of books from Dr. Heck’s collection. While most of these books are from the early modern period (1500 until the French Revolution [1789]), some are from earlier or later periods. In the former category is an incunabulum of  St. Jerome’s commentary on St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (Venice, 1498) and in the latter, a handsome Jesuit atlas of 1900.

The books in this exhibition are divided into four thematic sections. First, there are the sacred texts of Judaism and Islam: a Torah scroll on sheepskin of c. 1500, and the first English translation of the Koran directly from Arabic (1734). Next, are several Christian Bibles:

· the 1579 Louvain edition of the Vulgate (the late 4th-century Latin translation of the Bible prepared by St. Jerome [c. 342-420])

· the 1639 edition of the King James Bible—a seminal work that influenced innumerable writers and thinkers, including Lincoln, Melville, Faulkner, Hemingway, and Martin Luther King, Jr., among many others

· Richard Challoner’s version of the Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible, which took as its base text the King James Bible.

The third thematic grouping focuses on key texts of the early modern Catholic renewal and Protestant Reformation. Here is seen a volume of Martin Luther’s complete works (Wittenberg, 1561), the decrees of the Council of Trent (1545-63) and the post-Tridentine edition of the Code of Canon Law, and the 1540 version of the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus and the briefer Rules of the Society of Jesus.

The final section is devoted to the history and ministry of the Jesuits:

· its missionary activity (a 16th-century stone glyph from a Jesuit reduction in Peru, a Jesuit atlas that documents—with polychrome maps—Jesuit provinces and missions worldwide, and a volume of late 18th-century letters from Jesuit missionaries in India)

· examples of the primacy Jesuits gave to the “word,” be it written, spoken, or printed (notably, an extremely rare copy of the Italian translation of Pedro de Ribadeneira’s biography of St. Ignatius of Loyola (Venice, 1587), illustrated with an elegantly engraved portrait of the saint, and an edition of St. Robert Bellarmine’s The Eternal Happiness of the Saints (Lyon, 1618) published during the author’s lifetime [1542-1621])

· two examples of anti-Jesuit literature of the kind that eventually led to the Society’s suppression in 1773

Through this exhibition, Dr. Heck wants to share the joy that rare books have given him with his colleagues and the students of Saint Joseph’s University. This exhibit complements the university’s own Jesuitica Collection, maintained in the Special Collections Room and available for study by users of the university library.

An 8-page printed guide is available at the exhibit venue that provides a narrative context for understanding the books exhibited.

The exhibit will be on display through May .

For more information, please contact:

Rev. Joseph F. Chorpenning, O.S.F.S., S.T.L., Ph.D.
Editorial Director
Saint Joseph’s University Press
5600 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19131-1395

Tel. 610/660-1214

The Book Project: Exhibit of SJU Student Art in "Appropriated Art"

Book ProjectPost Learning Commons
2nd Floor Lounge

The Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library is happy to house an exhibit of the work of Saint Joseph’s students from Professor Ron Klein’s class, Appropriated Art.

The Book Project  –  Making art from everyday objects is regarded as a form of artistic expression.
In Professor Ron Klein’s class Appropriated Art, the class explored the idea of reconfiguring a book into an object of art.

The students took advantage of each book’s characteristics and qualities.  Some were formal, such as hard back or soft, thick or thin, message or no message. Others concerned themselves primarily with the conceptual content of the book. Students combined both formal qualities and conceptual cleverness to produce beautiful and interesting projects.

9/30 – 10/6 Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week 2012September 30 – October 6, 2012

Banned Books Week, held annually in late September, celebrates our freedom to read. During the week, the American Library Association hopes to bring attention to the importance of intellectual freedom and the First Amendment. The Drexel Library will showcase some of the banned and challenged books in a display on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons.

A challenged book is described as “an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group” while a banned book is the removal of such materials from a collection or curriculum. (About Banned & Challenged Books) Books are most often challenged because their contents are considered sexually explicit, have offensive language, or unsuited to any age group. While the challenges may be well-meaning, demanding libraries to censor constitutionally protected speech is a violation of the First Amendment.

Please take a look at the display and feel free to check out a banned book!


Beware of the Books

For more information, please see American Library Association’s website on banned and challenged books.

Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Special Collections Exhibit

Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.On Thursday, March 29, 2012 the SJU Community met to honor the Leadership and Generosity of the Jesuit Community at Saint Joseph’s University and to view the new Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Special Collections exhibit located on the third floor of the John and Maryanne Hennings Post Learning Commons.

Named after Hopkins, the esteemed nineteenth century Jesuit Victorian poet, the special collections feature, among other items, a diverse and growing collection of Jesuitica and Jesuitana, which includes more than 400 volumes, some quite rare, published between the 16th and 20th centuries.

Nov. Display: Illustrations of Injured Veterans


During the month of November, the Francis A. Drexel Library is displaying reproductions of some of the illustrations of THE JOE BONHAM PROJECT.   The display is located on the first floor, to the left of the front Service Desk.

THE JOE BONHAM PROJECT, formed by Michael D. Fay, a former Marine combat artist, was orchestrated in an effort to increase the awareness of our veterans and was comprised of the work of several wartime illustrators. “…the PROJECT takes its name from the central character in Johnny Got His Gun, Dalton Trumbo’s 1938 novel of a World War I soldier unable to communicate with the outside world due to the extent of his wounds” (Alicia Lozano, WTOP.  James Panero, Managing Editor and art critic at The New Criterion, was the curator of the exhibit when it showed in the STOREFRONT GALLERY in Brooklyn.

For more information, see the Blog with YouTube video on the Exhibit.

"Grace Before Dying" Exhibit 9/21 – 10/21

“Grace Before Dying” Exhibit
September 21-October 21, 2011
Second Floor North
Francis A. Drexel Library

The Faith Justice Institute presents this moving photographic documentary and quilt display chronicling the prisoner-run hospice program at Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana

“More information is about the organization is available at: