WHAT: Robert Repino ’00 will read from his book, Morte. From the publisher: The “war with no name” has begun, with human extinction as its goal. The instigator of this war is the Colony, a race of intelligent ants who, for thousands of years, have been silently building an army that would forever eradicate the destructive, oppressive humans.
WHEN: April 21st 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
WHERE: PLC, Wachterhauser Seminar Room
WHO: All are invited. Hope to see you there!
Bring your lunch. Cookies and drinks will be provided.
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”.
The Library is offering some stress busters for students during finals week this spring. Here is the list of options:
Study Room Raffle
April 13th – 24th **Winner announced April 27th** Students may enter the raffle by:
Checking out or renewing a book, DVD, or piece of technology,
asking about our databases, research guides, catalog, ILL, or other Library resources. Students may enter as often as they want between April 13th and April 24th. The one lucky student will win the use of one group study room for 24 hours during finals week.
PAWS for a Study Break! May 5th — 11 AM – 3 PM
Post Learning Commons
Feeling Stressed? Come for a Massage with a Registered Sports Massage Therapist May 6th – 8th — 8 PM to 10 PM Post Learning Commons Atrium
LEGOS in the Learning Commons May 6th and 7th, 24 hours
Cafe in PLC
Coloring and Delicious Healthy Snacks May 6th – 11th, 24 hours
Cafe in PLC
FREE Earbuds & Earplugs May 6th – 12th
Library Service Desk
WHO: Concha Alborg, Professor Emerita from SJU Modern Languages Department, will read from her latest work, Divorce after Death. A Widow’s Memoir. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation.
WHEN: April 15th, 12:30 PM
WHERE: Post Learning Commons, Wachterhauser Seminar Room
WHO: All are invited. Please plan to join us for this engaging talk!
Light refreshments will be served.
A monthly offering from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read.
Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb
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.
WHAT: Panel on sustainability based on recent faculty publications
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!
WHAT: 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: “email@example.com” or 610-660-2164.