A Gentleman in Moscow — It’s What We’re Reading


March 2017

“What We’re Reading” is a feature offering periodic reviews from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read. If you find a book which interests you and it is not in our collection, please feel free to acquire the book through our Interlibrary Loan service.

A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

by Amor Towles

A member of the Russian aristocracy, spared only by the act of having lent his well-connected name to a friend’s counter-revolutionary poem, Count Rostov is sentenced to life imprisonment in a Moscow hotel. Through the lens of the Metropol Hotel and the lives of the people who work there, he witnesses the shocking political and social upheaval taking place in Russia from 1922 through the 1950’s – the rise of communism, the death of Lenin, then Stalin, and the power struggle that followed. This is a book about finding grace in reconciling to one’s fate without becoming resigned to it, and surviving long enough to find one’s purpose.

A Gentleman in Moscow can be found in the Popular Reading Section on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons.

Celebrating Five Years of the Post Learning Commons

To register for Wine and Cheese Reception*, click HERE

In the spring of 2012, the John and Maryanne Hennings Post
Learning Commons
,
a twenty-first century technology-inspired space was dedicated to complement the Library’s traditional services.
Located in the heart of campus, the 37,000 square foot facility is the intellectual hub of the University.

Designed as a one-stop shop for students with study needs: from
resources to expertise and instruction spaces, from information
technology to tutoring, from collaborative meeting rooms to quiet group study rooms, Post Learning Commons offers a variety of
student support services and environments. The expanded seating and cafe offers the extended campus community spaces to meet
informally in small groups.

Additionally, there is the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Special
Collections with a gallery for art collections to be on display.
The Wachterhauser Seminar Room, a technology-rich classroom type space, is a sought-after space for staff and faculty to use for
campus meetings and small events.

In anticipation of the upcoming 5th anniversary of the building of this versatile and well utilized facility, we have a series of
celebratory events planned.

Tuesday, April 4th through
Friday, April 7th

Display from University Archives
Griffiths Scholars Lounge and
Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Special
Collections 3rd Floor Post Learning Commons

Tuesday, April 4th 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Photo booth and video recording
Prize wheel and snacks
Atrium of the Post Learning Commons

Wednesday, April 5th 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Photo booth and video recording
Prize wheel and snacks
Atrium of the Post Learning Commons

Thursday, April 6th 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Photo booth and video recording
Prize wheel and snacks
Atrium of the Post Learning Commons

Friday, April 7th 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Wine and Cheese Reception*
Display from University Archives
Griffiths Scholars Lounge and
Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Special Collections
3rd Floor Post Learning Commons
*This event is for SJU faculty, staff and invited guests.

We are excited to share these events with you and hope that you can spare some time from your busy schedule to celebrate with us. If you are not available on Friday, we hope that you stop by to see the
exhibit on the 3rd floor of the Post Learning Commons. We have
several cases filled with material from the SJU Archives, including
clothing, medals, materials from ground breaking, and other
interesting memorabilia.


#PLC5th

 

 

 

 

Library Speaker Series – Bill Wolff, Ph.D., assistant professor of Communications and Digital Media

WHAT:  Based on his research and expertise,
Dr. Wolff will present “A Conversation About the Methods, Ethics, and Visualizations of Twitter Archives”.

WHEN:  February 23rd 2:00 PM

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

WHO:  All are invited. Please plan to join us for what we expect to be a lively discussion.

Light refreshments will be served.

National African American Read-In

The Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library and the Office of Inclusion and Diversity invite the SJU community to participate in the
National African American Read-In.


Tuesday, February 21

11am-12:15pm in the Post Learning Commons 2nd Floor Lounge
and
4-5:30pm in the Center for Inclusion and Diversity (Campion 210)

Bring your favorite passage written by an African American author to read aloud or browse the library’s Black History Month display, based on the Charleston Syllabus, on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons.

If you can’t join us on campus, share a video of your reading on social media and tag it #SJUReadIn.

Questions? Contact Tom Ipri at tipri@sju.edu or Monica Nixon at mnixon@sju.edu

Hope to see you on the 21st!

Library Speaker Series — Laura Crispin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Economics

crispin_photo-1WHAT: Based on her research and expertise, Laura Crispin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Economics, will be presenting “Fight for $15: Pros and Cons of a Minimum Wage Increase”.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 25th 2:00 – 3:00 PM

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

WHO: All are invited! We hope you can join us for what we expect to be a lively and timely discussion.

Light refreshments will be served.

 

Strangers in their own land : anger and mourning on the American right – It’s What We’re Reading


January 2017

“What We’re Reading” is a feature offering periodic reviews from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read. If you find a book which interests you and it is not in our collection, please feel free to acquire the book through our Interlibrary Loan service.

Strangers in their own land : anger and mourning on the American right

Strangers in their own land : anger and mourning on the American right

Arlie Russell Hochschild.

This month we are highlighting the selection for the SJU Book Club. The club welcomes all members of the SJU community—students, faculty and staff—to participate. The Book Club is a faculty-staff collaborative effort to engage the community in reading and discussing books which explore our social consciousness and personal identity.

The first meeting will take place during free period (11am-12:15 pm) on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, in the Presidents’ Lounge in Campion.

In “Strangers in Their Own Land” Sociologist and UC–Berkeley professor emerita Arlie Russel Hochschild explores parts of the United States that are considered centers of the conservative right. The author interviews a variety of residents of Louisiana such as mayors, salesmen, pastors, truck drivers, plant operators, and many others. She is looking to solve what she describes as the Great Paradox: How can a state that has lower life-expectancy, more divorce, lower school enrollment, environmental pollution, (namely those that could benefit from federal aid) dislike government assistance and regulation?

Hochschild delves into this question by crossing what she calls the “empathy wall.” The author is interested in finding out not only why people have certain beliefs but also listening to the anger and frustration of those who believe they have been forgotten. Hochschild’s results of this five-year study are illuminating in the effort to understand America’s political divide.

Strangers in their own land : anger and mourning on the American right is available at the Front Desk in the Drexel Library as well as electronically.

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