A new exhibit in Drexel Library entitled “In the Beginning: Saint Joseph’s College Catalogues and Awards of the 1850s,” displays copies from the University Archives and Special Collections of
selected early college catalogues (1852-1862) and academic award certificates along with some photographs of silver medals received by students for their academic success. This collection of items helps tell the story of the College’s inaugural years and sheds some light on what college life would have been like for some of the first
Here are a few things to think about while visiting the display:
- How much would it have cost a parent or guardian to send a
student to the college during the 1852-1853 academic year?
- What were some of the classes students had to take in the 1850s as part of their chosen course of study?
- Do you recognize any of the family names from the 1852-1853 catalogue listing of students or from the awards pages?
- Would you have been able to follow the regulations for student conduct?
The exhibit is located on the 2nd floor of Drexel Library near the Bridge to the PLC and will be available for viewing through the end of May. Stop by and take a look!
For information on this display, the University Archives or the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Special Collections, please contact:
Christopher Dixon, Archival Research Librarian
610.660.2164 or “email@example.com”
WHAT: Vincent McCarthy, professor of Philosophy, will present on his recently-published book, Kierkegaard as Psychologist.
WHEN: January 29, 2016 12:30-2:00 PM
WHERE: Post Learning Commons, Wachterhauser Seminar Room, 2nd Floor
Cookies and drinks will be provided. Please plan to join us for this
WHO: An alum who attended SJU on a basketball
scholarship, Dr. Mitchell is also a graduate of the Perleman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania.
WHAT: Dr. Mitchell is coming to campus to promote his book: The Flow of Life: Keeping Your Dream Alive.
“…Every teen, student, student athlete from Generation X, and present millennial should make this book a must-read. You will be inspired by his story to a point of focusing on your life.” – Basketball Hall of Fame Coach, Morgan Wootten, DeMatha High School basketball coach and noted author of multiple books on
principles of basketball.
WHEN: Friday, January 15th 4:00-6:00 PM
WHERE: SJU, Post Learning Commons Atrium
We are excited to host Dr. Mitchell’s book signing and hope that you can join us!
A monthly offering from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read.
Let the Great World Spin
Let the Great World Spin is a richly textured novel that takes place in NYC on the day in 1974 that Philippe Petit crossed the twin towers of the World Trade Center on a tightrope.
Throughout the book, we meet many individuals, rich and poor, upstanding and outcast alike, whose lives are all connected in someway. Of these, is Corrigan, an Irish monk of sorts living in the Bronx. Early on, Corrigan says he is looking to be in the peaceful center while the great world spins. This imagery is used again, with Petit almost the physical manifestation of the stillness at the center of the bustling city. While he has trained in all kinds of conditions, it is this ability to be at the quiet center that without which, he would not have been successful.
Alternative Country, Folk Rock singer Brandi Carlile employs a similar metaphor in “The Eye” as she sings, “You can dance in a hurricane but only if you’re standing in the eye.” I think McCann would agree.
Not without heartbreak, this book is peppered with tales of unlikely friendships and impish humor. Both restoring your faith in humanity while suffering with its depressing truths, Let the Great World Spin, is a captivating read.
Let the Great World Spin is part of the Library collection and is available in the Popular Reading Section in the Post Learning Commons: PR6063.M24 L47 2009