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Library Speaker Series — Sam Smith, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Mathematics

WHAT:  Dr. Smith will present from his book, Chance, Strategy, and Choice: An Introduction to the Mathematics of Games and
Elections
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WHEN:  This conversation will take place on Samsmith2Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 3:30-4:30 PM

WHERE:  Wachterhauser Seminar Room, 2nd floor Post Learning Commons.

WHO:  All are invited. Please plan to join us for this fascinating and timely discussion!

Light refreshments will be served.

 

 

 

 

Chew on This: Eleanor Stanford

stanforgOur April “Chew on This” features Eleanor Stanford, adjunct professor in Creative Writing. Stanford will read from her book of
poetry, Bartram’s Garden.

This event will take place on April 27, 2016 from 12:30-2:00 PM in the Drexel Library CMC Room, 2nd Floor.

Please bring your lunch and join us for what we hope to be an engaging presentation! Cookies and drinks will be available.

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February is Black History Month

Black History is American History. One way to explore our country’s fascinating and complex history is to browse the book display in the PLC 1st floor Lounge.

Here is a sample of the titles you will see:presidentobama-copyrightclear
America Behind the Color Line by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The History of Black Business in America : Capitalism, Race,
Entrepreneurship
by Juliet E.K. Walker

Between God and Gangsta Rap : Bearing Witness to Black Culture by Michael Eric Dyson

Acres of Skin : Human Experiments at Holmesburg Prison: A Story of Abuse and Exploitation in the Name of Medical Science by Allen M. Hornblum

Black Intellectuals: Race and Responsibility in American Life by William M. Banks

This little list barely scratches the surface of the diverse selection both in the display and elsewhere in the Library’s collection. Stop by and take a look — books are available for checkout!

New Jim Crow-It’s What We’re Reading

February 2016

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

New Jim Crow cover from Google Books
New Jim Crow cover from Google Books

The New Jim Crow 
Alexander, Michelle

Published in 2010, this book is about an issue that is not new to many people. As someone who missed this title when it came out, I highly recommend it.

Ms. Alexander, a civil rights lawyer and legal scholar, leads readers through the details of mass incarceration in America. She argues that mass incarceration is a new form of systemic oppression that directly grew to take the place of Jim Crow laws. The common misperception is that “guilty” prisoners serve their time in jail and are released. In reality laws against ex-felons discriminate against and disenfranchise them for the rest of their lives.  Most people know that our laws are applied  discriminatorily against minority groups, especially African Americans, but they may not connect the dots to systemic racism and instead chalk it up to “bad apples” or specific municipalities. This book will convince you otherwise. Thoroughly researched, it could and has been used as a textbook for college classes. As the author brings in stories of real people damaged by our criminal justice system, it remains a riveting read even though it is also a dense and disturbing one.

Reforms that are currently in demand, such as more monitoring of police activity and reducing sentences for most drug crimes, do not obviate Ms. Alexander’s underlying argument. It is even more important to understand the system while we are thinking about these issues. Focusing only on one or two aspects of the system she presents will not be enough to save our American people or our collective soul.

The New Jim Crow is part of the Library’s collection and is
available on the second floor. Make sure to check the availability online. It may already be checked out.

Book Signing — Eric Mitchell, ’71 MD, MA FACPE CPE

ericmitchellWHO:  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!

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Annual Season’s Readings is Here!

Each year, in lieu of sending a Christmas card, the staff of Drexel
Library share their list of recommended reads, affectionately known as Season’s Readings.Seasons Readings image

Check out this year’s list (no pun intended). Maybe there is a title that interests you or looks like it might make a good gift for that certain someone on your list!

Happy Reading!

 

 

Chew on This: Suniti Sharma

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WHAT:  Suniti Sharma, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Graduate Teacher Education, will be presenting from a book she co-edited, Internationalizing Teacher Education for Social Justice: Theory, Research, and Practice (Research for Social Justice).

WHEN:  October 7th, 12:30PM

WHERE:  Post Learning Commons, Wachterhauser Seminar Room

Cookies and drinks will be served. We anticipate this to be an engaging presentation touching on mission-related themes.

Please plan to join us!

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Ron Wendling Booktalk

Wendling 2 (2)WHAT:  Ron Wendling, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of English, will  discuss his recent memoir, Unsuitable Treasure: An Ex-Jesuit Makes Peace With the Past.

WHERE:  Post Learning Commons Wachterhauser Seminar Room

WHEN:  Monday, September 14th at 3:30 PM

All are invited. Light refreshments will be served.

Please plan to join us for what we anticipate will be an engaging presentation and discussion!

 

 

Faculty Reading and Book Signing

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.

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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.

 

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!