Villanova University's Falvey Memorial Library Offers Free Public Lectures on Topics from Presidential Election to Modern Theology

Falvey Memorial Library now offers free library cards to residents of Lower Merion and Radnor Townships

For Immediate Release
September 24, 2008

VILLANOVA, Pa., Sept. 24, 2008 – Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial Library hosts a variety of free public lecture series featuring distinguished Villanova faculty discussing topics such as the upcoming presidential election and modern theology. These lectures are held in the first floor lounge of Falvey Memorial Library, located on the University’s main campus.

Falvey Memorial Library serves as a resource to both the University and area communities through its collections, online technology, educational and consulting services and event programming. The library now offers free library cards to residents of Lower Merion and Radnor Townships.

Falvey Memorial Library provides a full range of the highest quality media services and academic resources that includes a catalog of over 760,000 books, rare collections and innovative technology. The Library offers relevant print, electronic and audiovisual collections to support the learning and research activities of students and faculty, complemented by specialized collections reflecting Villanova's Augustinian heritage and character. Falvey Memorial Library also participates with other libraries in the preservation of knowledge and cooperates in resource sharing at local, national and international levels.

The 2008 Presidential Election Lecture Series is one of the highlights of Falvey Memorial Library’s fall event schedule. Jointly sponsored by the Library, the political science department and the University’s Office for Mission Effectiveness, this series features a host of noted political science scholars discussing critical issues surrounding the longest and costliest election race to-date.

Upcoming Falvey Memorial Library lectures include:

Oct.1 “Competing for the Latino Vote”: Political science professor Catherine Wilson, Ph.D., 2008 Presidential Election Series and Hispanic Cultural Heritage Month, from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Oct. 23 “National Security and the Election”: Political science professor David Barrett, Ph.D., 2008 U.S. Presidential Election Series, from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Nov. 13 “Christianity before Christ—Simone Weil on the Greek Classics”: Liberal Arts Center professor Marie Cabaud Meaney, Ph.D., Scholarship@Villanova Lecture, from 11:30-1:00 p.m.

Nov. 18 “Creation and Covenant”: Ethics professor Christopher Roberts, Ph.D., Scholarship@Villanova Lecture Series, from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Nov. 20 “So What Happened? Wrapping up the Long 2008 Election Campaign”: Political Science professor Matthew Kerbel, Ph.D., 2008 Presidential Election Series, from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

For a full listing of upcoming library events, please visit: www.library.villanova.edu/Events/2008. Media interested in covering any of these lectures should contact the Department of Media Relations at (610) 519-5152.

Villanova University, a co-educational Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Order of Saint Augustine in 1842. A premier institution of higher education, Villanova provides a comprehensive education rooted in the liberal arts; a shared commitment to the Augustinian ideals of truth, unity and love; and a community dedicated to service to others. A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered through the University’s four colleges: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering and the College of Nursing, as well as the Villanova School of Law. With a total enrollment that surpasses 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students, Villanova is the oldest and largest Catholic university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.