A common egret, photographed by Dr. L. Kraig Steffen.

October 3, 2014
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Exhibit: Beyond H2O: the Science of Water

To kick off the university-wide water focus theme for this fall semester, come visit
Beyond H2O: the Science of Water,
on display from September 15th – December 20th
at the DiMenna-Nyselius Library.

Featuring artifacts and research from Dr. Jennifer Klug (Biology), Dr. Gary Weddle (Chemistry), Dr. Kraig Steffen (Chemistry) and Dr. Bruce Berdanier (Engineering), the exhibit demonstrates the interaction of water with science, ecology and sustainability.  Talking points include the real cost of plastic water bottles, the value of salt marshes in our local area, and the search for life on other planets.

Fairfield University students sampling invertebrates at Mill River in Fairfield, CT.

Fairfield University students sampling invertebrates at Mill River in Fairfield, CT.

To schedule a brief lecture/tour of the exhibit for your students, please feel free to contact the faculty curator of the exhibit Dr. Kraig Steffen at lsteffen@fairfield.edu.  For more information regarding this or future library exhibits, contact Elise Bochinski at ebochinski@fairifeld.edu.

Professor Peter Bayers of the English Department helps students gather specimens from the Mill River in Fairfield, CT to determine its overall health.

Professor Peter Bayers of the English Department helps students gather specimens from the Mill River in Fairfield, CT to determine its overall health.

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October 2, 2014
by Brooke Duffy
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October – Fresh Tunes

The new semester has begun, and we have some great recommendations for you from the music collection! A variety of indie, pop, and alternative selections, curated by our reference assistant and WVOF station manager, Sarah Markham.

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Lily Allen – Sheezus

English singer/songwriter Lily Allen has released her third album, Sheezus. On hiatus since 2009, this is her first new work in five years. Allen has a unique sound, citing influences of ska, reggae, and synthpop.

Ariana Grande – My Everything

Grande’s second studio album, My Everything, debuted in August of this year. Pitchfork described the album as “refreshingly grown up,” and a departure from the wholesome image she projected with her first album.

Coldplay – Ghost Stories

Coldplay has returned with a sixth studio album, Ghost Stories. The award winning British band was enormously popular in the early 2000s, but are they past their peak? Paste magazine stated, “Coldplay is always going to be warm, nostalgic, melancholy, pleasant, innocent and good.”

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Ed Sheeran – X

English singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran has been known in the US since his appearnce on Taylor Swift’s Red. His newest album, X, came out in June. The UK Telegraph reported, “these are genuinely great songs, where melodies flow, rhythms groove, choruses erupt and lyrics jab you with surprises.”

Lana del Rey – Ultraviolence

Lana del Rey is a polarizing figure in Indie music – listeners seem to either love her or hate her. Her newest album, Ultraviolence, might surprise those who are less than enamoured with her. Produced by Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, del Rey’s album has blues elements and psychedelic guitar. Rolling Stone says del Rey is “one of the most compelling performers of our time.”

Black Keys – Turn Blue

The Black Keys have become a staple of indie rock. El Camino and Brothers put them on the map; Turn Blue, the band’s eighth studio album, and it proves that the band still has something fresh to say. Entertainment Weekly called the album “meticulously executed.” It is sure to please long time fans, and will spark interest for those just discovering them.

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Robyn & Royskopp – Do It Again

Swedish artist Robyn collaborated with the Norwegian duo Royskopp to create her mini album Do It Again. Robyn prefers to create “mini albums” rather than full length EPs, telling Billboard, “I think shorter albums with a lot of good songs on them are better.” Hard driven electronic beats and billowing synths form an other-worldly sound.

Phoenix – Bankrupt!

Out last spring, Phoenix’s newest album, Bankrupt!, does not disappoint fans of synth-heavy indie pop – the songs are upbeat and fast paced. Phoenix began as a Parisian garageband in the late 90s, but did not reach their current popularity until their fourth album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, in 2009.

Jack White – Lazaretto

White became a well known figure in alternative rock as The White Stripes’ frontman, but has since enjoyed success with his solo career. His second album, Lazaretto, was released in June of this year. The week it came out, Lazaretto was the highest selling vinyl LP at 40,000 copies.

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September 30, 2014
by Student - Paul Spino
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Irish Filmmaker Festival – The Boys of St. Columb’s: Weds. 10/1 @ 7pm

The Boys of St. Columb's DVD Cover

The Boys of St. Columb’s DVD Cover

The Boys of St. Columb’s, produced by Kevin McCann, will be shown this Wednesday, October 1st in Fairfield University’s DiMenna-Nyselius Library in the lower level Multimedia Room. The unique film takes place during the 1940’s in Northern Ireland. The film focuses on the 1947 Education Act that enabled children from blue-collar families to enlist in Northern Ireland grammar schools.

Not only does this film give a great sense of the 1940’s historical background of Northern Ireland, but students (and faculty members of course) will find themselves inspired after viewing McCann’s work. In fact, the real-life subjects of the film include a Nobel Prize winner, a singer and songwriter, an Irish ambassador and a bishop.

Filming locations for Boys of St. Columb’s include Brandywell, Londonderry and Dublin, Ireland.

Following the exclusive screening of The Boys of St. Columb’s, Producer Kevin McCann will field questions from the audience.

The Festival is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The Festival schedule  with showings at 7 PM is as follows: October 1: Kevin McCann’s The Boys of St. Columb’s; October 8: Lelia Doolan’s Bernadette: A Political Journey; October 15: Connor Montague’s Who Needs Enemies; October 22: Alan Gilsenan’s Eliza Lynch: The Queen of Paraguay

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September 29, 2014
by Brooke Duffy
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Water Focus Film Series: Aguirre, the Wrath of God, 10/2 @ 7 PM

Aguirre Movie PosterWerner Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), starring Klaus Kinski, is the next film of Fairfield’s Water Focus Film Series. Critically claimed and popular with art house film enthusiasts, Aguirre is an epic historical adventure film. Spanish conquistadors in South America search for El Dorado, the city of gold, and the Amazon River plays an important role in the characters’ journey (as you will see!).

The movie will take place in the Multimedia Room of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library on October 2 at 7:00 PM. It is free and open to the public. Post-film discussion will be led by Professor David Lerner.

Click here to see the full list of water-theme events, including films, with time and location

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September 22, 2014
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Water Focus Film Series: Florence: Days of Destruction, 9/25 @ 7PM

Florence being flooded in 1966. The Water Focus Film Series continues September 25 with a special screening of Florence: Days of Destruction (Per Firence) at 7:00 PM in the Library Multimedia Room of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library. This showing is free and open to the public.

Florence (1966) was directed by Franco Zeffirelli and narrated  by Richard Burton. Originally intended to raise awareness of the 1966 flood of the Arno River in Florence, the movie successfully raised funds for relief. Today, the documentary demonstrates both the destructive power of water and the power of humans to rebuild and unite after disaster.

The University of Maryland libraries have lent a digital copy of this very rare film. Professor Shannon Kelley, who arranged this screening, will be leading a discussion after the film.

Click here to see the full list of water-themed events, including films, with time and location  

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