June 15, 2018
by Lilah Heyman

Read With Pride

During the month of June, the Dimenna-Nyselius Library is celebrating LGBT Pride Month, which commemorates the fight against discrimination and violence that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people face. It is a time to take pride in who you are, to celebrate diversity, and to build an accepting community.

In honor of Pride Month, here are some noteworthy LGBT books, movies, and music that can be found in the display on the main level of our library. Click on the title of each resource to check them out below!

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel 

"Bechdel's graphic memoir is a witty, melancholic and endearing insight into grief, sexuality and a search for happiness." Jess Sutcliffe, The Guardian x








I am J by Cris Beam 

"Finally, a book about a transgender teen that gives its central character a life in which gender and transition matter but do not define his existence!" Kirkus Reviews x








Call Me By Your Name directed by Luca Guadagnino 

"Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name is a cinematic ravishment of the senses with a strong narrative tethering all the feelings and sensuous surfaces." Manohla Dargis, The NYTimes x







The Watermelon Woman directed by Cheryl Dunye, available on Kanopy 

"It’s the combination of past and present—a cinematic stabilization of historical necessity and contemporary lesbian romance—that gives the film its singular identity." Clayton Dillard, Slant Magazine x








Hear Us Out : Conversations with Gay Novelists by Richard Canning

"Hear Us Out is going to become, like Richard Canning's previous book of interviews, Gay Fiction Speaks, a standard reference for scholars. That's an appropriately exalted, climate-controlled fate for a wonderful book.... Canning has a wonderful knack for this work." David McConnell, Lambda Book Report via Amazon x








Too Bright by Perfume Genius 

"These songs feel less like songs and more like treasures, ones that fill you with power and wisdom, and as a result, Too Bright seems capable of resonating with, comforting, and moving anyone who's ever felt alienated, discriminated against, or "other-ized," regardless of sexual orientation." Brandon Stosuy, Pitchfork x


June 1, 2018
by Jackie
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Defending the Liberal Arts Education Model

Seven Liberal Arts by Francesco Pesellino. Now located at Birmingham Museum of Art.

The American Association of University Professors and the Association of American Colleges and Universities issued a joint statement yesterday in defense of the liberal arts.  They write, "we believe that institutions of higher education, if they are truly to serve as institutions of higher education, should provide more than narrow vocational training and should seek to enhance students’ capacities for lifelong learning."

The statement continues, "The disciplines of the liberal arts—and the overall benefit of a liberal education--are exemplary in this regard, for they foster intellectual curiosity about questions that will never be definitively settled—questions about justice, about community, about politics and culture, about difference in every sense of the word. All college students and not solely a privileged few should have opportunities to address such questions as a critical part of their educational experience."

You can read the entire statement here: https://www.aacu.org/about/statements/2018/joint-statement-value-liberal-education-aacu-and-aaup

How does a Jesuit education align with this statement?  We offer Michael Madrinkian's article "The Very Fabric of our Society: Liberal Arts and the Jesuit University", Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education, Vol. 42.  for your consideration.

The Jesuit educational tradition has always emphasized a liberal arts education as a foundation or Core upon which a student can develop their potential before they chose a particular area of inquiry for more advanced study. You can learn more about Fairfield's new Core here.


May 20, 2018
by Mat Blaine
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Congratulations to our Graduating Student Workers!

The end of the academic year is always a little bittersweet. Sure, we're looking forward to a relaxing summer and excitedly thinking about ways in which we can enhance students' experience here in the library, but we have to wave goodbye to yet another class of fantastic student workers. This year, we bid a fond adieu to Justine Ferrara, Taylor Matto, Erin Monahan, Dana Saad, Liam Fama, Olivia Headen, Sally Ng, and Walid Jawad-Hussain. Their work over the past few years has been critical to our success not only as a library but as a fixture on this campus. Needless to say that they will be missed. 

To continue our tradition of adding a book in each of their names into our collection, we've selected the following to be added to our circulating stacks. Each book selected reflects the subjects that the student devoted their studies to while at Fairfield and will be a valuable resource for future students in the same fields to use in their own research.


For Justine Ferrara, who majored in Computer Science with a minor in French

The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World






For Taylor Matto, who majored in Marketing with a minor in Communications

The End of Advertising: Why It Had to Die, and the Creative Resurrection to Come






For Erin Monahan, who majored in History with a minor in American Studies

The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote






For Dana Saad, who majored in Chemistry/Biochemistry with a minor in Mathematics

Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past






For Liam Fama, who majored in Information Systems with a minor in Business Analytics

Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI






For Olivia Headen, who double majored in Environmental Studies and Communication with a minor in Biology

Confronting the Climate Challenge: A General Equilibrium Assessment of U. S. Policy Options






For Sally Ng, who earned her MA in Elementary Education

What School Could Be: Insights and Inspiration from Teachers Across America






And for Walid Jawad-Hussain, who earned his MS in Mechanical Engineering

101 Things I Learned in Engineering School





Liam Fama, Dana Saad, Erin Monahan, Justine Ferrara, & Taylor Matto

Sally Ng & Walid Jawad-Hussain










May 18, 2018
by Mat Blaine
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Spring Finals Recap

At the end of every semester, we're proud to serve so many students as they prepare for finals. In addition to our standard services like double checking citations, lending out phone & computer chargers, and helping students find the perfect resources for their research paper, we always enjoy thinking of fun and effective ways to help our patrons de-stress. Here, as always, are some numbers to help assess those efforts: