Online Forum: Traditional Media, Social Media, and the Polarization of the Electorate

Online Forum: Traditional Media, Social Media, and the Polarization of the Electorate

When: Monday November 30th @ 7pm on Zoom (click here to join the meeting)

This forum will address:

      • How has the shift from traditional to social media contributed to the polarization of the electorate?
      • How do social media “bubbles” contribute to this phenomenon?
      • Are there ways to counteract these trends?
      • How is belief information affected by social media?


      • Vin Gopal (New Jersey Senator 11th District)
      • Alex Torpey (former South Orange Village President)
      • Robert Pallitto (Professor of Political Science and Public Administration)

Moderator: Steven Schnall (South Orange Village Trustee)

All are welcome to attend.

The event will be recorded & posted here and here.

View the Online Forum Poster.

Co-sponsored by: Seton Hall University College of Arts & Sciences, Seton Hall University Libraries, The East Orange Public Library, The Maplewood Public Library, The Orange Public Library, and The South Orange Public Library.

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Faculty Resources For Streaming Media – Update

Since the start of the Fall Semester and the increase in online teaching, one question that has come up repeatedly from professors is: Can I stream content from my Netflix account in my classroom when I teach? 


The short answer: no

However, Netflix does make available several documentaries for educational screening. Please visit our Netflix page for more information.

Reminder: #SHU_Libraries offer several ways to stream film and video!

    • AVON ( Academic Video Online) provides a comprehensive video collection, delivering more than 66,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more.
    • Digital Campus  offers access to over 25,000 commercial films. These films may be viewed in the classroom or through Blackboard and must be ordered by a faculty member.
    • Kanopy streams more than 26,000 films from the Criterion Collection, Great Courses, PBS, and hundreds of other producers. Faculty members can request films ranging from documentaries, indie and foreign films to classics and blockbuster movies.

To start exploring our film and video collections please visit Accessing Films at SHU.

Please Contact Prof. Gerry Shea for further information.

Streaming Platforms

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Get to Know the Library Staff! Priscilla Tejada

Priscilla Tejada is a Circulation Clerk and has been working at Seton Hall for 17 years. She is one of the first people you see when you walk into Walsh Library’s second floor at the main desk. She first started working in Government Documents and Periodicals and then moved to the Circulation / Access Services department. Priscilla is a key member of the library team and helps to keep many of the physical library operations running. In addition to checking out books, reserves, and other library materials to students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni, she works with the other Access Services staff to answer questions about the library, and helps to supervise library student workers. 

We want to thank Priscilla for her hard work and share a little bit of information about her so you can get to know her better. Make sure to say “hello” the next time you visit or call the library circulation desk!

  1. What is a book that everyone should read? The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle. With so much going on in our daily lives and in the world we forget to be present with what is around us (using our 5 senses). For me, I am always thinking of the future, which is not a bad thing, but sometimes when I think of the future it tends to be worrisome. Being present and enjoying all the great things that are happening now is what we should appreciate. Like the old saying goes, “Stop and smell the roses.”
  2. What are you watching these days? Designated Survivor on Netflix.
  3. Print book or eBook? Nothing like a good ol’ physical book, turning the pages, the smell of the book. And print books don’t hurt my eyes as much as an eBooks.
  4. What is the best way to rest / decompress? Working out at the gym would be my way to decompress, I call it my ZEN! I get in a zone and all my worries are either “laid to rest” for the time being or I can get my thoughts together to better serve me. Its like a two for one. I am working out for a physical purpose, but I am also helping my mental well-being. Also, listening to music.
  5. What is your favorite spot on campus? The Green, especially if you like to people-watch.
  6. Do you have a good take-out or delivery spot you’d recommend? Master Pizza (they have 4 locations, we use the West Orange location). They have a variety of options and they also have a daily specials menu.
  7. What advice would you give to your 20-year old self? Not to stay in comfort zones for too long. Taking chances and having new experiences is what life is about even if it ends up being something we don’t like.
  8. What is your favorite app? I don’t think I have a favorite app but here are some apps I may visit daily: Amazon, Medium, Influenster, Co-Star, Pinterest , Instagram and Youtube.
  9. What is a skill you are working on mastering? Passing the NJ Real Estate Exam.
  10. What is something most people don’t know about you? I feel that rice is overrated even though I grew up eating rice and beans.
  11. What’s one ingredient you put in everything? Pepper.
  12. What person living or dead would you like to have dinner with? My abuelita Alba (grandmother passed away two years ago).

Presidential Politics – Contemporary Analysis on the 2020 Election

On Monday, November 9th (5:00-7:00 p.m.)  please join SHU’s Political Science and Public Affairs faculty for an exciting online conversation about the 2020 Presidential Election and the state of the U.S. Supreme Court:

“Presidential Politics – Contemporary Analysis on the 2020 Election and Research Opportunities from 1788-Future”

Monday, November 9th (5:00-7:00 p.m.)

      • Patrick Fisher, PhD will give a statistical recap of the 2020 election as it stands as of November 9.
      • Robert Pallitto, PhD, JD will give a summary of the current status of the U.S. Supreme Court, including implications of the Amy Coney Barrett confirmation.
      • Alan Delozier, D. Litt., University Archivist will round out this panel to discuss “Research Opportunities from 1788-Future.”

To join the discussion, please register (free) here.

Updated Library Hours for Fall – Spring Semesters

2020 Fall Semester Hours

Monday, August 31st — Tuesday, November 24th    

                • Monday – Friday        7:30am – 10:30pm
                • Saturday & Sunday     8:30am – 5:30pm

CLOSED for Thanksgiving  Wed Nov 25-Sun Nov 29

Monday, November 30th — Tuesday, December 22nd     

                • Monday – Friday              8:00am – 7:30pm
                • Saturday & Sunday          CLOSED

CLOSED for Christmas Wed Dec 23-Sun Jan 3

2021 Spring Semester Hours

Intersession: Monday, January 4th — Tuesday, January 26th   

                  • Monday – Friday              8:00am – 7:30pm
                  • Saturday & Sunday          CLOSED

Wednesday, January 27th — Wednesday, March 31st    

              • Monday – Friday                7:30am – 10:30pm
              • Saturday & Sunday            8:30am – 5:30pm

CLOSED Easter Thu Apr 1–Sun Apr 4

Monday, April 5th — Tuesday, May 19th     

              • Monday – Friday               7:30am – 10:30pm
              • Saturday & Sunday           8:30am – 5:30pm

Wednesday, May 20th — Friday, May 28th     

                  • Monday – Friday             8:00am – 7:30pm
                  • Saturday & Sunday         CLOSED

CLOSED Memorial Day Weekend Sat May 29–Mon May 31

Open Access Week is October 19-25, 2020

Open Access Week takes place October 19-25, 2020. An initiative of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Open Access Week is presented as an opportunity for the academic and research community to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.”

This year’s theme, “Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion,” builds on the discussions of the 2018 and 2019 themes in centering the urgent need for action on equity and inclusion in this work. According to the 2020 Open Access Week Advisory Committee, “Openness can be a powerful tool for building more equitable systems of sharing knowledge. Rebuilding research and scholarship to be open by default presents a unique opportunity to construct a foundation that is fundamentally more equitable. Yet today, structural racism, discrimination, and exclusion are present and persistent in places where openness is a core value. As a global community, it is important to understand that the systems and spaces of the present are often built upon legacies of historic injustice and that addressing these inequities is a necessity.”

Check out Seton Hall University Libraries’ guide to Open Educational Resources (OER) here.

Free Webcast on Wednesday, October 21!

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering a free webcast celebrating Open Access Week. Tune in on Wednesday, October 21, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, for “Celebrating Open Access Week: Building Structural Equity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications.” Join recipients of ACRL’s scholarly communications research grants—based on research suggested by 2019’s Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future—for a discussion of their projects; the challenges of enacting change in scholarly communications including the global digital divide and information inequality, decolonization, democratization, and privilege (or the lack thereof); and practical, actionable steps that academic librarians can take to help build a better future.



Celebrate National Black Poetry Day

Established in 1985 to commemorate Black poets, October 17 was named National Black Poetry Day in the United States. This particular date is attributed to the birth date of the first published Black poet, Jupiter Hammon. We celebrate this day to pay respect to the significance of Black heritage and Black voices throughout history, both past and present. This is a day to recognize the many contributions that Black Poets have made to the arts and to show appreciation for their effect on our world today.

Seton Hall University Libraries is home to inscribed volumes given to a faculty member by the famed ringleader of Poetry in the Round that add to the rich history of Seton Hall University. To honor and celebrate Black Poetry Day, we will highlight these inscribed volumes as a tribute to Black poetry and the influence of Black voices at our university. Two inscriptions came from Derek Walcott and Al Young, both which are illustrated below. You can learn more about the Poetry in the Round series and view Black poet speech recordings from our Archives & Special Collections.

Below are recent photographs of these inscribed volumes:

1) Al Young

Al Young Inscription Page

2) Derek Walcott

Derek Walcott Inscription Page 2 Derek Walcott Inscription Page

Derek Walcott Inscription Page 3Derek Walcott Inscription Page 3

You can also view to see many prominent Black poets throughout history:

School of Diplomacy Virtual Events Series

School of Diplomacy Virtual Events Series

The School of Diplomacy and International Relations has organized a very exciting line up of special events for the Fall semester. Don’t miss these opportunities to engage with renowned guest speakers and discuss the most important topics of the day!

Thursday, October 15 4 p.m.
Women, Peace and Security: UN Resolution 1325 and Its Influence on US Foreign Policy

With Kelley E. Currie, US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Register by clicking here.

Ambassador Kelley Currie
Ambassador Kelley Currie

Monday, October 19 2-3 p.m.
Superpower Dialectics: Dueling Perceptions and the Crisis in US-China Relations
With Robert Daly, Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the US.
Zoom Meeting.

Tuesday and Wednesday, October 20 & 21 | 11-1:30 p.m.
All Conflict is Local: Personal Experience, Reflection, and Conflict Resolution
Students and alumni with direct personal experience of conflict or a region that has experienced a violent conflict share their stories and reflections. Join Microsoft Teams Meeting.

Tuesday, October 27 12 –1 p.m.
Anti-Racist Training
With the University’s Chief Equity, Diversity and Compliance Officer, Lori Brown, and leaders of the SHU Diversity and Inclusion Alliance.
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting.

Thursday, October 29 4 p.m.
Cybersecurity: Highest US and International Threats and the Election
National Security Fellow, Mohamed Mirghahari, with experts Adam Nielson
and Steve Olson. Register by clicking here.

Thursday, November 12, at 4 p.m.
Decolonizing IR Theory: War, Peace and Anti-Colonial Self Determination
With Dr. Robbie Shilliam, professor of political science at Johns Hopkins. Register by clicking here.

Dr. Robbie Shilliam
Dr. Robbie Shilliam

Thursday, November 19 at 4 p.m.
Middle East Peace Process
With Palestinian Ambassador to the UN, Riyad Mansour

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting 

Ambassador Riyad Mansour
Ambassador Riyad Mansour




The Hispanic Identity of Filipinos: A Short History

This is a student guest blog post in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and Filipino American Heritage month.

Author: Mark Francis Mabalatan ’21, Management and Political Science Major, 3+2 Master of Public Administration Program

333 years is quite a long time. For Filipinos, the 333 years the Philippines were subjugated to Spanish colonization were rife with conflict, both militarily and in identity. Like several other civilizations that first met Spanish conquistadors at their shores in the 15th and 16th centuries, the Philippines had unique, highly structured societies prior to European contact. These conflicts were exemplified by the story of The Battle of Mactan, where Ferdinand Magellan (Guillermo 261) was famously defeated by native datu (ruler) Lapu-Lapu (Guillermo 240), in my own ancestral province of Cebu (Guillermo 100). While the Battle of Mactan is a legend every Filipino is familiar with, the subsequent centuries gave way to a tidal wave of Spanish settlement, economic practices, and cultural rifts.

The first Spaniards in Cebu were 2,100 settler-soldiers from New Spain (Mexico), and the Philippines was administered as a Viceroyalty of New Spain until the end of Spanish rule in 1898. In that time, Spanish settlers changed almost every aspect of life on the islands. They changed our names. They changed our languages. They changed our religions. The effects of Spanish colonization were wide-ranging and emphatic, remaining to this day. So, is the Philippines a Hispanic country? Quite clearly, yes. But in the contemporary Hispanic consciousness, it is not understood as such – as if there was something that erased those 333 years of history.

As it turns out, the subsequent 48 years of American colonization is quite the eraser. The United States undertook an expedited process of undoing the Hispanization of the Philippines to make way for its Americanization of the islands. Despite this, the fact remains that the cultural DNA of the Philippines is Hispanic, making many aspects of the Filipino experience Hispanic and the experience itself Hispanic. The father of modern Philippines, José Rizal, wrote all his foundational works in Spanish. We tell time in Spanish. 80% of Filipinos are Catholic. The holiday known in the Philippines as Undas is a carbon copy of Dia de Muertos in Mexico and other Latino countries. Cebuano, also known as Bisaya and the native language of my family, contains thousands of Spanish words. However, the beauty of our culture is not derived from our colonization, but how we rose out of it. Distinctly Filipino music and dance styles such as Cariñosa, featuring dancers in brightly colored, flowing dresses called Maria Claras, bears a striking resemblance to jarabe tapatío of Mexico. Traditional Hispanic family values, including respect for elders, close family ties, and pride of the home country, are powerfully evident in many Filipino families.

Every year, October 1st to 15th serves as a metaphor for Hispanic identity of Filipinos. During this time span, there is a two-week eclipse of Hispanic Heritage Month, which lasts from September 15th to October 15th, and Filipino-American Heritage Month, which lasts the entire month of October— Hispanic, but not completely. History defines the present and the future, an axiom especially significant to ethnic groups. So what does Filipino history say about the country’s Hispanic identity? As Filipino-American sociologist Anthony Christian Ocampo, author of The Latinos of Asia: How Filipinos Break the Rule of Race, plainly states, “You can’t just forget the three-and-a-half century Spanish influence in the Philippines.”

See below for to learn more about the Hispanic identity of the Philippines, Filipinos, and Filipino-Americans:


Bulosan, Carlos. America Is in the Heart: A Personal History. Vol. 2014 edition, University of Washington Press, 2014. EBSCOhost,

Francia, Luis. A History of the Philippines: From Indios Bravos to Filipinos. Overlook Press, 2014. Request through ILL or Suggest for Purchase!

Guillermo, Artemio R. Historical Dictionary of the Philippines. Vol. 3rd ed, Scarecrow Press, 2012. EBSCOhost,

Ocampo, Anthony Christian. The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race. Stanford University Press, 2016. EBSCOhost,

Rizal, José. El Filibusterismo: Continuacion Del Noli Me Tangere. Boekdrukkerij F. Meyer-Van Loo, 1896. Project Gutenberg,

Rizal José. Noli Me Tangere. Project Gutenberg,



Dr. Wyatt Murphy on Open Educational Resources

To help foster a constructive conversation about Open Educational Resources (OER), University Libraries asked Dr. Wyatt Murphy, Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Seton Hall, his thoughts about how OER can help students and faculty.  

University Libraries have been at the forefront of promoting Open Educational Resources (OER) on campus. Can you share your thoughts on how OER can help students and faculty as an alternative to the traditional publisher textbook model?

As a student, when you are talking about a $250 textbook that is being used all over and it’s been homogenized, there’s not much there, it’s disposable. A question student should ask: is this book good enough for me to keep, am I going to get value out of this?

But if the OER textbook book costs nothing, and if it’s equivalent to the publisher’s textbook, there’s more value to an open source book. Students can keep it; they can mark it up any way they want digitally. In an open source textbook, the quality and creativity is often greater than a standard textbook, and that’s going to just expand.

With OER textbooks the thing I like best is: I might not want to write a whole book, but I might want to write a chapter because I have a different way of looking at things, you know (I’ve been teaching for almost 40 years) and I found that this is a better way to teach this. The conversations we’ve had over in Chemistry where, we’re bouncing around ideas about how to do things, we kind of have to find books that fit it. We can put a book together but it’s assembling other people’s stuff.

I think that a lot of people look at open sources, and think “Well, it’s free. It can’t be good.” My experience is “It’s free and it’s great!” I’ve used this book Chemistry: Atoms First 2e now it’ll be two years by end of the summer 2020. When you walk into class and when you put in your syllabus that the book is free, the students are going to love you, you know, you’re a hero. And the thing is, I don’t feel like I’m compromising my choice.

To learn more about Open Educational Resources, please visit our OER Research Guide.