Cultural Events Calendar

The events listed on this calendar are "ACS Approved." The list is not exhaustive, and there are other events that take place on campus that might satisfy the Cultural Event credit requirement. STUDENTS: If you are not sure if an event will count for Cultural Event credit, please consult with your professor.

Title of Event Date of Event Start Time Location of Event Brief Description of Event Sponsor(s)
MLK Keynote Lecture:  "How to Keep the Dream Alive" 1/20/15 5:00 PM Connelly Center:  Villanova Room Bryan Stevenson, Founding Director of Equal Justice Initiative and faculty at NYU Law. Center for Peace and Justice Education; Co-sponsored by Student Development, Center for Multcultural Affairs, Honors Program, Africana Studies Program, Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies, Office of Service Learning, Augustine and Culture Seminar Program, Department of Communication, Ethics Program, Department of Sociology and Criminology, and Villanova School of Law.
"King's 1965 Villanova Speech" 1/21/15 6:00 PM Connelly Cinema Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a speech to the Villanova community 50 years ago on January 20, 1965.  There will be a reading of excerpts of this speech followed by comments and discussion on the relevance of these words today. Center for Peace and Justice Education
New Title:  Shakespeare's Place in a General Humanities Course 1/21/15 7:00 PM Driscoll 134 Featuring David Howey (University of the Arts), Paul Wright (Cabrini College), and John-Paul Spiro (Villanova University) ACS Program
Freedom School 2015 1/22/15 10:00 AM-3:30 PM Connelly Center As part of our annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Freedom School offers concurrent hour-long sessions (at 10:00, 11:30, 1:00, and 2:30) that are hosted by various faculty members, staff, and students.  Sessions address some aspect of social justice that relates to and extends the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Peace and Justice Education
From Star Gazing to Sustainability 1/27/15 4:30 PM tba Please see this site. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography and the Environment, and the Center for Energy and Environmental Education
Où est Charlie? A conversation about the recent events in Paris, for the entire university community. 1/29/15 5:30 PM Falvey Memorial Library, Speakers' Corner Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in an open conversation about the recent events in Paris.

Following brief remarks by several members of the faculty, the moderated forum will be open to all.
Organized by the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures’ program in French and Francophone Studies
Two Nights of One Acts 1/30/15 8:00 PM St. Mary's Auditorium Villanova Student Theatre is proud to announce two nights of one-acts (and monologues). Come see a variety of short scenes written , directed, and performed by Villanova students. A few works by professional playwrights also will be featured. Come see what VST has in store for you! Office of Music Activities
Asian Expo 1/31/15 6:00 PM Villanova Room Asian Expo is a Cultural performance that showcase various aspects of Asian culture from food, dance, music, clothing and etc. It provides a stage for many students of diverse Asian heritage to present the culture they bring with them to the Villanova community. Asian Student Association
ACV Presents: Coming to America Fashion Show 2/7/15 7:00 PM The Villanova Room This is an annual event where we choose an organization to donate the proceeds to. This year we are donating clothing to Project Home, which is a multifaceted organization that provides services for individuals and families who are homeless. Student Development
Black History Month lecture featuring Saladin Ambar, PhD 2/9/15 4:30 PM Falvey Memorial Library-Speakers' Corner Annual Black History Month lecture featuring Saladin Ambar, PhD, assistant professor of political science, Lehigh University. Dr. Ambar will be presenting a talk titled "Malcolm X's Legacy at 50: Lessons for Today." Africana Studies Program, Falvey Memorial Library
Michael & Edie 2/10/15 8:00 PM; Sunday matinee 2:00 PM Vasey Theater Written by Rachel Bonds; Directed by James Ijames.  A boy.  A girl.  A bookstore.  Michael and Edie meet in a magical labyrinth of books, where they bury themselves amongst the stacks in an attempt to flee from the rest of their lives.  Aisles turn into secret passages, snow falls from holes in the ceiling, desperate phone calls ring from tin cans, and tea kettles turn into crickets.  It's a world full of illusions - illusions that give way to the poignant poetry of being young and a little bit lost in the world.
The Seven Big Myths about Marriage 2/11/15 4:30 PM Driscoll 134 Christopher Kaczor, Philosophy Department, Loyola-Marymount University, will give a lecture based on his recently published book: The Seven Big Myths about Marriage: What Science, Faith and Philosophy can teach us about Love and Happiness." Ethics, Office of Mission & Ministry, Phiilosophy
Make It Plain: Malcolm X - CPJE Spring Film Series 2/11/15 6:00 PM Bartley 1011 Make It Plain: Malcolm X - CPJE Spring Film Series
This video chronicles his life and progression through 3 different identities. A panel of members of the Villanova community will comment on the impact Malcolm X has had on their lives.
Center for Peace and Justice Education, Africana Studies
Spanish in the U.S.: Myths and Realities 2/12/15 3:00 PM SAC 300 Lecture by KIM POTOWSKI, University of Illinois at Chicago
Spanish in the U.S.: Myths and Realities*
February 12, 3:00pm, SAC 300
The Department of Romance Languages
The History of Academic Computing 2/12/15 4:30 PM Driscoll 134 Computing moved from a fringe activity to a central part of academic life in just 50 years. Timesharing, distributed computing, email, national networks, and the web are direct descendants of systems that universities and scientific researchers built. Dr. Arms will describe the development years. Villanova Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and the Dept of Computing Sciences
Father Bill Atkinson Humanitarian Award: Eric LeGrand 2/12/15 7:00 PM Villanova Room Annual FBA Humanitarian Award. This event has been approved every year for the ACS program. This year our recipient is Eric LeGrand. In 2010 while playing football for Rutgers Eric broke his neck and now lives as a quadraplegic and faces all challenges life throws at him. Office of Disability Services
The Role of the Library in the Digital Age 2/13/15 11:00 AM Speaker's Corner - Liabrary Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar William Arms will discuss innovations that have changed traditional views of libraries. Transitioning from physical to digital materials, computer techniques such as automated indexing, natural language processing, and machine learning will be covered. Phi Beta Kappa of Villanova and Dept. of Computing Sciences
Financial Integrity and Inclusive Capitalism:  Civilizing Globalization 2/13/15 3:00 PM Driscoll Hall Auditorium Dr. Stefano Zamagni is Professor of Economics at the University of Bologna and adjunct professor of International Political Economy, Johns Hopkins University, Bologna Center.  Since 1991 he has been a member of the Pontifical Council on Justice and Peace.  He is a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences of Milan, the Academy of Sciences of Bologna, the Academy of Sciences of Modena, and of the New York Academy of Sciences.  His lecture is part of a year-long series on Catholic social thought and the financial crisis. Office for Mission and Ministry and the Journal for Catholic Social Thought.
"Maiz y el Pais: Political Violence in Mexico and Corn's Lessons for Justice" 2/16/15 4:00 PM SAC 300 Luz Rivera, Mexico Solidarity Network,
will speak on state-sponsored political violence in Mexico and how corn is an inspiration for the struggle for autonomy and dignity.



Center for Peace and Justice Education
Medication Safety: Empowering Nurses Beyond the Five Rights 2/17/15 5:30 PM Driscoll Hall Auditorium An industry expert Susan Paparella, MSN, RN, has directed and performed onsite medication safety risk assessments and root cause analyses for hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is vice-president of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. College of Nursing
Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along presented by Villanova Student Musical Theatre 2/17/15 8:00 PM Saint Mary's Theatre on West Campus Villanova Student Musical Theatre's winter musical is Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along. The production runs February 17th through 21st at 8:00 PM with an additional 2 PM matinee on February 21st in the Saint Mary's Hall Theatre. Tickets for students are $7 ($6 in advance) and $10 for adults. Office of Music Activities
Scholarship@Villanova Lecture featuring Megan Quigley, PhD 2/18/15 2:30 PM Room 205, Falvey Memorial Library Join us as Megan Quigley, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of English, speaks about her book, entitled Modernist Fiction and Vagueness: Philosophy, Form, and Language (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press). Falvey Memorial Library
How to ‘Read’ a Painting: Art and Culture in Spain (1550-1700) 2/19/15 3:00 PM Garey Hall Events Room Lecture by MIGUEL HERMOSO, Universidad Complutense
How to ‘Read’ a Painting: Art and Culture in Spain (1550-1700)
February 19, 3:00pm, Garey Hall Events Room
The Department of Romance Languages
Clean Air Standards: how air pollution impacts health and how you can support healthy air protections 2/19/15 5:30 PM Driscoll 132 A discussion of common air pollutants and how they impact our health with a particular focus on vulnerable populations. This will be followed by a discussion of proposed clean air standards and how individuals can get involved in advocacy and support of clean air acts. Nursing Without Borders
Candy Chang: Innovate and Ignite Change 2/19/15 6:00 PM New Location:  Jake Nevin Fieldhouse Candy Chang, an internationally-known artist, uses public space for interactive installments. Her projects call for emotional stimulation, civic engagement, & revelations of lifelong aspirations. Part of VSB week 2015. Villanova School of Business
Literary Festival Lecture featuring Bruce Smith 2/19/15 7:00 PM Speakers' Corner, Falvey Memorial Library Join us for a poetry reading and talk given by Bruce Smith, the author of several books of poems, including The Other Lover (2000), a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He will be reading selections from his collection entitled Devotions. Falvey Memorial Library & the Department of English
Dante and the New World Project 3/16/15 4:00 PM Falvey Memorial Library Mary Watt, Ph.D. (University of Florida).  This is the final lecture in the series, "750 Years Later.  Dante in Our World." Department of Romance Languages and Literature
Service: When Women Come Marching Home (CPJE Film Series) 3/16/15 4:30 PM Bartley 1011 This film focuses on the lives of 7 female veterans who struggle to transition back into civilian life after returning home from fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, often without adequate services or support for their serious injuries and trauma. Center for Peace and Justice Education
C.S. Lewis:  Why He is Relevant to Us Today 3/17/15 4:30 PM Connelly Cinema Dr. Devin Brown is a Lilly Scholar and Professor of English at Asbury University where, in addition to other literature classes, he teaches a course on Lewis and Tolkien.  His most recent books are Tolkien:  How an Obscure Oxford Professor Wrote The Hobbit and Became the Most Beloved Author of the Century (2014); A Life Observed:  A Spiritual Biography of C. S. Lewis (2013); and Hobbit Lessons:  A Map for Life's Unexpected Journeys (2013). Office for Mission and Ministry
What Does Accountable Care Really Mean? 3/18/15 5:30 PM Driscoll Hall Auditorium Denise Fessler, MSN, RN, CMAC, has a long and distinguished career in the health insurance industry and has been lauded for her mastery of critical issues and leadership in promoting innovative clinical programs designed to improve patient outcomes and reduce the cost of health care. College of Nursing
Scholarship@Villanova/ Endowed Chair Lecture featuring Helene Moriarty, PhD, RN 3/24/15 2:30 PM Room 204, Falvey Memorial Library Helene Moriarty, PhD, RN, will talk about her research at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center and share findings from an intervention study that evaluates the impact of an innovative in-home intervention for veterans with traumatic brain injury.

Falvey Memorial Library
Diversity in the Workplace 3/25/15 6:00 PM Villanova Room, Connelly Center The Career Center and Center for Multicultural Affairs present the 2015 Diversity in the Workplace Panel. A panel discussion with professionals from diverse backgrounds will focus on various challenges of diversity in the workplace. A reception will follow. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. The Career Center and the Center for Multicultural Affairs
Elizabeth Cady Stanton Research Conference:  Keynote Address 3/26/15 TBA TBA Lauren Berlant, George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor, Department of English, University of Chicago.  Professor Berlant is the author of a series of groundbreaking works on the politics of affect and emotion, including Cruel Optimism (2011) and Sex, or the Unbearable (2014).
Protests and Parties: Making Sense of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil 4/13/15 4:00 PM Driscoll Hall 132 Why did hosting the World Cup trigger protests in soccer-mad Brazil? Were the issues forgotten once the games began? Dr. Bruno Carvalho of Princeton University will help us make sense of the protests, politics, and parties surrounding the 2014 games and foreshadowing the Summer Olympics in 2016. Romance Languages & Literatures; Latin American Studies
As Seen Through These Eyes (CPJE Film Series 4/13/15 4:30 PM Bartley 1011 This film presents the artwork made by victims and survivors of the Holocaust as they strive to express the horrors of what they experiences but about which they could not speak. Narrated by Maya Angelou and discussion led by Dr. Sherry Bowen (Communication) Center for Peace and Justice Education
Scholarship@Villanova Lecture featuring Lisa Sewell, PhD 4/14/15 4:30 PM Room 205, Falvey Memorial Library Lisa Sewell, PhD, associate professor of English and co-director of the Gender and Women's Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will read from and discuss her newly published collection of poetry, Impossible Object. A book sale and signing will follow the lecture. Falvey Memorial Library
Bolivia: Identity Politics in a Plurinational State 4/14/15 6:00 PM SAC 300 A panel discussion of 3 renown specialists about Bolivia's plurinational identity at the 3rd term of Bolivia's Indigenous president. Particular emphasis will be placed on the synchretism of Bolivia's Catholic tradition and indigenous worldview. Cultural Studies
The Threepenny Opera 4/14/15 8:00 PM; Sunday matinee 2:00 PM Vasey Theater Book and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht; music by Kurt Weill.  Adaptation by Marc Blitzstein; directed by Valerie James.  A masterpiece of modern theatre, Bertolt Brecht's biting critique of capitalism explodes with colorful characters, gritty London streetscapes, and toe-tapping tunes like "The Ballad of Mack the Knife" and "Pirate Jenny."  A sensational spin on the 18th-century Beggar's Opera, Brecht and Weill's groundbreaking musical tells the tale of MacHeath, London's most notorious criminal, as he pursues the woman he loves while dodging the police and London bourgeoisie.  Around him an assortment of corrupt characters maneuver for advantage, begging the question:  must one be a criminal to survive in this world?  "The graddaddy of all the singing, stinging portraits of fat societies on their eves of destruction" – The New York Times.
Earth Day Keynote Address:  "The Politicization of Climate Change" 4/22/15 5:00 PM Connelly Cinema Dr. Ben Horton is a world-renowned geologist whose research focuses on how sea-levels have changed in the past, and the factors that will determine future changes in sea-level.  A professor at Rutgers University, he has published well over 100 scientific articles and is a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  Dr. Horton will be joined by Dr. Paul Rosier from Villanova's Department of History with expertise in environmental history, and Dr. Susan Stein, an expert on the public perception of science and science journalism.  Dr. Horton will briefly outline his research on sea-level rise and the process of conducting science, and then the panel wlill discuss how climate change science has been politicized, the important role that science plays in society, and public perceptions of climate change and science in general.
Panel Discussion on Solutions to Climate Change 4/23/15 10:00 AM Falvey Memorial Library Speaker's Corner Join a panel of experts in a discussion focused on solutions to climate change.  Panelists whose careers are focused on working towards a solution to some aspect of climate change will discuss the work they do.  Questions and debate between panelists and the audience is encouraged The Office of the President, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, The President's Environmental Sustainability Committee, Falvey Library, Dining Services, Villanova Center for Liberal Education, Maintenance and Grounds, and the departments of Biology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Geography and the Environment, and History
Flamenco: an Eternal Journey between Dispersion and Absence 4/23/15 3:00 PM Garey Hall Events Room Lecture by FRANCISCO DE LA ROSA, UNED Paris
Flamenco: an Eternal Journey between Dispersion and Absence
April 23, 3:00pm, Garey Hall Events Room
The Department of Romance Languages