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)
Recent Events in Egypt: Where is Egypt Heading 9/9/2014 4:30 PM Garey Hall Alumni Event room IGIS Global Impact Series Arab Language & Cultural Studies host  Dr. Anwar Abdelkaream  who will speak on Egypt's current events and their impact on Egypt's future.  Dr. Abdelkaream is currently vice dean of the College of Arts, Damietta University, Egypt. IGIS,Africana Studies,CAIS, GWS, PoliSci
The Naked Roommate . . . 9/11/2014 6:00 PM Villanova Room, Connelly Center Come hear author of "The Naked Roommate," Harlan Cohen, speak about how to handle typical freshman issues and learn tips on how to have a successful semester! Office of Student Life
Scholarship@Villanova Lecture featuring Jill A. McCorkel, PhD 9/16/2014 2:30 PM Room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library Dr. McCorkel will be talking about her recently published book, Breaking Women: Gender, Race and the New Politics of Imprisonment. Falvey Memorial Library
The Inner Exile of Juan Ramón Jiménez: A talk by Mercedes Julia PhD 9/18/2014 3:00 PM Falvey Memorial Library: Speaker's Corner Mercedes Juliá, PhD, professor of modern and contemporary literature in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures will give a lecture in honor of Hispanic Cultural Heritage Month. Following the talk, a bilingual reading of Juan Ramón Jiménez's Platero y Yo will be given. Romance Languages and Literatures, and Sigma Delta Pi- The Hispanic Honor Soceity
WWI Anniversary Talk featuring Jeffrey Johnson, PhD 9/23/2014 4:00 PM Room 204 of Falvey Memorial Library Jeffrey Johnson, PhD, professor of history, will give a talk titled “From the Pistol of June to the Guns of August 1914: Beginning the Self-Destruction of Imperial Europe.” This talk is being held in honor of the 100th anniversary of World War I. Falvey Memorial Library & the Department of History
Not Alone: Sexual Assault at Villanova 9/24/2014 6:00 PM Connelly Cinema This panel will highlight Villanova’s support for survivors; how the University has addressed shortcomings that the White House report has identified; a call to action to Villanova students to prevent, intervene and report sexual assault. Gender & Women's Studies, Office of Health Promotion
St. Thomas of Villanova Lecture - Wes Moore 9/25/2014 7:00 PM Pavilion Wes Moore, author of One Book Villanova selection The Other Wes Moore,  will be coming to campus as part of the annual St. Thomas of Villanova Day celebration. Office of the President and the One Book Villanova Committee
The Vivian J. Lamb Lecture Series on Augustinian Thought and  The Sciences. 9/25/2014 4:30 PM Bartley 1011 Because of the high interest in the thinking about evolution and the idea of a multiverse, this lecture will use Hawking’s “The Grand Design” and Augustine’s commentary on Genesis as the bases for a conversation about the origin of the world(s), about evolution and about religion The Augustinian Institute
Alumni Author Lecture: James Hedtke, PhD, ’73 MA 9/29/2014 2:30 PM Room 204, Falvey Memorial Library Dr. James Hedtke, professor of history and political science at Cabrini College will be giving a talk titled “They Never Grew Old: The Freckleton, England Air Disaster of 1944.” Falvey Memorial Library
Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation 9/30/2014 5:30 PM Driscoll Auditorium A nurse at CHOP led a journey that exposed industrial pollution causing a cancer cluster in a picturesque Jersey Shore town.  A book chronicling the story has received this year’s Pulitzer Prize in non-fiction. College of Nursing
The Great Catsby 10/2/2014 7:00 PM Good Counsel Hall, 2nd floor Nearly 90 years after Fitzgerald's Jazz Age masterpiece was published, The Great Gatsby still enchants and challenges. Dr. Lutes of the English department offers some new ways to think about the novel and a group of students leads a staged reading and informal discussion. Pizza and cookies served. English Department
From St. Francis to Pope Francis to You: Creating a Climate for Solidarity 10/2/2014 4:00 PM Bartley 1011 Learn how climate change affects the world’s poor. A series of short presentations, videos, and discussions will help us uncover how the world is changing, and who has felt the negative impacts the most.  Prof. Chara Armon and Prof. Will Stehl will serve as facilitators. Office of Sustainability, Villanova Center for Energy and Environmental Education, Center for Peace and Justice Education
"A Woman's Word," A Performance by Gayle Danley 10/2/2014 6:00 PM Driscoll Auditorium Gayle Danley is an internationally recognized Slam Poetry champion. She will be giving a performance. GWS, Africana Studies, English, Communication, Honors, Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Office of Multicultural Affairs
Ruth Wilson Gilford “Mass Incarceration Today: Understanding the Present Conjuncture” 10/6/2014 4:30 PM Bartley 1011 Gilford is Professor of American Studies at CUNY. She is the 2014 GPWSC Scholar-in-Residence and will be discussing the economic and human costs of mass incarceration in the US. GWS
Strategies for Building A Quality and Safety Culture 10/20/2014 7:30 PM Connelly Center Annual distinguished lecture with a topic that will add to students' abilities to promote achieve quality and safety competencies in their practice. College of Nursing
Tasting "You-Own-It" Food 10/20/2014 6:30 PM Falvey 205 Cultural Studies Food Week “Shoppers and Employees Own the Grocery Store!” Norman Weiss, Weaver’s Way Philly, one of the nation’s largest food co-ops, discusses the co-op movement and how professional writing helps build a sustainable business model at Weaver’s Way.  Delicious food samples! Cultural Studies, Writing and Rhetoric
Panel: The Spirit of the Alcohol Policy at Villanova 10/20/2014 6:00 PM Bartley 1011 A discussion of the spirit of the Alcohol Policy at Villanova with presenters: Ryan Rost, Galeet Farrow, and Chris Anderson. Heath and Wellness
Paying for the Party 10/21/2014 6:30 PM Mendel 102 Following a group of college women from the residence hall floor to a year post-graduation, Dr. Elizabeth Armstrong will discuss the party pathway as perpetuated by social hierarchies based on appearance, race, wealth and men's perceptions of women; heavy alcohol use; and a culture of hooking up. Health Promotion, Gender & Women's Studies, Student Development
The Mystery of Edwin Drood 10/21/2014 8:00 PM St. Mary's Auditorium Villanova Student Musical Theatre presents The Mystery of Edwin Drood, a musical mystery based on an unfinished Charles Dickens novel. Characters must solve the crime, though many are also suspects! Where Dickens left off, audiences vote to determine an end to the story. Working on English Dept. Sponsorship
Tasting "Exploitation-Free Food" 10/21/2014 6:30 PM Falvey 204 Cultural Studies Food Week “Servers Deserve a Living Wage!” Calvin Okunoye of the Restaurant Opportunities Center, Philadelphia, discusses why servers need paid sick days for customer health, and how social media outreach, newsletters, and leaflets build a movement.  Delicious food samples! Cultural Studies, Writing and Rhetoric
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit 10/21/2014 8:08 PM Bartley 1001 We will be looking at children suffering from a lack of steady food supply.  In doing this, we will inform those in attendance about what they can do to get involved in order to make a difference. We ask that nonperishable items are brought to be donated. The Tau Xi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and African Caribbean Villanova
Sustainable Careers 10/22/2014 5:00 PM Driscoll 132 Panel of Villanova Alumni who have used your degree to create a sustainable career. Representatives from the College of Arts and Science, Engineering and Business will be on the  panel. Office of Sustainability
Conscience of the Holocaust Talk: Ellen Cassedy 10/22/2014 12:30 PM Room 204, Falvey Memorial Library Ellen Cassedy, speaker, journalist, author of non-fiction books, and Yiddish translator will be present a talk titled, "Remembering the Holocaust in Lithuania: Challenges, Controversies, and Hope for a More Tolerant Future.” Falvey Memorial Library
Freedpeople and Forty Acres:  African Americans and Sherman’s March 10/22/2014 4:00 PM Connelly Center Cinema Anne Rubin will be lecturing on her new book "Through the Heart of Dixie." It is a cultural look at Sherman's March to the sea using various media sources and personal memoirs. History Department
Tasting "Cruelty-Free Food" 10/22/2014 6:30 PM Falvey Speakers Corner Cultural Studies Food Week--learn about “Cruelty-Free Food” and veganism’s promise of tasty nourishment without killing animals.  Gary Francione,JD, author and director of Rutgers Animal Rights Law Clinic at Rutgers Law School, will discuss his book, Eat Like You Care.  Delicious vegan food samples! Cultural Studies, Writing and Rhetoric
All of Us Home 10/23/2014 5:30 PM Driscoll auditorium A social justice documentary and student panel related to issues surrounding the homeless in Philadelphia. The program includes a film directed and produced by a VU class. College of Nursing
How el Greco became a Spanish Painter. 10/23/2014 3:00 PM Falvey Memorial Library: Room 204 Dr. Moncy will talk about El Greco, one of Spain's most famous painters. It commemorates the 400 anniversary of Doménikos Theotokópoulos (1541 – 7 April 1614). Romance Languages and Literatures, and Sigma Delta Pi- The Hispanic Honor Soceity
Villanova Jazz Concert 10/23/2014 7:30 PM Villanova Chapel in St. Mary's Villanova Jazz Band holds an annual fall concert to showcase our songs to our audiences of all ages. Office of Music Activities
"Multicultural Sushi" by Chef Poon 10/23/2014 6:30 PM Bartley 1011 Students will meet nationally renown Chef Poon of the Food Network who will tell his inspiring immigrant success story, demonstrate how to make Japanese sushi, and carve intricate watermelon sculptures.  He will also discuss his book: Life is Short, Cooking is Fun! Delicious food samples provided! Cultural Studies, Writing and Rhetoric
Drive Your Career 10/23/2014 6:00 PM Garey 102 Lauren Berger, the Intern Queen, will deliver first-hand experience and reveal invaluable insights to building the ultimate foundation for your personal career development. This event will give the opportunity to network with Ford executives and prepare you to take on the real world! Graduate Office for Professional Development
A Live Videochat with the Starfish Foundation 10/27/2014 3:00 PM Falvey Memorial Library: Room 204 The Starfish Foundation is a non-profit foundation in Guayaquil Ecuador that offers scholarships and tutoring for at-risk Ecuadorian youth. They will be giving a talk about daily life in Ecuador and their working in the two communities in Guayaquil. Romance Languages and Literatures, and Sigma Delta Pi- The Hispanic Honor Soceity
Center for Multicultural Affairs Diversity Programming Fall Speaker Event 10/28/2014 6:00 PM Bel Air Terrace The Diversity Programming Committee welcomes Poet, Professor, and Activist, Dr. Javon Johnson as the guest speaker for our Fall Event. The Center for Multicultural Affairs
The Gospel of St. Mark - a One-Man Theatrical Presentation 10/28/2014 7:00 PM Connelly Center Cinema Veteran actor, director, playwright, Emmy winner and educator, Wayne Turney has inspired audiences for the past 25 years with his singular performance of The Gospel According to Saint Mark. Office of Mission and Minstry
Student Panel “That’s So Gay!” 10/28/2014 7:00 PM Tolentine 215 Part of LGBT Awareness Week.  This panel of 4 student speakers will talk about their experiences of being gay or being a gay ally at Villanova, and then will open up the floor for questions from those present. Gay-Straight Coalition
Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert 10/29/2014 7:00 PM St. Mary's Chapel The Daniel Pearl World Day of Music concert is an event hosted by the Villanova University Pops Orchestra. One of 10,000 events hosted around the world, the concert brings awareness of music as a common language understood by all. Villanova Pops Orchestra
"Moving Beyond the Gender Binary: What We Need to Know About Gender Expression." by Dr. Katina Sawyer, Department of Psychology 10/29/2014 4:30 PM Tolentine 215 Part of the LGBT Awareness Week.  This event will be a speaker on the topic above followed by a period of questions and answers. Gay-Straight Coalition
Graphic Novels Event 10/30/2014 3:00 PM Room 204, Falvey Memorial Library The co-editors of the all-girls comic anthology Dirty Diamonds, Claire Folkman and Kelly Phillips will give a talk about their experiences in comic book creation/editing. Falvey Memorial Library & The Writing Center
Intercollegiate Irish Dance Festival 11/1/2014 6:00 PM Jake Nevin Villanova Irish Dance is hosting their 2nd Annual Intercollegiate Irish Dance Festival. The festival will feature colleges across the country doing both traditional and modern Irish Dancing. The Grand Show at night also features top dancers in the world, live Irish music and more. Villanova Irish Studies, Villanova Music Activities
Energy, the Environment, and Our Future: Some Good News 11/4/2014 2:00 PM Connelly Cinema Dr. Richard Alley, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at Penn State, will address the path to a sustainable energy future. Using solid science on this subject can give us a larger economy and a cleaner environment, with greater security and insurance against disasters. Center for Energy and Environmental Education
Beyond Duty:  Life on the Frontline in Iraq 11/4/2014 6:00 PM Driscoll Hall, Room 134 The dynamic speaker, Capt. Shannon Meehan, is the author of "Beyond Duty:  Life on the Frontline in Iraq."  His presentation may include issues such as Post Traumatic Stress, history, ethics related to and beyond war, and war's effects on individuals and cultures. Dept. of Athletics, Villanova University Chapter of the Student Nurses' Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP-Villanova)
Scholarship@Villanova Lecture featuring Margaret M. Grubiak, PhD 11/4/2014 3:00 PM Falvey Memorial Library, room 205 Margaret Grubiak, PhD assistant professor, Department of Humanities will discuss her recently published book, White Elephants on Campus: The Decline of the University Chapel in America. Falvey Memorial Library
An Education in Equality: Film Screening and Discussion 11/4/2014 8:00 PM St. Augustine Center, Room 300 A screening of a student-directed documentary film, recently honored at the WHYY Youth Media Awards. The film addresses issues with education equality, particularly as they relate to budget cuts in Philadelphia schools. A discussion with the director and the producer will follow. Department of Education and Counseling
Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Endowed Distinguished Speaker Series Lecture featuring Dr. Joseph Tropea 11/5/2014 7:00 PM Speakers' Corner, Falvey Memorial Library Dr. Tropea, former chairman of the Sociology Department at George Washington University, will present on the Monongah disaster. The talk is titled "First Buried then Married: Flawed Histories of Italian-Americans." Falvey Memorial Library
Crumbling at the Edges: Ice Sheets and Sea-Level Rise 11/5/2014 2:00 PM Connelly Cinema Prof. Richard Alley will discuss the rapid pace of recent discovery around the ices sheets of Greenland and Antarctica which confirms recent modeling exercises are incomplete, and shows that ice-sheet "collapse" remains possible in West Antarctica. Center for Energy and Environmental Education
Gayle Danley Performance Poet 11/6/2014 4:00 PM Cinema Gayle Danley is an internationally recognized Slam Poetry champion. She will be giving a performance. Office of Multi Cultural Affairs; GWS; Honors; English; Cultural Studies; Africana Studies
Eid Celebration & Awareness 11/6/2014 7:00 PM Dougherty Hall This event will raise awareness about the two special holidays celebrated in the religion of Islam. There will be a powerpoint presentation discussing the two holidays (Eid al-Adha and Eid al-fitr) as well as a few snacks and desserts served on both Eids. Villanova Muslim Student Association
Faith and Environmental Panel: Empowering the Care for Creation 11/11/2014 5:00 PM Bartley 1011 Discover the connection between Catholicism and sustainability, and empower students to act on the information. Panelist include: Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Climate Covenant, Villanova Student and Admiral David Titley. Villanova office of Sustainability, Center for Peace and Justice, Villanova Center for Energy and Environmental Education
Miss Representation 11/11/2014 6:00 PM Connelly Cinema This documentary is about the the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. It focuses on the media's portrayal of women and how this affects society's perception of females and females perceptions of themselves. The documentary will be followed by a short discussion. Women in Leadership Society
Eid: Celebrating the Muslim Holidays 11/11/2014 8:00 PM Nova Cafe Plan for the event: Appetizer foods beginning at 8:00pm. During this session information about the two Eids will be presented to the audience. At 9:00 the group will be moved outside to the Oreo to celebrate with sparklers and Islamic music. Muslim Student Association
Whiteness, Present and Past: Reading Antony and Cleopatra in Obama-era America 11/13/2014 5:30 PM SAC 300 The idea of race was still not fully conceptualized in Shakespeare’s time, although the beginnings of such conceptualization were apparent. This is particularly true in Shakespeare's epic tragedy Antony and Cleopatra. Writing and Rhetoric, the English Department, and Cultural Studies
Food and Sustainability 11/13/2014 6:00 PM Driscoll Auditorium Dr. Richard Oppenlander, author of Comfortably Unaware and Food Choice and Sustainability, joins the Villanova Community for a captivating lecture. He believes that we are "comfortably unaware" of the direct correlation between our food choices and the impact we are having on our planet. The Theology Institute
American Muslims and Their Faith 11/13/2014 7:00 PM Mendel 102 Zehra Wamiq is the founder of the Delaware Valley Speakers Bureau, an affiliate of Islamic Networks Group.  She regularly delivers presentations to schools, colleges, healthcare institutions to educate about American Muslims and Islam. ACS
Live-Free Weekend 11/14/2014 N/A N/A This weekend (November 14-16) will challenge students to live an entire weekend free from any substance use and commit to reflection on how alcohol impacts our relationships and social experiences. Will span the entire weekend and will feature a social media contest. Health Promotion, POWER, MOVE above the influence, Choice House
A Night in Nigeria 11/15/2014 7:00 PM Villanova Room, Connolly Center A Night in Nigeria is an event that will be showcasing and celebrating Nigerian Culture in order to raise awareness and raise money for The Wellbeing Foundation Africa. which is a pan – African organization seeking to create real and sustainable change for African families. The African and Caribbean Villanovans
The Clothesline Project on Gender Violence 11/17/2014 4:30 PM Bartley 1011 Susan Rose speaks about challenging global gender violence through the Clothesline Project in which women from around the globe paint t-shirts and hang them on a clothesline as a public display of their feelings after having experienced gender violence. Includes video and interactive discussion. Writing & Rhetoric, Peace and Justice, Cultural Studies, Global Studies
The Dark Side of Chocolate 11/17/2014 4:00 PM Connelly Cinema The buying of Fair Trade products would ensure better working conditions and wages in communities in over 70 countries.  The documentary The Dark Side of Chocolate emphasizes these issues and the importance of coming together to support people whose human rights are being exploited. Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
Proof 11/18/2014 8:00 PM St. Mary's Theater When Catherine's genius father dies, she must confront her estranged sister, Claire, and a devoted student of her father, Hal. Catherine also must confront her  own mental health; does she share the disease that has plagued her family? Villanova Student Theater
Father Peter Town Hall Meeting 11/19/2014 7:00 PM Connelly Center, Cinema Father Peter, President of Villanova University will be hosting a Town Hall meeting for all students allowing them to hear about University initiatives as well as having the opportunity to ask questions. Students are invited to come and participate and let their voices be heard. Campus Activities Team, Student Government Association
Villanova International Culture Fair 11/19/2014 5:00 PM West Lounge, Dougherty Hall The International Student Office is organizing an international culture fair to promote the cultures of different countries represented on campus. Each country will have a booth to showcase the traditions and cultures that are unique about itself. International Student Office
HHAW Panel and Sleep-Out 11/20/2014 6:00 PM Ceer 001, the Oreo The panel is hosted by the National Coalition for the Homeless and they share with us their experiences with being homeless.
   The sleep out is a very powerful experience because it offers students the chance for one night to be in solidarity with those without homes.
The Peace Award 11/21/2014 3:00 PM Driscoll Auditorium The Center for Peace and Justice Education is presenting the Peace Award to Kevin Ryan, President and CEO of Covenant House International, one of the largest charities in the Americas devoted to serving homeless and trafficked children and youth. Center for Peace & Justice Education
Anjaani 11/22/2014 5:30 PM Villanova Room in the Connelly Center Anjaani is a multicultural show put together by SAMOSA. The show involves a play, dance performances by teams on and off campus, a fashion show, and great food! Through the show, students are exposed to South Asian culture. Student Development
All of Us Home-- Documentary Showing 12/1/2014 7:00 PM Driscoll Hall Room 134 The Athletics Dept. will show, All of Us Home, a VU student documentary to our freshmen student-athletes. All of Us Home is particularly meaningful to our athletics community, as senior football student-athlete, Pat Williams, is featured. Athletics & Office of Disability Services
Catholic Anti-Vietnam War Activists Write about the FBI Break-in of 1971 12/2/2014 4:30 PM Falvey Speakers Corner The Raines, who had three young children at the time, took part in the 1971 break in of the FBI Offices in Media, PA which exposed COINTELPRO, a secret, illegal FBI program set up to investigate and disrupt dissident political groups in the US. Writing and Rhetoric and the Center for Peace and Justice Education
Jack Devine on "Good Hunting: An American Spymaster's Story" 12/2/2014 2:30 PM Mendel Hall, Gallen Lecture Hall The Naval ROTC Unit will be hosting Mr. Jack Devine, a Villanova graduate, to speak from his experiences while in the CIA and about his new book, “Good Hunting: An American Spymaster’s Story.” Jack Devine is a founding partner and President of The Arkin Group LLC and a 32-year veteran of the CIA. Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, The Matthew J. Ryan Center
Season of Solidarity Interfaith Vigil:  Families Fleeing Conflict in Iraq and Syria 12/3/2014 4:30 PM St. Thomas of Villanova Church In order to bring ourselves into solidarity with those families suffering from violence in Iraq and Syria, we have a candlelit interfaith vigil. Speakers include Kim Pozniak, CRS Communications Officer for Global Emergencies, CRS Student Ambassadors, and prayer leaders of various faiths. Villanova Catholic Relief Services Student Ambassadors,Villanova University Partnership with Catholic Relief Services
Villanova Pops Orchestra Holiday Concert 12/6/2014 7:00 PM St. Mary's Chapel This is a concert celebrating the end of the semester and the festive season with some traditional holiday classics as well as some newer holiday songs. Villanova Music Activities and Villanova Pops Orchestra