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.

Event Date Time Location Description of Event Sponsor(s)
MLK Keynote Address  1/24/17 5:30 PM Connelly Center, Villanova Room Ian Haney Lopez is one of the nation’s leading thinkers on racism’s evolution since the civil rights era. This lecture will explore the connection between the two central paradoxes of American politics today: the striking connection between race and party affiliation. Center for Peace and Justice Education
The Faces of Addiction: Crisis in America 1/26/17 5:30 PM Auditorium Driscoll Hall A pharmacist, law enforcement officer, addictions counselor and a parent will serve on a panel to discuss the current epidemic of heroin use and overdose.  College of Nursing
Tolle Lege discussion: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 1/26/17 7:45 AM Villanova Writing Center, Falvey Library We will meet for a literary discussion of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Tolle Lege Literary Club
The Freedom School 1/26/17 10:00 AM Connelly Center The Freedom School offers concurrent hour-long sessions 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
Spring CPJE Film Series: Limbo  1/30/17 4:30 PM Connelly Cinema The latest film from Hezekiah Lewis’ social justice documentary class at Villanova University. It explores the overlooked plight of African immigrants.  Center for Peace and Justice Education
Philosophy Film Series 1/30/17 6:00 PM Falvey 415 The Philosophy Film Series will be screening "Ida" (Pawlikowski, 2013) for all members of the Villanova community. An open discussion of the film will follow. Philosophy
2017 Villanova University Literary Festival Event: Poet James Richardson 1/31/17 7:00 PM Radnor/St. David Room, Connelly Center Please join us for a reading and talk given by Poet James Richardson, one of the Literary Festival’s featured speakers. Richardson's newest collection, During, was awarded the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola prize for the best manuscript in progress.  Falvey Library, Gender and Women's Studies, Africana Studies, Irish Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Honors College and The Writing Center
Paul Ridder '00MBA, President of Tasty Baking Company Talks Mentoring: The Recipe for Creating SWEET Opportunities! 1/31/17 6:00 PM Bartley 1011 This event will be a presentation and interactive discussion with Villanova alumni and business leader Paul Ridder '00 MBA. He will share how mentors have impacted his career and our community. Tastykakes will be provided! VSB Mentor Program
"Before The Flood" Viewing 2/2/17 6:00 PM Connelly Cinema Viewing of the 2016 documentary "Before the Flood" focused on the science and current impacts of climate change around the world.  Sustainability Office
Spotlight on Leadership presents Carli Lloyd 2/2/17 5:15 PM Connelly Center-Villanova Room Ms. Lloyd will give a 45 minute talk about leadership. Ms Lloyd is the Co-captain of the Women's National Soccer team. Office of Student Involvement
Asian Expo presented by Villanova ASA 2/4/17 6:00 PM Connelly Center, Villanova Room Asian Expo is the largest multicultural event on campus, Asian Expo presented by the Villanova Asian Student Association, presents an opportunity for the Asian cultural groups on campus to show off their culture. We have performances from many Villanova groups such as Nova Nassa, and Vocal Minority. Asian Student Association 
LAGAN 2/7/17 8:00 PM Vasey Hall Ten lives act as tributaries feeding into a single river -- the Lagan, which flows through Northern Ireland. Here, specters abound, and each soul bears the weight of their nation’s violent past, producing a vivid, touching mosaic of humanity.  Theatre Department 
Lagan 2/7/17 8:00 PM Vasey Theater Written by Stacy Gregg; directed by Kathryn MacMillan. Lagan is an intimate, engrossing portrait of people who have witnessed the tumult of war and the sudden calm of peace. But can a country, or city, ever really escape its past? Vasey Theater
Integral Human Development and Sustainable Trade. 2/9/17 3:00 PM St. Davids/Radnor room Part of the 50th Anniversary of Popolorum Progressio- On The Development of People 1967. Mission and Ministry
2017 Villanova University Literary Festival Event: Novelist Brit Bennett  2/14/17 7:00 PM Falvey Memorial Library, Speakers' Corner Please join us for a reading and talk given by Novelist Brit Bennett, one of the Literary Festival’s featured speakers. Bennett is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel The Mothers. Her work is featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel.  Falvey Library, Gender and Women's Studies, Africana Studies, Irish Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Honors College and The Writing Center
Seth Koven, Rutgers University, Lecture 2/15/17 5:00 PM Driscoll Auditorium “Queer Conscience, Straight State in World War I Britain” Gender & Women's Studies; History; English
#relationshipgoals 2/15/17 6:00 PM Driscoll Auditorium Join our panelists in talking about what makes a healthy relationship and how to recognize unhealthy and abusive relationships. Office of Health Promotion
Damned Good Music from C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters 2/15/17 7:00 PM Bartley 1001 An interactive workshop exploring the sounds and meanings of the both delightful and dark music specifically selected & produced for Anthony Lawton's theatrical performance of C. S. Lewis' *The Screwtape Letters.* Augustine & Culture Seminar Program, Office of Mission & Ministry
Who is the Naked Blogger of Cairo? 2/15/17 6:30 PM SAC 300 Kraidy’s account of the Arab Spring, features an engrossing cast of characters—self-immolators, puppets, superheroes, poets, street artists, digital videographers, satirists, and of course, the naked blogger—who confronted scorned dictators.  Cultural Studies, Arab & Islamic, Pol Science, Communication
Understanding Integral Human Development in Light of Integral Ecology 2/16/17 4:00 PM St.Davids/Radnor room Dr. Pfeil of Notre Dame is a theologian and will address the development global economies from the standpoint of a theological commitment to sustainable practices. Mission and Ministry
2017 Ward Lecture in Engineering 2/17/17 2:30 PM Villanova Room, Connelly Center Nicholas DeNichilo, PE, FASCE, NAC. Nicholas DeNichilo, president and CEO of global engineering, management and development firm Mott MacDonald will deliver a lecture titled, “Business and Professional Ethics—Managing with Integrity."   College of Engineering
C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters 2/20/17 8:00 PM Vasey Theater Performed by Anthony Lawton. Nail-biting suspense punctuated by humor, dance, music, and special effects makes this a  must-see event for readers and lovers of C.S. Lewis' classic story about the essay of Christianity: Love. ACSP, Office of Mission and Ministry, Vasey Theater
Philosophy Film Series 2/20/17 6:00 PM Falvey 415 The Philosophy Film Series will be screening "Husbands and Wives" (Allen, 1992) for all members of the Villanova community. An open discussion of the film will follow. Philosophy
Almost Maine 2/21/17 8:00 PM St. Mary's Theater Almost, Maine is a play by John Cariani, comprising nine short plays that explore love and loss in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine. Tales of love, loss, connections made and missed, intertwine and fall apart in this poignant dramatization of love in the contemporary world.  Villanova Student Theatre
Beyonce, Kendrick, Global Hip-Hop, Politics, and Justice 2/21/17 4:30 PM Bartley 1010 A critical examination of the social and political components of the music of Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, and other artists relating to race and justice. Center for Peace and Justice Education
The Desire for Solitude: The Secret Poems of Irish Monks 2/22/17 4:30 PM St. Thomas of Villanova Church Medieval monks worked long hours in silence copying and illustrating manuscripts. But what happened when their minds began to wander? Composer Samuel Barber has se to music real marginalia from Irish monastic texts between the 8th and 13th centuries.  ACSP
"An Augustinian Proposes a Toast: A Reflection on C.S. Lewis' Sequel to The Screwtape Letters," 2/22/17 7:00 PM Bartley 1001 A talk by Fr. Allan Fitzgerald, OSA, of the Augustinian Institute on the related, shorter work by C, S, Lewis published at the end of *The Screwtape Letters* about the state of public education. Augustine & Culture Seminar Program and The Augustinian Institute
Diversity Skit 2.0 2/22/17 6:00 PM Villanova Room Diversity Skit 2.0 is an program dedicated to providing the community with knowledge and education around social justice with the Villanova community. Association for Change & Transformation
Panel: Why I Live-Free 2/23/17 6:30 PM Conelly Cinema Students who have chosen recovery from alcohol and other drugs will share their stories, struggles and hope. Students will discuss differences in substance use versus abuse as well as discuss the process of recovery and what it means to be in recovery on a college campus. Questions welcome.  Recoveri, Live-Free, DOS
Vivian J. Lamb Lecture Series 2/23/17 4:30 PM Connelly Cinema Dr. Ilia Delio, The Connelly Chair in Christian Theology: "Catholicity, Cosmology, and Consciousness: Why Wholeness Matters."Through the lens of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin we will explore how a renewed integration of science and religion can impart a new sense of the whole. The Augustinian Institute
Mani Pedi Sketch Comedy: Philadelphia’s all gal comedy team presents “Careful Now”  2/27/17 8:00 PM Driscoll Auditorium Interactive comedy workshop exploring gender constructions and assumptions in the world of comedy, and in relation to society and humor more generally.   Gender & Women's Studies
Love the Skin You're In Fashion Show 2/27/17 7:00 PM Villanova Room Join us for the 16th annual Love the Skin You're In fashion show highlighting students of all shapes, sizes and identities celebrating positive body image and creating a healthy Villanova community. Office of Health Promotion
Spring CPJE Film Series: White Light/Black Rain  2/27/17 4:30 PM Connelly Cinema Film on experiences of survivors of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Center for Peace and Justice Education
The Drowsy Chaperone 3/14/17 8:00 PM St. Mary's Theatre With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins in his living room! Villanova Student Musical Theatre and the Office of Music Activities
Shakespeare in Prague 3/15/17 4:00 PM Falvey 204 Shakespeare in Prague is an exhibition currently held at Museum of Art in Columbus Ohio that explores the ways stage designers in central Europe adapted Shakespeare’s plays. In this talk, Dr. Barbora Diego Rivera Prihodova will present some of the highlights of the exhibition. Augustine and Culture Seminar Program
St. Patrick's Day Showcase 3/15/17 7:00 PM Connelly Cinema The Irish Dance team will be putting on a show with a variety of traditional Irish dances and student choreographed dances with modern flare.  Music Activities
Emerging Infectious Diseases, Global Migration and Bioterrorism: The Evolving Role of Local Health Departments in Protecting the Public in a Dynamic World 3/16/17 5:30 PM Driscoll Hall Auditorium Doctor Alles, Manager at Philadelphia Department of Public Health, will discuss the role we play especially as diseases can travel across continents faster than ever creating a crises, and how the health department takes action each day to stay ahead of these threats and protect the communities. College of Nursing
2017 Villanova University Literary Festival Event: Playwright Owen McCafferty  3/17/17 7:00 PM President's Lounge, Connelly Center Please join us for a reading and talk given by Playwright Owen McCafferty, one of the Literary Festival’s featured speakers. McCafferty’s play Quietly had its US premiere in New York in July 2016. It was first produced at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in 2012 as part of their Great Irish Writers Season. Falvey Library, Gender and Women's Studies, Africana Studies, Irish Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Honors College and The Writing Center
You're a Slave to Money, Then You Die:  Why Neoliberalism is So Insidious 3/19/17 5:00 PM Bartley 1010 Prof. Gene McCarraher will trace the history of neoliberalism from its inception in the 1940s -- with figures such as Friedrich Hayek and Ayn Rand -- to its stubborn predominance in the present; examine just how prevalent and insidious it is; and suggest more humane and generous alternatives. Center for Peace and Justice Education
Human Subjects Protection Week 3/20/17 9:00 AM Various This is a week-long event commemorating the history and ethics of the protection of human subjects in Research.   We will explore these principles, researchers’ responsibilities, the role of the Institutional Review Board, and how participants in research benefit from human subjects protections.    Office of Research Administration (and Provost's Office)
Philosophy Film Series 3/20/17 6:00 PM Falvey 415 The Philosophy Film Series will be screening "My American Uncle" (Resnais, 1980) for all members of the Villanova community. An open discussion of the film will follow. Philosophy
Tango, Pope Francis and Integral Ecology 3/20/17 6:00 PM Garey Cafe (10A) An ideal way to explore the wisdom of Catholic social teaching, especially in Pope Francis' Laudato Si, Close Embraces deftly blends compelling imagery, video, music and movement to spark new insights and inspire a joyful response to the gospel of mercy and justice. Ethics Program, Philosophy, Theology & Religious Studies, Center for Peace & Justice Education, Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies, Latin American Studies
Popolorum Progressio 50 years later as a revolution of Mercy 3/23/17 4:00 PM St. Davida/Radnor room Looking at the development of the Catholic Church's response to a global world as one of responding to the signs of the times and a work of Mercy. Misison and Ministry
The Grace of Playing: A Conversation on Sports and Their Role in Human Flourishing 3/24/17 2:00 PM Driscoll Hall Auditorium From the Super Bowl to youth sports it is clear that sports are a key aspect of American culture. But, despite the popularity of sports, their philosophical and spiritual foundations remain largely unexamined. This panel will look at why we play sports and the role they play in human development. Institute for Catholic Social Thought/Faith & Culture Forum, Athletics, Theology and Religious Studies, Ethics Program, Gender and Women's Studies Program, Department of Philosophy
NOVAdance Marathon 2017 - Dare to Dream 3/25/17 10:00 AM Jake Nevin The NOVAdance Marathon is a celebration of life unlike any other. Every year over a thousand students come together to dance for 12 hours and raise money for the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation to fight childhood cancer! Come support our B+ Heroes and be a part of the most exciting event on campus!  NOVAdance
Little Women: The Musical 3/28/17 8:00 PM Vasey Hall With her father away at war, Jo March writes a coming of age story inspired by her family, including her three beloved sisters Meg, Beth, and Amy. This dazzling new musical has captured the hearts of a new generation with its buoyant, joyful melodies, memorable characters, and big-hearted message. Theatre Department 
Oscar Romero Solidarity Lecture: Jim Keady 3/29/17 7:00 PM Villanova Room Jim Keady is a nationally recognized educator and activist.  Drawing on both personal and professional experiences, he will speak about the issues of sweatshops, globalization, and social justice. CPJE and Villanovans Against Sweatshops
2016-2017 Mannella Lecture 3/29/17 1:30 PM Falvey Memorial Library, Speakers' Corner Fr. Michael Di Gregorio, OSA, Prior Provincial, will present “The Birth of a Mission to South Philadelphia Italians: A Friars’ Tale.” Refreshments will be served.

Falvey Memorial Library
2017 Villanova University Literary Festival Event: Poet Reginald Dwayne Betts  3/30/17 7:00 PM Falvey Memorial Library, Speakers' Corner Please join us for a reading and talk given by Poet Reginald Dwayne Betts, one of the Literary Festival’s featured speakers. Betts' memoir, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, was awarded the 2010 NAACP Image Award for non-fiction. Falvey Library, Gender and Women's Studies, Africana Studies, Irish Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Honors College and The Writing Center
Solidarity, Mercy and Hope: Essential Political Virtues in Troubled Times 3/30/17 4:00 PM SAC 300 Part of the 50th anniversary observance of Popolorum Progressio lecture series. Dr. Christopher Vogt of St. John's University. Mission and Ministry
Spring CPJE Film Series: The Cross of the Moment  4/3/17 4:30 PM Connelly Cinema Film lays out the personal behaviors and capitalist considerations that continue to drive the ongoing disintegration of our planet’s precious resources.
Center for Peace and Justice Education
Climate Change and Its Impact on Health 4/6/17 5:30 AM Auditorium Driscoll Hall This Health and Human Values lecture will provide an opportunity to learn about the impact of climate on individuals and communities.  The scope of the worldwide issue and the relationship between health and the environment will be explained.  College of Nursing
Valerie Steele, Director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, “Chanel and Her Rivals?”   4/7/17 4:30 PM Connelly Cinema Keynote Lecture of the Gender & Women’s Studies Student Research Conference Gender & Women's Studies; Art History
Dance Company & Ensemble Spring Showcase 4/8/17 5:00 PM St. Mary's Auditorium The Dance Company & Ensemble choreograph, stage, and perform a showcase at the end of every semester with pieces that range from ballet to lyrical, contemporary, jazz, and hip-hop, choreographed by both students and their director, Melissa Salcedo. Music Activities
ACSP Spring Organ Recital 4/19/17 7:00 PM St. Thomas of Villanova Church Dr. Christopher Daly of the ACS Program will present an organ recital of German, French, and English music from the Baroque, Romantic, and Modern eras. Compositions of Bach, Tunder, Walther, Froberger, Vierne, Cocker, Rowley, and Alain will be featured. ACSP
Earth Day Keynote Address 4/20/17 6:00 PM Driscoll 134 Outspoken advocate and internationally-recognized former elected official Dominic Frongillo will share his perspective as a delegate to UN climate talks on how young people around the world are leading social change through public service, social-responsible enterprises, and community action.  Earth Day
2017 Villanova University Literary Festival Event: Novelist Jennifer Haigh 4/20/17 7:00 PM Falvey Memorial Library, Room 205 Please join us for a reading and talk given by Novelist Jennifer Haigh. Haigh's newest novel, Heat and Light, looks at a community divided by the controversy over fracking. Haigh is the author of the short story collection News from Heaven and four other critically-acclaimed novels. Falvey Library, Gender and Women's Studies, Africana Studies, Irish Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Honors College and The Writing Center
Philosophy Film Series 4/24/17 6:00 PM Falvey 415 The Philosophy Film Series will be screening "Middle of Nowhere" (DuVernay, 2012) for all members of the Villanova community. An open discussion of the film will follow. Philosophy
Fight Like a Girl 4/26/17 6:30 PM Bartley PWC Auditorium (1011) Film: Fight like a Girl, about women in boxing; followed by skype conversation with director and VU alumna Jill Morley. Gender & Women's Studies, Title IX Coordinator, Office of Health Promotion, and Athletics