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 Start Time Location Description of Event Sponsor(s)
One Love Escalation Workshop 10/2/17 6:00 PM Villanova Room This workshop is a powerful, emotionally-engaging 90-minute film based workshop that educates about relationship violence and empowers you to work for change.  Office of Health Promotion, Title IX, SARC Team, POWER
Open Your Mind, Manage Your Stress 10/2/17 3:00 PM Idea Accelerator, Falvey Library Learn more about mindfulness meditation as the practice of focusing on the present moment, how you can incorporate mindfulness into your life, and how it can positively affect your work performance, physical well-being, and boost your creativity. ICE Institute 
5th Annual Sustainable Careers Panel 10/4/17 5:30 PM Idea Accelerator, Falvey Library Hear from Villanova alumni who have developed a sustainability career using their degree from Villanova. Representatives from each college will be present to share their incites. Sustainability Office
Campus Tree and Shrub Tour 10/4/17 11:30 AM Corr Hall Arch Hear from the campus horticulturist, Hugh Weldon, on the different trees and shrubs on campus. ever wonder what that beautiful flowering shrub is? now is your chance to find out. Sustainability Office, Grounds Department
The Love Song of J. Alfred Wildcat 10/4/17 7:00 PM Good Counsel Hall, 2nd Floor Lounge Professors Kamran Javadizadeh and Megan Quigley will discuss T. S. Eliot's poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (a poem Eliot began while he was an undergraduate) within the context of college life. Afterwards, English majors and graduate students will lead small discussion groups for students in attendance. English Department
Campus Tree and Shrub Tour 10/5/17 11:30 AM Corr Hall Arch Hear from the campus horticulturist, Hugh Weldon, on the different trees and shrubs on campus. ever wonder what that beautiful flowering shrub is? now is your chance to find out. Sustainability Office, Grounds Department
The Pregnancy Experience: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Research, and Application 10/16/17 5:20 PM Driscoll Auditorium Villanova faculty from Counseling, Nursing, and Theatre will share their research into the experience of pregnancy, and its intersections with both historical and contemporary issues of womanhood, medicine, and disability. Theatre, Counseling, and Nursing Research
CPJE Fall Film Series: In the Footprints of Francis and the Sultan:  A Model for Peacemaking 10/16/17 4:30 PM Connelly Cinema This film explores a little-known thirteenth-century peace initiative in the Middle East involving Francis of Assisi and Sultan Malek al-Kamil. In 1219, during the Fifth Crusade, Francis took it upon himself to cross battle lines and reach out to the enemy.  Center for Peace and Justice Education
Cultural Studies Food Matters Week: Coalition of Immokalee Farmworkers 10/16/17 6:30 PM Room 205 Gerardo Reyes Chavez, Farmworker Organizer from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, will talk about safe working conditions for farmworkers, human rights guarantees, good wages & benefits. Gazpacho will be provided!   Cultural Studies Program, Falvey Memorial Library and the Department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies
Cultural Studies Food Matters Week: Sanctuary Restaurant Movement 10/17/17 6:30 PM Room 205, Falvey Memorial Library Calvin Okunoye and Samuel Jones, Organizers of the Sanctuary Restaurant Movement will give a talk. Sanctuary restaurants in Philadelphia are places where everyone can eat—immigrants, refugees, people of all genders, faiths, races, abilities and sexual orientations. El Limon Sanctuary Restaurant tacos will be provided! Cultural Studies Program, Falvey Memorial Library and the Department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies
Becoming the Subject of Your Own Story - Instead of the Subject of Another's Gaze 10/18/17 6:30 PM Garey Hall Communication Studio A performance by Kimberly Dark--Storyteller, Writer, Performer. A spoken word performance encouraging empowerment through humor and storytelling. Learn how to tell your own story instead of shrinking by focusing more on deeper issues and less on things like appearance. Join us at 6:30 for pizza and information about Gender & Women's Studies! Gender & Women's Studies Program; Dept. of Communication, VU Pride, CSE Institute, Dept. of Sociology
Cultural Studies Food Matters Week: Factory Farming Coalition 10/18/17 6:30 PM Falvey Memorial Library, Room 205 Rachel Shippee, Chicago Director, Factory Farming Awareness Coalition (FFAC), will be speaking about how factory farming is bad in every way—for workers, animals, environment and even consumers. Vegan desserts will be provided. Cultural Studies Program, Falvey Memorial Library and the Department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies
2017 Adela Dwyer-St. Thomas of Villanova Peace Award: Ms. Susan Burton 10/19/17 6:30 PM Driscoll Auditorium Ms. Burton is widely recognized as a leader in the national criminal justice reform movement. She is a co-founder of All of Us or None (AOUON) and the Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People’s Movement (FICPM), both national grassroots civil rights movements comprised of formerly incarcerated individuals, their families and community allies.  Villanova University and Center for Peace and Justice Education
VSMT presents Curtains 10/19/17 8:00 PM St. Mary's Theatre Curtains is parody of 1950s "whodunnit" theater mysteries, where a lone detective, Lieutenant Frank Cioffi, investigates a series of murders that take place behind the scenes of a fictional 1950s cowboy musical, Robbin' Hood.  Villanova Student Musical Theatre and The Office of Music Activities
Mental Health Awareness Panel  10/19/17 7:00 PM Connelly Center Cinema   To help our understanding of mental illness and the stigma behind it, we have chosen to have a panel that will adequately address all concerns regarding the topic.
 With participation from four panelists, we hope to have a safe space to elicit dialogue among students and educate them on the many resources available here on campus.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Baha'i Faith Light of Unity Festival 10/20/17 5:00 PM Dougherty East Lounge Students will learn about this unique faith tradition through presentations and conversation with members of the local Baha'i community, as they celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the birth of their founder, Baha'u'llah. Interfaith Coalition, Campus MInistry
This Is America: The One We Don't Talk About 10/23/17 4:00 PM Bartley 1010 Forum featuring Camille Burge (PSC), Billie Murray (COM), and Glenn Bracey (SOC).

In this forum, we address lynchings, race riots, American Indian boarding schools, the Ku Klux Klan and a myriad of other facts from post-Reconstruction to pre-Civil Rights. 
Center for Peace and Justice Education
Screening of Gold Mettle 10/23/17 7:00 PM Driscoll Hall 134  Screening of Gold Mettle, Villanova's student-made documentary for freshmen student-athletes in the Life Skills program. All are welcome.  Athletics & Office of Disability Services
Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Endowed Distinguished Speaker Series lecture featuring Spencer M. Di Scala, PhD 10/25/17 1:00 PM Speakers' Corner, Falvey Memorial Library  Please join us for the annual Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Endowed Distinguished Speaker Series lecture featuring Spencer M. Di Scala, PhD, Professor, Department of History, University of Massachusetts Boston. Di Scala will present a talk titled “Issues on US- Italy Relations.”
Falvey Memorial Library and Ciao Philadelphia
Open Your Mind to Open Access 10/25/17 12:30 PM Falvey Memorial Library, Room 205  Falvey Memorial Library is celebrating Open Access Week (October 21st – 28th) with a panel discussion entitled "Open Your Mind to Open Access" on Wednesday, October 25th from 12:30 -1:30 pm in room 205. Find out about open access initiatives at Villanova by joining us for this brown bag lunch with beverages and cookies.  Falvey Memorial Library
Symposium: Between Love, Community, and Truth: William Desmond and the Intimate Universal 10/27/17 10:00 AM Dogherty Hall, East and West Lounge William Desmond, David Cooke Chair at Villanova, has opened up new ways to think about Love, Community, and Truth. This symposium will draw together professors, graduate students, and William Desmond himself, to explore the meaning of Caritas, Unitas, and Veritas in the 21st Century. ACS, Humanities, Ethics, Theology, the President's Office, the David Cooke Chair, the Office of Mission and Ministry, and the Philosophy Department
"From Here I Leave Dead": Gendered Racial Violence and Anti-Eviction Movements in Brazil  10/30/17 5:30 PM Falvey 205 Dr. Keisha-Khan Perry is Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Brown, where she specializes in race, gender and politics in the Americas. Based on her book, she will present her talk: "From Here I Leave Dead": Gendered Racial Violence and Anti-Eviction Movements in Brazil. Latin American Studies; Gender & Women's Studies 
Who Does Augustine Say That We Are? 11/1/17 7:00 PM Bartley Auditorium Dr. Ellen T. Charry, Margaret W. Harmon Professor of Systematic Theology Emerita at Princeton Theological Seminary, will give a talk on Augustine that centers around the Confessions and the theme of self-understanding. ACSP
Poetry Reading with Jena Osman 11/1/17 6:00 PM Falvey Library Speaker's Corner Poetry reading with Philadelphia poet Jena Osman, author of Public Figures, which explores war memorials in the Philadelphia area, and Corporate Relations, which explores the history of the Supreme Court. She is a wonderful presenter. Very accessible and engaging.  Falvey Library, English Department, Creative Writing Program
Lightness of Heart: The Space of Caritas 11/3/17 1:00 PM Villanova Room No Strings Productions will demonstrate how it is possible to care for the world while doing what you love (in their case, puppetry!).  Come be inspired by their life-saving work and enter into a playful space where you will get to create puppets and inspiration of your own.
Office for Mission and Ministry: the Institute for Catholic Social Thought/Faith & Culture Forum, the Augustinian Institute, and the Center for Peace and Justice Education
INTIMATE APPAREL 11/7/17 8:00 PM Vasey Theatre Travel back to 1900’s New York and meet Esther, a black seamstress with gifted hands and grand ambitions. By day, Esther sews intimate apparel for her clients — from socialites to prostitutes — while at night, she dreams of opening her own beauty parlor, where black and white women receive the same royal treatment. Villanova Theatre Department
Experience the Inner Life of Unity 11/8/17 2:30 PM Vasey Studio Join us to explore the areas of grace and tension between the celebration of self and the life-giving energy of community. This workshop will draw on embodied experience and creativity to reflect on the dynamics of community as a unity full of internal life. Office for Mission and Ministry: the Institute for Catholic Social Thought/Faith & Culture Forum, the Augustinian Institute, and the Center for Peace and Justice Education
Careers in International Development Day 11/8/17 1:30 PM Connelly Center, Villanova Room We've noticed a growing interest in the field of international development among students. This event gives students an opportunity to learn about in the field, meet professionals and get advice on the kind of education, skills, languages, and experience they'll need to access the opportunities in the sectors related to international development.
Villanova University Partnership with Catholic Relief Services College of Nursing Center for Global & Public Health • The Career Center • College of Engineering  Villanova School of Business Center for Global Leadership • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences  Office of Mission and Ministry • Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education
Scholarship@Villanova featuring Alan Drew on "Shadow Man" 11/9/17 1:00 PM Speakers' Corner, Falvey Memorial Library  Please join us on Monday, October 30, at 12:30 p.m. in Falvey Memorial Library’s Speakers’ Corner for a Scholarship@Villanova talk featuring Alan Drew, MFA, Associate Professor of English, Director of the Minor in Creative Writing and the Villanova Literary Festival. Drew will read selections from his newly published novel, "Shadow Man." Falvey Memorial Library, the Department of English, the Creative Writing Program and the Writing Center
Open Mic Night: Poets and Storytellers 11/9/17 7:00 PM Belle Aire Terrace, Connelly Center We invite all members of the Villanova community to share an original story or poem on the theme of belonging in 5 minutes or less (time it!) and without notes.
The evening will be in the spirit of story or poetry slams but it won’t be a competition!  All are welcome to participate and/or to observe and support as audience.
Office for Mission and Ministry: the Institute for Catholic Social Thought/Faith & Culture Forum, the Augustinian Institute, and the Center for Peace and Justice Education
On Being Part of the Solution: An Interactive Workshop on Activism, Allyship, and Advocacy 11/10/17 1:00 PM Saint Augustine Center Room 300 This workshop is designed to allow members of the Villanova community to share with each other the tools of activism with a focus on the ever-growing importance of allyship. Billie Murray and Terry Nance of the Department of Communication will lead the group in bystander intervention training, organizing, messaging, and social media campaigns. Office for Mission and Ministry: the Institute for Catholic Social Thought/Faith & Culture Forum, the Augustinian Institute, and the Center for Peace and Justice Education
Cultural Films series: As It Is in Heaven (Kay Pollak, Sweden 2004) 11/13/17 7:00 PM Connelly Center, Cinema The Swedish film about a famous conductor who returns to his home town to take over as leader of the church choir tells a touching story about the search for community, truth and redemption. A surprise success, the film has enchanted audiences across the globe. Dr. Margaret Mell will introduce the film and lead a musical exercise with the audience. Office for Mission and Ministry: the Institute for Catholic Social Thought/Faith & Culture Forum, the Augustinian Institute, and the Center for Peace and Justice Education
The Mask You Live In Movie Screening & Discussion 11/14/17 7:00 PM Connelly Cinema The Nova Bro: Decoded is a program launched by the Interfraternity Council that tackles themes of masculinity within the Villanova experience. The Mask You Live In explores notions of masculinity in American culture. This event will not only screen the film but also engage participants in a facilitated discussion.  Interfraternity Council, Fraternity & Sorority life, Nova Bro: Decoded
St. Augustine Lecture 11/15/17 7:30 PM Driscoll Auditorium Catherine Conybeare, initium ut esset: the Creation of Eve." This lecture will dwell on the moment between the creation of Eve and the fall. This moment of indeterminate length – for humans had not yet fallen into time – has been little studied. It proved an opportunity for Augustine to unleash his theological imagination – and, incidentally, to illustrate a perfect simultaneity of veritas, unitas, and caritas. Office for Mission and Ministry: the Institute for Catholic Social Thought/Faith & Culture Forum, the Augustinian Institute, and the Center for Peace and Justice Education
Climate Change and National Security:  People, not Polar Bears 11/15/17 6:00 PM Idea Accelerator, Favley The phrase “national security” conjures up images of nuclear bombs, hostile governments, and terrorism, but not all significant risks to our national security have a head of state. Learn how climate change is changing the strategy of national security and how civilians can support our men and women in uniform.  Office of Sustainability, College of Engineering
Gerd Van Riel (St. Augustine Fellow), Augustine’s Truth 11/16/17 4:00 PM Falvey Library, Room 205 Augustine’s understanding of truth is more than a way to check on whether words correspond to facts. This lecture will refer to his theory of the internal word as a basis for his method of interpreting the Bible, showing what he means by ‘standing in the truth’ rather than possessing it. Office for Mission and Ministry: the Institute for Catholic Social Thought/Faith & Culture Forum, the Augustinian Institute, and the Center for Peace and Justice Education
Value Shape Nursing's Future 11/16/17 5:30 PM Driscoll Hall Auditorium Participants will learn the importance of understanding how personal values play a role in providing care to a diverse patient population.  Continuined Education College of Nursing
Women in Medicine Day 11/17/17 3:00 PM Garey Hall 10A This event will spotlight women medical leaders and celebrate those who have diversified the field to bring new perspective on the transformative healthcare practice. Join us as we invite female medical professionals on campus to speak about their experiences working in the field and learn what it takes to become a successful medical professional.
AED, Scientista Club at Villanova
"From the Studia Humanitatis to the Contemporary Humanities: Curricular Change and the Impoverishment of the Liberal Arts”; lecture by Eric Adler, University of Maryland 11/17/17 2:30 PM Bartley 1010 In this lecture, Eric Adler explores the development of the classical curriculum, and its subsequent replacement tilted toward a free-market system. Classical Studies, Humanities, ACS
CPJE Fall Film Series: Inside Job 11/20/17 4:30 PM Connelly Cinema This is a 2010 documentary film about the late-2000s financial
crisis. The film concerns "the systemic corruption of the United States by the financial services industry and the consequences of that systemic corruption.”  Inside Job explores how changes in the policy environment and banking practices helped create the financial crisis. 

Center for Peace and Justice Education
Becoming a Freelance Journalist 11/29/17 1:30 PM Driscoll 221 Woodman won the Association of Alternative Newsmedia award for investigative journalism for “Incarcerated for Years Without Trial.”  He has also written for The Guardian, Rolling Stone, The Intercept, The Verge, Slate, The New Republic, The Nation, Vice Magazine, and The Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund.
Writing & Rhetoric
SAMOSA Show: Milenge 12/2/17 6:00 PM Villanova Room The annual SAMOSA show exhibits dancing, food, and drama. This year a play will be put on, along with Indian food. It is an exhibition of culture that brings together our Villanova community. Samosa
The Values, Virtues, and Challenges of a Liberal Arts Education 1/19/18 3:00 PM Villanova Room A discussion with Dr. Robert P. George and Dr. Cornel West. Matthew J. Ryan Center
One Love Escalation Workshop 2/21/18 6:00 PM Villanova Room This workshop is a powerful, emotionally-engaging 90-minute film based workshop that educates about relationship violence and empowers you to work for change.  Office of Health Promotion, Title IX, SARC Team, POWER
Caring for Incarcerated Women 2/22/18 5:30 PM Driscoll Hall Auditorium Although the cause and contributors are many, examining the role of childhood physical and sexual trauma as a pathway to incarceration for women will be the focus of this compelling discussion. Continuing Education
A glimpse into the Future: The Role of Nursing Advocacy in a Multicultural World 4/12/18 5:30 PM Driscoll Hall Auditorium In a complicated and diverse world, nurses serve as healthcare provider, and more importantly, advocate, to assure that effective and culturally aware care is provided to patients Continuing Education