Cultural Studies Program

Due to globalization, technological innovations and other factors that directly affect our life interdisciplinary programs are on the rise in institutions of higher learning. Villanova is also moving in this direction by  introducing a new major in CULTURAL STUDIES applicable to any geographical area or cultural phenomena, national or transnational in scope.

A versatile interdisciplinary major that complements a disciplinary study giving students an edge to compete in an increasingly tight market for graduate programs, employment, or other forms of intellectual engagement.

Recent News

Cultural Studies 2013 Events

From the Mines to the Streets, a Bolivian indigenous activist's life. Book presentation by Félix Muruchi, a Bolivian author. October 21 at 5:00pm Saint Augustine Center 300. Co-sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, the Department of History and the Latin American Studies Program.

Native Peoples Today. a lecture by Susan Harjo, Native American poet, writer and policy advocate of the Cheyenne nation. November 6 at 4:30pm Driscoll Hall Auditorium. Sponsored by the History Department and co-sponsored by CST

In God's Land. Screening of a documentary with director, Pankaj Rishi Kumar. November 7 at 4:30pm Bartley Hall 1010. Sponsored by the Asian Studies Program and co-sponsored by CST

CULTURAL STUDIES WEEK November 11-15, Falvey Library 204/205 Co-sponsored by Writing and Rhetoric, Peace and Justice, Department of History and the Latin American Studies Program.

The Making of Poems for the Millenium: North African Literature, Volume 4. Multi-media presentation by Pierre Joris and Nicole Peyrafitte. December 4 at 6:00pm Connelly Cinema. Co-sponsored by the Writing and Rhetoric Program, Africana Studies, the Arab and Islamic Studies Center, by Global and Interdisciplinary Studies.


Bolivia's Process of Social Change
Bolivia's Process of Social Change Felix Muruchi Poma October 21, at 5:00 PM Falvey Library, 205
Tasting Chocolate
Tasting Chocolate from the Rain Forest Kallari, Indigenous Ecuadorian Cocoa Co-op Quechua healer, Clever Grefa, and Judy Logback Monday, Nov 11 Falvey Library 204 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Tasting Teas
TASTING TEAS from Around the World Japanese Tea Ceremony, "Cha-No-Yu" Dr. Masako Hamada, IGIS, Villanova University. Tuesday, Nov 12 Falvey Library 204 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Tasting Honey
TASTING HONEY To Be a Bee Today: Honeycomb Destruction Dr. Chaone Mallory, Philosophy, Villanova University Wednesday, Nov 13 Falvey 204 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Play from La Zaranda

'A Pig's Diet" will be shown on September 5th and 6th at 7:00PM and September 7th at 2:00PM  In Spanish with English Subtitles.  The play is Free and Open to the Public.

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More information on the play  A Pig´s Diet

"La Zaranda blog" click here

fall 2013 events
Cultural Studies Week
Cultural Studies Week: The Taste of Justice: Rhetoric & Reality. Free Tastings Nov 11-15, 2013

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PhillyBloco! Cultural Studies Fiesta Friday, Nov 15, 7:30 St. Mary's Gym Followed by Philly's Hardwork Movement
Tasting Olives from the Mediterranean Truth in Olive Oil Dr. Wassim Daghrir, Universite de Sousse,Tunisia Fulbright scholar hosted by the Cultural Studies Program November 14, 2013 6:30 p.m. Falvey Library 205

Dr. Wassim Daghrir, Université de Sousse, Tunisia, Fulbright scholar hosted by the Cultural Studies Program  gave a lecture on the Challenges of Democratic Transition in Tunisia

fall 2013 events
Poems for the Millenium The University of California Book of North African Literature A Multimedia Presentation by Pierre Joris and Nicole Peyrafitte Wednesday, December 4, 2013 6p.m. Connelly Cinema Co-sponsored by Africana Studies, Arab and Islamic Studies ans IGIS

Congratulations to our 2013 graduates in Cultural Studies!

Cultural Studies Major

Fall 2013: The Villlanova Cultural Studies Program welcomes Fulbright fellow, Dr. Wassim Daghrir, a scholar in residence From the University of Sousse

Dr. Wassin Daghrir



Contact Information

Dr. Silvia Nagy-Zekmi
SAC 341
Phone: (610) 519-3069

Associate Director:
Dr. Karyn Hollis
SAC 458
Phone: (610) 519-7872

Administrative Assistant:
Ms. Joyce Harden
Villanova University
Office: SAC 277

Phone: (610) 519-4640

Welcome from the Director

Silvia Nagy Zekmi

"[These new programs] will give our students an edge to compete in an increasingly tight market for graduate programs and other forms of intellectual engagements or employment."

Silvia Nagy-Zekmi
Director - Cultural Studies Department


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What is Cultural Studies

Stuart Hall

“What [do] cultural changes amount to? [Are] there new emergent cultural forces and tendencies? Above all, how [are] these historical processes to be qualitatively undestood and assessed?

Cultural Studies [is] a set of disciplines addressing relevant issues about contemporary society.”

Stuart Hall, cultural theorist, 
founding figure of British Cultural Studies.