Villanova University student Ben Eliason ‘18—a Comprehensive Science major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences—is one of 26 undergraduates from top U.S. colleges and universities currently in Polynesia aboard the tall ship research vessel SSV Robert C. Seamans. As part of the SEA Semester Program (Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures and Ecosystems), Eliason is gaining firsthand knowledge about environmental challenges and cultural practices in some of the world’s most remote island communities.
Villanova University’s expertise in virtual reality technology will be on display Oct. 25 at a Franklin Institute Virtual Reality Showcase. The Franklin Institute is hosting an exposition of some of the most cutting-edge virtual reality technologies, with leaders across various industries displaying their innovative uses of virtual reality and explaining how this technology is changing the world. Professors Frank Klassner, PhD, and Edward Kim, PhD, and computer science student researchers, will be sharing examples of virtual reality projects developed at Villanova. read more
For the first time in 2016, Forbes introduced the Forbes Under 30 Scholars program—selecting 1,000 students from the nation’s top schools and giving them free access to the publication’s Under 30 Summit, a gathering of the world’s top young entrepreneurs and game-changers. Twelve Villanova University students were selected as Forbes Under 30 Scholars and spent Oct. 16-19 in Boston at the 2016 Forbes Under 30 Summit. read more
Villanova University’s Center for Irish Studies, housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, welcomed roughly 60 attendees to its Inaugural Conference October 15. Titled, “Whose/Whose Irish? : Philadelphia Stories from Penn to the Present” the day-long event, held on the University’s Main Campus, featured four panels presenting new research on Philadelphia Irish history and culture. The research ranged from 18th century “Scots-Irish” immigration to hostilities against post-Famine Catholic Irish. read more
Three Villanova University professors have received grants from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program to support their research and teaching. Adriano Duque and Irene Kan from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Tuan Samahon from the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law were each awarded 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grants by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), marking the second consecutive year that three Villanova faculty members received the honor. read more
The Center for Peace and Justice Education at Villanova University will present its 2016 Adela Dwyer-St. Thomas of Villanova Peace Award to No Strings International (NSI), a not-for-profit organization which uses the artistry of puppetry to produce films that help some of the world’s most vulnerable children build life-saving skills and overcome the trauma they have experienced due to war and natural disasters. read more
Villanova Theatre welcomes back renowned Philadelphia theatre artist James Ijames to direct José Rivera's Marisol. This fierce fantasia set in post-apocalyptic New York is a surreal and timely piece that has been dubbed an "anti-apathy" play. In our modern world of political upheaval and existential doubt, Marisol inspires audiences to wake up and change the world around them, running November 8-20 at Villanova Theatre. read more
This fall, Communication students in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are partnering with FOX Sports University for the first time—giving the students an opportunity to connect their academic coursework with real-world application. read more
The 2016 U.S. presidential campaign has been one of the most vitriolic and volatile in American history. And, as Election Day nears revelations of scandal, political maneuvering, and attempts to influence the vote by hackers have ramped-up. Villanova faculty experts are available to discuss a variety of aspects of this unprecedented race, from what to expect from the final presidential debate, to the affect campaign rhetoric and scandal may have on the outcome of the election, to where the two political parties stand on the issues.