Our programs present a robust line-up of cultural, educational and communal events that celebrate the variety of areas we study across the globe.



Africana Studies presents the Ida B Wells Lecture

The annual Ida B. Wells Lecture and the annual Senghor-Damas-Césaire Lecture bring to Villanova’s campus leading scholars, writers and public intellectuals to share their insights with the University community. The Ida B. Wells Lecture focuses on issues of particular interest to Black Americans while the Senghor-Damas-Césaire Lecture focuses on African issues and issues connected to the global Black diaspora.

Gender and Women's Studies Annual Research Conference

Every spring, the Gender and Women’s Studies program organizes the Gender and Women's Studies Student Research Conference to highlight and celebrate gender focused work produced by students from across the university during the previous year. Undergraduate and graduate students present their work on panels or through performance. The afternoon culminates with a keynote address by a nationally recognized scholar or performer.

Center for Peace and Justice Education

The Center organizes several annual lectures including the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote address, the Freedom School conference and the Oscar Romero Lecture Series.

Center for Irish Studies

The Center for Irish Studies presents a compelling series of events every semester, ranging from thought provoking symposiums and readings to culturally vibrant showcases. 



Each area studies program offers a robust lineup of cultural and intellectually stimulating events for our students and the campus community. See what they have planned in the upcoming months.


Chiji Akoma, PhD
Associate Professor
Chair, Department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies
(610) 519-6967

Joyce Harden
Administrative Assistant