Conferences, Lectures, Seminars and Colloquia

Throughout the course of the year the Department of Theology and Religious Studies hosts a variety of opportunities for students, faculty, theologians and often the public, to attend lectures and events on popular topics.


Religion is central to our understanding of complex issues such as culture, politics, race and gender relations, historical events, law, science and technology, and environmental responsibility and sustainability to name a few. We offer public lectures—inviting everyone to hear the dialogue among theology, religion, and culture that are intertwined through important issues of our time, both locally and globally. Expect them to be provocative topics where faith and culture intersect.

Massimo Faggioli, PhD, and Mark Graham, PhD, both professors in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, co-chair the University’s Task Force on the Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Catholic Church. Prominent experts from around the world have joined the conversation here at Villanova to better understand the root causes of the crisis and how to keep children safe from abuse. Upcoming events and recordings of prior engagements are available at Office of the President website.

November 12, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Massimo Faggioli, PhD, Villanova University, and Mary Catherine O'Reilly-Gindhart '12 CLAS, '13 MAT, professor at Cabrini University and PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, will report on "New Trends in the Research on Theology and the Abuse Crisis in the Catholic Church." They will share some preliminary findings of their research for an essay to be published in early 2021 that examines the most significant publications on theology and the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church from 2018 to 2020.
Series sponsored by the VU Task Force on the Sexual Abuse Crisis
This webinar is ACS approved.



In the fall of each year, Kevin Hughes, PhD, a professor of historical theology, assembles keynote speakers and scholars from around the world and across the country to join in a three-day conference which has been held since the mid-1970s and is a true tradition of scholarship. The theme for 2021 will be announced later this year. Learn more about the conference, its history, and view plenary lectures.

"Positions: What's Yours?" is a lecture series sponsored by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. Series speakers discuss contemporary themes in the fields of theology and religion. Check back for more information on the 2020-2021 lectures for the Villanova Community.



The Villanova Political Theology Project advances intellectually sophisticated discussions of religion and politics that engage deeply with the Christian tradition and speak broadly to pressing issues of the day. Led by TRS faculty member Vincent Lloyd, PhD, the project is supported by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, the Office of Mission and Ministry, the Provost's Office, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a Grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. Learn more about the Political Theology Network, the national professional organization for the study of religion and politics, by visiting

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, PTN will present its 2021 Winter Workshop Series online via Zoom. Workshops will be held weekly on Mondays through March 1.  A range of papers from graduate students, and junior and senior faculty will highlight themes of Black mourning, biosecurity, extinction, death, vulnerability, and care. 



Colloquia offer an opportunity for graduate students and faculty to hear the research of our students and faculty and the lively exchange of ideas that ensues. Conversations open to the community will be posted here.

Department of Theology and Religious Studies
800 E. Lancaster Ave.
St. Augustine Center Room 203
Villanova, PA 19085


The Department of Theology and Religious Studies often offers a livestream of their events, making them accessible to the wider community. You can watch these recorded events on YouTube.