Lectures, Conferences, 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 an invitation 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.

The Positions lecture series is sponsored by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. Series speakers discuss contemporary themes in the fields of theology and religion.

Lectures will resume during the Spring 2024 semester. Please check back for dates and speakers. 

View prior Positions lecture recordings on our Youtube playlist.

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. Details about the Task Force can be found on the Office of the President website. Recordings and descriptions of prior lectures offered through this series are also available.

Upcoming topics and speakers are listed on the Task Force events webpage.

In the fall of each year, Kevin Hughes, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies Department chair and 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 – it is a true tradition of scholarship. Learn more about this year's theme, call for papers, and the history of this enduring conference. View previous lectures of plenary speakers on the PMR Youtube playlist.

The Vatican II Conference is sponsored by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Office for Mission and Ministry at Villanova University.




These forums offer an opportunity for graduate students and faculty to hear the research of our department members and the lively exchange of ideas that ensues. Conversations and guest speaker presentations open to the community will be posted here.

Dr. Kathryn Lofton, Yale University

The Theology Fall '23 Graduate Colloquium keynote lecture was presented by Dr. Kathryn Lofton, Lex Hixon Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies, Professor of History and Divinity; FAS Dean of Humanities, Yale University. 
Keynote Lecture: “Why History Is the Battlefield: What the Study of Religion Teaches”

Contemporary controversies about state history curriculum in the United States invite students of religion to assess if their scholarship teaches anything about how to engage such politics. A review of scholarship on higher criticism, frontier myth-making, and fan fiction reintroduces religious studies as a critical resource for understanding patterns of political history. This is an exceptional opportunity to hear two top scholars in conversation about a crucial topic.



The Villanova University Center for Political Theology brings Christian theologians into dialogue with humanities scholars and social scientists to explore the intersection of religion and politics, while also helping students understand and participate in those conversations. TRS faculty member Vincent Lloyd, PhD, is the director.To opt-in for the CPT newsletter, please email the CPT coordinator.

Visit Catholic Re-Visions, a blog begun by Lloyd through the Political Theology Network, with sponsorship by Villanova’s Center for Political Theology. The blog’s topics address Catholic and Catholic-adjacent thought and practice as it relates to grassroots social movements, critical theory, questions of race, gender, class, colonialism and much more. 


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Recordings of Theology and Religious Studies sponsored lectures, making them accessible to the wider community, can be viewed on the TRS YouTube playlist.