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.


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.

The Fall 2022 dates and series topics will be announced soon.

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. Learn more about this year's conference theme, call for papers, the history of the conference, and view past plenary lectures.




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.

Mark Graham, PhD, who is a professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, also is chair of 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. 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 there.


The upcoming Fall 2022 lecture series will be announced soon and will be offered virtually.



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.


Theology Fall Graduate Colloquium - October 6, 2022 
3:00–4:30 p.m., Dougherty West Lounge
Keynote Lecture: “Dangerous Vocations: How Our Ideals for Work Both Fulfill and Drain Us”

Our speaker Jonathan Malesic is the author of The End of Burnout: Why Work Drains Us and How to Build Better Lives. An essayist, journalist, and PhD scholar, Malesic’s writing on work, religion, and higher education has appeared in the New York Times, The New Republic, The Guardian, America, and Commonweal, to name a few. He has been a guest on Anderson Cooper Full Circle, NPR’s All Things Considered, The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos, and many other programs and podcasts. Dr. Malesic will invite us to critically articulate a theology of work for theological education and beyond. 
[Respondents: Héctor Varela Rios, Assistant Professor of Theology and Mat Verghese, Theology doctoral candidate]



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. Learn more about the Political Theology Network, the national professional organization for the study of religion and politics, by visiting


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.