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.


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.

"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 upcoming  lectures for the Villanova community.





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. Details about the Task Force and upcoming events can be found at Office of the President website. Recordings of prior lectures can be found there also.


"Violating a Sacred Trust: The Religious Teachings That Enable Child Sexual Abuse"
April 20, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Free webinar:

Guest speaker is Janet Heimlich, founder of the Child-Friendly Faith Project and author of Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment.



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 open to the community will be posted here.



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


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.