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.

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.

All are encouraged and welcome to attend the Spring 2023 lectures. Please check back to see the full list of topics and dates for this semester.

Recordings of the following Fall 2022 lectures available:

"Importance of Just War Theory to Contemporary Warfare"
Joe Evans, theology doctoral student

"What Would Jesus Tweet? Christian Ethics, Discipleship, and Social Media" 
Brandon Ambrosino, theology doctoral student

"Twenty Years after the Boston Globe Spotlight Investigations - Lessons Learned and Still to be Learned” 
Massimo Faggioli, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies

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.

The upcoming Spring 2023 lecture series will be provided here soon. Details of this lecture series can be found on the Task Force events webpage.

Lecture topics and speakers from Fall 2022 included:
"Jesuits, Sexual Abuse, and Native Missions: Mapping the Geography of a Crisis” 
Dr. Kathleen Holscher

“Doing Theology in Spite of Theology and Its Theologians – As a Survivor” 
Dr. Donna Freitas

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 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.

Information regarding the Spring 2023 Symposium will be posted shortly.



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.

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


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