The Adela Dwyer | St. Thomas of Villanova Peace Award

The Adela Dwyer | St. Thomas of Villanova Peace Award recognizes an individual or group for outstanding contributions to the understanding of the meaning and conditions of justice and peace in human communities.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Lecture

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote Lecture is a major event each January open to the entire Villanova community and to the public. Past speakers include Cornel West, Patricia Williams, Bryan Stevenson, Ibram X. Kendi, and Valarie Kaur.

Freedom School

Villanova hosts an annual Freedom School in observance of the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Oscar Romero Solidarity Lecture

The Center for Peace and Justice Education hosts an annual lecture inspired by Oscar Romero—archbishop, martyr, and saint.

Graduate Student Peace and Justice Symposium

The Center for Peace and Justice Education co-hosts an annual symposium for graduate student research presentations on issues of peace and justice. This event is also sponsored by the Augustinian Institute, Catholic Relief Services, and the Center for Graduate Research and Education.



The Center houses a number of student groups with missions to address specific issues of social justice consistent with the values and mission of the University. Whether the issue of interest is human rights, poverty, labor, racism, sexism, the environment, animal welfare, or upholding the value of life itself, these groups work on injustices in the world and are not affiliated with any particular political platform.



The Center for Peace and Justice offers a variety of speakers, forums, workshops and films open to the Campus Community. Rooted in our mission, these events offer opportunities for dialogue and education about the essential elements of a moral and just society.



Beginning in 2014 with the vision and generous spirit of a group of Peace and Justice alumni, the Center began hosting an annual dinner to bring together current and former students. Alumni share experiences, offer networking opportunities, and reflect on how they have integrated peace and justice into their careers, their families and their lives. With each dinner, we grow our community of truly amazing individuals and we leave reinvigorated to take on the urgent and lifegiving work of advocating for a just and peaceful world.


The Center often records their events, making them accessible to the wider community. You can watch them on YouTube.

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Center for Peace and Justice Education
Corr Hall, 106
800 Lancaster Ave., Villanova, PA 19085

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The Center for Peace and Justice Education is closely integrated with the Office for Mission and Ministry and its departments, programs and initiatives.