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2018 Chinese New Year Celebration

Come join us to celebrate the Chinese New Year!

Experience the culture, try some tasty dishes, enjoy great music, and meet new friends!

Who: Villanova students and falculty
When: 6-8pm, Thursday, Feb. 22nd, 2018
Where: @ Garey Hall Alumni Rm
What: Chinese Calligraphy, Dumpling Making,
Kong-Fu Tea, and other FUN activities!

Campus Speak - In


Please join us on December 12 at 4 PM in the Garey Hall Alumni Event Room for a Campus Speak-In sponsored by IGIS. 

FALL 2017

New GIS Rollout
The NEW Department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies invites the 'Nova' Community to the launch of it's three majors* and eight specializations. * GIS: Africana Studies, Arab & Islamic Studies, Cultural Studies, Irish Studies, Latin American Studies, Russian Area Studies. * Peace and Justice Studies and * Gender & Women's Studies. The Rollout event is Tuesday, September 26 at 4-5:30 in the Garey Hall Courtyard. Come hear about this game-changing intellectual offering and enjoy good food.


2017 Chinese New Year

Please join us as we celebrate the 2017 Chinese New Year Celebration on Thursday, Feb 9th at 6:00 pm in the Garey hall Cafe. Enjoy good food, music, culture and surprises!  


FALL 2016

Mid Autumn Festival

Please join IGIS on Sept 28th, 2016  at 6pm to 8pm as we celebrate the Chinese Language and Cultural Studies Program's Mid-Autum Festival.  The location is the Garey Hall Courtyard. Rain location is Garey Hall Alumni event room


VU to Host 2016 Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference June 2-5, 2016

This Year’s Conference to Examine Timely Issues of Policing, Violence, and Racism

We are proud to announce that the Cultural Studies Association’s annual conference will take place at Villanova June 2-5, 2016.  This international conference is expected to bring 300 national and international scholars, activists, and artists to campus.  Villanova faculty and students are welcome to attend and participate. Keynote plenary speakers will include Bernadine Evaristo, the award-winning British writer.  The theme of this year’s conference, Policing Crises Now, provides a unique opportunity to engage in a comprehensive, critical conversation on the timely issues of policing, violence, and racism in the US and beyond.  Many other cultural topics will be analyzed in terms of the most recent theoretical and activist approaches.

For more information about the conference, please go to the conference website below. The CSA Conference at Villanova is sponsored by the Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies, the Cultural Studies Program, and the Africana Studies Program.


Chinese New Year Celebration
The Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies' Chinese Language and Cultural Studies Program Presents: The Chinese New Year Celebration on Thursday, FEB11 at 6pm in theGarey Hall Café.

Chinese New Year Celebration


Fall 2015 Events


Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies' Japanese Language and Cultural Studies presents: Japanese Folk Tales, Yokai and Ghosts. Guest Speaker Matthew Meyer, Author and Illustrator will speak on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 3:00pm -4:00 pm in Bartley Hall room 32. Co sponsored by Asian Studies.

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Event Date: Wednesday, October 21,2015

Time:5:00 to 7:00 pm

Location: Garey Hall Café 


The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important holidays for the Chinese people, and for many other East Asian peoples. Traditionally, Chinese family members and friends will gather together to celebrate this holiday on the 15th, which marks autumn in the lunar calendar when the moon is supposedly at its fullest and roundest. The most popular activity during this holiday is to admire the bright moon with one’s family and friends while enjoying moon cakes of different varieties. Refreshments will be served!

Sponsored by IGIS, Chinese Language and Cultural Studies Program & Asian Studies.

Cross-Cultural Communication and Ethics: U.S. and Chinese Perspectives in Theory and Practice

A symposium on “Cross-Cultural Communication and Ethics: U.S. and Chinese Perspectives in Theory and Practice,” will be held on Oct 3, 2015 from 9 am to 6:30 pm in the Garey Hall Café.  Keynote Speaker, Dr. Stella Ting-Toomey, Professor, Human Communication Studies, California State University, will present, “Developing Intercultural Communication Competence: Ethical Issues to Ponder” at 5:00 pm in the Garey Hall Café . The symposium will examine cross-cultural communication and ethical issues in global context from the vantage of ten different panelists. This event is sponsored by the Cross-Cultural Education and Communication Center of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Villanova University's Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies, the Villanova University Department of Communication,  the Waterhouse Family Institute,  and the Villanova School of Business. The event is open to the public.


Contact Information

Dr. Chiji Akoma
Associate Professor
Chair, Department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies
(610) 519-6967

Ms. Joyce Harden
Administrative Assistant

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