Villanova University’s Theatre and History Departments have come together to present a dramatic reading of 19th century newspaper ads written by emancipated slaves and family members in search of one another. Villanova History professor Dr. Judy Giesberg’s “Last Seen” project uncovered and digitized more than 3,000 “Information Wanted” newspaper ads. The Feb. 18 event, “Last Seen: Voices from Slavery’s Lost Families,” will take place at 8 p.m. at Villanova Theatre in Vasey Hall.
Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. And more than 20 percent of patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them. Three years ago, Dr. Amy McKeever, PhD, RN, CRNP, WHNP-BC, an associate professor in the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, saw the growing need to educate her students about substance use disorders—particularly the opioid epidemic—and was inspired to develop this course. Her Villanova Nursing seminar, “The Opioid Crisis in America,” provides students with the time needed to grasp the magnitude of the growing issue of opioid use in the community and out on the streets. read more
Villanova University will host an academic symposium March 15 to explore 19th century Augustinian Friar Gregor Mendel’s research on plant hybridization in connection with the food supply challenges confronting the planet today. The event, titled “Gregor Mendel: From Hybridization to GMOs,” will convene experts from multidisciplinary perspectives to discuss food security, genetic engineering and preservation of plant biodiversity. read more
Villanova University is listed among the top producers of 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Students, recently announced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Top-producing U.S. colleges and universities are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education. read more
The Villanova University Ethics Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has named atmospheric scientist and well-known climate change advocate Michael E. Mann, PhD the recipient of the 2019 Praxis Award in Professional Ethics. This year’s award will be presented at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 11 in the Villanova Room, Connelly Center, followed by a lecture by Dr. Mann. read more
For the 21st consecutive year, the Villanova University Literary Festival brings prize-winning poets, novelists and playwrights to campus, including Claudia Rankine, whose book-length poem “Citizen: An American Lyric” was praised as “a dazzling expression of the painful double consciousness of black life in America” in The Washington Post. The semester-long event kicksoff on Feb. 5 with a visit from National Book Award finalist Ross Gay. read more
What do Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Julia Roberts and Adolf Hitler have in common? The answer is charisma—and a new book by Vincent W. Lloyd, PhD, associate professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University, explores how it can be used for both good and evil. read more
The Wolf Administration has announced grant funding for three projects in Delaware County to study, manage and reduce stormwater runoff. Funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Resources Council, Inc., Newtown Township, and Villanova University will receive a collective total of $332,328 in grant funding to focus on innovative techniques and initiatives to address stormwater. read more