Naratil Family Health and Human Values Lecture Series


Started in 1994, the Health and Human Values Lecture Series is an annual series of lectures, formerly supported by a grant from the Johnson and Johnson Family of Companies. In 2015, thanks to the generosity of the Naratil Family, the series was once again funded and renamed as the Naratil Family Health and Human Values Lecture Series.

Lectures are scheduled for fall and spring of the academic year. Each series is based on a theme, such as changing paradigms in health care, global health issues and communicating identity. Lectures are held on the campus of Villanova University and are free and open to the community. The Naratil Family Health and Human Values Lecture Series encompasses the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing’s Annual Distinguished Lecture in Nursing which began on the occasion of its 25th anniversary in 1978. This event, co-sponsored by the Alpha Nu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, brings together members of the student body, alumni, University and regional community to hear the insights of prominent national and international speakers.

2017-18 Lecture Series
Diversity and Inclusion: Cultural Competence when Caring for the Community

September 21: Collaborative Care for Immigrants and Refugees

Thursday, September 21, 5:30 pm
Villanova Room, Connelly Center*

Join our panel of experts from the fields of nursing, community outreach and public administration to gain insight into how they have applied their professional perspective and experiences to improving care for immigrants and refugees.

This lecture is ACS-Approved.

This lecture is free and open to the community. Click here for a map and directions to Villanova University.

* Please note that this is a new room location.


Ruth McDermott-Levy, PhD, MPH, RN

Associate Professor and Director, Center for Global and Public
Villanova University

Timothy O'Connell, MA

Campus Minister for Latino Outreach
Villanova University

Catherine E. Wilson, PhD

Chair, Department of Public Administration; Associate Professor of Public Administration
Villanova University

November 16: 39th Annual Distinguished Lecture in Nursing: Values Shape Nursing's Future

Thursday, November 16, 5:30 pm
Villanova Room, Connelly Center

Explore the importance of understanding how personal values play a role in providing care to a diverse patient population. Participants will be challenged to focus within, on their own practice, and reflect on the core values of caring, diversity, integrity and excellence with the broader goal of enhancing nursing practice and advancing the health of the nation and the global community.

Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN
CEO, National League for Nursing

February 22: Caring for Incarcerated Women

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 5:30 pm
Driscoll Hall Auditorium

Many women experience extraordinary stress, which for some, may lead to inpatient psychiatric treatment, adolescent pregnancy, pregnancy termination, and even incarceration. Although the cause and contributors are many, examining the role of childhood physical and sexual trauma as a pathway to incarceration for women will be the focus of this compelling discussion.

Holly Harner, PhD, MBA, MPH, CRNP, WHCNP-BC

Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs
Associate Professor of Public Health
Director of the Master of Public Health Program
LaSalle University

April 12: A Glimpse into the Future: The Role of Nursing Advocacy in a Multicultural World

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 5:30 pm
Driscoll Hall Auditorium

There are multiple, complex phenomena that impact the health and well-being of individuals. What is the impact of culture on health and well-being, and who is most vulnerable In a complicated and diverse world, nurses serve as healthcare provider, and more importantly, advocate, to assure that effective and culturally aware care is provided to patients.


Rick Zoucha, PhD, APRN-BC, CTN-A, FAAN

Professor/Chair of Advanced Role and PhD Programs
Joseph A. Lauritis, CSSp Chair for Teaching and Technology
School of Nursing, Duquesne University


Additional Information

For more information about the lectures, directions, or to be added to the mailing list, call the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at (610) 519-4900.

All lectures are held at Villanova University and are free and open to the community.