Special Events & Resources

Film Screening of

DATE: Wednesday, September 12
TIME: 3:30pm Cinema, Connelly Center  

This 2016, 13th, documentary by Ava DuVernay offers an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals our nation’s history of racial inequality. The faculty discussant is Prof. Maghan Keita (History Department and Africana Studies Program).


CPJE Fall Film Series: Milwaukee 53206

DATE: Monday, September 17
TIME: 4:30 p.m. Cinema, Connelly Center

Facilitated discussion to follow the film.
The film chronicles the high toll of excessive and racially-biased jail sentences, following the story of three residents of Milwaukee.

Sponsored by the Center for Peace and Justice Education


Panel: The Death Penalty and Pope Francis

DATE: Tuesday, September 18
TIME: 4:00 pm Charles Widger School of Law, Blank Rome LLP Classroom (Room 102)
PANELISTS: Michelle Dempsey, Professor of Law; Massimo Faggioli, Professor,Theology and Religious Studies; Jill McCorkel, Associate Professor, Sociology and Criminology

Hosted by The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy.


Family Weekend One Book Villanova Lunch: Ideas and Conversation  

DATE: Saturday, September 22
TIME: 12:30pm Idea Accelerator, Falvey Memorial Library  

Join us for a unique, intellectual dining experience! The One Book Villanova Committee is sponsoring this lunch to prepare for the arrival of our One Book Speaker for this year’s selection – Bryan Stevenson. This lunch will feature a conversation about the powerful themes raised within this engaging story and then provide an opportunity for discussion with fellow parents and students. Prior reading of the book is not necessary to enjoy this wonderful afternoon of food and conversation. Please go to villanovatix.com to register, call 610.519.4211, or email studentinvolvement@villanova.edu for more information.

Film Screening: The Mayor of Graterford

DATE: Monday, September 24
TIME: 7:00 pm, Cinema, Connelly Center

This is a social justice documentary produced by students at Villanova University which examines the issue of life without parole sentencing and the commutation process in Pennsylvania through the experiences of current and former inmates. Panel: The Death Penalty and Pope Francis.

Panel: Mass Incarceration and Collateral Damage

DATE: Thursday, October 4
TIME: 4:00 pm Falvey Speakers' Corner   
PANELISTS: Professors Robert DeFina, Lance Hannon, Jill McCorkel, and Brianna Remster (Sociology and Criminology Department).

This panel will address the effects of mass incarceration on political representation, on poverty, on children and families, and on us as a society.

Panel: Christian Mercy and Prison Abolition

DATE: Tuesday, October 23
TIME: 1:00 pm Falvey Speakers' Corner   
PANELISTS: Vincent Lloyd, Katie Grimes, Kathryn Getek Soltis

Moderated by Nathaniel Grimes

Sponsored by the Villanova Political Theology Project, the Center for Peace and Justice Education, Falvey Memorial Library, and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies


Panel: The Graterford Program

DATE: Thursday, November 1
TIME: 4:00 pm Falvey Speakers' Corner   

This panel will provide of glimpse into Villanova's Graterford Program from different perspectives. The State Correctional Institution at Graterford is Pennsylvania's largest maximum security prison; Villanova's program is one of the longest running degree granting prison education programs in the country. Participants include two individuals who received their BA degrees through the program, a VU faculty member who teaches in the program, and the Director of the Graterford Program. We will also hear from a VU undergrad who serves as a literacy tutor at Graterford through the VU Office of Service Learning.