Cultural Events Calendar

The events listed on this calendar are "ACS Approved." The list is not exhaustive, and there are other events that take place on campus that might satisfy the Cultural Event credit requirement. STUDENTS: If you are not sure if an event will count for Cultural Event credit, please consult with your professor.

Event Date Time Location Description Sponsor(s)
Sexual Assault in the Age of #metoo: Zohar Kfir and Testimony 2/1/18 4:00 PM Garey 29A Comm Studio Testimony is an interactive documentary for virtual reality that shares the stories of five survivors of sexual assault and their journey to healing. First in the “Comm on the Cutting-Edge” spring speaker series.  Communication, IGR, GWS, Title IX Coordinator
Asian Expo 2018 2/3/18 6:00 PM Connelly Center, Villanova Room ASA's annual Asian Expo exhibits dancing, singing, food, and drama of various Asian cultures. Come enjoy an amazing night full of amazing talent, and a fashion show that will exhibit traditional clothing from different Asian countries.This is one of the largest cultural events on campus that brings together our Villanova community. Asian Student Association
World Conflict Photography Exhibition 2/3/18 1:00 PM Garey 29A Comm Studio North American Premiere of the World Conflict Photography Exhibition, a collection of photos and videos created by a group of international freelance journalists, The War Zone Freelance Project, Opening with talks 2/3 1:00 pm; additional talk 2/8 6:30 pm. For other hours: WFI, Communication Department
Gravitational Waves 2/6/18 7:30 PM Driscoll 134 Dr. Amber Stuver will present her work on the first detection in history of the gravitational waves that Einstein had predicted a century ago.  When the leftovers of supernovas, a teaspoon of which weigh 1 billion tons, collide, among  the changes they ignite are waves of gravity.  They also produce most of the gold in the universe.   Department of Physics, Anthropology Lecture Series
Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and a Life Well Lived 2/7/18 12:00 PM Law School 302 A discussion of a recently published book, Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived (ed. by Edward Whelan and Christopher Scalia, Foreword by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg). Among the topics are the art of writing well, liberal arts education, freedom of speech, and the relation of faith to professional life. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy
Social Justice for the World, One Story at a Time: Amal Kassir 2/8/18 5:30 PM Villanova Room  Amal Kassir is Syrian-American, international spoken word poet. Amal builds individual agency in particularly under-served and vulnerable populations, especially through writing. She will take part in the global effort for literacy in war-struck areas and refugee camps. Join MSU in the hosting this revolutionary poet, activist and change agent. Hosted by Multicultural Student Union, Co-Sponsored by: Global and Interdisciplinary Studies, Department of Communication, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of the President, Center for Peace and Justice, Center for Access Success and Achievement, Office of Intercultural Affairs, Office of Student Involvement, Intergroup Relations, Campus Ministry, and Afrikaana Studies
Forced Migration and Humanitarian Crisis of Central America's Northern Triangle 2/12/18 5:30 PM John Barry 204 On the struggles and reasons that Central Americans face that copells them to immigrate from their countries, through Mexico, to the United States and what that journey is like.  Alpha Psi Lambda, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Black Museum 2/13/18 7:00 PM Garey 10a Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Tau Xi Chapter will host a program for Black History Month to showcase the contributions of Blacks to the success of America and converse about what it means to be colored in America. It will also focus on African American roots and African American heart health. Fraternity and Sorority Life
Frederick Douglass Transcribe-a-thon 2/14/18 12:00 PM Bartley, 035 Celebrate Frederick Douglass’s 200th Birthday with a transcribe-a-thon of Freedmen's Bureau Papers! The Freedman’s Bureau received letters, poems, and labor contracts handwritten by formerly enslaved individuals in 1865. We will digitize Black history together in this nationwide project organized by the African American Museum in DC. Writing and Rhetoric, GIS: Cultural Studies
2018 Literary Festival Event: Author Lesley Nneka Arimah 2/15/18 7:00 PM Falvey Library, Speaker's Corner  Please join us for a reading and talk given by author Lesley Nneka Arimah, one of the Literary Festival’s featured speakers. Arimah is the author of the critically acclaimed short story collection, What it Means When a Man Falls from the Sky.

This event, is free and open to the public.
Falvey Memorial Library, the Creative Writing Program, the Department of English, the Honors Program, Irish Studies, Africana Studies, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, The Writing Center and Gender and Women’s Studies
The Gullah Kinfolk Performance 2/17/18 5:00 PM Connelly Center Cinema On Sat. Feb. 17 at 5pm, Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk will perform at the Connelly Center Cinema.  The performance will recognize the important link between Phila. and the Sea Islands of SC during slavery and Reconstruction. In addition, Pres. Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD will read the Emancipation Proclamation.

Art Gallery, Mission and Ministry, Provost, Sociology, Theatre Diversity President's Office
CPJE Spring Film Series: Dakota 38 2/19/18 4:30 PM Connelly Cinema This 2012 film tells the story of Jim Miller, a Native spiritual leader and Vietnam veteran, who  had a dream of the mass execution of 38 Dakota men ordered by Pres. Abraham Lincoln in 1862. Unable to ignore the calling, Miller rides his horse over 300 miles through blizzards and incredible physical hardships to the site of the executions.
Spotlight on Leadership  2/19/18 4:00 PM Nova Room - Connelly Center  Spotlight on Leadership Speaker - Kerry Cronin, Associate Director of the Lonergan Institute at Boston College! Focus: Faith and Leadership in the 21st Century
Student Involvement 
Joshua McCann on Extreme Poverty and Effective Altruism 2/19/18 7:00 PM Connelly Cinema Joshua McCann JD, MBA from the World Bank Group (which focuses on International Development, Poverty, & Sustainability) is speaking on extreme poverty in the developing world and its devastating effects as well as how we can fight it through the philosophical/ ethical/ economic movement "effective altruism." Possibly the Department of Economics, She's the First, Business Without Borders, Catholic Relief Services, Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
VSMT's Into the Woods 2/20/18 8:00 PM St. Mary's Theatre VSMT's winter production of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.  Villanova Student Musical Theatre, The Office of Music Activities
One Love Escalation Workshop 2/21/18 6:00 PM Villanova Room This workshop is a powerful, emotionally-engaging 90-minute film based workshop that educates about relationship violence and empowers you to work for change.  Office of Health Promotion, Title IX, SARC Team, POWER
Communicating Climate Change 2/21/18 4:30 PM Driscoll 134 Climate change has become a political talking point, making discussing the science, impacts and costs of climate change confrontational. Garrett Bald from Sustain Us, has worked for years to break down these barriers, and allow for real and impactful discussion on the issue of climate change.  Sustainability Office
Caring for Incarcerated Women 2/22/18 5:30 PM Driscoll Hall Auditorium 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. Continuing Education
Religion and Public Life Lecture: Featuring Archbishop Charles Chaput 2/22/18 4:00 PM Connelly Cinema Archbishop Chaput will deliver our inaugural "Religion and Public Life Lecture." His talk will discuss the effect of the Cultural Revolution's generation on the course of the country. Matthew J. Ryan Center
Lone Star Feminist  2/23/18 6:00 PM Garey Hall Communication Studio (29A) Performance
Dr. Andrea Baldwin (Univ. of Houston, Clear Lake).
I am Texan. I am Black. I am a Feminist. To be one or
two of these things can cause slight disruption. To be all of them can cause massive controversy. This performance explores the realization of the above identities through multiple notable icons in regional history.
Gender & Women's Studies
Love the Skin You're In Fashion Show 2/26/18 7:00 PM Villanova Room  Love the Skin You’re In is a fashion show that promotes and raises awareness of a healthy body image. The show features a wide array of Villanova Students using their fashion to express themselves confidently in their various shapes, sizes, and identities. The show sends a powerful message of good self-esteem and self-acceptance. Office of Health Promotion, POWER, Villanova Counseling Center, MHAA, Student Involvement, Residence Life, and Fraternity and Sorority Life
Education Equity and Organizing Film Screening and Panel 2/27/18 7:00 PM Connelly Cinema An exclusive screening of The Long View, a film chronicling students’, parents’, educators’ work to develop lasting solutions to the systemic inequities in their school district, and a panel featuring the director, parent activists, CASA's Charisma Presley, and the author of The Fight for America's Schools: Grassroots Organizing in Education Education & Counseling, CASA
Let's DREAM Together - A Conversation with Erika Andiola about DACA 2/27/18 5:30 PM Connelly Center, Villanova Room An immigration activist, DACA recipient, the political director of OurRevolution, and former press secretary for the Bernie Sanders campaign, Erika Andiola will share how DACA has helped her, spread awareness of DACA and any recent developments affecting DREAMers, and provide people with practical action steps they can take if interested.  Ideas and Issues Committee of the Campus Activities Team (CAT)
The Shroud of Turin 2/28/18 7:00 PM Connelly Center Cinema Lecture on the Shroud by Mr. Massimo Paris.  He will display a life-size replica of the Shroud.  After the lecture Fr. Richard Cannuli will present a selection of traditional relics of the Passion for veneration. Art Gallery
2018 Literary Festival Event: Poet Colette Bryce 3/15/18 7:00 PM Connelly Center, Presidents’ Lounge Please join us for a reading and talk given by poet Colette Bryce, one of the Literary Festival’s featured speakers. Bryce is an award-winning poet from Northern Ireland and the author of four poetry collections. Her most recent collection is titled Selected Poems.

This event is free and open to the public.
Falvey Memorial Library, the Creative Writing Program, the Department of English, the Honors Program, Irish Studies, Africana Studies, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, The Writing Center and Gender and Women’s Studies
"East of Eternity": A Lecture-Recital 3/15/18 4:00 PM St. Mary's Chapel Hear the poems of Emily Disckinson set to music of Aaron Copland in a live concert with soprano Betsy Springuel and pianist Barbara Browne. A brief lecture explaining the music and its context will be given before the performance by Dr. Elizabeth-Jane McGuire.  ACSP; English Department
Hispanic Heritage Event: Dr. Nicolás Wey Gómez on “What Columbus Discovered” 3/15/18 3:00 PM Dougherty Hall, West Lounge The Department of Romance Languages will present Nicolás Wey Gómez, PhD, Department of History, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) to give a talk on “What Columbus Discovered.”  Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Program in Africana Studies, Department of History, Department of Humanities, Program in Latin American Studies and Falvey Memorial Library
CPJE Spring Film Series: My So-Called Enemy 3/19/18 4:30 PM Connelly Cinema Spanning a seven-year period, My So-Called Enemy (2010) follows six Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls committed to justice and mutual understanding as the conflict continues to rage in their homeland, after participating in a women’s leadership program in the U.S. called Building Bridges for Peace. resolving conflict.
Women in the Caring Industry 3/20/18 6:00 PM PwC Auditorium, Bartley Hall Featuring Melissa Hodges (Sociology/Criminology), Linda Maldonado (Nursing), Meredith MacKenzie (Nursing), and Lauren Miltenberger (Public Administration). Moderated by Teresa Boyer, Founding Director of The Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership.  Villanova Villanova Women's Professional Network
The Superlative Series: Chapter I 3/23/18 6:00 PM St. Mary's Theatre On March 23rd, 2018 The Superlative will be hosting our first ever showcase! We see this as an exciting chance to exhibit the diverse dance talent we have here at Villanova University alongside the Augustinian values that accompany this embracing of diversity and beautiful artforms.  The Superlative
Oscar Romero Solidarity Lecture 3/26/18 5:30 PM Driscoll Auditorium In 2015 and 2016 POWER created and led a statewide coalition of faith and policy advocacy groups to call to attention the racial disparity in the education funding. Through this, POWER was able to create a bi-partisan supported Fair Funding Formula that was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf in June 2016.
CPJE Co-sponsored by Villanova Interfaith Activism, Dept. of Education &  Counseling, and Dept. of Mathematics & Statistics
19th Annual ACSP Organ Recital 4/4/18 7:00 PM St. Thomas of Villanova Church Dr. Christopher Daly returns to offer a stimulating program of organ works by composers such as Bach, Buxtehude, Franck, and Widor. If you have only ever heard the organ played at church, then you need to hear what else this instrument can do! ACSP
2018 Literary Festival Event: Author Zinzi Clemmons 4/5/18 7:00 PM Falvey Library, Speaker's Corner  Please join us for a talk given by author Zinzi Clemmons, one of the Literary Festival’s featured speakers. Clemmons, a Philadelphia local, is the author of What We Lose, co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee journal, and Contributing Editor to

This event is free and open to the public.
Falvey Memorial Library, the Creative Writing Program, the Department of English, the Honors Program, Irish Studies, Africana Studies, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, The Writing Center and Gender and Women’s Studies
CPJE Spring Film Series: History of the Holocaust: Buchenwald 1937- 1942 4/9/18 4:30 PM Connelly Cinema This 2014 documentary links the history of Buchenwald and its
concentration camp to its history of art, music, and philosophy.
Interfaith Dinner and Human Library 4/10/18 5:00 PM West Lounge, Dougherty Hall At the Human Library, you can check out a “human book” – VU faculty/staff and local community leaders of diverse backgrounds – for a conversation about their religious tradition: Muslim, Protestant, Hindu, Jewish, Baha’i.  Following dinner, students will meet in small groups with a different “book” for multiple half-hour sessions.  Interfaith Coalition, Campus MInistry
Zero Weeks (Film) 4/11/18 6:00 PM PwC Auditorium, Bartley Hall Weaving powerful stories together with insightful interviews from leading policy makers, economists, researchers and activists, ZERO WEEKS lays out a compelling argument for guaranteed paid leave for every American worker. The film looks at paid leave from an emotional, medical, financial and global perspective. (  Villanova Women's Professional Network; Gender & Women's Studies 
A glimpse into the Future: The Role of Nursing Advocacy in a Multicultural World 4/12/18 5:30 PM Driscoll Auditorium 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 Continuing Education
Relay for Life 4/14/18 2:00 PM Oreo Relay for Life is an all-year fundraising effort which culminates in a six-hour walk-a-thon. Relay for Life raises money for the American Cancer Society, which supports cutting-edge research and provides a number of services to cancer patients. The event itself consists of ceremonies, performances, and activities. Relay for Life (Office of Student Involvement)
Rhetorics of Speech and Democracy:The Consequences of Protecting Hate Speech 4/17/18 4:00 PM Bartley 1001 This interactive lecture will explore the controversies surrounding free speech and hate speech in our contemporary moment. It is more crucial that ever for us to consider the consequences of legally protecting hate speech.  Center for Peace and Justice Education
Earth Day Keynote Address 4/18/18 6:00 PM Connelly Cinema Dr. Joseph Majkut will give a talk titled “Climate Change: Will We Ever Agree?”  Dr. Majkut is director of climate policy at the Niskanen Center, and is an expert on climate science and risk analysis for decision-making.  Earth Day Committee
VPS Poetry Slam 4/19/18 7:00 PM Belle Air Terrace, Connelly Center A poetry slam featuring the Villanova Community.  Villanova Poetry Society, Gender & Women's Studies 
Crisis on the Korean Peninsula: A Talk by Shige Suzuki 4/23/18 4:00 PM Driscoll 240 This talk given by Shige Suzuki and is designed to give students an insider's  look at the dynamics and geo-political forces at work on the Korean peninsula.  There will also be significant time for group discussion. Center for Peace and Justice Education, East Asian Studies Program
2018 Literary Festival Event: Author Ariel Levy 4/24/18 7:00 PM Falvey Library, Speaker's Corner  Join us for a reading and talk given by author Ariel Levy, one of the Literary Festival’s featured speakers. Levy is a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine. She is the author of Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture and the memoir The Rules Do Not Apply.

This event is free and open to the public.
Falvey Memorial Library, and the Creative Writing Program, the Department of English, the Honors Program, Irish Studies, Africana Studies, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, The Writing Center and Gender and Women’s Studies
VSMT's Be More Chill 4/26/18 8:00 PM St. Mary's Theatre Jeremy Heere is just an average teenager. That is, until he finds out about “The Squip” – a tiny supercomputer that promises to bring him everything he desires: a date with his crush, an invite to the hottest party of the year and a chance to survive life in his suburban high school. But is being the most popular guy in school worth the risk? Villanova Student Musical Theatre, The Office of Music Activities