Monday, 1/24:

  • Lecture: 4:30 PM (Driscoll Hall, Room 132) Sean Carroll, Ph.D., will deliver an address on “The Origin of the Universe and the Arrow of Time.” Please visit this page for more information.
  • GTSC  20 Minute Social: 9:20 PM (Theology Dept., SAC 203) Please join us  in the department to chat about how the GTSC can best serve grad students this semester over free hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Email Andrew (cthomp10@villanova.edu) with any questions.

Wednesday, 1/26:

  • Lecture: 4:30 PM (Driscoll Hall, Room 132) James Keenan, S.J., will discuss “Ten Reasons for Doing Virtue Ethics Today.” Please visit this page for more information.

Thursday, 1/27:

  • Weekly Bible Study: 1:00-2:15 PM (SAC 310) Led by Dr. Paul Danove, this Bible study focuses upon the Gospel reading for the upcoming Sunday Mass. Feel free to bring your bagged lunch! The Catholic lectionary (three-year cycle of scripture readings for Mass) may be found at usccb.org/nab.
  • GTSC  20 Minute Social: 9:20 PM (Theology Dept., SAC 203) Please join us  in the department to chat about how the GTSC can best serve grad students this semester over free hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Email Andrew (cthomp10@villanova.edu) with any questions.

Friday, 1/28:

  • Art & Theology Circle: 5:15 PM (Theology Dept., SAC 203) Love art? Love theology? Interested in joining other theology grad students for film screenings, poetry readings, music, museum visits, discussion, and fellowship? Join us in the department this Friday for an exploratory meeting. We’ll discuss ideas, dates and times for the circle. Email Andrew (cthomp10@villanova.edu) for more information.
  • Brideshead Revisited Viewing Group: 6 PM (Theology Dept., SAC 203) Join us for the first installment of the exquisite British television adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s masterpiece about the operation of grace in 1920s-40s England. Both novel and TV serial are deeply concerned with the theology and phenomenology of Roman Catholicism, particularly such themes as aesthetics, vocation, apostasy, conversion, sexuality, class structure, and education. Waugh wrote: “the whole thing is steeped in theology, but. . . the theologians won’t recognise it.” Perhaps we can prove him wrong. This week, we will watch and discuss the first episode, “Et in arcadia ego” (100 mins.): “In the spring of 1944, disillusioned Army captain Charles Ryder is moving his company to a new Brigade Headquarters at a secret location he discovers is Brideshead, once home to the Marchmain family and the scene of both pleasant and anguished visits for the younger Charles. Seeing the house for the first time in many years prompts a recollection of Charles’ first meeting with Lord Sebastian Flyte, the Marchmains’ younger son, at Oxford University in 1922, and the rest of the narrative flashes back to that time forward. At Oxford, two young men quickly bond and, although his cousin warns him to avoid Sebastian and his inner circle of friends, Charles is fascinated by them, particularly flamboyantly foppish Anthony Blanche. Short on funds, Charles finds himself fitfully spending the summer holidays in London with his indifferent and rigid father Edward until an urgent message from Sebastian sends him to Brideshead, where Charles is introduced to a world of wealth and privilege dominated by a powerful devotion to Catholicism.” (Wikipedia) You need not have read the novel, but the serial follows the original so closely that you can easily (re)read in preparation for each episode. This week, (re)read the Prologue and Book One, Chapters I-III. More information about the novel may be found here.   Read about the 11-part serial here.
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