Anyone intending to write a thesis next year should be aware that the deadline to submit a proposal is Monday, April 15th. Please review the guidelines here. Contact Ben ( with any questions.

Lectures/events this week (more info below):

  • Nonviolence and Catholic Peacemaking – a lecture by David Cortright from Notre Dame on April 16th at 4:30PM in the Villanova Center – Radnor/St. David’s Room
  • Author Junot Diaz will read from his newest book, This Is How You Lose Her on April 16th in Tuesday at 7PM in the Connelly Cinema. 
  • TOMS One Day Without Shoes April 16th. Check out the movement.
  • Panel discussion on the theme, “Community and Identity,” as part of the Liberal Studies Lecture Series April 16th at 5:45 in Falvey 204.
  • Salome, Vasey Theatre April 9 – 21, 2013 written by Oscar Wilde, directed by Rev. David Cregan, O.S.A., Ph.D

Salome: “Fills one’s veins with fire” – Backstage.  The linguistic genius behind The Importance of Being Earnest welcomes us into the visceral, intoxicating world of King Herod and his enticing young stepdaughter, Salome. After being rejected by John the Baptist, Salome’s unbridled desire for the pious prophet quickly turns into an uncontrollable lust for revenge. This sensational adaptation of the stunning Biblical tale dramatizes the eternal struggle between body and soul.

Free tickets available this Tuesday.  All showings are at 8PM except Sunday at 2PM and tickets cost $8 for students. Call the Villanova Box Office at 610-519-7474 to purchase your ticket.

Save the date:

  • Theology department closing prayer service Thursday May 2nd at 4:15 in Corr Chapel followed by a reception in Corr Lobby.
  • “The Mixed Life” Graduate Student Conference is Friday April 26th right here at Villanova. Sponsored by the Theology Institute, this day of lectures and scholarly synergy is a great chance to get to know fellow-students from all over the East Coast! The event begins in West Lounge, Dougherty Hall at 8:45, with the final lecture beginning at 2PM (Fr. Martin Laird, with responses by Dr. Kevin Hughes, and Dr. Kimberly Baker). Contact AJ for more info!

Keep checking the “Employment” tab for information on job postings!

This Week:

Monday, April 15th

Tuesday, April 16th

1. Nonviolence and Catholic Peacemaking, David Cortright, University of Notre Dame, Villanova Center – Radnor/St. David’s Room at 4:30 PM.
David Cortright is the Director of Policy Studies at the Kroc Institute and Chair of the Board of the Fourth Freedom Forum. The author or editor of 17 books, most recently Ending Obama’s War and Towards Nuclear Zero, he also is the editor of Peace Policy, the Kroc Center’s online journal. His lecture is sponsored by the Office for Mission & Ministry and is part of a year long series of the Catholic peacemaking tradition.

2. The inaugural event for the Graduate Liberal Studies lecture series.  It will be a multi-disciplinary panel discussion on the theme “Community and Identity.” Tuesday, April 16th from 5:45-7:15 in Falvey 204. The panel is comprised of the following faculty members: Valentina DeNardis (Classical Studies), Crystal Lucky (Africana Studies), Paul Rosier (History), and Fayette Veverka (Theology)

3. Junot Diaz will read from his newest book, This Is How You Lose Her, as part of the Villanova Literary Festival at 7PM in the Connelly Cinema.
Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist.

Wednesday, April 17th

Take a break from words and come and rest in the Word.  Join the Spiritual Life Committee for Silent Prayer in Corr Chapel every Wednesday from 3-4:30.  Come and share the silence in this sacred place.  Stay as long as you desire. “Be still and know that I am God.”

Thursday, April 18th

Friday, April 19th

Latin Lunch — Contact Ben ( if you are not on the email list and would like to participate. Since the semester is winding down, our schedule has been sporadic!

Saturday, April 20th

Sunday, April 21st

Other upcoming events to keep on your schedule:

  • Earth Day! Check out all the events the library has to offer on April 22nd.
  • Theology Department final party at the end of the semester at Matt Riddle’s house! More details to follow in the coming weeks, including the title of it, which you do not want to miss.

Conferences and Calls for Papers:

1. Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies (PMR) at Villanova University invites you to participate in its 38th International PMR Conference October 18-20, 2013. As always, the PMR makes an OPEN CALL to scholars, institutions, and societies to propose Papers, Panels, or Sponsored Sessions in all areas and topics in LATE ANTIQUITY/PATRISTICS, BYZANTINE STUDIES, MEDIEVAL STUDIES, ISLAMIC STUDIES, JEWISH STUDIES, and RENAISSANCE & REFORMATION STUDIES. The PMR committee this year makes a special invitation to scholars from all disciplines in these fields to address our plenary theme: Deep Unto Deep: Exploring Mystery, Human and Divine, featuring Bernard McGinn, University of Chicago Divinity School and Amy Hollywood, Harvard Divinity School. The intent of our “conference within a conference” this year is to explore these questions of human and divine mystery through the prisms of philosophy, theology, art, architecture, poetry, and cultural history. We invite scholars of European, Byzantine, and Islamic and Jewish studies to join in our exploration of so significant a paradox in the pre-modern Mediterranean world. The deadline for submission is June 15, 2013. More information here.
2. The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, the journal of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, is pleased to announce its first annual Rising Scholar Essay Contest.  Any scholar who will not have attained the rank of associate professor by August 1, 2013, is invited to submit a paper that contributes to the development or elucidation of the Catholic philosophical tradition.  The award for the winning paper will be $500 and a free one-year membership in the American Catholic Philosophical Association.  Complete guidelines online.  The submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. (CST) on August 1, 2013.  Please direct all questions to
3. Leuven Encounters Systematic Theology: Call for papers for the annual conference on “Mediating Mysteries, Understanding Liturgies.”  More info here.
4. The Portsmouth Institute ( has announced that its fifth annual conference will be held June 7-9, 2013, on Catholicism and the American Experience. More info at their website above.  Speakers include George Wiegel and Peter Steinfels, among others.