Announcements!

Theology department closing prayer service Thursday May 2nd at 4:15 in Corr Chapel followed by a reception in Corr Lobby. What a wonderful opportunity to get together one last time in prayer and thanksgiving!

Lectures/events this week (more info below):

  • Earth Day! Events include a discussion on the economic opportunities and environmental challenges posed by Fracking, a sustainability fair, a sustainability fair farmer’s market, and an address by Katherine Gajewski, director of sustainability, city of Philadelphia. More info here. History of earth day here. How to plant a tree here.
  • Open Mic Poetry Reading, Wednesday at 12pm in the library.
  • “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! (adebon01@villanova.edu)

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

This Week:

Monday, April 22nd

Earth Day events:

  • Panel Discussion on Hydraulic Fracturing in the Marcellus Shale: Library, 8:30am
  • Sustainability Fair: Connelly Center (indoors), 11-2
  • Sustainability Fair Farmer’s Market: Connelly Center (outdoors), 11-2
  • Earth Day keynote address: Connelly Cinema, 4:30pm

Check out Dan’s favorite song about recycling! While this song does not delve into the issues involved with energy overconsumption (for it is a children’s song after all), it does tell us to use fossil fuels respectfully and keep in mind that we, along with the dinosaurs, are part of earth’s history.

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day (Gen. 1:11).

Tuesday, April 23rd

Wednesday, April 24th

Feast of the Conversion of St. Augustine – on April 24, 387, Augustine was baptized by Bishop Ambrose during the Easter Vigil in Milan.

The Department of English and Falvey Memorial Library’s annual Open Mic Poetry Reading will take place on Wednesday, April 24, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Library’s Speakers’ Corner. Senior-Class Poet Contestants, other students and members of the University community will share original work and favorite poems, ranging from the humorous to the thought-provoking to the sublime. Whether you have a poem you’d like to share or just want to listen, the Department of English and Falvey Memorial Library invite you to enjoy this entertaining and memorable celebration of poetry.

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 25th

Friday, April 26th

“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! (adebon01@villanova.edu)

Latin Lunch — Contact Ben (bwinter1@villanova.edu) 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 27th

Sunday, April 28th

Other upcoming events to keep on your schedule:

  • 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 acpq@stthomas.edu.
3. Leuven Encounters Systematic Theology: Call for papers for the annual conference on “Mediating Mysteries, Understanding Liturgies.”  More info here.
4. The Portsmouth Institute (www.portsmouthinstitute.org) 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.
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