History in the public interest from the Lepage Center at Villanova University
April 20th, 2018
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
The Lepage Center and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania mark the 50th anniversary of 1968 with a special day-long event on April 20th, titled " 1968: Philly and the World."

Join us as an excellent line-up of scholars and journalists put this tumultuous year into historical perspective and assess its significance for us today. Speakers include:

9:00 a.m. - Welcome and introductions

  • Beth Twiss-Houting, Senior Director of Programs and Services, Historical Society of Pennsylvania
  • Jason Steinhauer, Director, Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, Villanova University

9:15 a.m. - "Music, 1968"

  • Steven Garabedian, Assistant Professor of History, Marist College
  • Larry Magid, Founder, Larry Magid Entertainment Group & former concert booker and promoter, Electric Factory
  • George W. Miller III, Journalist, Associate Professor of Practice, Temple University 

Moderated by Jason Steinhauer, Director, Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, Villanova University
10:30 a.m. - Break

10:45 a.m. - "Sports, 1968"

Moderated by Sarah Leu, Edwin Forrest Curator of Performing Arts Collections, Historical Society of Pennsylvania
12:00 p.m. - Lunch break

1:15 p.m. - "War, 1968"

  • Marc Gallicchio, Chairperson and Professor of History, Villanova University
  • Nick Molnar, Assistant Professor of History, Community College of Pennsylvania
  • Katherine A. S. Sibley, Professor, Director of American Studies Program, St. Joseph's University

Moderated by Paul Steege, Faculty Director, Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest & Associate Professor of History, Villanova University
2:30 p.m. - Break

2:45 p.m. - "Protest, 1968"

Moderated by Christina Larocco, Editor, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography & Scholarly Program Manager, Historical Society of Pennsylvania
4:00 p.m. - Conclusion


Come for one panel or stay the whole day.

We hope to see you.
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The Bancroft Prize
Historian Marc Gallicchio, Chairperson and Professor
Department of History, Villanova University
The Bancroft Prizes are awarded annually by Columbia University in the categories of American History and Diplomacy.

This year's winners include Villanova historian Marc Gallicchio, whose book Implacable Foes: War in the Pacific, 1944-1945 examines the end of World War II and the decisions made by elected officials and military leaders. The book is co-authored with Waldo Heinrichs.

Congratulations to Dr. Gallicchio on this prestigious award!
About that basketball tournament...
As you may know, the Villanova men's basketball team are this year's national champions. Congratulations to all the coaches, students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and supporters on a great season.

It's an exciting time to be part of the Villanova community, on the court and in the classroom. The recent Provost report highlights the university's numerous successes, including the Lepage Center, the McNulty Institute for Women's Leadership, grants from the National Science Foundation, prestigious awards, and new academic programs. The future of the university is bright.
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