History in the public interest from the Lepage Center at Villanova University
We're thrilled to announce our events for fall 2018!

This season will feature a two-part series on histories of democracy, occurring before and after the U.S. midterm elections (see below for details).

More details in the weeks ahead, but for now please mark your calendars:
Wednesday, Sept. 5
Opening Lunch
A fall opening lunch sponsored by the Lepage Center. Learn about our programs and initiatives, see our space, and connect with other students and faculty. Hosted by the Lepage Center, the event is open to all members of the Villanova community. Refreshments will be served.
Tuesday, Oct. 2
Annual Kephart Lecture
The annual Kephart Lecture at Villanova University, made possible by the Kephart family and hosted by the Villanova University Department of History. This year’s speaker is Robin D.G. Kelley, Distinguished Professor and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History at UCLA, and author of the upcoming book The Education of Ms. Grace Halsell: An Intimate History of the American Century. The book explores the life of a Texas woman who chemically darkened her skin in order to live as a black woman for a year.
Friday, Oct. 19
Villanova on the Hill
The Lepage Center will again participate in Villanova on the Hill in Washington, D.C., with a program on history and policymaking. Villanova on the Hill is a week-long immersion program in Washington for a select group of Villanova students interested in politics and public affairs.
Monday, Oct. 29
Histories of Democracy - Part 1
American Perspectives: Promises & Shortcomings
Free and open to the public

Scheduled to appear

  • Jonathan Lai, Journalist, Philadelphia Inquirer covering issues of absentee ballots, gerrymandering, and digital privacy
  • Paul Rosier, Mary M. Birle Chair in American History, Villanova University and scholar of Native American history and politics
  • Kidada Williams, Associate Professor of History, Wayne State University and co-developer of the #CharlestonSyllabus

Moderated by Jason Steinhauer, Director, Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, Villanova University
Monday, Nov. 12
Histories of Democracy - Part 2
Global Perspectives: Revolutions & Empires
Free and open to the public

Scheduled to appear

  • Hibba Abugideiri, Associate Professor of History, Villanova University and scholar of Middle East history
  • Melissa Feinberg, Professor of History, Rutgers University and scholar of Communism, the Cold War and human rights
  • Julia Gaffield, Assistant Professor of History, Georgia State University and scholar of the Haitian Revolution
  • Maia Otarashvili, Manager of the Eurasia Program, Foreign Policy Research Institute and co-editor of the 2017 volume Does Democracy Matter?

Moderated by Paul Steege, Faculty Director, Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, Villanova University
"Lunch at Lepage"
A weekly brown bag lunch discussion on historical topics in today's headlines. Open to all Villanova students and faculty, the conversation will occur weekly in St. Augustine Center 410.
New Blog Content
Our blog Hindsights returns with fresh writing from Villanova historians Hibba Abugideiri and Andrew Liu as well as our new History Communication Fellows at the Lepage Center. Subscribe here >>
Plus more to come...
More to be announced in the months ahead, including podcasts, workshops, and new initiatives. Please check our website for updates.
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