History in the public interest from the Lepage Center at Villanova University
"6 Steps to Historical Literacy: Your Guide to History on the Web"
Last month, the Lepage Center joined hundreds of organizations nationwide to mark Media Literacy Week 2017.

With today's preponderance of fake news, false stories, misinformation and propaganda, it’s an important time to reinforce critical thinking skills and remind students and citizens not to accept information at face value.

This includes historical information. Today citizens learn much of their historical information from digital and visual media. Citizens should be able to ask smart historical questions, understand historical context, and recognize when a historical fact is being misrepresented or distorted.

To this end, the Lepage Center has created a new resource, titled “ 6 Steps To Historical Literacy.”

When readers find historical information, a historical statement, or a reference to historical fact in any online media, we encourage them to ask themselves the above questions and think critically about what they encounter.

Our " 6 Steps To Historical Literacy " is already being used in classrooms. Freda Bradley, a faculty member at West Virginia University at Parkersburg, wrote the following :

"I teach in rural Appalachia in a small community college. I saw this on social media and immediately downloaded it. Today’s lesson was evaluation of YouTube videos for historical accuracy, and I decided to use this as my guide. The students loved this!! They all said they felt much better prepared to evaluate content afterward, and it was easy to follow and understand. This is now going to be a staple in my classes."

The resource is available as a free download from our website. 
More on fake news & fake history
Helping citizens distinguish between authoritative information and non is central to the Lepage Center's mission of history in the public interest. We have focused in-depth on fake news and fake history this fall, and are pleased to offer the following on our website:

Conversations on campus
The Lepage Center recently hosted two conversations on campus for students, faculty, and staff.

Dean Adele Lindenmeyr and historian Lynne Hartnett participated in a conversation on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution and Dr. Lindenmeyr's research on the Countess Sofia Panina.
Earlier the same week, Marc Jackson, officer inside the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, met with students and faculty. The conversation occurred inside the Lepage Center's newly-furnished office suite on Villanova's campus. The event was organized and led by Marc Gallicchio, Chair, VU History Department.
Dean Adele Lindenmeyr discusses the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Nov. 30, 2017.
Marc Jackson speaks with faculty and students inside the Lepage Center, Nov. 27, 2017.
New, on our blog

Moral and religious values have long shaped environmental ideas and actions. A new piece by historian Paul Rosier.

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A history of Independence Hall offers an illustrative example of how old buildings and open spaces are not always ripe sites for development. A new piece by historian Whitney Martinko.

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Coming in 2018 -- a new podcast!
" 1968: In Hindsight"
Coming in 2018... we will be marking the 50th anniversary of 1968 through a new podcast.

The 12-episiode miniseries will bring a global perspective to 1968, examining defining issues of the seminal year. In the spirit of the Lepage Center, we will not solely look back but also think about how 1968 can lead us to ask different questions about the present, and better understand today.

Stay tuned.
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