History in the public interest from the Lepage Center at Villanova University
Introducing the History Communication Fellows at the Lepage Center
Margaret Strolle, MA'18
Claire Hoffman, '18
The Lepage Center is proud to introduce our first-ever History Communication Fellows: Margaret "Maggie" Strolle, MA'18, and Claire Hoffman, BA '18.

As the Lepage Center executes its mission to bring historical scholarship and perspective to bear on contemporary global affairs, communication with external audiences will be a key component of the work. Our two student fellows will assist the Center in all its communications, including events, briefings, podcasts, social media, and the Web.

Meet our Fellows on our Medium page, where they introduce themselves to the Lepage Center community. Claire talks about the joys of hailing from California (read: In-N-Out Burger); Maggie tells us which historical figure she would most like to have dinner with. Read the interview here.
We've launched a new website
We've launched our new website, which expands our previous web page into a full web site with articles, events, programs, resources, and more. Visit our new website now .

We'd love to have your feedback on our new site. What do you like? What do you not like? What content do you find valuable? Send us your feedback to lepage@villanova.edu . Your feedback will inform our site as it continues to evolve over time.
Thinking in the public interest, on "Hindsights"
A round-up of recent posts on our blog, Hindsights:

  • In debates around the Dakota Access Pipeline, Natives have often been cast as anti-energy protesters opposed to progress. But Native environmentalism since the 1960s has promoted a clean energy future for all Americans, writes historian Paul Rosier.

  • In discussions around monuments and public lands, it is necessary to ask how the sites of public memorials came to be public in the first place. The case of the Marietta earthworks might help inform these conversations, writes historian Whitney Martinko.

  • Today so much of our historical information is consumed via the Web, and so much information on the Web utilizes historical content. It's crucial that calls for media literacy be joined with calls for historical literacy, writes director Jason Steinhauer.
Our logo on The Washington Post
The Lepage Center logo is now officially part of The Washington Post blog, " Made by History." The Lepage Center has been a founding sponsor of the project since its launch in June. Check out the blog for daily posts by historians putting today's political news in historical context. Recent posts include essays on Medicare, the U.N., colonization, and Hugh Hefner.
"Fake News" event recap -- video now available
Historian and Lepage Center Advisory Council member Jonathan Zimmerman speaks to a full auditorium at the Lepage Center's inaugural event, "Fake News and Fake History: A Crisis of Authority," September 18, 2017.
On September 18th, the Lepage Center's inaugural event placed Fake News and Fake History into historical perspective. False information has been around for millennia, and today it has evolved to spread around the world in seconds with the aide of technology. At heart is a crisis of authority, as journalistic and historical expertise has been challenged by external forces. This is not new in America, and the expertise industry itself is a historical creation that has been problematic since it evolved out of the Progressive Era. To combat false information will require changes to how we conduct our politics, and changes in how we educate students and citizens.

Watch video of the conversation here . See highlights on Twitter at hashtag #LepageAtVU
Upcoming events
October 5: A community discussion on monuments and memorials co-sponsored by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Lepage Center. Featuring Villanova historian and Lepage Center blogger Whitney Martinko. Free tickets / more info .
 
October 13: A round-table on history and policymaking as part of Villanova's inaugural " Villanova on the Hill ."

October 30: Kick-off event for National History Day, hosted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

November 1: Two historians and a U.S. Marine Corp Lt. Col. discuss endless wars and the normalization of violence. Moderated by Lepage Center faculty director Paul Steege.

Stay tuned to our website for future events
Footnotes
Historian Marc Gallicchio
Historian and Chair of the History Department at Villanova, Marc Gallicchio, has a new book that examines the final year of World War II. The Wall Street Journal says, "The contribution of this vital book is its portrait of history as lived desperately in the moment." The book is titled, Implacable Foes: The War in the Pacific, 1944-1945 and is published by Oxford University Press . Our congratulations to Dr. Gallicchio!
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