History in the public interest from the Lepage Center at Villanova University
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Lepage Center is pleased to offer virtual summer events.
Bi-weekly on Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., beginning June 10, 2020
The Lepage Center will host virtual " Lunch @ Lepage " conversations on a biweekly basis throughout the summer. These lunchtime conversations will examine contemporary issues through a historical lens and feature various special guests. The first lunch on June 10 will discuss the murder of George Floyd and the ensuing protests through a historical perspective.

Details about each week's conversation will be posted to our website prior to the event. Registration is required for each conversation. Registration links will be posted to the our website in advance of each discussion.

The virtual "Lunch @ Lepage" dates are:

  • June 10 - Historical perspective: George Floyd and the ensuing nationwide protests (register)
  • June 24 - The pandemic of ancient Athens compared to COVID-19, with special guest Eliza Gettel
  • July 8 - A discussion with Elizabeth Kolsky, new interim faculty director of the Lepage Center
  • July 22 - TBA
  • August 5 - TBA
  • August 19 - TBA

Virtual "Lunch @ Lepage" occurs from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. All are welcome. For more information about "Lunch @ Lepage," click here .
Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27, 2020
Villanova's Department of History is offering a summer workshop for teachers in conjunction with the Lepage Center. 

The workshop will be led by historian Lynne Hartnett and is intended for high school instructors teaching AP European History, as well as secondary school teachers who engage topics of nationalism and patriotism in their classrooms. Titled " Teaching Nationalism in High School ," the workshop will be offered virtually via Zoom and take place on the evening of Friday, June 26 and all-day on Saturday, June 27.

Visit our workshop page for  enrollment information . University enrollment fees apply; discounts are available.
The Lepage Center has partnered with Falvey Memorial Library to launch a “ Documenting COVID-19" initiative.

All Villanova students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to:

  • Submit your story;
  • Share photographs;
  • Create or submit a video or audio recording;
  • Create or submit a collection of digital objects;
  • Share any reflections from this unique period.

The goal is to ensure that future generations will have original sources of information regarding the lives and times of Villanovans who experienced this global pandemic.

Collecting will be ongoing throughout the pandemic and in the subsequent weeks after the pandemic has passed. People are allowed to submit as many times as they like as events or emotions change. All submissions will be preserved in the  University Archives at Falvey Library.

T his year, the Lepage Center piloted an essay competition for high school students. The Center invited local high school students to write a 500-word essay that answered the question of how the study of history can help us impact society today.

We're delighted to announce this year's winner and honorable mention: Leah Boris of Strath Haven High School (Winner) and Brooklyn Coulter of The Tatnall School (Honorable Mention).


Want to participate this coming school year? These essays helps students see the value of history, as well as helps students apply what they learn in class to today's events. Contact lepage@villanova.edu to get your classroom involved. Essays are due February 1st of each year.
Please note that all in-person events at Villanova are postponed for the foreseeable future.

Please check the Villanova website for  COVID-19 updates.
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