Villanova's Art History Major Celebrates 20th Anniversary
This spring marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of Villanova's Art History major. Professor Emeritus George T. Radan was instrumental in the establishment of the major. At first, the major was housed in the Art and Art History Department, on the second floor of St. Augustine Center. Since 1998, the major (and now, the Art History Program) have been housed in the History Department, on the fourth floor of St. Augustine Center. Since 1992, an art history minor has also been instituted, and there is now an average of 20 to 25 art history majors and minors in the program in any given year, and an average of 5 majors graduating from the program each year. Our majors have gone on to careers in teaching (at such schools as Kutztown University and Rutgers University), and in museum work (at such institutions as the Seattle Museum of Art). They have also found positions in auction houses both here and abroad (among them Sotheby's and Christie's).
- Villanova History and Art History Students Present at Bloomsburg University
Eight Villanovans participated at this year’s Phi Alpha Theta Pennsylvania East Regional conference at Bloomsburg University in April. Phi Alpha Theta is the national history honors society, and the annual conference provides history and art history students with an opportunity to present their own research and to hear what their peers at neighboring institutions are working on.
The Villanova students who presented papers included Matthew Albertson ('Cries in the Wilderness: Quaker Slavery and Abolition, 1688-1780'), Clara Candalor ('Anarchy, Revolution, and Bolshevism: the Evolution of the Russian Revolution According to American and British Newspapers, 1881-1918'), David DeLand ('Class, Stigma, and Survival: the Potato in Industrial Revolution London'), Abigail Gagis ('NOT a Hopeless Cause'), John Haffey ('A Matter Between Friends': Makarios, Eisenhower, and the Cyprus Question'), Alexander Kersten ('War and Peace: a Historiography of the Hague Peace Conference of 1899 and the Culture Surrounding It'), Re' Kleinbard (Matilda Jones: Seeking Freedom Amidst Strife and a Slave Family Separated in Virginia'), Doug MacGillivray ('Life After Little Round Top: What Happened to the 20th Maine Volunteer Regiment?').
All of the presentations were of a high standard and our students represented Villanova, and the university's Phi Alpha Theta Chapter (Tau Phi) well. Additionally, another of our students, Nina Friel, won a best paper prize for her work ('Mary Kingsley: Society, Gender, and the Spirit of Adventure').
Congradulations to all of our students!
- Art History Majors Present Senior Theses
On April 11, 2012, the Art History Program held its first annual public presentation of the Art History majors' senior theses. Seniors Jessica Julian, Kaitlin Holl, Kathleen Pierce, and Carolyn Wilson each made 20-minute presentations about their research and writing, and each answered questions from an audience of about 50 people that included friends, family, faculty, and fellow students. The event took place in the Radnor/St. David's Room of the Connelly Center, and included refreshments for all presenters and attendees.
- Trip To Gettysburg, PA
Dr. Giesberg, Dr. Kerrison and Dr. Hartnett, accompanied by grad and undergrad students, enjoyed a weekend tour of the battlefields of Gettysburg, PA. See pictures here.
- LePore Lecture Electrifying!
- Dr. Giesberg selected as speaker for Spring 2014 Lecture Series
- Villanova faculty enjoy the Mendel Dinner
- Falvey Library puts the spotlight on Villanova’s history department!
- See Information on Upcoming Art History Lecture
- Bestselling author, Professor Andrew Bacevich leads class discussion
- Honors Class, “Gender and Race at Monticello," Visits Monticello
- Ivanley Noisette First Villanovan to Win George J. Mitchell Scholarship
- Phi Alpha Theta Inductees, 2012
The Department of History inducted new members into Phi Alpha Theta, the History honor society, on Sunday, Nov. 11, at Overbrook Golf Club. Rev. Joseph G. Ryan, O.S.A., Ph.D., an assistant professor of history, celebrated Mass in Corr Chapel before the brunch. Dr. Lynne Hartnett, assistant professor of history, delivered the keynote address.
- Former History Alumnus Returns
- Pennsylvania Historical Association Meeting
- Phi Alpha Theta Inductees, 2009-2010
- Graduate Students Meet With Scholars at Gettysburg College
- Pulitzer Prize Winning Historian Leads Graduate Seminar
- Establishment of Lore Kephart Lecture Series
- Graduate Students Visit Gettysburg, PA
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- Students in Dr. Judith Giesberg’s History of Nineteenth Century Reform class visited Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP) on May 1, 2008.
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