The Lepage Center provides educational resources and funding opportunities to promote the importance of historical scholarship, methods and inquiry for the public interest.




The Lepage Center sponsors an annual public grant program that supports individuals and institutions pursuing historical projects in the public interest. The Center is pleased to announce the 2022 – 2023 grant program to support public-facing historical projects related to the theme of “Climate Change in Historical Perspective."

The Center seeks to inspire a wide range of submissions from a diverse pool of applicants that are original and imaginative in content and form. Examples of the types of projects include a series of blog posts, a series of podcast conversations, digital and in-person exhibits, an oral history project, an initiative with a local newspaper to write a series of op-eds, a mapping project, a digital timeline, a crowd-sourced syllabus, an educational workshop, a multimedia resource, a collaboration with local activists, and other creative ideas. Applications usually include:

  • A project description and purpose and its contribution to history in the public interest
  • A plan of execution, including deliverables, partners, and expected outcomes
  • A proposed budget 
  • Resumes of principal participants

The Lepage Center releases a Call for Applications during the summer. Details for the 2022 – 2023 period are forthcoming.


High School Essay Competition

The Lepage Center runs an annual Essay Competition that invites high school students to reflect upon the value of history to examine current issues. Our 2021 – 2022 essay competition invites students to reflect upon the following question:

How can the study of history help us understand contemporary challenges we face in the world today, such as COVID-19, migration, and climate change?

The Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University invites local high school students to write a 500-word essay that answers the question:

How can the study of history help us understand contemporary challenges we face in the world today, such as COVID-19, migration, and climate change?

Essay requirements

  • maximum of 500 words
  • should be framed by an argument and supported by evidence
  • all sources (including internet-based sources) must be cited appropriately


The submission period is over. Winners will be announced soon!


  • Winner: Leah Boris, Strath Haven High School, "We Need Rainbows in Textbooks" 
  • Honorable mention: Brooklyn Coulter, The Tatnall School, "How the Study of History Impacts Society Today"


Educational Resources

Recorded Events

The Lepage Center hosts an annual series of events, exploring contemporary issues of societal significance from a historical perspective. All events are recorded and accessible to the general public on YouTube.

  • 2021 – 2022: Turning Points in History
  • 2021 – 2020: Decolonizing History
  • 2019 – 2020: Revisionist History
  • 2018 – 2019: Histories of Democracy
  • 2017: Fake News and Fake History; Endless War

"1968: In Hindsight" Podcast

Released in 2018, the 50th anniversary of this tumultuous year, "1968: In Hindsight" looks at key global issues, then and now. Through scholarship and conversation, this six-part series dives into questions from 50 years ago that still matter today.

Listen on: iTunes | Google Play



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