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History Department & Art History Program

Lore Kephart
Lore Kephart

The History Department has established a Distinguished Historians Lecture Series in memory of Lore Kephart '86 through an endowment to the University by her husband Horace L. Kephart. The first Lecture was given in September 2009 by James McPherson Ph.D., the George Henry Davis '86 Professor Emeritus of United States History at Princeton University and the 2003 president of the American Historical Association. Along with other historical lectures throughout the year presented by the department, the Kephart series will have a featured speaker every Fall semester.  See the "History Lecture Series" for information on the any upcoming lectures.

Annual Kephart Lecture, featuring Dr. Robin Kelley, October 2, 2018

This year's Kephart Lecture Series speaker is Robin Kelley, Distinguished Professor and Gary B. Nash endowed Chair in U.S. History at the University of Califonia, Los Angeles. The topic of Dr. Kelley's lecture is The Education of Ms. Grace Halsell: An Intimate History of the American Century. Dr. Kelley's research has explored the history of social movements in the U.S.; the African Diaspora; and Africa; black intellectuals;music; visual culture;contemporary urban studies; historiography and historical theory; poverty studies and ethnography; colonialism/imperialism;organized labor; constructions of race; Surrealism, Marxism, nationalism and more. The lecture will take place at 7 PM in the Villanova Room.


Craig Harline, September 26, 2017

Last year's Kephart Lecture Speaker was Historian and author, Craig Harline. Dr. Harline is a Professor at Brigham Young University and the author of the upcoming book, A World Ablaze: The Rise of Martin Luther and the Birth of the Reformation.  He teaches courses such as the History of Christianity, the Reformation, and seminars on such topics as Miracles, Tolerance, Cultural Change, and the Christian Missionary Tradition. His books have been featured on The Today ShowSunday Morning with Charles Osgood, National Public Radio, and many ofther radio and television programs in the US and western Europe.