Monday, Sept. 18

Fake News & Fake History: A Crisis of Authority

6pm, Driscoll Auditorium, Driscoll Hall, Villanova Campus

A public discussion on “fake news” in historical perspective, featuring historian and Lepage Center Advisory Council member Jonathan Zimmerman (University of Pennsylvania), historian Cristina Soriano (Villanova University) and Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Bill Marimow. Who do we trust for information and how have we come to trust them? Two historians and a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist take a critical look at the fake news crisis. Free and open to the public, doors will open at 6 p.m. on Villanova's campus.

Free and open to the public


Tuesday, Sept. 26

Annual Kephart Lecture

7pm, Villanova Room, Connelly Center, Villanova Campus

The annual Kephart Lecture at Villanova University, made possible by the Kephart family. This year’s speaker is Craig Harline, Ph.D., Brigham Young University, and author of the upcoming book A World Ablaze: The Rise of Martin Luther and the Birth of the Reformation (Oxford University Press, ​2017).​

Free and open to the public


Thursday, Sept. 28

Fall Open House

St. Augustine Center, Room 410, Villanova Campus

A fall open house sponsored by the Lepage Center. Learn about our programs and initiatives, see our space, and connect with other students and faculty. Hosted by the Lepage Center, the event is open to all members of the Villanova community. Refreshments will be served.

Open to Villanova students, faculty and staff


Thursday, Oct. 5

Monumental Questions

6:30pm at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

People across the nation are raising questions of who should be commemorated with monuments and the meanings of these monuments to different groups of people and at different times in history. Join us for community dialogue as we examine these questions. Moderator Stephan Salisbury of Philly News will be joined by Dr. Whitney Martinko of Villanova University and Michael Coard, Esq. of Avenging the Ancestors.  Then the audience will be asked to consider issues such as how to deal with historic figures when contemporary values judge them differently than they were in their own time, and what difference does it make if such monuments exist in public space.

Jointly presented by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest


Friday, Oct. 13

Villanova on the Hill

10am in Washington, D.C.

The Lepage Center participated in the first-ever Villanova on the Hill in Washington, D.C., with a program on history and policymaking. Villanova on the Hill is a week-long immersion program in Washington for a select group of Villanova students interested in politics and public affairs.

Open to Villanova students participating in Villanova on the Hill


Monday, Oct. 30

National History Day Kick-off

4:30pm at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

For teachers who wish to implement National History Day in their classroom. Dr. Abby Reisman, an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education in the Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division at the University of Pennsylvania, will deliver the keynote. She will share her seminal work with “Reading Like a Historian,” the first extended history curriculum intervention in an urban high school system.

Open to teachers participating in National History Day


Wednesday, Nov. 1

Endless War: When Violence Becomes Normal

6pm, Driscoll Auditorium, Driscoll Hall, Villanova Campus

A public round table discussion on a world in a constant state of conflict with historian Jay Lockenour (Temple University), historian Elizabeth Kolsky (Villanova University), and Lt. Col. Guy Berry (US Marine Corps). Free and open to the public, doors will open at 6 p.m. on the Villanova campus.

Free and open to the public


Thursday, Nov. 30

Citizen Countess: Sofia Panina & The Russian Revolution

A special lunchtime conversation to mark the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution

11:30am, St. Augustine Center, Room 300, Villanova Campus

Russian Countess Sofia Panina (1871-1956) was a pioneering social reformer and the first woman to hold a cabinet position in any modern government. She was also the first political prisoner to be publicly tried by the Bolsheviks after the October Revolution. Join Dean Adele Lindenmeyr, Ph.D., as she discusses her research and recently completed book on the extraordinary countess. Hosted by the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, Dean Lindenmeyr will be interviewed by Villanova historian Lynne Hartnett.

Open to Villanova students, faculty and staff