Revisionist History - A Six-Part Conversation Series

Hosted by the

Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University

Revising the Civil War


Part 1

Revising Early America

Wednesday, September 18th


Read the feature in the Philadelphia Inquirer >>




Philip C. Mead
Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Historian,
Museum of the American Revolution


Ana Lucia Araujo
Member, International Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Slave Route Project; Professor of History, Howard University


Karin Wulf
Executive Director, Omohundro Institute, College of William & Mary


With comment by Maghan Keita, Professor of History and Global Interdisciplinary Studies; Founding Director, Africana Studies; Founding Director, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, Villanova University



Part 2

Revising the Civil War

Wednesday, October 30th


Read the feature in the Philadelphia Inquirer >>




Rachel Shelden
Director, George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center,
Penn State University


Jill Ogline Titus
Associate Director of Civil War Institute,
Gettysburg College


Steven T. Phan
Park Ranger and historian, Civil War Defenses of Washington


With comment by Judith Giesberg, Professor of History, Villanova University



Part 3

Revising the Cold War

Wednesday, November 6th




Alex Wellerstein
Creator of NukeMap,
Assistant Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology


Meredith Oyen
Historian of U.S.-China relations,
Associate Professor
University of Maryland, Baltimore County


Manu Bhagavan
Editor of India and the Cold War,
Professor of History, Hunter College


With comment by David M. Barrett, Professor of Political Science, Villanova University



Part 4

Revising the Holocaust

Deepening our understanding of Nazi-directed Genocide

Tuesday, January 28th | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Driscoll Auditorium, Villanova University

When linked to the Holocaust, the term “historical revision” often implies a soft-pedaling of Nazi Germany’s mid-twentieth-century attempt to destroy Europe’s Jewish population. Distinct from these pernicious efforts, historical understandings of the Holocaust have nonetheless evolved, situating it with broader scholarship on genocide, the experiences of refugees and migrants, and evolving concepts of human rights. Join us for a panel conversation to discuss new directions in Holocaust scholarship and education.




Atina Grossmann
Professor of History in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Cooper Union in New York City


Jennifer Rich
Co-Director, Rowan Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies & Assistant Professor, Rowan University


Devin Pendas
Professor of History, Director of Graduate Studies, Boston College


With comment by Paul Steege, Associate Professor of European History & Faculty Director of the Lepage Center, Villanova University



Part 5

Revising Women's Suffrage

Marking an anniversary by expanding the conversation

Wednesday, March 25th | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Driscoll Auditorium, Villanova University

The 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage offers an opportunity to shine light on historical scholarship that challenges familiar myths and draws our attention to people and stories that these celebrations often overlook. Join us for a discussion that revises how we think about this anniversary and what histories it comprises.



Margaret Washington
Professor of History, Cornell University

Lisa Tetrault
Associate Professor of History, Carnegie Mellon University

Marion W. Roydhouse
Retired Professor of History and Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, Philadelphia University

With comment by Shannen Williams, Assistant Professor of History, Villanova University



Part 6

Revising the Planet

Adding a historical perspective to today’s climate conversations

Tuesday, April 21st | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Driscoll Auditorium, Villanova University

The 50th anniversary of Earth Day offers an opportunity to re-examine our changing conceptions of our planet and how new insights in environmental history can help us to assess our relationship to the world around us. Join us for a discussion broadens our notions of how the human relationship with the planet has changed over time.