Skip to main content

Villanova University’s Lepage Center Launches “Turning Points in History” Event Series Sept. 8

VILLANOVA, Pa. –  The Albert Lepage Center for History in Public Interest at Villanova University will kick off its 2021 – 2022 event series about “Turning Points in History” on Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. on Zoom with a keynote address by Dipesh Chakrabarty, PhD.

A globally influential historian and a critical contributor to the fields of postcolonial theory and subaltern studies, Dr. Chakrabarty will discuss his recent book, Climate Change and the Human Condition: The Climate of History in a Planetary Age (The University of Chicago Press, 2021), and explore what a “turning point” in history really is. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Elizabeth Kolsky, PhD, associate professor of History and director of the Lepage Center.

Dr. Chakrabarty is the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College at The University of Chicago. He is a founding member of the editorial collective Subaltern Studies, a consulting editor of Critical Inquiry, and a founding editor of Postcolonial Studies. He has served on the editorial boards of the American Historical Review and Public Culture. He is the author of numerous scholarly books and publications including The Climate of History in a Planetary Age (2021), The Crises of Civilization: Explorations in Global and Planetary Histories (2018), Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (2008) and Subaltern Studies IX (1996).

“The Turning Points in History series is an exciting and timely program that will place contemporary global crises and moments of transition in historical perspective to deepen public understanding of the world around us,” says Dr. Kolsky. “We are honored and delighted that internationally renowned scholar Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty will kick off the series with a keynote address about climate change as a critical turning point in history.”

Founded in 2017 and housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Lepage Center is a multifaceted resource for students, teachers, industry, journalists and elected officials that draws upon the past to impart lessons for today’s world. The Center engages the public, policymakers, scholars, teachers and students from history and other fields through academic programs, research, publications and events.

The event is open to the public. Please register to receive the Zoom link here.

About Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenging and changing world. With more than 40 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, it is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective.