Villanova University’s Lepage Center Announces ‘Revisionist History’ Event Series

Series to Explore How Today’s Events Compel Us to Re-Examine the Past

“The Past Ain’t What it Used to Be” – Yogi Berra

Lepage Center Revisionist History series

The Albert Lepage Center for History in Public Interest at Villanova University has announced a six-part event series on “Revisionist History,” bringing together national and local experts to explore how today’s events compel us to re-examine critical periods in American and global history.

The Lepage Center uses historical scholarship to better understand contemporary issues. By creating impactful resources and programming, the Center brings historical relevance to current challenges.

“‘Revisionist History’ can be a controversial term, and sometimes carries negative connotations,” says Lepage Center director Jason Steinhauer. “Our goal in this series is to show how revision is critical to all historical scholarship, and how new events and new sources continually challenge us to re-think what we know about the past.” 

The Revisionist History series begins Wednesday evening, September 18 at 7 p.m. with, “Revising Early America.” The event will examine the myths and realities about the early United States, as well as mark the 400th anniversary of the first African captives being brought to the colonies in 1619. Other events in the series will examine:

  • Revising the Civil War (October 30): Confederate monument debates
  • Revising the Cold War (November 6): 30th anniversaries of Berlin Wall and Tiananmen Square
  • Revising the Holocaust (January TBD): 75th anniversary of the end of World War II
  • Revising Women’s Suffrage (March TBD): 100th anniversary of passage of 19th amendment
  • Revising the Planet (April TBD): 50th anniversary of Earth Day

All events are free and open to the public. Panelists for each event will be announced on the Lepage Center website.

Since being founded in 2017, the Lepage Center has hosted a number of events and created programs and resources to help enrich public understanding of history. It has created space for historically-informed and civic-minded conversations on the Civil War in Syria, the state of American Democracy, the meanings of monuments and more. Additionally, in 2018, the Center launched a podcast miniseries, “1968: In Hindsight,” diving into questions from fifty years ago that still matter today, and the Center hosted a series of events on Histories of Democracy, seeking to answer if we are currently facing a crisis of democracy. Most recently, the Center collaborated with The Lenfest Institute for Journalism to help infuse more historical scholarship into local journalism.

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