2019 Francis X. Gerrity Lecture

March 26, 2019

Date and Time: Tues., April 9, 4 p.m.
Location: Cardinal John P. Foley Center

The 2019 Francis X. Gerrity Lecture, “Running from the Washingtons: Ona Judge and the Founding of a Nation Through the Eyes of the Enslaved,” will be presented by Rutgers professor Erica Armstrong Dunbar: “Running from the Washingtons: Ona Judge and the Founding of a Nation Through the Eyes of the Enslaved.”

Dunbar’s book, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge, was a 2017 National Book Award finalist in nonfiction and details the story of Ona Judge, a slave of George Washington’s who escaped while in Philadelphia.



Class of 2017 Commencement Celebration

Saturday, May 20, 2017: Professors and students from the Departments of History and Political Science celebrated the class of 2017  following the university commencement ceremony in the Presidents’ Lounge in the Campion Student Center.

Penn Graduate School of Design Open House

Date and Time: Monday, November 13, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Location: University of Pennsylvania, Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 PennDesign Admissions presents their Fall 2017 Open House for prospective applicants. Students will have the opportunity to talk to current students, faculty, and alumni, meet with financial aid staff, and tour the studios and facilities. […]

NATO: Past, Present, and Future with Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Date and Time: Thursday, November 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Wolfington Teletorium Students are invited to join former prime minister of Denmark and NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen for a reception, discussion, and Q&A. Registration is not required, but students are strongly encouraged to reserve a seat. For more information, contact Kevin Gelzhiser at kgelzhis@sju.edu.

Monuments Men and the American Restitution of Looted Books

March 23, 2017 located in the  Presidents’ Lounge presented by Dr. Kathy Peiss, Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History, University of Pennsylvania. The Annual Francis X. Gerrity Lecture. When the U.S. Army uncovered millions of looted books in Germany at the end of the war, the majority stolen from Jews, it […]

Beyond “East vs. West”: Networks, Exchange, and Cohesion in the Modern Mediterranean

February 28, 2017 in the Presidents’ Lounge presented by Dr. Leslie Rogne Schumacher, David H. Burton Fellow & Visiting Assistant Professor at Saint Joseph’s University.  The Annual David H. Burton Lecture More about the David H. Burton Lecture series.


Dulling or Sharpening the Horn: Global Security, Justice and the UN in the Horn of Africa

April 21, 2016 in the Science Center.  Discussion Panel includes Prof. Brian Yates, Ethiopia, The Leauge of Nations, Justice and Security in the Early 20th Century, Prof. Jennifer Riggan, Arcadia University, Long Memories and Shifting Targes: The Role of UN Sanctions in the Mida War Over Representations of Eritrea, Prof. Michael Woldemariam, Boston University, African […]

The Annual David H. Burton Lecture

April 20, 2016 in the President’s’ Lounge. Dr. Erik G. Huneke, the 2013 – 2016 David H. Burton Fellow talks about rethinking German attitudes towards marriage since 1933.

Eastern Europe, Russia and Relations with the West: attraction, repulsion, and alliance

March 30, 2016 in the History Department Conference Room.  Student panel,Kathleen O’Meara, Bailey McIntrye, and Max Barrile, present their research on Russia and Eastern Europe.

Democratic Art

March 15, 2016 in the Presidents’ Lounge. Dr. Sharon Ann Musher, of Stockon University, spoke on her book “Democratic Art”. Throughout the Great Recession American artists and public art endowments have had to fight for government support to keep themselves afloat. It wasn’t always this way. At its height in 1935, the New Deal devoted […]

Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide

March 3, 2016 in the Presidents’ Lounge. The Annual Francis X Gerrity Lecture.  Renowned policy analyst, historian, and journalist Gary Bass shows how Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger’s involvement in the 1971 atrocities in Bangladesh led to war between India and Pakistan, shaped the fate of Asia, and left in its wake a host of […]

United Nations Trip

February 22, 2016.  Our tour of the United Nations began at noon and was followed by a special briefing on the topic of Global Migration.  We had lunch in the cafeteria at the United Nations.  After our briefing, we returned to Philadelphia.

Martin Luther King Jr. Alternative Narratives

January 20, 2016 in the Presidents’ Lounge.  A round table discussion with Professors Randall Miller, Katherine Sibley and Brian Yates, presented alternative narratives of his life and philosophy, emphasizing his internationalism and his critiques of American domestic and foreign policies.


Natural Philosophy & Magic in the Latin Middle Ages

April 16, 2015, Presidents’ Lounge. Elly R. Tuitt, Assistant Professor of Medieval History, Bryn Mawr College, presents philosophers, theologians, clerical writers, and practitioners – of all sorts debated and defined the scope of human inquiry, the nature of Nature, and whether it was possible, let alone permissible, to go beyond the divinely ordained limits of […]

Yalta and the Cold War Culture of Secrecy

November 10, 2015, located in the North Lounge.  Lecture by Dr. Joshua Botts, Historian’s office, U.S. Department of State.  In February 1945, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin met at Yalta and confronted and expansive agenda that straddled the demands of finishing a war and building a peace.  The deals struck and compromises reached over representation and […]

Survival of the Fittest: Folk Song Traditions in Changing Mongolia

November 3, 2015 in the Presidents’ Lounge.  Lecture and presentation by Dr. Sunmin Yoon.  In 2005 UNESCO proclaimed the Mongolian Long Song as a UNISCO Masterpiece, and later, in 2008, listed it as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.  Now, as a result, more Mongolians are taking pride in this tradition as a representative aspect […]

Why Church Councils Matter: Fourth Lateran, Constance, and Conciliarism in the Catholic Church

November 17, 2015, in the Presidents’ Lounge.  A panel discussion, Drs. Christopher Close, Alison Williams Lewin and William Madges, discussion to commemorate the 800th anniversary of Fourth Lateran Council, the 600th anniversary of the Council of Constance, with reflections on Vatican II and its connections to contemporary conciliar ideas in the Church.

United Nations at 70

October 15, 2015 in Barbelin 265 Lecture Hall.  Expert panel discussion with Dr. Amber Abbas, Dr. Lisa Baglione, and Dr. Rich Gioioso about the history of politics and cooperation.

A Man with a Water Jar?

October 6, 2015, Presidents’ Lounge.  Dr. Amy Sowder Koch, Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, Towson University, discussing rethinking the gendered roles of ancient Greek vases.

Growing up Black in Nazi Germany

April 22, 2015, in the North Lounge.  The Annual David H. Burton Lecture.  Presented by Dr. Erik G. Huneke

The Land of Genghis Khan: Mongolia Then and Now

April 21, 2015 in the North Lounge.  Come to learn about the country of Mongolia.  Try Mongolian food!   Hear Mongolian music! Presentation about Mongolia by Dr. Saruul-Erdene Myagmar of the Foreign Service Institute at the US State Department.

What Would Frederick Douglas Do?

March 26, 2015, in the Presidents’ Lounge.  Delivered James Brewer Stewart, the James Wallace Professor of History, Emeritus, at Macalester College and the founder of Historians Against Slavery.  Many people describe today’s opposition to slavery and human trafficking as a “new abolitionist movement.” So the question to be addressed is: “What can we learn from the […]

The Voting Rights Act of 1965, After 50 Years

February 18, 2015 in the McShain Conference Room.  A faculty Panel of experts, Drs. Laura Crispin, Melissa Logue, Randall Miller, Katie Oxx and Monica Smith assess the impact and meaning of the act of 1965.