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. PennDesign offers six areas of graduate study, including a Master of City Planning and Master of Science in Historical Preservation.

Registration is required.

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 set in motion a chain of events leading to the largest book restitution in history.  Going beyond heroic tales, this talk explores the day-to-day operations, decisions, and conflicts arising in the restitution effort, to deepen our understanding of the Monuments Men’s achievement.

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 solutions to African problems: the UN and the African Union in conflict management/ resolution in the Horn and Prof. Lee Cassanelli, University of Pennsylvania, From Trusteeship to UNSOM 2015: 65 Years of UN Missions in Somalia.

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 the human intellect.  Archbishops consulted with auguries, while astral science, including astral prediction, was taught in university curricula.  Yet the distinction between legitimate and welcome inquiry into the laws of nature and the pursuit of the so called “dark arts” remained fraught, contested, and context dependent.

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 $27 million—roughly $461 million today—to supporting tens of thousands of needy artists of all races, who used that support to create more than 100,000 works.