2019 Francis X. Gerrity Lecture

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.

2018 David H. Burton Postdoctoral Fellowship Lecture

Date and Time: Wed. April 11, 4 p.m.
Location: Presidents’ Lounge, Campion Student Center

Students are invited to attend the 2018 David H. Burton Postdoctoral Fellowship Lecture, “Exiles and Outlaws, Bandits and Revolutionaries: Malta’s Italian Refugee Crisis, 1815–1848,” presented by 2017-2018 David H. Burton Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of the Department of History Leslie R. Schumacher.

2018 Francis X. Gerrity Lecture

Date and Time: Mon., March 26, 4:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal John P. Foley Campus Center

Students are invited to attend the 2018 Francis X. Gerrity Lecture, “Attica: The Prison Uprising of 1971 and Why It Matters Now,” presented by Dr. Heather Ann Thompson, Professor of History at the University of Michigan and winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in History for her book Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy.

2018 Raymond H. Schmandt Lecture

Date and Time: Wed., Feb. 28, 4:30 p.m.
Location: Forum Theatre, Campion Student Center

Dr. Stephen Bensch, Professor of History at Swarthmore College, will present “Reimagining Crusading: The Knights of Saint John, Sexual Politics, and the Conquest of Rhodes, 1310” as the 2018 Raymond H. Schmandt Lecture, cosponsored by the Department of Theology and Religious studies and the College of Arts and Science Dean’s Office.

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.

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.