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Showcasing the latest achievements, accolades, research, events and stories from the Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University.
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Associate Professor Nguyễn Thị Điểu & Digital Preservation Workshop in Huế

Temple Associate Professor Nguyễn Thị Điểu spent two weeks this summer participating in a project sponsored by Temple University Libraries, Temple Center of Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture, and Society, and the Thừa Thiên Huế Library. It took place in the former imperial capital of Vietnam, Huế, and involved digitizing royal documents, genealogies, medical treatises, land ownship…
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Jessica Roney

Welcome Jessica Roney

Jessica Choppin Roney received her BA at Swarthmore College, her MA at the College of William and Mary, and her PhD from Johns Hopkins University.  Her book, Governed by a Spirit of Opposition:The Origins of American Political Practice in Colonial Philadelphia, forthcoming in the fall of 2014, demonstrates the vitality of voluntary associations in colonial Philadelphia…
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Peter Lavelle

Welcome Peter Lavelle, Assistant Professor of History

The department is excited to welcome Peter Lavelle as an Assistant Professor of History. This fall, look for his courses on Asian Environmental History (History 2680, Section 001) and Contemporary China! (History 3522). He received his Ph.D. in Chinese history from Cornell University in 2012. In 2013-2014, he was postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute…
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Public-history partnership leads to full-time work for Temple graduate

Seth Bruggeman, director of Temple’s Center for Public History, has long seen Philadelphia as a living, vibrant classroom. He has sent his students to study at the Eastern Penitentiary Prison and brought a roaming, interactive museum to the Philadelphia neighborhood of Kensington. Now, he is collaborating with the Print Center—an art gallery and education center…
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Temple exhibit drives home local history

“Manufacturing Fire”, the debut exhibit of the Philadelphia History Truck, opened Friday, documenting a people’s history of East Kensington. Temple University hopes to make the student-run project part of its permanent curriculum, and it may be a national model. Read full story. Jordan Klein, left, Exhibition Planning and Design Consultant, and Erin Bernard, right, Founding…
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History major awarded Philly Fellowship

History major Jane Allen has been awarded a highly competitive and prestigious Philly Fellowship, a one year fellowship that links top area graduating college students with full-time paid work in key non–profit organizations.  Allen wrote her senior honors thesis on the history of housing policy in Philadelphia.


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Temple professor talks to NPR about history of conjugal visits

Heather Ann Thomspon, associate professor in the departments of History and African American Studies, recently joined National Public Radio’s Tell Me More to discuss the history of conjugal visits in light of Mississipi’s decision to end that program. Read full article or listen to podcast.


Courtesy of Evan Birnholz In his spare time, Temple graduate student Evan Birnholz constructs crossword puzzles. He is the author of the New York Times Crossword for Oct. 3.

History Ph.D student is author of NYTimes Crossword for Oct 3

The New York Times crossword puzzles are known for their difficulty. However, for second-year history Ph.D. student Evan Birnholz, simply solving the puzzles was not enough of a challenge. Birnholz wanted to take his efforts to the next level and decided to create his own crosswords. Appearing in today’s edition, following countless hours spent crafting questions and…
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Dissent in America Teach-ins

Teaching History Sixties Style at Temple University

Ralph Young, March 2010 Students Use Teach-ins to Make Sense of the Post 9/11 World In September 2002 I began teaching at Temple University a new history course—Dissent in America—that I had developed. My thesis was that dissent is central to American history, that the nation, indeed, was founded on dissent. In the 17th century,…
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