History News

Who are we, and where are we going? For the answers, the Department of History looks to the past to see where we came from. Below you’ll find chronicles of our History students, alumni and faculty, and you can contact us if you think you have a History story that should be published here. Students learn about the political, cultural, industrial and revolutionary movements that led to the rise and fall of civilizations across time. Their interest in uncovering the patterns and watershed breaks from tradition that shaped our world is encouraged by a passionate faculty eager to show them the past while preparing them for their future.

Professor Matt Wray

The History Department’s weekly Teach-In explores the Catalan independence movement and its historical context.

Professor Ralph Young speaking at his 1968 Teach In

The History Department looks back on the year’s people and movements that shaped America’s future.

College of Liberal Arts professors offer new insights into America’s gun culture ahead of the March for Our Lives.

map art with temple t in microscope

We asked recent history grad Samantha Smyth to share her favorite Philly places. You’re welcome.

Image of History alumni Amira Rose Davis

In my junior year, I was selected to be a McNair Scholar and had the opportunity to work individually with Professors Young and Bryant Simon to conduct my own in-depth research project. Under their guidance, and with support from the McNair Program and the Russell Conwell Center, I developed a project on the historical representations of black athletes- an interest that would become the foundation for my graduate work a few years later.

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