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.

Liacouras center at graduation

As the Class of 2017 leaves undergraduate life behind, we asked a few of our new alumni about their fondest Temple memories, their favorite classes and their advice for future Owls.

Robin Kolodny

Robin Kolodny (political science), Lauren Alloy (psychology) and Ralph Young (history) were among a select group of faculty members honored by Temple for their outstanding accomplishments.

2017 faculty retirees

Faculty, staff and alumni gathered in Shusterman Hall to honor retiring faculty members and the recipients of College of Liberal Arts Teaching Awards.

Image of History alumni Olivia D’Aiutolo

When I chose to major in history at the start of my undergraduate career, I was certain I would be going to law school and becoming a lawyer. When I changed my mind about that in my sophomore year, I knew I would stick with history because I loved it. I graduated from Temple in 2016 with a bachelor’s in history and a special foreign language certificate in Italian. I chose Italian because of my familial background and a desire to study abroad in Italy—which I did do in 2014.

Studnets in an Intellectual Heritage class

The Constitutional Convention, Greenwich Village in 1913 and Athens in 403 BC are all settings for Intellectual Heritage's historical role playing game.

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