Annenberg Seminar in History

Seminars will be held on the dates listed below on Tuesdays at 5:15PM virtually unless otherwise noted. Papers will be posted via PennKey access below and available to download at this webpage approximately one week prior to the presentation.

Please direct any questions about the series to Professor Warren Breckman:


Annenberg Seminar Series 2023-2024
History Department
College Hall 209
University of Pennsylvania


Thursday, November 2, 5:15-6:30 

“Climate Anxiety, Climate Ambition, and Philadelphia's Water Works”

Keith Pluymers, Visiting Research Scholar, Shelby Cullom Davis Center, Princeton University and Assistant Professor, Illinois State University


Tuesday, November 28, 5:15-6:30

“The Sharpest Turn: From Holocene Histories to Anthropocene Histories”  

Julia Adeney Thomas, Shelby Cullom Davis Center Fellow, Princeton University and Professor of History, University of Notre Dame


Tuesday, February 13, 5:15-6:30

“Last Gathering in Haigerloch: Jewish Survivors Return to their Swabian Hometowns, 1945-1949”  

Helmut Walser Smith, NEH Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Jewish History (2023-4) and the Martha Rivers Ingram Chair of History at Vanderbilt University.


Tuesday, February 27, 5:15-6:30

“Writing the History of Writing the Law: Some Extra-Textual Considerations.”

Paul Halliday, Professor of History, University of Virginia / Institute for Advanced Studies-Princeton


Tuesday April 23, 5:15-6:30

Paper linked here: “W. E. B. Du Bois, Classical Sociology and the Wounds of the First World War"

Chad Williams, Samuel J. and Augusta Spector Professor of History and African and African American Studies, Brandeis University