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Welcome to the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania. Over thirty historians in the standing faculty with a broad range of research specialties advance our understanding of the past.

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Annenberg Seminar in History (Virtual)

Valeria López Fadul, Wesleyan University
“The Cradle of Words: Language and Knowledge Making in Early Latin America”
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Valeria López Fadul is an Assistant Professor of History and Latin American Studies at Wesleyan University. She studies the intellectual and cultural history of colonial Latin America and early modern Spain, with a…

Penn & Slavery Project

The Penn & Slavery Project teaches us that no colony, state, or well-funded university was buffered from slavery’s reach.  Penn’s story is a national story, and one of great importance to our ongoing efforts to come to terms with our nations’s history of slavery.