Welcome

Welcome to the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania. Over thirty historians in the standing faculty advance our understanding of the past. Penn's graduate program trains the next generation of scholars and teachers. The Department's strong commitment to undergraduate education can be seen in the prominence of the history major, one of the largest on campus, in the numerous teaching awards earned by both standing faculty and graduate students, and history's strong presence in general education. History faculty direct and participate in many interdisciplinary centers on the Penn campus, and edit a number of scholarly journals.

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Monday, Dec. 12 - Last day of classes
Tues., Dec. 13 & Weds., Dec. 14 - Reading Days
Thurs., Dec. 15 - Thurs, Dec. 22 - Final Exams
Thurs., Dec. 22 - Fall Term ends

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In Memoriam - Richard Beeman (1942-2016)

The History Department mourns the loss of Professor Richard Beeman, John Welsch Centennial Professor of History Emeritus who died on September 5, 2016, at the age of 74. Professor Beeman spent more than forty years—his entire professional career—as a member of the History Department faculty.  He was an engaged and passionate teacher, a distinguished scholar, and an active member of the Penn and the larger Philadelphia community.  He will be profoundly missed.

Please see the tribute written by Penn Professor Bruce Kuklick, Nichols Professor of American History Emeritus.

And the obituary published in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Donations honoring Professor Beeman may be made directly to the National Constitution Center or the ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia.  Contributions to the National Constitution Center will be put towards the Richard R. Beeman National Constitution Center-University of Pennsylvania Visiting Scholar in Law and History.

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