Professor Dallett Hemphill, Prominent American Historian

Professor of History Dallett Hemphill reminds us that the importance of siblings is often overlooked in the history of the American family. But siblings have helped each other, and leaned on one another, in the face of the dramatic political, economic and cultural changes of the 18th and 19th centuries. Dr. Hemphill is the author of Siblings, Brothers and Sisters in American History, published this summer (2011) by Oxford University Press. Read More»


Professor Named an Academic Fellow at Tel Aviv U.

Ursinus Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Carlin Romano has been named an Academic Fellow at Tel Aviv University with the support of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington, D.C. Prof. Romano, who was the first Eisenhower Fellow from the United States to Israel, will participate in an international seminar this summer with academics, diplomats and military officials from multiple countries on how democracies should respond to terrorism. Read More»


Author Mary Cappello Lecture on Dr. Chevalier Jackson

Nonfiction author Mary Cappello will lecture at Ursinus College on Swallow: Foreign Bodies, Their Ingestion, Inspiration, and the Curious Doctor Who Extracted Them, her recently-released biography of Dr. Chevalier Jackson, inventor of the life-saving bronchoscope.  The free event will be held on Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in the Main Gallery of Ursinus College’s Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, and is open to the public.  Read More»


Comic Curator and Artist John Jennings to Speak

Comic curator and comic book artist John Jennings will examine the growth, development and current state of underground Black comics in a presentation on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in Ursinus College’s Musser Auditorium, Pfahler Hall.  Jennings will focus on how Black artists have used the medium to counter mainstream images and portrayals of Africa and African Americans. Read More»


Professor Edits ‘Philadelphia Noir’ Collection

Ursinus Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Carlin Romano guides us through Philadelphia’s dark side, as editor of Philadelphia Noir (Akashic Books), a just-published collection of original short stories set in Philadelphia neighborhoods. Read More»


Investigators Discuss The Ghosts of Duffy’s Cut

In 1832, 57 Irish immigrant laborers arrived in this country to help construct the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad, later to become part of the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Main Line.  Within six weeks, all were dead of cholera and possible violence and buried anonymously in a ditch outside of Malvern, Pa. William E. Watson, J. Francis Watson, and Earl H. Schandelmeier III, archival and archaeological researchers into the on-going mystery surrounding the deaths, will discuss their research in a program at Ursinus College in Pfahler Hall’s Musser Auditorium (Room 100).  The program is free, open to the public and no tickets or reservations are needed. Read More»


Urban Farmer, Author Manny Howard to Visit

Urban farmer Manny Howard, the author of the recent novel My Empire of Dirt, will be in Pfahler Auditorium on Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. Howard is an accomplished magazine writer who has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Food & Wine, Travel and Leisure, Rolling Stone, and Harper’s Bazaar, among other publications, and recently was a guest on The Colbert Report. Read More»


Jennifer Finney Boylan to Read from Works

Widely praised author Jennifer Finney Boylan will read from her works at Ursinus College on Nov. 10. 7:30 p.m. in Musser Auditorium in Pfahler Hall. Boylan grew up in the Delaware County area as James Boylan and is teaching at Ursinus this semester as the college’s first Updike-Hoyer Distinguished Visiting Writer. She is the author of eleven books, including She’s Not There: a Life in Two Genders, one of the first best-selling books by a transgendered American, and I’m Looking Through You: Growing Up Haunted. Read More»


“Ursinus is Talking About…” Campus-Wide Initative

Ursinus is Talking About….. “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz, a multigenerational tale of a Dominican family that immigrates to the United States. The campus-wide initiative asks student, faculty and staff to participate in discussions and events based on a selected text, throughout the year. Read More»