Department of History

Vernell Lillie in a pink suit
Vernell A. Lillie, a former associate professor of Africana Studies, founder of Pitt’s Kuntu Repertory Theatre and vanguard member of the Black Arts Movement at Pitt and beyond, has died at 89.
Researchers from Pitt and Harvard offer their take on this week’s Super Tuesday results and describe how civic engagement is changing in light of the 2008 and 2016 presidential elections.
A depiction of a coronavirus
While identifying a new disease by its place of origin seems intuitive, history demonstrates that doing so can harm the people who live there, contends Pitt historian Mari Webel.
Josh Gibson sliding home in a baseball uniform
For The Conversation, Professor Rob Ruck detailed a brief history of the Negro Leagues, the integration of Major League Baseball and how Pittsburgh played an influential role in the new face of the game.
Raja Adal in a light dress shirt
Naeem Aziz, wearing a black coat and shirt, speaking to panelist Zhaojin Zeng, wearing a light blue dress shirt in front of a crowd
More than 250 people attended a panel discussion on Feb. 12 to hear a group of Pitt and county experts discuss the coronavirus outbreak.
Lauren Ban talking with a panelist in a dark jacket
In Pennsylvania, efforts are underway to redraw electoral maps, but it’s a complicated process—and one that that other states are watching closely. A group called Draw the Lines PA invited students like Pitt’s Lauren Ban to offer their solutions.
Margaret Weitekamp
Margaret Weitekamp (A&S ’93), the curator and department chair of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Space History Department, uses her passion for storytelling to encourage visitors to inquire about the past, and ignite their interest in the 5,000 artifacts under her charge.