College History Professor to Discuss Historical Perspective of Presidential Campaigns in Lecture

Release Date: Thursday, October 30, 2008

 David Contosta, Ph.D., professor of history at Chestnut Hill College will lecture on “Campaigning for the Presidency: An Historical Perspective” on Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 4 p.m. in the Redmond Room of St. Joseph Hall. Chestnut Hill College is located at 9601 Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia. The lecture is sponsored by the history honors society, Phi Alpha Theta, and the history program at Chestnut Hill. Dr. Contosta will lecture on the history of presidential elections and their relevance today in the current election.

Dr. Contosta is the author of 15 books, as well as numerous articles and reviews. Refusing to tie himself down to a narrow specialty, his writings include biographies of Henry Adams, studies of higher education, orphanages, families, urban and suburban history, architecture and landscape, urban parks, historic preservation, and a variety of topics in social, cultural, and intellectual history. One of his titles, Frontier Town to Edge City, was adapted for Public Television and broadcast as Seeds of Americana during 2001 and 2002.

David’s recent publication, Rebel Giants: The Revolutionary Lives of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin (Prometheus Press, 2008) has received glowing recommendations from the Midwest Book Review, and has received mentions in the national press, including Newsweek Magazine.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Lorraine Coons, Ph.D. at, or call 215.248.7184.