For nearly fifty years, the Department of History has hosted the History Forum, attracting national and international scholars to address topics of current as well as historical and academic interest. The History Forum welcomes the general public to attend the public lectures and interact with the speakers and the Duquesne University community.
On October 21, 2015, Dr. Christy Ford Chapin, Assistant Professor of History at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, spoke about the U.S. health care system's mixture of governmental and market authority. She addressed how the insurance company model positioned corporations at the center of the health care system and shaped the development of public programs such as Medicare. Even though this model created cost and quality of care problems, its legacy lives on in the Affordable Care Act.