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"Building Drexel: Celebrating 125 Years"

In honor of the 125th anniversary, Drexel produced a short video documentary that uses archival images and videos to explore some of the major events, people and eras of Drexel’s history. It is narrated by Scott Knowles, PhD, associate professor and interim head of the Department of History in the College of Arts and Sciences and co-editor of “Building Drexel: The University and Its City, 1891-2016" along with Richardson Dilworth, PhD, professor in the Department of Politics in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Center for Public Policy.

The full-length video premiered at the 125th Anniversary Commemorative Event in Main Building on Dec. 7. Watch the video below:

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Image(s) courtesy of Drexel University Archives.

Commemorative 125th Anniversary Event

With pomp and circumstance, this commemorative 125th anniversary event celebrated and honored Drexel's historic 125th anniversary, including all constituents. This included the “Time Capsule,” official proclamations, and formal remarks by President Fry, Chairman Greenawalt, and Provost Blake and of Drexel University, as well as remarks by Government officials including Councilwoman Blackwell.

The event can be viewed in its entirety below:

Public Lecture Series

Drexel’s new public lecture series features talks about the University’s 125-year history from the contributors and co-editors of the upcoming book “Building Drexel: The University and Its City, 1891-2016." Each lecture covers certain chapters of the University’s history, starting with the life of founder Anthony J. Drexel and ending with what Drexel could be like at its 150-year anniversary.

Past lectures are available to watch below.

Drexel at 125 and 150

Presented by President John Fry Thursday, December 1, 2016

President John Fry discusses what he sees as the defining features of Drexel University today, and the exciting possibilities for the institution as it evolves over the coming generation.

Days of Challenge and Transformation

Presented by Scott Gabriel Knowles, Jason Ludwig, and Bucky Stanton Thursday, November 17, 2016

This lecture explores the days of challenge that led to renewal and a current era of stability and success.

Sports at Drexel

Presented by Dr. Eric Zillmer Thursday, November 10, 2016

Learn about the surprisingly rich history of athletics at Drexel University

Greek Life at Drexel

Presented by Tony Noce Thursday, November 3, 2016

This lecture offers a review of the history of Greek letter organizations at Drexel, including their origins and the continuing important role that the Fraternities and Sororities have played in the evolution of Drexel University.

Drexel Taylorized: The University as a Laboratory for Engineering Education

Presented by Tiago Saraiva Thursday, October 20, 2016

This lecture details the history of engineering education as it emerged under Hollis Godfrey, president of the university from 1913-21. In these years Drexel started offering an engineering degree and the co-op.

Drexel, University City, and Philadelphia

Presented by Richardson Dilworth Thursday, October 13, 2016

This lecture uses the histories of Drexel and University City to suggest some key moments of change in Philadelphia that established new trajectories, and what those moments tell us about the future of the city.

The Drexel Family

Presented by Cordelia Biddle Thursday, October 6, 2016

Why did an immigrant’s son devote his resources to equality in education? This lecture explored the life of A.J. Drexel.

How Do You Tell 125 Years of Drexel History?

Presented by Scott Gabriel Knowles Thursday, September 29, 2016

What were the historic turning points, who defined our history, and what sources do we have to tell the story? This lecture provided an overview of Drexel history from 1891 to the present.