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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.

Drexel Past and Future

Presented by John A. Fry Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Drexel Libraries

Presented by Danuta Nitecki Thursday, May 25, 2017

Global Drexel

Presented by Julie Mostov Thursday, May 11, 2017

Drexel Research Innovation: A 125Year Retrospective

Presented by Brian Blake and Nina Henderson Thursday, May 4, 2017

Business Education at Drexel

Presented by David Raizman Thursday, April 20, 2017

From Home Economics to Design: Fashion, Interiors, Gender, & Art at Drexel

Presented by Frank Linnehan Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Humanities at Drexel

Presented by Paula Marantz Cohen Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Sciences at Drexel

Presented by Lloyd Ackert Thursday, February 23, 2017

Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel

Presented by Gloria Donnelly Thursday, February 16, 2017

Leading Drexel in Transition

Presented by Chuck Pennoni, former Drexel interim president Thursday, February 9, 2017

Drexel’s Vietnam War

Presented by Jonson Miller Thursday, February 2, 2017

Sweet Are the Uses of Adversity: Honors and Drexel’s Turnaround

Presented by Mark Greenberg Thursday, January 26, 2017

The University and the Urban Metabolism

Presented by Charles Haas Thursday, January 19, 2017

Drexel at 125 and 150

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.

Presented by President John Fry Thursday, December 1, 2016

Days of Challenge and Transformation

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

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

Sports at Drexel

Learn about the surprisingly rich history of athletics at Drexel University.

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

Greek Life at Drexel

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.

Presented by Tony Noce Thursday, November 3, 2016

Drexel Taylorized: The University as a Laboratory for Engineering Education

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.

Presented by Tiago Saraiva Thursday, October 20, 2016

Drexel, University City, and Philadelphia

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.

Presented by Richardson Dilworth Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Drexel Family

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

Presented by Cordelia Biddle Thursday, October 6, 2016

How Do You Tell 125 Years of Drexel History?

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.

Presented by Scott Gabriel Knowles Thursday, September 29, 2016