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Public Lecture Series Launched to Celebrate Drexel’s 125 Years

September 07, 2016

Interior of Main Building.
To celebrate its 125th anniversary this fall, Drexel will hold a public lecture series dedicated to telling certain chapters of the University’s history. The nine talks held this fall will feature lectures from contributors and the co-editors of the upcoming book “Building Drexel: The University and Its City, 1891-2016,” which is the first comprehensive history of Drexel University in Philadelphia.

These lectures are free and open to the public. They will be held at the A.J. Drexel Picture Gallery in Drexel’s Main Building (unless otherwise noted). Lectures will be live-streamed and archived on the 125th website.

Here are the events:

How Do You Tell 125 Years of Drexel History?” by Scott Gabriel Knowles, PhD, department head and associate professor in the Department of History in the College of Arts and Sciences and co-editor of "Building Drexel."

Sept. 29

12–12:50 p.m.                      

The Drexel Family” by Cordelia Frances Biddle, an author who teaches in the Pennoni Honors College and descendant of Francis Martin Drexel, father of University founder Anthony "Tony" J. Drexel.

Oct. 6

12–12:50 p.m.                      

“Drexel, University City and Philadelphia” by Richardson Dilworth, PhD, interim department head and professor in the Department of Politics in the College of Arts and Sciences and co-editor of "Building Drexel."

Oct. 13

12–12:50 p.m.          

Location: Macalister Hall room 2019/20

“Drexel Taylorized: The University as a Laboratory for Engineering Education” by Tiago Saraiva, PhD, assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Oct. 20           

12–12:50 p.m.                      

“Walking Tour of Drexel History” led by Scott Gabriel Knowles.

Oct. 27                       

12–12:50 p.m.                      

Location: Meet on steps of Main Building at 11:55 a.m.

“Greek Life at Drexel” by Tony Noce ‘80, chair of Drexel's Alumni Association Board of Governors and Drexel trustee.

Nov. 3            

12–12:50 p.m.                      

“Sports at Drexel” by Eric Zillmer, PsyD, director of Athletics and professor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Nov. 10                      

12–12:50 p.m.                      

“Days of Challenge and Transformation” by Scott Gabriel Knowles; Jason Ludwig, graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences; and Bucky Stanton, undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Nov. 17                      

12–12:50 p.m.                      

“Drexel at 125 and 150” by President John A. Fry

Dec. 1             

12–12:50 p.m.                      

For more information, contact Scott Gabriel Knowles.