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Drexel Public Lecture Series Now Online

October 18, 2016


In honor of the 125th anniversary, Drexel is producing 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 will be 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 the upcoming book “Building Drexel: The University and Its City, 1891-2016" 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 will premiere at the 125th Anniversary Commemorative Event in Main Building on Dec. 7. Watch the trailer now:


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.

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.

Watch the lecture

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.

Watch the lecture

Make sure to check the 125th Anniversary website to watch future lectures