Town and Gown Lecture Series

The Division recognizes the importance of building bridges connecting the university to the local community. It was in this spirit that in 1985 Heiko Oberman launched the Annual Lecture for Town and Gown. The series has brought renowned scholars to the University of Arizona campus and have been avidly attended. It was Oberman's hope that they would stimulate the creative capacities of a broad public.



2015      Thomas E. Burman, Distinguished Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History,
               University of Tennessee, Knoxville
               “On the Edge of Scholastic Europe: Ramon Martí O.P. Confronts Judaism and Islam”
2014      Alexandra Walsham, Professor of Modern History and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge University, UK
               "Landscape, Ancient Monuments and Memory in Early Modern Britain"

2013     Edward Muir, Clarence L. Ver Steeg Professor in the Arts and Sciences and
              Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, Northwestern University
              "The 'People Who Believe in Nothing': Intolerable Thoughts in Late Renaissance Italy"

2012     Thomas A. Brady, Jr., Peder Sather Professor Emeritus of History, University of California, Berkeley
              "Germany, Europe, Wolrd Christianity--Reformations Lost and Found"
2011     Barbara B. Diefendorf, Professor of History at Boston University
              "Inventing a Catholic Reformation in Seventeenth-Century France: How the Spanish Carmelites Became French" 

2010     Heinz Schilling, Professor of History, Humboldt University, Berlin, and winner of the 2002 Dr. A. H.  Heineken
              Prize  for History

2009     Londa Schiebinger, John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science, Stanford University
              "The Gender Politics of Plants in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World"

2008     David Cressy, Humanities Distinguished Professor, Ohio State University
              "What Not to Say: Dangerous Speech in Early Modern England"

2007     Natalie Zemon Davis, Henry Charles Lea Professor Emerita of History at Princeton University
              "Philosophes, Jews, and Africans in Colonial Suriname: The Example of David Nassy"

2006     Andrew M. Greeley, Professor of Sociology, University of Arizona; and Research Associate, National Opinion 
              Research Center, University of Chicago
              "The Mystery of African-American Evangelicals"

2005     Caroline Walker Bynum , Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton
              "A Matter of Matter: Two Cases of Blood Cult in Fifteenth-Century Germany"

2004     James D. Tracy , University of Minnesota Union Pacific Professor of Early Modern History
              "Christendom vs. Islamdom: The Background War of the Early Modern Era, 1500-1700"

2003     William Chester Jordan , Princeton University Professor of History and Director of the Medieval Studies Program
              "Expulsion and Exile: French Jews in the Early Fourteenth Century"

2002     Elaine Pagels, Harrington Spear Paine Foundation Professor of Religion, Princeton University
              "The Recently Discovered Gospel of Thomas: An Early Mystical Jewish View of Jesus"

2001     Patrick Collinson, Emeritus Regius Professor of Modern History, University of Cambridge
              "The Reformation and the Birth of England "

2000     John P. Frank, Constitutional law
              "The Trial of Socrates: The Foundation of Democracy"

1999     Robert Wistrich, Professor of Modern European History, Hebrew University
              "In the Footsteps of the Messiah: Herzl, Zionism, and the Millennial Fever"

1998     Thomas O'Meara, O.P., William K. Warren Chair of Theology, University of Notre Dame
              "Religion Looks Beyond the Year 2000: The Millennium, World Religions, Extra-Terrestrial Life"

1997     John Dillenberger, Professor Emeritus in Ecclesiastical and Art History, Graduate Theological Union
              "Painters as Prophets: Unexpected Visions of Heaven and Earth"

1996     John Shea, Professor of Systematic Theology, Mundelein Seminary
              "Storytelling and Spiritual Development: Narratives from the Spiritual Traditons of the World"

1995     Jaroslav Pelikan, Sterling Professor of History, Yale University
              "From Russia With Love: Russian Roots of the American Spirit: Jewish and Christian"

1993     Leon Bass, Winner, 1992 Holocaust Humanitarian Award
              "Racism and the Holocaust: An African American in World War II"

1992     Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi, Director, Center for Israel and Jewish Studies, Columbia University
              "1492: The Jewish Response to the Expulsion from Spain"

1990     Rosemary Radford Reuther, Professor of Applied Theology , Garret-Evangelical Theological Seminary

1989     Martin E. Marty, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the History of Christianity,        
              University of Chicago Divinity School

1988     David Tracy, Andrew Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Distinguished Service Professor of Catholic 
              Studies and Professor of Theology and of the Philosophy of Religion, University of Chicago Divinity School

1987     Krister Stendahl, Dean, John Lord O'Brian Professor of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School

1986     Jürgen Moltmann, Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Tübingen

1985     Hans Küng, Professor of Ecumenical Theology, University of Tübingen


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