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.
PREVIOUS TOWN AND GOWN LECTURERS
2017 Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, Distinguished Professor of History, University of Wisconsion-Milwaukee
"To the Ends of the Earth: Religious Transformations in the Age of the Reformation"
2016 Thomas Kaufmann, Professor of Church History, University of Göttingen, Germany
"The Reformation in Print"
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"
"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
"Religion and Violence: What We Can Learn From European Confessional Fundamentalism of the Sixteenth and
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, Professor of Western European Middles Ages, 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 Traditions 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
"The Feminist Challenge to the Christian Churches: Historical Roots, Contemporary Issues"
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