Town and Gown Lecture

The Division recognizes the importance of connecting the university to the local community. It was in this spirit that in 1985 Heiko Oberman launched the Annual Town and Gown Lecture. The series has brought renowned scholars to the University of Arizona campus.


Year Lecture
2024 Nicholas Terpstra, Professor of History, University of Toronto
"Blood and Betrayal: Meanings in the Massacre of the Innocents"
2023 Mary Lindemann, Professor Emerita of History, University of Miami
"Waterworlds: An Alternative History of Brandenburg-Prussia in the Seventeenth Century"
2022 Joel F. Harrington, Centennial Professor of History, Vanderbilt University
"Cruel and Inhuman: The Nineteenth-Century Invention of the Gothic Executioner"

Stuart Schwartz, George Burton Adams Professor of History, Yale University

"Mala Sangre: Religion and Race in Colonial Latin America"

2019 Alexander J. Fisher, Professor of Music, University of British Columbia
"Sound Propaganda: On Sound and Music in Early Modern Religious Persuasion"
2018 Peter H. Wilson, Chichele Professor of the History of War, All Souls College, University of Oxford
"Tragedy, Violence, and Survival in Germany during the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648)"

Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, Distinguished Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
"To the Ends of the Earth: Religious Transformations in the Age of the Reformation"


Thomas Kaufmann, Professor of Church History, University of Göttingen
"The Reformation in Print"


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”


Alexandra Walsham, Professor of Modern History and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge University
"Landscape, Ancient Monuments and Memory in Early Modern Britain"


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"


Thomas A. Brady, Jr., Peder Sather Professor Emeritus of History, University of California, Berkeley
"Germany, Europe, World Christianity: Reformations Lost and Found"


Barbara B. Diefendorf, Professor of History, Boston University
"Inventing a Catholic Reformation in Seventeenth-Century France: How the Spanish Carmelites Became French"


Heinz Schilling, Professor of History, Humboldt University, Berlin
"Religion and Violence: What We Can Learn From European Confessional Fundamentalism of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries"

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

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


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"


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"


Caroline Walker Bynum, Professor of Western European Middles Ages, Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton
"A Matter of Matter: Two Cases of Blood Cult in Fifteenth-Century Germany"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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"


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


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


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


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


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


Rosemary Radford Reuther, Professor of Applied Theology, Garret-Evangelical Theological Seminary
"The Feminist Challenge to the Christian Churches: Historical Roots, Contemporary Issues"


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


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