• Constructing Swift Hall

Divinity @ 125/150

On Thursday, October 22, 2015, the Divinity School celebrated the 150th anniversary of its incorporation and the University of Chicago celebrated its 125th. 

Founded in 1890, the University of Chicago celebratee 125 Years of Inquiry and Impact. The anniversary was an opportunity to reflect on our history, our community past and present, and the founding principles that continue to guide our direction. The celebration took place throughout Autumn Quarter 2015 with events held across campus in the divisions, schools, and other units, beginning with the Opening Convocations in September and culminating in the 525th Convocation in December.
The Divinity School marked the University’s 125th anniversary – and the Divinity School’s 150th anniversary – with a panel discussion on the history of the Divinity School, followed by a reception, a dinner, and further remarks after dinner.  
If you experience any technical difficulties with this video or would like to make an accessibility-related request, please send a message to terren [at] uchicago [dot] edu

Nuveen Panel* on Divinity School History:

                   Larry Greenfield, DB'66, AM'70, PhD'78
                   Martin E. Marty, PhD'56
                   Daniel Meyer, AM'75, PhD'94



About our Speakers:


Larry Greenfield, DB'66, AM'70, PhD'78, Executive Minister for the American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago, Chair of the Baptist Theological Union, member of the Divinity School Visiting Committee, and former Dean of Students at the Divinity School







Martin Marty, PhD'56, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the History of Modern Christianity







Daniel Meyer, AM'75, PhD'94 (SSD), the University Archivist and Director of the Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library







Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions







Richard A. Rosengarten, AM’88, PhD’94, Dean






*The panel discussion also served as the 2015 John S. Nuveen Lecture.

John S. Nuveen was one of Chicago’s most influential business leaders and an active civil and cultural leader with ties to many educational institutions. At the University of Chicago, he served as chairman of the University’s Alumni Association and as a trustee of the Baptist Theological Union, who established the Nuveen lecture in 1972 and manage an endowment that supports the University of Chicago Divinity School.  Each year, a prominent member of the University's faculty is invited by the BTU and the Divinity School to deliver the lecture. Past lecturers have included Janet Rowley, Jonathan Lear, and Leon Kass.