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Elmhurst at 150: Celebration, Reflection and Renewal

Welcome to Elmhurst University’s Fall 2021 speaker series.

This year’s theme, Elmhurst at 150: Celebration, Reflection and Renewal, is inspired by Elmhurst University’s yearlong celebration of its sesquicentennial anniversary. We hope you’ll join us for one or all of our events this fall.

All of our cultural events are open to the public. Tickets are available for purchase here, and when demand permits, are also available at the door. For lectures and most other events, admission is free for Elmhurst University students, faculty, staff and alumni.

To protect the health of our community, campus visitors will be required to wear a mask during all indoor events, regardless of vaccination status. This requirement may change to reflect any changes in campus policies and public health guidance.

Questions? Call (630) 617-5186 or email

An Ever-Widening Circle: Elmhurst University at 150

Elmhurst History Museum Exhibition

Explore Elmhurst University’s 150-year journey through this sesquicentennial anniversary exhibit featuring rare photographs, artifacts, video, interviews and more. Trace the many ways the school has grown and changed, from its early beginnings as a German theological proseminary to today’s modern university.

Sept. 24, 2021, to Jan. 2, 2022
Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst
Admission is free

The Elmhurst History Museum celebrates Elmhurst University’s 150-year journey in a new exhibit, a lecture and more. Visit for the full schedule.

Rob ButlerElmhurst Greats and Grads

Robert Butler

Learn about the significant people who led, developed and graduated from Elmhurst University during its 150-year history in this online lecture. Led by the University’s Joan and Lester Brune Chair of History, Robert Butler.

Online #TBT Lecture
Available beginning Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021
Access: starting Nov. 4 for a link to the pre-recorded program
Admission is free

The Elmhurst History Museum celebrates Elmhurst University’s 150-year journey in a new exhibit, a lecture and more. Visit for the full schedule.

Malka Simkovich, speaker of the Fall 2021 Heschel LectureThe Origins and Significance of Jewish Universalism

Malka Simkovich

Malka Simkovich is the Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies and director of Catholic-Jewish Studies at Catholic Theological Union. The author of The Making of Jewish Universalism: From Exile to Alexandria (2016), Simkovich is involved in numerous interreligious dialogue projects to increase understanding and friendship between Christians and Jews.

The Abraham Joshua Heschel Lecture
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is free


Part of the Religious Literacy Project at Elmhurst University.


Ebrahim Moosa, speaker of the Fall 2021 al-Ghazali LectureMadrasa: Traditional Islam in the Modern World

Ebrahim Moosa

Ebrahim Moosa is the Mirza Family Professor of Islamic Thought and Muslim Societies in the Keough School of Global Affairs and the Department of History at the University of Notre Dame. He co-directs Contending Modernities, the global research and education initiative examining the interaction among Catholic, Muslim and other religious and secular forces in the world.

The al-Ghazali Lecture
Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is free

Part of the Religious Literacy Project at Elmhurst University.

Jacqueline Boyd, speaker of the Fall 2021 Johnson Intercultural Lecture

Living Our Values: How to Authentically Embrace Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as Individuals, Institutions, and A Community

Jacqueline Boyd

Jacqueline Boyd brings passion and expertise to the field of aging and LGBTQ+ advocacy. A speaker, facilitator and entrepreneur, Boyd is the owner of The Care Plan, the country’s first care management company centered around the perspective and needs of LGBTQ+ older adults.

The William R. Johnson Intercultural Lecture
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, 4:00 p.m.
Schaible Science Center, Illinois Hall
Admission is free

Daymond John, speaker of the Fall 2021 Roland Quest LectureDiversity: A Good Business Practice

Daymond John

Long committed to promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, Daymond John is an original co-star of the popular “Shark Tank” TV series, and founder and CEO of the FUBU lifestyle brand. Named a Presidential Ambassador of Global Entrepreneurship in 2015, John was part of an exclusive group that joined President Barack Obama at the Global Entrepreneur Summit in Kenya. His talk at Elmhurst University launches its sesquicentennial-year Homecoming festivities.

The Roland Quest Lecture
Thursday, Sept. 23, 7:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
Admission is $15

Paul Chavez, speaker of the Fall 2021 Cesar Chavez Intercultural Lecture

Lessons Learned From My Father

Paul Chavez

As a boy in the early 1960s, Paul Chavez joined his family on weekends in California’s Central Valley farm towns, handing out leaflets and helping his father, Cesar Chavez, build the union that would become the United Farm Workers. Paul Chavez spent his entire life with the farm worker movement, and since 1991 has led the Cesar Chavez Foundation.

The 25th Anniversary Cesar Chavez Intercultural Lecture
Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, 4:00 p.m.
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Admission is free

I Was on Campus on 9/11

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Elmhurst University will host “I Was on Campus on 9/11,” a time for reflection and discussion led by alumni and the Office of the Chaplain. The event will be presented in person and via videoconference on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021.

Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
Daniels Hall, Room 305
Admission is Free

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