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Bicentennial Events

The activities and events that follow have been developed to recognize and celebrate Saint Louis University’s 200th anniversary. Additions to this list will be included as more initiatives are planned and scheduled. Details for many events are still being developed. For more information, contact the individual or group identified as the sponsor.

When event details and registration materials are available, a link will be provided to access that information.

Fall 2018

November 5

Mission and Identity Lecture Series: Jesuit Education – Do We Need a New Paradigm?

Presenter: Michael Garanzini, S.J.
Sponsor: Christopher Collins, S.J., Mission and Identity
Location: Saint Francis Xavier College Church

November 7

Saint Louis University Bicentennial Fellows Symposium

Sponsor: Ellen Harshman, J.D., Ph.D.
Location: To be announced

November 8

Dean's Distinguished Speaker Series

Speaker: John O'Leary
Sponsor: Doisy College of Health Sciences
Location: Allied Health Professions Building 

November 15

Celebrate the finale of the University's bicentennial events at "Happy Birthday to SLU," a special event at Chaifetz Arena featuring the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Sponsor: Saint Louis University
Location: Chaifetz Arena

Register Online

Ongoing: Historical Exhibition

Always at the Frontier: Saint Louis University 1818-2018

Runs through: December 30, 2018
Sponsor: Saint Louis University Museum of Art
Location: Saint Louis University Museum of Art

Ongoing: Display

A Retrospective of Learning Space at Saint Louis University

Opens: February 2018
Sponsor: The Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning
Location: Pius XII Memorial Library, Second Floor Gallery

Ongoing: Student Research Project

Digitizing SLU Archival Data

Opens: May 2018
Sponsor: Thomas Finan, Ph.D., Ong Center for Digital Humanities
Location: Pius XII Memorial Library

Ongoing: Exhibition at Lambert Airport

Opens: May 24, 2018
Closes: Nov. 12, 2018
Sponsor: David Brinker,  MOCRA
Location: Lambert West Gallery in Terminal 1

Ongoing: Exhibition, Sept. 1 – Oct. 15

Timeline History of Career Services and Job Searching

Opens: Sept. 1, 2018
Closes: Oct. 15, 2018
Sponsor: Kim Reitter, Career Services
Location: Busch Student Center, Suite 331

Ongoing: Alumna Art Exhibit

Margaret Lazzari Art Exhibit

Opens: Sept. 28, 2018
Closes: Dec. 31, 2018
Sponsor: Sharron Pollack, Fine and Performing Arts
Location: Community Gallery at SLUMA

Past Events

Fall 2017

September 19

Saint Louis Literary Award Celebration

Recipient: Margaret Atwood
Sponsor: Saint Louis University Library Associates
Location: Sheldon Concert Hall

September 20-22

A Distinctive Vision? Catholic Education 50 Years After Land O’Lakes

Sponsor: Christopher Collins, S.J., Mission and Identity
Location: Various campus locations

September 22

Parks College: Celebrating 90 Years, 1927-2017

Sponsor: Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology
Location: Hangar 8 at St. Louis Downtown Airport, Cahokia, Illinois. 

September 23

Bicentennial Launch Event: Bicentennial Mass

Sponsor: Saint Louis University, Bicentennial Committee, Mission and Identity
Location: Gateway Arch

Capturing Time: Dedication of Bicentennial Plaza

Sponsor: Housing and Residence Life
Location: Bicentennial Plaza

September 24

Occupational Therapy Department’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

Sponsor: Doisy College, Department of Occupational Therapy
Location: Allied Health Professions Building 

October 26, 2017

Legends and Lore Part I

Sponsor: Pius XII Memorial Library
Location: Pius XII Memorial Library, Second Floor Gallery

November 2

Mission and Identity Bicentennial Lecture Series: Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

Presenter: Greg Boyle, S.J.
Sponsor: Christopher Collins, S.J., Mission and Identity
Location: Center for Global Citizenship

November 13

William S. Sly Lecture: Experiences in Research at Merck and Their Impact on World Health

Presenter: Roy Vagelos, M.D., former CEO of Merck
Sponsor: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and School of Medicine
Location: Auditorium of the Health Sciences Education Union 

November 14

Unveiling of Bicentennial Clock

Location: Corner of Grand and Lindell

November 16, 2017

Legends and Lore Part II

Sponsor: Pius XII Memorial Library
Location: Pius XII Memorial Library, Second Floor Gallery

December 6, 2017

Living Late Antiquity: Website Launch

Sponsor: Douglas Boin, Ph.D.
Location: Academic Technology Commons, Pius XII Memorial Library

Spring 2018

February 17

Billiken Parent and Family Association Family Trivia Night
Sponsor:  Dean of Students Office

Location:  Busch Student Center Wool Ballrooms

February 26

Mission and Identity Lecture Series: Discerning Our Role in Creating a Society of Justice and Love

Presenter: Mark Thibodeaux, S.J.
Sponsor: Christopher Collins, S.J., Mission and Identity
Location: Saint Francis Xavier College Church

March 22-23

Conference: Intercultural Origins of Saint Louis and the Trans-Mississippi West, 1800-1840

Sponsor: Michal Rozbicki, Ph.D., Center for Intercultural Studies
Location: DuBourg Hall

Women at SLU: The Struggle for Knowledge, Power and Legacy

Sponsor: Department of English, Department of Women's and Gender Studies and Women's Commission
Location: Center for Global Citizenship and Saint Louis University Museum of Art

March 23

Grace and William Potter Lecture

Speaker: Margaret Kearney, vice provost and university dean of Graduate Studies, University of Rochester School of Nursing
Sponsor: Teri Murray, dean and professor in the School of Nursing
Location: Allied Health Professions Building

April 4

Trudy and Christina Valentine Lecture Series: 90 Years of Nursing Excellence, 1928-2018, Then and Now

Speaker: Diana Mason, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Teri Murray, dean and professor at the School of Nursing
Location: Health Science Educational Union

April 15

Bicentennial 5K Fun Run/Walk

Sponsor: Staff Advisory Council
Location: Drury Plaza in front of Chaifetz Arena

April 16

Mission and Identity Lecture Series: Lessons from Pope Francis on American Politics and Civic Life

Presenter: Matt Malone, S.J.
Sponsor: Christopher Collins, S.J., Mission and Identity
Location: St. Francis Xavier College Church

The Church of the Gesu in Rome and its Global Legacy

Sponsor: Cynthia Stollhans, Professor of Art History
Location: Pere Marquette Gallery, DuBourg Hall

April 17-18

From Selma to St. Louis: Theology of Martin Luther King Jr., and the Pursuit of Justice 50 Years Later

Sponsor: Leonard C. McKinnis, Ph.D., and Julie H. Rubio, Ph.D., of the Department of Theology
Location: DuBourg Hall and Boileau Hall

April 19

2018 Walter J. Ong Memorial Lecture and Symposium

Sponsor: Sara van den Berg, Professor of English
Location: Anheuser-Busch Auditorium, Chaifetz School of Business

April 20-22

Exhibition, performance, recording and digital presentation of "The Window," written by Alfred Teenyson and Arthur Sullivan

Sponsor: Phyllis Weliver, professor of English
Location: Pius XII Memorial Library and Samuel Cupples House

April 22, 23 and 24

Saint Louis Climate Summit

Sponsor: Jack Fishman, Ph.D., Center for Environmental Studies, and Peter Raven, Ph.D.
Location: Various campus locations

Spring 2018

June 18-23

Rocket Launch

Sponsor: Saint Louis University Rocket Propulsion Laboratory
Location: Spaceport America Cup, New Mexico

Fall 2018

August 30

Billikens Night at the Ballpark

Sponsor: Office of Alumni and Donor Engagement
Location: Busch Stadium

September 13-15

Health and Social Justice Bicentennial Conference

Sponsor: Jeffrey Bishop, Ph.D., Center for Health Care Ethics
Location: SLU campus venue to be determined

September 20

John F. Kavanaugh, S.J., Lecture

Speaker: Steve Schloesser, S.J.
Sponsor: William Rehg, S.J., dean of the College of Philosophy and Letters
Location: DuBourg Hall

September 24

Mission and Identity Lecture Series: Reimagining Health Care – Ignatian Insights for Achieving the Greater Good

Presenter: Michael Rozier, S.J.
Sponsor: Christopher Collins, S.J., Mission and Identity
Location: St. Francis Xavier College Church

September 27-30

Homecoming and Family Weekend

Sponsor: Tony Minor, Alumni and Donor Engagement
Location: Various venues across the campus

September 28-29

SLU Fleur de Lis Floral Art Walk

Sponsor: Bradley Bailey, Ph.D.
Location: Grand Center and multiple campus locations

October 4

Saint Louis Literary Award Celebration of Stephen Sondheim

Sponsor: Saint Louis University Library Associates
Location: Sheldon Concert Hall

October 9

Pope Pius XII Symposium: The Catholic Church and Nazi Germany

Sponsor: Pius XII Memorial Library
Location: Pius XII Memorial Library