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Celebrate the Sesquicentennial

Shining a light on the people, places, breakthroughs and traditions of the past 150 years that made Lehigh the institution that it is today—and is poised to become tomorrow.

Academic Projects

Many departments and centers across Lehigh University are planning unique events and programs in celebration of our Sesquicentennial year. These include lectures, symposia, student projects and more.

Still Looking For You

Still Looking for You is a digital project that explores the history of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania through the memories of the many people who have worked in, lived in, or visited the city.
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Bethlehem Unbound Storytelling, Beyond the Book

Working with members of various populations in the Lehigh Valley, the team explores the role that storytelling plays in a community’s social and political life. Questions explored include the role of shared stories in community building, how narratives affect experience of life in the community, means of creating cohesive and safe communities, and means of expressing and comprehending varied narratives among neighbors. Students are encouraged to create a collaborative program, creative product or other work with potential sustainable impact. Learn more about this project >

Leadership Breakfast Programs

Executive Education Leadership Breakfast Programs provide a forum where executives and professionals may learn about the wide scope of leadership through focused, 90-minute, monthly breakfast meetings. Each unique program pinpoints the skills needed by successful leaders. Informative and dynamic presentations are followed by a question and answer session, and an opportunity to network. Learn more about this project >

Fall Distinguished Lecture Series: Geoffrey Canada

Nov 10, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Zoellner Arts Center - Baker Hall
Having worked with the Harlem Children's Zone for more than 30 years, Geoffrey Canada is renowned around the world for his pioneering work helping children and families in Harlem, and as a thought leader and passionate advocate for education reform. Learn more about this project >

D. Foster Hewett Symposium

“Changes in the World’s Oceans” with lectures free and open to the public on Thursday & Friday, November 19-20
Each year since 1975 the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Lehigh University has hosted a symposium to bring a group of eminent scientists to campus to interact and explore a common theme. The symposium also provides a nice venue to host the broader campus community, provides an outreach opportunity with the Bethlehem School District, and lures our close-by alumni back to campus. The estate of D. Foster Hewlett, a 1902 alumnus, has provided us with the resources to make the seminar series possible.

Previous Events

Mohsin Hamid Faculty Roundtable

Sep 9, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Rauch Business Center - 184
Literature and globalization. On the self, personal identity, mass migration, "tribalism," and commercialism -- and on the possibilities of fiction An exploration of themes of globalization through the work and life of Mohsin Hamid Hamid's books include: Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia and Discontent and Its Civilizations: Dispatches from Lahore, New York and London. Learn more about this project >

Lecture by National Medal of Science recipient, S. James Gates, Jr.

September 10-11
“The National Imperative for Big Science: Is there still one?” Prof. Gates has been featured on many documentary programs on physics. Among these are "The Elegant Universe," "Einstein's Big Idea," "Fabric of the Cosmos," and "The Hunt for the Higgs." In 2013, President Obama awarded Prof. Gates the National Medal of Science, the highest recognition given by the U.S. to scientists with the citation, "For his contribution to the mathematics of supersymmetry in particle, field, and string theories and his extraordinary efforts to engage the public on the beauty and wonder of fundamental physics." In 2013, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, becoming the first African-American physicist so recognized in its 150-year history. Learn more about this project >

AITP/BIS Cybersecurity Summit

Sep 16, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM, Rauch Business Center
Data breaches, hacktivism, social media data mining, and a shortage of cybersecurity professionals are just some of the challenges that directly and indirectly impact all of us. How do we minimize the exposure to such risks? For this open forum, our panel of experts will provide insights on how to minimize the risks and provide possible solutions. Our panel consists of security experts in the fields of privacy protection, cloud services, healthcare information, computer forensics, IT legal, banking, and education. The keynote speaker will be Erik Avakian, CIO of the State of Pennsylvania. Learn more about this project >

H. D. and Feminist Poetics Conference

Sept. 17-19
To commemorate the sesquicentennial anniversary of Lehigh University, the Department of English will host a conference that celebrates the life, works, and legacies of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania's own Hilda Doolittle. We invite proposals for individual papers or panels that explore a wide range of approaches to the conference's theme, "H.D. and Feminist Poetics." In addition to proposals that examine the emergence, evolution, and nature of a feminist poetics in H.D.'s works, we also welcome papers or panels that address feminist poetics more broadly, whether by focusing on the poetry of H.D.'s contemporaries or by considering the legacies of H.D.'s feminist and poetic influence. Learn more about this project >

Enhancing Enterprise Value in an Increasingly Diverser Society, A Symposium on Exploring Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions

Sept. 25, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Rauch Business Center, Perella Auditorium
In order to thrive in today’s marketplace, businesses must be able to recognize the challenges presented, and exploit the opportunities made available, by an increasingly diverse workforce, customer base, and supply chain. Cultural, racial, ethnic, religious and generational diversity present their own set of challenges and opportunities. Learn more about this project >

Innovations in Early Development Education: Bridging Research to Practice

Sep 26, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Iacocca Hall - Wood Dining Room
In honor of 150th Anniversary of Lehigh University, the College of Education is offering this professional learning opportunity for early childhood educators, early interventionists, and others instructing and supporting young children. Please join us to hear about the latest innovative evidence-based strategies to support early development education. Learn more about this project >

Academic Discovery Showcase Call for Student and Faculty Work

Oct. 1, 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM, Zoellner Arts Center
Be a part of Lehigh's historic 150th Founder's Day week. Show off your projects and innovative ideas at this event - a walking museum of Lehigh's work today. Work, research, projects, anything that can be publicly displayed including literature, visual work, poster sessions, performances, models, videos. All departments are welcome and encouraged to participate. Learn more about this project >

Materials Science 125th Anniversary

Oct. 1-2
When Lehigh University was founded 150 years ago, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering took root a mere 25 years later. We have guest speakers, distinguished alumni awards, the Arlan O. Benscoter Metallographic Preparation Laboratory dedication, and lots of good food and networking planned for faculty, alumni, students, and staff. Learn more about this project >

College of Education Celebration & 1st Annual John Stoops Lecture Series

October 8, 6:00 - 8:30 PM, Zoellner Arts Center, Baker Hall
While we celebrate Lehigh University’s Sesquicentennial, the College of Education is celebrating 100 years of education at Lehigh, 50 years as a College of Education and 50 years of Centennial School. Please join us to listen to Dr. Pasi Sahlberg, who will present “Education Around the World: Past, Present, and Future.” Learn more about this project >

Teaching, Learning, and Technology Summit

Oct 24, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM, STEPS Building
The Teaching, Learning and Technology Summit is an event focused on sharing best practices when integrating technology into the K-12 and university classroom. The summit will also include an expanded student showcase for students to share their technology talent! Learn more about this project >


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