Mark Valeri was installed as the Reverend Priscilla Wood Neaves Distinguished Professor of Religion and Politics in a ceremony on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at Washington University in St. Louis.
The ceremony included remarks by Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton, Provost Holden Thorp, and John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics Director Marie Griffith. Professor Valeri delivered the address, “Piety, Power, and the New History of Capitalism,” to the assembly which included family, friends, and colleagues from Washington University, as well as from other institutions including University of Toronto, Princeton University, and Harvard University.
Dr. William Neaves, who established the professorship in honor of his wife and her enthusiasm for the center, was also an honored guest and received grateful recognition from the Chancellor. Dr. Neaves has served on the Washington University Board of Trustees since 2003 and is a current member of the National Council for the School of Medicine. He is president emeritus of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City, and several of his colleagues were present for the ceremony.