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Religious Studies
Wendell Phillips Center 151
Beth Moreno
Administrative Assistant
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Colliver Lecture

The Colliver Lecture Series was established in 1957 to honor the memory of George Colliver, a former religious studies professor at Pacific.

The College of the Pacific’s Religious & Classical Studies Department sponsors these events. At least once a year—and often more—a speaker is brought to campus to discuss an aspect of religion in society. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Colliver 2016 lecture

2017 Colliver Lecture: Wendy Lee

Wendy J.N. Lee is a film writer/director from Los Angeles. She will present her debut film,"PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey", and participate in a question-and-answer session following the screening.  The film follows the Buddhist trek made by Tibetan nuns, community, and His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa to save the Himalayas from environmental disaster and cultural extinction.  The inspiring story of environmental activism brings the viewer along this journey to protect the planet's "3rd pole," a glacier region now suffering from the effects of global warming.  It also introduces Buddhist philosophy and action, Himalayan art and culture, and provides a model of perseverance and dedication.  "PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey," has won over ten festival awards and has screened in 17 countries around the world.

Past Colliver Lectures

Some past speakers have included:

  • Kara Cooney, Egyptologist
  • Yoruba Richen, filmmaker of the documentary "The New Black"
  • Candida Moss, professor of New Testament and early Christianity at University of Notre Dame and author of The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom" 
    (Read the preview >>)
  • Margot Adler, National Public Radio correspondent and best-selling book author
  • Asra Nomani, Muslim feminist, former Wall Street Journal reporter, and friend to the late Daniel Pearl
  • Jacques Berlinerblau, acclaimed author and professor of Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author Opens a new window Garry Wills
  • Asian-religion expert and author Opens a new window Roger Ames
  • Opens a new window J. Philip Wogaman, former minister to U.S. presidents and many national politicians. At the request of audience members, Dr. Wogaman has supplied his Adobe Acrobat File lecture for download and further discussion.
  • Bart D. Ehrman, James A. Gray Distinguished Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Colliver Lecture Archives

More details on the lectures listed above can be found here.