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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.

2014 Colliver Lecture: Yoruba Richen

What happens when issues of race, politics, and sexual orientation not only intersect, but collide? This was the question facing many African-American voters in Maryland in 2012, when ballot measure Question 6, which sought to legalize gay marriage, came to a vote. The struggles navigated by the activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign, from pulpits to kitchen tables, are chronicled in filmmaker Yoruba Richen's award-winning documentary, "The New Black." Richen screened her film on campus and participated in a post-screen Q&A as the 2014 Colliver Lecture Series guest. 

Past Colliver Lectures

Some past speakers have included:

  • Candida Moss, professor of New Testament and early Christianity at University of Notre Dameand author of The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom"
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  • 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.