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Colliver Lecture

Colliver Lecture Series

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.

Spring 2011 Colliver Lecture: Bart Ehrman


Dr. Bart Ehrman engages with the audience at the Spring 2011 Colliver Lecture
Dr. Bart Ehrman engages with the audience at the Spring 2011 Colliver Lecture.

Bart D. Ehrman, James A. Gray Distinguished Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, delivered the presentation "Does the New Testament Contain Forgeries?" on March 24, 2011. The lecture was presented to an audience of over 500 in the De Rosa Center, and was followed by a book signing.

Dr. Ehrman is a leading authority on the New Testament and the history of early Christianity. He is the author of more than 20 books, including two New York Times bestsellers: Misquoting Jesus and God's Problem.

Dr. Ehrman also visited Dr. Carrie Schroeder's "New Testament and Christian Origins" class, which offers a socio-historical and literary introduction to the writings of the earliest Christians. His textbook "Brief Introduction to the New Testament" is used in the course.

Learn more on Dr. Ehrman's website.

Dr. Ehrman with a member of the audience. A book signing is a common part of the Colliver Lecture experience
Dr. Ehrman with a member of the audience. A book signing is a common part of the Colliver Lecture experience.


In this video interview, Religious & Classical Studies Professor Dr. Caroline Schroeder discusses the Colliver lecture series and Dr. Bart Ehrman, the upcoming guest lecturer.

Past Colliver Lectures


Some past speakers have included:

  • 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.

Colliver Lecture Archives


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