- Martin E. Marty Religious scholar & author of "Righteous Empire: The Protestant Experience in America"
- Eddie Glaude Religious scholar & author of "Exodus! Religion, Race, and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America"
- Donald K. Swearer Religious scholar & author of "Becoming the Buddha: The Ritual of Image Consecration in Thailand"
Edgar Goodspeed, one of the most important American Biblical scholars of the twentieth century.
The Goodspeed Lectureship enables the Religion Department—often in conjunction with other departments and programs—to bring to Denison credentialed scholars related to Religious Studies, to deliver an all-campus convocation lecture. The convocation lecture, of publishable quality, is the central event of the scholar’s visit, but the visit also includes significant classroom participation and other engagement with students. The scholar’s publications are typically integrated into the curriculum of courses offered during that semester. While the principal benefactor was in the field of Biblical studies, the lectureship has enabled the College to invite scholars to lecture at Denison from the field of Religious Studies as broadly conceived.
The Goodspeed Lectureship was endowed with funds donated to Denison by the brothers Edgar Johnson Goodspeed (1871-1962) and Charles Ten Broeke Goodspeed (1869-1949), both of whom graduated from Denison in the Class of 1890. The Lectureship is named after Edgar Goodspeed, who was a scholar of Greek and the New Testament, and one of the most important American Biblical scholars of the twentieth century.