Goodspeed Lecture Series

Here are just a few notable speakers from past years:
  • 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”
About the Series

Edgar Goodspeed

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.

Series Archives

2021 - 2022

The Goodspeed Lecture Series welcomes Ann Gleig and Amy Langenberg.

The Goodspeed Lecture Series welcomes Sonam Kachru.

Ori Yehudai

The Goodspeed Lecture Series welcomes Ori Yehudai.

Atalia Omer

The Goodspeed Lecture Series welcomes Atalia Omer and Sa’ed Atshan.

Rev. Mitri Raheb

The Goodspeed Lecture Series welcomes Rev. Mitri Raheb and Islah Jad.

2020 - 2021

The Goodspeed Lecture Series welcomes Kwok Pui-Lan, Najeeba Syeed, Sharon Jacob and Sharon Suh.

2019 - 2020

Joseph Wiinikka-Lydon

The Goodspeed Lecture Series welcomes Joseph Wiinikka-Lydon.

Tat-Siong Benny Liew

The Goodspeed Lecture Welcomes Tat-Siong Benny Liew.

Terence Keel

The Goodspeed Lecture Series welcomes Terence Keel.

Courtney Dorroll

The Global Studies Seminar and the Goodspeed Lecture Series presents "Teaching Islamic Studies in the Age of ISIS, Islamophobia, and the Internet."

Marc Ellis

The Goodspeed Lecture Series welcomes Marc Ellis.

2018 - 2019

Higley Hall

The Goodspeed Lecture Series welcomes Jonathan Jacobs.

Denison's Burton D. Morgan Center in summer

Goodspeed Lecture Series: Becky Thompson presenting "Born to Belonging"

Andrea Jain

Goodspeed Lecture Series welcomes Andrea Jain presenting "Peace Love and Yoga"

Denison University welcomes the Goodspeed Conference: "Compassionate Love Meditation and Retreat"

Denison University welcomes the Goodspeed Conference: "Confronting Mara and Mammon"

Goodspeed Conference: "Buddhist-Christian Dialogue for Spirituality and Resistance"

Singing bowl with Buddha in the middle

Conference: Confronting Mara and Mammon: Buddhist-Christian Dialogue for Resistance and Spirituality

Denison University welcomes the Goodspeed Conference: "Why Buddhist-Christian Dialogue for Now? Interfaith Dialogue for Social Transformation."

Amie Breeze Harper

Goodspeed Lecture Series welcomes Amie Breeze Harper presenting "Mindful or Deluded?"

A photo portrait of Rebecca Todd Peters

The Goodspeed Lecture welcomes Elon University professor Rebecca Todd Peters.

2017 - 2018

The Goodspeed Lecture welcomes York University professor Phil Harland presenting "A Cultural History of Satan."

Photo of Sharon Jacob

The Goodspeed Lecture welcomes professor Sharon Jacob presenting "Made in Bethlehem: Reading Mary Alongside Indian Surrogate Mothers."

Kambiz GhaneaBassiri

The Goodspeed Lecture welcomes Reed College professor Kambiz GhaneaBassiri presenting "Religion and State in Contemporary Politics of Muslim America."

Andrew Lewis

The Goodspeed Lecture welcomes Andrew Lewis presenting "The Rights Turn in Conservative Christian Politics: How Abortion Transformed the Culture Wars."

2016 - 2017

Lynn Huber

The Goodspeed Lecture welcomes Lynn R. Huber presenting "Virgins, Beasts and the Great Whore: Reading Revelation Queerly."

Yoga Pose on Beach

The Goodspeed Lecture welcomes Becky Thompson presenting "Love Calls Us to the Things of this World: Yoga and Social Change."

David Freidenreich

The Goodspeed Lecture welcomes Colby College Professor David Freidenreich.

Rita Brock, Nami Kim and Gale Yee

The Goodspeed Lecture presents a talk about Asian feminist theology titled "Asian and Asian American Feminist Theology and Biblical Scholarship."

Joseph Alter

The Goodspeed Lecture welcomes University of Pittsburgh professor Joseph Alter presenting "The Gambit of Global God Men."

Walter Echo-Hawk

The Goodspeed Lecture welcomes Native American author, activist and attorney Walter Echo-Hawk.

Robert Jones

Robert P. Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Group, presents "The End of White Christian American and Its Implications for the 2016 Election."

2015 - 2016

The Goodspeed Endowed Lectureship welcomes Dr. Peter Gottschalk presenting "The Secret History of American Islamophobia."

The Goodspeed Lecture Series welcomes theologian Keri Day, presenting a lecture titled "The Unfinished Business of American Democracy."

Keri Day (Texas Christian University, Brite Divinity School)
"Religion that Does Justice: A Queer Feminist Approach"

2014 - 2015

Elisa Kent in front of a bookshelf

The Goodspeed Lecture Series welcomes Eliza Kent presenting “Accidental Environmentalists: Sacred Groves as Common Property Resource.”

A photo of Hal Taussig preaching

The Goodspeed Lecture Series welcomes Hal Taussig

Hal Taussig (Union Theological Seminary & Reconstructionist Rabbinical College)
"The Bible Bursts its Seams: The Spiritual and Intellectual Benefits of an Unstable Bible"
Photo of two people in Sacred Mountains and Trees in India

The Goodspeed Lecture welcomes David Haberman presenting "Environmental Possibilities in the Worship of Sacred Mountains and Trees in India."

2013 - 2014

Photo of Maia Kotrosits

The Goodspeed Lecture Series welcomes Maia Kotrosits presenting "Who is the 'I am'?: Gender, Divinity, and Uncertainty in Ancient Christianity."

Photo of Timothy Beal

The Goodspeed Lecture Series welcomes Timothy Beal presenting “The Word According to Rihanna: Bible and Religion in Memeland and Beyond.”

Anthea Butler

The Goodspeed Lecture Series welcomes Anthea Butler presenting “From Republican Party to Republican Religion: How the Religious Right moved...”

Douglas E. Oakman, Pacific Lutheran University, “Two Kingdoms, One Table: Jesus in Political Perspective”
Photo of Edward Curtis

The Goodspeed Lecture Series welcomes Edward Curtis presenting "Malcolm X in the Crucible of the Arab Cold War."

Photo of Rita Nakashima Brock

The Goodspeed Lecture Series welcomes Rita Nakashima Brock.

James Krehbiel (Ohio Wesleyan University)
"Claiming My Voice: Sexuality and the Black Church"
Choon-Leong Seow (Princeton Theological Seminary)
"Artistic Interpretations of the Story of Job"

The Goodspeed Lecture Series welcomes Leong Seow.

Photo of John Haldane

The Goodspeed Lecture Series welcomes John Haldane, University of St. Andrews, presenting "Education: Old and New"

2012 - 2013

Sara Patterson (Hanover College)
“‘It Was like an Oprah Moment’: Religious Expression and Experience at Salvation Mountain”