Goodspeed Lecture Series

Upcoming Events

Here are just a few notable lecturers 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

2017 - 2018

Goodspeed Lecture: ‘A Cultural History of Satan’ (103212)
April 16, 2018

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

‘Reading Mary Alongside Indian Surrogate Mothers’ (103115)
March 28, 2018

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

Goodspeed Lecturer: Kambiz GhaneaBassiri (102934)
February 28, 2018

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

‘The Rights Turn in Conservative Christian Politics’ (102022)
October 25, 2017

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

2016 - 2017

‘Reading Revelation Queerly’ (87222)
April 11, 2017

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

Yoga and Social Change (87289)
April 5, 2017

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

Colby College Professor David Freidenreich (87308)
March 27, 2017

The Goodspeed Lecture welcomes Colby College Professor David Freidenreich.

Asian Feminist Theology (87236)
March 22, 2017

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

‘The Gambit of Global God Men’ (87309)
February 22, 2017

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

Author and Activist Walter Echo-Hawk (86456)
February 7, 2017

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

Religion and politics (86506)
November 30, 2016

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 Secret History of American Islamophobia’ (65194)
April 13, 2016

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

'The Unfinished Business of American Democracy' (48193)
October 8, 2015

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

A portrait of Keri Day
Keri Day (Texas Christian University, Brite Divinity School)
October 8, 2015

2014 - 2015

'Sacred Groves as Common Property Resource' (38338)
April 20, 2015

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

'The Spiritual and Intellectual Benefits of an Unstable Bible' (39159)
April 15, 2015

The Goodspeed Lecture Series welcomes Hal Taussig presenting “The Bible Bursts Its Seams: The Spiritual and Intellectual Benefits of an Unstable Bible.”

Hal Taissig speaking
Hal Taussig (Union Theological Seminary & Reconstructionist Rabbinical College)
April 15, 2015

'Sacred Mountains in India' (38354)
April 6, 2015

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

2013 - 2014

'Uncertainty in Ancient Christianity' (38968)
April 21, 2014

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

Religion in Memeland and beyond (38957)
April 17, 2014

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

'Republican Party to Republican Religion' (38917)
April 10, 2014

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

Douglas E. Oakman lectures to his class
Douglas E. Oakman, Pacific Lutheran University, “Two Kingdoms, One Table: Jesus in Political Perspective”
March 27, 2014

Malcolm X and the Arab Cold War (38723)
February 27, 2014

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

'Moral Injury and Soul Repair in the Aftermath of War' (38641)
February 6, 2014

The Goodspeed Lecture Series welcomes Rita Nakashima Brock.

James Krehbiel (Ohio Wesleyan University)
November 14, 2013

Choon-Leong Seow (Princeton Theological Seminary)
October 26, 2013

October 23, 2013

The Goodspeed Lecture Series welcomes Leong Seow.

"Education: Old and New" (38473)
September 30, 2013

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

2012 - 2013

Sara Patterson (Hanover College)
April 25, 2013

Sister Helen Prejean (Ministry against the Death Penalty)
April 9, 2013

Kwok Pui-Lan (Episcopal Divinity School)
February 5, 2013

Mary E. Hunt (Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER))
November 12, 2012

Will Womack (Research Associate of the American Baptist Historical Society)
November 6, 2012

2011 - 2012

William Propp (University of California, San Diego)
April 16, 2012

Kelly Brown Douglas (Goucher College)
April 2, 2012

John K. Roth (Claremont McKenna College)
November 15, 2011

Stephanie Kaza (University of Vermont)
November 7, 2011

Patrick S. Cheng (Episcopal Divinity School)
October 5, 2011

2010 - 2011

Stephanie Kaza (University of Vermont)
April 13, 2011

David Billotti (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
April 5, 2011

Ulrich Duchrow (University of Heidelberg)
March 29, 2011

M. Zuhdi Jasser (advisor to the U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands)
March 4, 2011

Kate Ott (Religious Institute)
February 8, 2011

David Loy (Xavier University)
November 11, 2010

2009 - 2010

John Francis
April 28, 2010

Andrea Ruehrwein Raynor, hospice chaplain
March 29, 2010

Russell Sanders (Indiana University)
February 25, 2010

Stephanie Mitchem (University of South Carolina)
November 12, 2009

David Schilling (Interfaith Center)
November 9, 2009

James Krehbiel (Ohio Wesleyan University)
November 5, 2009