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Religious Studies
Wendell Phillips Center 151
Alan Lenzi
Department Chair
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

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.

Tatiana Forero Puerto 

October 2018 Colliver Lecture: Tatiana Forero Puerta

Author and former Pacific student Tatiana Forero Puerta will draw on her own past to highlight the healing power of yoga. Following a tumultuous childhood and a suicide attempt, Forero Puerta tried yoga and embraced its honesty and discipline delving more deeply into its wisdom, literature, and its practice. Her book, "Yoga for the Wounded Heart," explores that journey as well as the fundamentals of yoga.

jessica pierce 

October 2017 Colliver Lecture: Jessica Pierce

Bioethicist Jessica Pierce PhD, will speak about our relationship with animals, especially at the end of their lives. How can our attitude toward the mortality of animals inform our own end-of-life decisions?

Her book, "The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the Ends of Their Lives," explores end-of-life care, dying, and euthanasia in the lives of our companion animals, weaving analysis together with a journal chronicling the decline and death of her dog Odysseus.  

Past Colliver Lectures

Some past speakers have included:

  • Kara Cooney, Egyptologist
  • Yoruba Richen, filmmaker of the documentary "The New Black"
  • Candida Moss, professor of New Testament and early Christianity at University of Notre Dame and author of The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom"
  • 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.