First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley and New College Berkeley have launched a new annual lectureship in honor of the Reverend Earl F. Palmer, pastor of First Presbyterian Church Berkeley from 1970 to 1991, and founding trustee of New College Berkeley. The Berkeley Palmer Lectureship will examine current biblical scholarship at the intersection of the Church and the Academy. This lectureship will bring the lens of biblical scholarship to issues of concern to the university, the seminary, and the church. 

“Choosing a Race: Overcoming our racial antagonism”

This lecture took place on March 16, 2019, and the video recording is available here

This lecture explored how Christians should understand and respond to the racial antagonism of the western world. The racial problems of the western world emerged from Christian beginnings and we have a responsibility and an opportunity to address them through our life of faith.

“Choosing a Race: Overcoming our Racial Antagonism”

Reverend Dr. Willie James Jennings, Associate Professor Systematic Theology & Africana Studies at Yale Divinity School

  • Saturday, March 16, 2019

  • 7pm

  • First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley / Sanctuary / 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA

  • No registration required

  • In addition––2pm Student discussion with Dr. Jennings / Dinner Board Room / GTU Library


This lecture took place on May 5, 2018 and the video recording is available her


"The Temptation to be Less Than Human"

Dr. Craig Barnes, President, Princeton Theological Seminary

You are invited to help establish the Berkeley Palmer Lectureship!

LAUNCH! Help sponsor this year's inaugural lecture (which is free to the public).

SUSTAIN! Contribute to the endowment fund to ensure the continuation of this lectureship. 


If you donate by check, we'll avoid processing fees for NCB and the lectureship! Mail your check (designated for the Berkeley Palmer Lectureship) to:  New College Berkeley, 2029 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704, Attention: Berkeley Palmer Lectureship. We'll send you a receipt for your tax deductible donation, by email or regular mail. Please let us know your preference. Questions?  Call 510.841.9386 or info@newcollegeberkeley.org

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