About the Dwight H. Terry Lectureship

The Dwight H. Terry Lectureship,

also known as the Terry Lectures, invites preeminent scholars in religion, the sciences and philosophy to address issues concerning the ways in which science and philosophy inform religion and religion’s application to human welfare. The lectures are typically four in number and are usually delivered over two weeks. Established in 1905 by a gift from Dwight Harrington Terry of Bridgeport, Connecticut, it is among Yale’s most distinguished lectureships and has yielded important and enduring books, which are published by Yale University Press.

The deed of gift establishing the Lectureship declares that:

… the object of this foundation is not the promotion of scientific investigation and discovery, but rather the assimilation and interpretation of that which has been or shall be hereafter discovered, and its application to human welfare, especially by the building of the truths of science and philosophy into the structure of a broadened and purified religion. The founder believes that such a religion will greatly stimulate intelligent effort for the improvement of human conditions and the advancement of the race in strength and excellence of character. To this end it is desired that a series of lectures be given by men eminent in their respective departments, on ethics, the history of civilization and religion, biblical research, all sciences and branches of knowledge which have an important bearing on the subject, all the great laws of nature, especially of evolution … also such interpretations of literature and sociology as are in accord with the spirit of this foundation, to the end that the Christian spirit may be nurtured in the fullest light of the world’s knowledge and that mankind may be helped to attain its highest possible welfare and happiness upon this earth.

The Dwight H. Terry Lectureship Committee

is composed of Yale University professors in religious studies, philosophy, and the sciences along with the Director and Executive Editor of the Yale University Press. The following individuals comprise the 2017-2018 committee:

Kathryn Lofton (Chair)
Professor of Religious Studies, American Studies, History, and Divinity
Chair, Department of Religious Studies
Deputy Dean for Diversity and Faculty Development, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Harold Attridge
Sterling Professor of Divinity; Professor of Classics and Religious Studies

Jean Thomson Black
Senior Executive Editor, Yale University Press

John Donatich
Director, Yale University Press

Emily Greenwood
Professor of Classics and of African American Studies
Chair, Department of Classics

Verity Harte
George A. Saden Professor of Philosophy and Classics
Chair, Department of Philosophy

Priyamvada Natarajan
Professor of Astronomy and Physics

Thomas Near
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Curator in Vertebrate Zoology at the Peabody Museum of Natural History
Head of College, Saybrook College

Joanna Radin
Assistant Professor in the History of Medicine, Anthropology, and History

Gregory E. Sterling
Reverend Henry L. Slack Dean of Yale Divinity School
Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament 

Please refer all inquiries regarding the Lectureship to Andrew Forsyth, Assistant Secretary.