This annual lecture series dates to 1899 and is considered one of the most distinguished lectureships in the United States.

Established at the bequest from the will of Caroline E. Haskell, the series brings biblical and religious scholars to campus. The lectures are designed to examine “Middle Eastern literature in its relation to the Bible and Christian teachings.”

The first lecture in 1908 with Professor James Frederick McCurdy explored the topic, "The Bible and the ancient World.” Subsequent presentations have featured eminent scholars of international renown.

Sponsored by Oberlin’s Department of Religion, the Haskell Lectures are free and open to the public.

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