The New College Franklin Collegium is a series of public lectures by New College faculty and special guest lecturers. These lectures provide a service to the community, inviting the academic, church, and civic communities enter into intellectual, artistic, and cultural dialogue.

Past Collegium Lectures


January 12, 2017 – Joseph Pearce
“Romanticism vs. the Enlightenment: The Battle for the Head and Heart of Humanity”

September 23, 2016 – Pastor David Filson
“Of Madness & Thirst: Nietzsche, Lewis, and the Postmodern Turn”
Pastor David Filson, New College Franklin professor of Biblical Theology will discuss Nietzsche’s “Madman” and the problem of postmodernism.

September 1, 2016 – Roy Atwood
“When He Ascended on High: The Centrality of the Ascension for Christian Education”
Roy Alden Atwood is a faculty member and administrator at Nehemiah Gateway University in Buçimas, Pogradec, Albania, in southern Europe. He previously served at Morthland College in West Frankfort, IL, New Saint Andrews College and the University of Idaho, both in Moscow, ID, and Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. He has also been a visiting professor to Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (now North West University), Potchefstroom, South Africa; Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya; and Warsaw University, Poland.

He holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Iowa, an M.A. in Religion from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA.

His curriculum vitae and some of his published works can be found at Academia ( and ResearchGate (
He and wife Beverlee have been blessed with two married children, 10 grandsons, and two grand princesses.

Monday, April 8, 2013 – Joyce Herring
​”Chesterton’s joie de vivre and the Fall of Man”
Special friend of the college, Joyce Herring, discusses Chesterton’s poems “The Deluge,” “The Mortal Answers,” and the “pure, unadulterated joy” of an obedient life of gratitude.