Marvin W. Meyer Faculty Athenaeum patio
This view of the The Marvin W. Meyer Faculty Athenaeum patio was provided courtesy of Scott Stedman ’14 as part of his Photo of the Day project. The athenaeum will be dedicated Friday, May 10. More of Stedman’s work may be seen at

Marvin W. Meyer Faculty Athenaeum to be formally dedicated

The Marvin W. Meyer Faculty Athenaeum will be formally dedicated Friday, May 10, at 4 p.m., in honor of the late professor who advocated for the creation of a faculty gathering place.

“Marv was a tireless and longtime advocate for a faculty space and he was thrilled when it finally opened in March last year.  It is most fitting that President Doti chose to honor Marv by naming the Faculty Athenaeum after him,” said Anuradha Prakash, Ph.D., president of the Faculty Senate.

Meyer was a renowned expert on Gnosticism. He was also the Griset Professor of Bible and Christian Studies and director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute. His landmark book, The Gospel of Judas, sold more than 1.2 million copies.

In addition to his work for Chapman University, Meyer was the director of the Coptic Magical Texts Project of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity. He authored numerous books and articles on Greco-Roman and Christian religions in antiquity and late antiquity, and on Albert Schweitzer’s ethic of reverence for life. He was interviewed frequently on television programs airing on ABC, BBC, CNN, PBS, A&E, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and the National Geographic Channel.

Meyer’s legacy of teaching and mentoring students will continue through the Marvin W. Meyer Endowed Scholarship. Gifts of $1,000 or more to the scholarship fund will be recognized on a donor plaque in the Athenaeum. Information about making contributions is available by contacting Lisa Nashua, director of development in Wilkinson College at, or calling (714) 628-7369.

Dawn Bonker

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