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Announcing the 2021 Leaders in Literacy Award Winner: Dr. Bart Ehrman

We're thrilled to announce Dr. Bart D. Ehrman as our 2021 Leaders in Literacy Award recipient! Dr. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He began his teaching career at Rutgers University, and joined the faculty in the Department of Religious Studies at UNC in 1988, where he has served as both the Director of Graduate Studies and the Chair of the Department.

Professor Ehrman completed his M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees at Princeton Seminary, where his 1985 doctoral dissertation was awarded magna cum laude. An expert on the New Testament and the history of Early Christianity, has written or edited thirty books, numerous scholarly articles, and dozens of book reviews. In addition to works of scholarship, Professor Ehrman has written several textbooks for undergraduate students and trade books for general audiences. Five of his books have been on the New York Times Bestseller list: Misquoting Jesus; God’s Problem; Jesus Interrupted; Forged; and How Jesus Became God. His books have been translated into twenty-seven languages.

Professor Ehrman became interested in adult literacy when he volunteered as an ESL tutor in New Jersey. Since moving to Durham, he has been an avid supporter of the Durham Literacy Center. In addition to his individual philanthropy, Professor Ehrman supports the DLC through his membership-only blog (, which collects funds for charity through the Bart Ehrman Foundation. We are incredibly grateful for his support!


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