Thursday, March 7, 2013

Whitworth alum, Rev. Ben Robinson to present lecture on Egypt, March 14

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Reverend Ben Robinson, ’03, will present Whitworth’s next Great Decision Lecture, “Egypt,” on Thursday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth. For more information, please call (509) 777-4937.

Robinson worked at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, in Cairo, from 2004-06 and 2009-12; he began a youth program there and served as associate minister for youth, young adults and education. He was in Egypt during the Tahrir uprising and has extensive contacts with the Muslim and Coptic religious communities in Egypt. Robinson holds a M.Div. from Princeton Seminary and a master’s degree from the Evangelical Theological Seminary, in Cairo.


“Ben Robinson's lecture is a worthwhile component of the Great Decisions Lecture program because Ben was present in Egypt, and in contact with many Egyptians, during the ‘Arab Spring’ that brought about sweeping changes in the political map of the Middle East,” says James Edwards, Whitworth’s Bruner-Welch Professor of Theology.

“The event is far from over, of course, but that may even increase the relevance of Robinson's presentation, which, hopefully, will help Whitworth and the greater Spokane community think in a more informed, and hopefully more Christian, way about events in Egypt, and the work of the Christian church there,” says Edwards.

In addition to this March 14 lecture, Great Decisions will present programs on April 18 and 25. The lectures will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in Weyerhaeuser Hall's Robinson Teaching Theatre. For information on upcoming lectures, please call (509) 777-4937. Great Decisions 2013 is sponsored by the Whitworth Political Science Department.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,700 students, offers 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Kathy Fechter, academic program assistant, political science department, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4739 or kfechter@whitworth.edu.

Lucas Beechinor, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or lbeechinor@whitworth.edu.