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Whitworth professor Anthony Clark to deliver Lindaman Chair Lecture Sept. 24

September 14, 2015
Whitworth Associate Professor of History and Lindaman Chair Anthony Clark, Ph.D., will present the annual Lindaman Chair Lecture, “An Elusive Dream? Religious Freedom and the Reign of God,” on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Hall Teaching Theatre at Whitworth University. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3270.

In his lecture, Clark will explore Christian understandings of the reign of God in a world seemingly torn apart by sectarianism and religious difference. This is Clark’s first lecture as Whitworth’s Lindaman Chair; the university appointed him to the position in July 2015. The Edward B. Lindaman Chair is named for the university’s 14th president. The position is an endowed, rotating chair for senior Whitworth faculty who are engaged in significant regional and national academic initiatives and who contribute to public dialogue concerning important social issues.

Clark, who specializes in Chinese history, directs Whitworth’s Asian studies program and the Whitworth in China study abroad program. He is the author of several scholarly books, including Heaven in Conflict: Franciscans and the Boxer Uprising in Shanxi (University of Washington Press, 2015), and China’s Saints: Catholic Martyrdom during the Qing (1644-1911) (Lehigh University Press, 2011); he has also published widely in the area of the intellectual and religious exchanges between China and the West. Clark is currently preparing two new books for publication: a collection of rare missionary photographs taken in China, and a separate work on the life of the French bishop, Alphonse Favier, the missionary and architect who constructed a “French kingdom” in China’s imperial capital.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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