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Whitworth University faculty to examine effects of the largest oil spill in history

September 13, 2010

Photo courtesy of BP p.l.c.

What: Dean's Dialogue on the BP oil spill

Who: Whitworth professors Patrick Van Inwegen, Jonathan Moo and Eric Sartell

When: Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m.

Where: Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth University

Cost: Free admission. For more information, please call (509) 777-3702.

As cleanup efforts continue in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion last spring that left 11 workers dead and caused extensive damage to the environment as well as to the fishing and tourism industries, a panel of Whitworth faculty members will discuss the consequences of the largest oil spill in history.

The panel will be composed of Associate Professor of Political Science Patrick Van Inwegen, who teaches an international political economy course in which students research connections between government, society, business and the environment; Assistant Professor of Theology Jonathan Moo, who specializes in the relationship between Christian theology and environmental science; and Eric Sartell, a visiting economics & business faculty member who specializes in international business relations and economic development. Each faculty member will deliver a short opening statement, after which Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty Michael Le Roy will moderate a panel discussion for 20 minutes. Following the discussion, the panelists will take questions from the audience for 20 minutes.

The purpose of the Dean's Dialogue is to provide a forum for Whitworth students and Spokane community members to consider important issues, to foster conversation that models civil discussion of differing perspectives, and to illustrate how people of faith can respectfully agree and disagree.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,900 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Gretchen Cleveland, executive assistant to the vice president, academic affairs, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3702 or

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or