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Whitworth professor Julia Stronks to deliver final lecture as Lindaman Chair Oct. 2

September 24, 2014

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Whitworth Professor of Political Science Julia Stronks will present her fourth and final Lindaman Chair lecture, “Christians, Public Policy and Sexual Identity: Why Loving the Sinner Doesn’t Do It for Me Anymore,” in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. This lecture is free and open to the public.

The annual Lindaman Lecture features Whitworth's appointed Edward B. Lindaman Chair, 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.

During her time as Lindaman Chair, Stronks has written nearly 100 articles appearing in a wide variety of North American print and online publications. All of her pieces focus on some aspect of faith-based approaches to contemporary political issues. She has also co-written a book, Teaching to Justice, Citizenship, and Civic Virtue: The Character of a High School Through the Eyes of Faith, with her mother, Gloria Goris Stronks, Ph.D., a professor emeritus at Calvin College. The book is set to be published in October 2014 by Resource Publications, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers.

A graduate of Dordt College (Iowa), Stronks earned her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law and her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. In 2003, she was honored with Dordt College's Distinguished Alumni Award.

Stronks says she has greatly appreciated the time to write and engage in public dialogue on faith-based issues, but she looks forward to engaging with her students again on a full-time basis.

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


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