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Whitworth University to host “Faith, Fiction and Film, with Ron Hansen” Oct. 19-20

October 5, 2015
Ron Hansen, a celebrated American novelist, essayist and screenwriter, will be on the Whitworth campus Oct. 19-20 for a movie screening, Q&A, lecture and reading. Hansen, an ordained Roman Catholic deacon, is an articulate speaker on the intersections of faith and art.

Whitworth’s event, “Faith, Fiction and Film, with Ron Hansen,” will begin on Monday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m. with a screening of the movie “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” based on Hansen’s novel of the same name. The screening will be followed by an informal Q&A with Hansen. On Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. Hansen will present a lecture and will read from his works.

The Oct. 19 and 20 events are free and open to the public, and they will take place in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre at Whitworth. For more information, please call (509) 777-3253.

Hansen is the author of eight novels, an essay collection, and three short-story collections. He was educated at Creighton University, at the University of Iowa’s Writers Workshop, where he studied with John Irving, at Stanford University, where he held a Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellowship, and at Santa Clara University, where he earned a master’s degree in spirituality. He is now the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Professor in Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara University, in northern California.

Hansen has received a Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts and an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. His novel, Atticus, was a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction and for the PEN/Faulkner Award in Fiction. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, a work of historical fiction, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award.

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.


Annie Stillar, English department program assistant, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3253 or

Nancy Hines, director of communications, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4638 or