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Whitworth Lindaman Endowed Chair Anthony Clark to Give His Final Edward B. Lindaman Lecture

November 20, 2018
Whitworth Associate Professor of History and Lindaman Chair Anthony Clark, Ph.D., will present “Bonfire of the Humanities: The Moorings of an Academy Adrift” on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre.

In his final public lecture as the Edward B. Lindaman Endowed Chair, Clark will speak about the state of the humanities within U.S. institutions and how Whitworth University aspires to preserve liberal arts education. This timely talk will consider both why and how the humanities might be valued and restored in the modern academy.

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 books, including his latest work Catholicism and Buddhism: The Contrasting Lives and Teachings of Jesus and Buddha (2018), a writing that confronts the distinctions between Buddhism and Catholic Christianity, acknowledging areas of confluence, but also discerning areas of difference.  He’s also written Heaven in Conflict: Franciscans and the Boxer Uprising in Shanxi (2015) and China’s Saints: Catholic Martyrdom during the Qing (2011). He is the editor of China’s Christianity: From Missionary to Indigenous Church (2017).

The evening’s introduction will be made by Carol J. Simon, provost and executive vice president. The response to Clark’s lecture will be provided by D. Berton Emerson, Ph.D., assistant professor of English.

The Lindaman Chair 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.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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