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Whitworth University Welcomes Author and Historian Jemar Tisby

February 27, 2020
Whitworth University invites author and historian Jemar Tisby to present the 2020 Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar lecture on March 17 at 7 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall, Robinson Teaching Theatre.
Tisby will discuss themes from his first book, The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism. The book describes how the American church has helped create and maintain racist ideas and practices. Tisby challenges all Christians to stand up and begin implementing concrete ways for a more equitable and inclusive environment among God’s people.

Tisby is the president of The Witness: a Black Christian Collective, where he writes about race, religion, politics and culture. He is also the co-host of the Pass the Mic podcast. He has spoken at conferences all over the country and his writings have been featured in The Washington Post, on CNN and Vox.

Tisby is currently a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Mississippi, studying race, religion and social movements in the twentieth century. He received his M.Div. from the Reformed Theological Seminary and a bachelor of arts from the University of Notre Dame.

This free lecture is sponsored by the Thomas F. Staley Foundation and Weyerhaeuser Center.

About Whitworth University:

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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