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Award-winning Author and Historian Ronald C. White Will Discuss New Book “On Great Fields: The Unlikely Heroism of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain” at Whitworth on Feb. 21

January 31, 2024

The Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith & Learning and the Whitworth Office of the President are pleased to host author, historian and theologian Ronald C. White, Ph.D., on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre. 

White will be discussing his new book, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, On Great Fields: The Unlikely Heroism of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. 

Chamberlain was a famous Civil War general who was also a committed Christian and abolitionist. He was a trained minister and professor at Bowdoin College in Maine. Despite being wounded at Petersburg and told by two surgeons he would die, Chamberlain survived the war, going on to be elected governor of Maine four times and serve as president of Bowdoin College.

Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of And There Was Light, says White’s latest book offers “a vital and vivid portrait of an unlikely military hero who played a key role in the preservation of the Union and therefore in the making of modern America.”

White is also the author of Lincoln in Private: What His Most Personal Reflections Tell Us About Our Greatest President. His other books include Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural; The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln through His Words; and the New York Times bestsellers A. Lincoln, A Biography and American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant. 

A former professor of religion and chaplain at Whitworth, White has received wide acclaim for his analysis of the context and content of Lincoln’s speeches and the ways in which they add new depth to our understanding of one of the nation’s most revered leaders.

This event is free and is open to the public. 

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 about 2,500 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


David Henreckson, director, Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith & Learning, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3298 or

Trisha Coder, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or