Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 17, 2003

Whitworth Alumnus Returns to Campus to Present Lecture on Jonathan Edwards

Mark Valeri, a 1976 Whitworth alumnus and the E.T. Thompson Professor of Church History at Union Theological Seminary, will return to his alma mater to lecture on "Forgiveness and the Party of Humanity in Jonathan Edwards' World." Valeri will speak on Thursday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall at Whitworth. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3275.

After graduating from Whitworth, Valeri received a master of divinity degree at Yale University Divinity School and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. In his research and teaching, Valeri specializes in the areas of 18th-century American religion; religion and social thought in America; Puritanism; and Reformation theology and the social history of Calvinism. He is also an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and has received several awards, including the Makemie Prize from the Presbyterian Historical Society; an Andrew W. Mellon fellowship; and a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship.

Valeri is the editor of The Works of Jonathan Edwards Vol. 17: Sermons and Discourses, 1730-1733, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999) and author of Law and Providence in Joseph Bellamy's New England: The Origins of the New Divinity in Revolutionary America (Oxford University Press, 1994).

Valeri's visit is sponsored by the Lilly Vocation Grant at Whitworth. Through funding from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., Whitworth is enhancing programs to help students draw upon the resources of religious wisdom as they consider their vocational choices. The $2 million grant allows students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members to connect their gifts and abilities with the larger needs of society through ministry, service and career-oriented programs.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Michelle Seefried, program coordinator for the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3275 or mpace@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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