Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

October 8, 2003

Whitworth to Host Lecture by International Consultant

The Rev. Lauran Bethell, a consultant for International Ministries for the American Baptist Churches, will present a lecture, "Women in Business and Christian NGOs Internationally," on Friday, Oct. 17, at 3:30 p.m. in the Eric Johnston Science Center auditorium at Whitworth College. Admission is free. Please call (509) 777-4585 for more information. During her lecture, Bethell will also discuss economic alternatives for women in developing countries.

In 1987, Bethell was named the first director of northern Thailand's New Life Center, a project that offers young native women the chance to receive an education and vocational training to help them avoid lives of prostitution or exploitation. Bethell is currently working in Prague, Czech Republic, where she acts as a women's advocate on an international level.

Bethell graduated from the University of Redlands in 1972 with bachelors' degrees in psychology, religion and education. She earned a master's of divinity degree from American Baptist Seminary of the West in 1985, the same year the American Baptist Churches/USA Board of International Ministries ordained and commissioned her to be a missionary.

Bethell's campus visit and lecture is sponsored by Whitworth's $2-million Lilly Vocation Grant, "Discerning Vocation: Community, Context and Commitment," from the Lilly Foundation, Inc., and the Herbert B. Jones Grant for the establishment of Whitworth's new Entrepreneurship and Small Business Studies Program.

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.


Kyle Usrey, dean of the School of Global Commerce & Management, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4585 or kusrey@whitworth.edu.

Donna Quinn, assistant to the dean, School of Global Commerce & Management, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4585 or dquinn@whitworth.edu.

Jack Gambill, Program Director for the Herbert B. Jones Grant, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4455 or jgambill@whitoworth.edu.

Jo Ann Nielsen, program coordinator for the Herbert B. Jones Grant, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3242 or joannnielsen@whitworth.edu.

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

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