Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

September 8, 2003

Political Theorist to Present Public Lecture at Whitworth on "Intentional Christianity,"
Discuss Political Activism with Students

Political theorist Ashley Woodiwiss will present a lecture, "Intentional Christianity: Taking the Lower Seat," on Monday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. in Seeley Mudd Chapel at Whitworth College. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (509) 777-3270. During his lecture, Woodiwiss will challenge Whitworth students and members of the community to consider the radical lifestyle changes that must be made when people choose to follow Christ.

Woodiwiss is an associate professor of political science at Wheaton College, in Wheaton, Ill. He specializes in the intersection of political philosophy and Christocentric theology. In Dec. 2002, Woodiwiss hosted at Wheaton College the Heart of America Tour led by Bono, lead singer of the rock band U2. During his visit, Bono encouraged Wheaton students to join in his fight against the AIDS pandemic in Africa.

Following Bono's campus appearance, Woodiwiss assisted in establishing the Wheaton College Student AIDS Action Network, one of the largest and most active chapters of the Student Global AIDS Alliance in the country. He also co-chairs the Dupage AIDS Network, which works to support President Bush's authorization of a $15 billion plan to combat AIDS in Africa.

Woodiwiss will discuss student activism in an address to Whitworth's freshman class on Tuesday, Sept. 16. During his talk, "Out of the Classroom, Into the Streets: Political Activism as Christian Discipleship," Woodiwiss will draw from the Heart of America experience at Wheaton to illustrate how college students can take immediate and substantive political action that will have a real-world impact.

During the session, Whitworth students will also view a video by Bono in which the singer discusses his organization, Debt, AIDS and Trade in Africa (DATA) and other organizations that encourage student participation. Whitworth hopes to establish a student-activist group similar to Wheaton's Student AIDS Action Network, says Whitworth Politics and History Professor Julia Stronks.

Woodiwiss holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is the co-author of The Re-enchantment of Political Science: Christian Scholars Engage Their Discipline (Lexington Books, 2001). He is currently writing two new books, Neither Babylon nor Jerusalem and Political Theory after Liberalism.

Woodiwiss' lecture is part of Whitworth's "Lives of Commitment" Project, which was launched in 2001 when the college received a $1,014,000 grant from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust. The five-year program is based on new research that identifies tools for helping college students develop a robust worldview that becomes a way of life after they graduate. The project supports visiting speakers, research seminars, faculty-development programs, and other initiatives to integrate worldview issues and civic engagement into the college culture and curriculum.

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.


Michael Le Roy, professor of politics & history, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3755 or mleroy@whitworth.edu.

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

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