Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 2, 2006

Great Decisions Series to Feature March 16 Lecture,
"Just Energy Use: The Local-Global Connection"

The 49th annual Great Decisions Lecture Series at Whitworth College features five speakers who will focus on current political, cultural and economic subjects of interest to the international community. The public is invited to attend the lectures free of charge.

The third lecture of the series will feature Patrick Van Inwegen, Ph.D., who will present a lecture, "Just Energy Use: The Local-Global Connection," on Thursday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre, Weyerhaeuser Hall, at Whitworth. A background book that covers the lecture series, Great Decisions 2006, is available for purchase at the Whitworth bookstore. Whitworth students may earn one semester credit for attending the series. For more information, please call (509) 777-3270.

Discussion abounds about America's impending oil crisis, but the discussion focuses primarily on how the crisis will affect Americans in terms of the country's economy, Van Inwegen says. During his Great Decisions lecture, Van Inwegen will draw from his research on justice movements in developing countries to address what Spokane's energy dependency means in terms of justice.

Van Inwegen is a professor in the Whitworth Political Studies Department, where he teaches courses emphasizing the international and comparative aspects of politics. He joined the Whitworth faculty in fall 2005, after teaching at the University of Puget Sound in the department of international political economy.

Van Inwegen holds a Ph.D. from Loyola University Chicago. For his doctoral dissertation, Van Inwegen analyzed the role of nonviolent action in revolutionary situations. His research interests include developing the strategy of nonviolent action and deepening his understanding of trends in revolutions.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Barbara Brodrick, academic program assistant, politics & history department, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3270 or bbrodrick@whitworth.edu.

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

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