Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

November 5, 2007

Whitworth to Present Annual Dean's Dialogue Panel Discussion Nov. 13

What: Dean's Dialogue panel discussion on religious pluralism and civility

When: Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m.

Where: The Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth University

Cost: Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-4263.

The 2007 Dean's Dialogue at Whitworth University will feature a panel discussion on religious pluralism and civility. The discussion will focus on the following questions: How does a Christian university promote the healthy and free discussion of important ideas of a religious nature or with religious implications? How does such a community function with Christians from diverse backgrounds who come to different conclusions about such ideas? And how do we demonstrate both commitment to our ideas and civility toward those with whom we disagree? 

The panel will be composed of Assistant Professor of Sociology Jenni Holsinger, Associate Professor of Communication Studies Jim McPherson, Assistant Professor of Physics Kamesh Sankaran and Whitworth President Bill Robinson. Each faculty member will deliver a short opening statement, then Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty Michael Le Roy will moderate a panel discussion for 20 minutes. Following the discussion, the panelists will take questions from the audience for 20 minutes.

The purpose of the Dean's Dialogue is to provide a forum for Whitworth students and Spokane community members to consider important issues, to foster conversation that models civil discussion of differing perspectives, and to illustrate how people of faith can respectfully agree and disagree.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Julie Shanholtzer, Speakers and Artists Series and psychology department program assistant Whitworth University, (509) 777-4263 or jshanholtzer@whitworth.edu.

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

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