Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

February 7, 2008

Whitworth Dean's Dialogue Feb. 18-19 to Address Global Climate Change

The spring 2008 Whitworth Dean's Dialogue Feb. 18-19 will address the topic of global climate change, and will include a film showing and a faculty panel discussion. The film "An Inconvenient Truth" will be shown on Monday, Feb. 18. On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Whitworth faculty will lead a panel discussion on the Christian response to global warming. Both events are free and will take place at 7 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth University. For more information, please call (509) 777-4263.

The faculty panel will be composed of Patrick Van Inwegen, assistant professor of political science, and Kerry Breno and Drew Budner, both assistant professors of chemistry. The panelists will address topics including the nature of scientific evidence that the earth is warming, how being a Christian and a social scientist shapes one's thinking on global warming, and what Christians as individuals and groups can do to make a difference.

Each faculty member will deliver a short opening statement; Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty Michael Le Roy will then moderate a panel discussion for 20 minutes. Following the discussion, the panelists will take questions from the audience for 20 minutes.

The Dean's Dialogue takes place once each semester and is intended 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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