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C of I launches lectureship with colloquium on religion

The College of Idaho is set to host the first lecture of the recently established Carter-Chalker Lectureship on Faith and Contemporary Issues as “Through Many Windows:  A Colloquium on Religion” comes to the C of I campus in Caldwell. The colloquium will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in Langroise Auditorium, shortly after C of I President Marv Henberg gives his annual “State of the College” address. Admission is free and open to the public.

“The idea is to shed light from many different angles upon a topic integral to religion,” said Dr. Mark Smith, a professor of history at the C of I who helped organize the event. “This isn’t intended to be a debate, but rather a place where the audience can have questions answered from very different perspectives. I think many will find the issues discussed to be more complex and interesting than previously thought.”

“Through Many Windows” is a collaborative effort between the C of I and Northwest Nazarene University. The event kicks off a tradition of bringing broad ranging discussion of religious topics from a diversity of perspectives to the Treasure Valley, with each campus hosting one event annually.  Apropos of the season, this first colloquium explores themes of politics and religion. A second event is planned for spring 2013 on the NNU campus in Nampa.

The discussion panel for “Through Many Windows” will include C of I professors Dr. Jasper LiCalzi (political economy) and Dr. Mee-Ae Kim (history) along with NNU professors Dr. Steve Shaw (political science) and Dr. Brent Peterson (theology).  Smith will moderate the discussion.

The Carter-Chalker Lectureship on Faith and Contemporary Issues was founded in 2011 thanks to a $150,000 gift from the estate of the late William Carter, a grandson of C of I founding President William Judson Boone. The lectureship is named after Carter and Dr. William Chalker, a retired C of I professor. It is intended to bring prominent speakers to the C of I to explore and draw attention to faith-based issues.

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