Whitworth celebrates 122nd anniversary with music, lectures and film festival

In February Whitworth University will celebrate its 122nd anniversary.
Heritage Month 2012 will kick off Feb. 2 with the university’s annual Founder’s Day Convocation, when students, faculty and staff gather to remember Whitworth’s past and dedicate themselves to building upon that legacy in the coming year, according to a press release. Other focal points of Heritage Month 2012, which is themed, “Whitworth in the ’70s,” will include the fourth annual Leonard A. Oakland Film Festival from Feb. 16-18, a gospel explosion performance on Feb. 10 and a Feb. 22 lecture, “Expo ’74 and the Transformation of Spokane.”
Other February events include:

“The Real Israel: What You Haven’t Heard and Don’t Know,” 7 p.m., Feb. 7,  Weyerhaeuser Hall

Guest lecture by Jonathan Adelman. He is a professor in the Josef Korbel Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver and author of “The Rise of Israel: A History of a Revolutionary State .” He served as the doctoral dissertation advisor to National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and is a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, in Washington, D.C.

“The Lindaman Era: Whitworth in the ’70s,” 7 p.m., Feb. 9, Weyerhaeuser Hall

Whitworth in the ’70s was challenged to look back at its heritage and forward to a very exciting future. During that era Whitworth was led by its 14th president, Christian futurist Edward B. Lindaman, whose previous professional experience was in the aerospace industry. Join two 1970s Whitworth alumni whose diverging professional and spiritual paths — and enduring friendship — capture the essence of this fascinating decade on campus. Glen Hiemstra, ’71, founder and owner of Futurist.com, is dedicated to disseminating information about the future to assist individuals, organizations and industries in effective strategic planning. The Rev. Dave Brown, ’76, is the pastor of Immanuel Presbyterian Church, in Tacoma. A graduate of Princeton Seminary, he has served three congregations prior to Immanuel. In the 1990s, he left parish ministry and was a staff member for the National Council of Churches Committee on Public Education.

Valentine’s Day concert,  7 p.m. Feb. 12, Whitworth Community Presbyterian Church

The Whitworth Choir, Whitworth Women’s Choir and Whitworth Men’s Chorus will perform a special Valentine’s Day concert.

“Christianity and the Death of the Idol,”  7 p.m., Feb. 15,  Weyerhaeuser Hall

Guest lecturer will be Peter Rollins, who is a writer and public speaker and founder of ikon, a faith group that creates “transformance art” with live music, imagery, theatre, ritual and reflection.

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