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For Immediate Release: October 11, 2011

Providence College’s Randall Professor to Speak on Global Christianity


Providence, R.I. — Dr. Robert Louis Wilken, this year’s Rev. Robert J. Randall Professor in Christian Culture at Providence College, will present his first Randall Lecture of the academic year, “Global Christianity in the First Millennium,” Thursday, October 13, at 4:00 p.m. in Aquinas Lounge, on campus. 

Wilken is professor of the history of Christianity emeritus at the University of Virginia and the eighth scholar to serve as the Randall Professor. His specialty is Christianity in the first 1,000 years.

Wilken delivered the main address at the College’s Academic Convocation in September. This semester, he is teaching a course on Christianity and Islam in the Liberal Arts Honors Program, focusing on the history of relations between Christians and Muslims from the rise of Islam in the 7th century to the present.

The Randall Professorship, the College’s first endowed chair, was established in 2002 and is named for Father Randall, who taught at PC for more than 25 years. The professor exemplifies Father Randall’s commitment to educational excellence and teaching in the Department of English, the Development of Western Civilization Program, and the Liberal Arts Honors Program.

His presentation is free and open to the public.



Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs and Community Relations Coordinator
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