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Poverty and Pluralism in African Christianity, November 17 Lecture

November 16, 2004

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MACOMB, IL - - Ogbu Uke Kalu, the Henry Winter Luce Professor of World Christianity and Mission at the McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, will present "The Challenges of Poverty and Pluralism in African Christianity” Wednesday, Nov. 17 at Western Illinois University. The 11 a.m. lecture will be held in Stipes Hall 121.

Kalu holds a bachelor of arts degree (Toronto), a masterÂ’s of arts degree (McMaster) and a Ph.D. (Toronto) in History as well as a MasterÂ’s of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Divinity from Presbyterian College (McGill). He has taught at universities in Nigeria; South Korea; Edinburgh; South Africa; Montreal and Toronto, Canada; Harvard; and Germany. He is currently a member of the Senate of the University at the University of Nigeria and is an Elder of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria.

Among his books are "Christianity in West Africa: The Nigerian Story" (1978); "Divided People of God: Church Union Movement in Nigeria, 1975-1966" (1978); "Readings in African Humanities: African Cultural Development" (Edited, 1978); "The History of Christianity in West Africa" (Longman, 1980); "African Church Historiography: An Ecumenical Perspective" (1988); and "The Embattled Gods: Christianization of Igboland, 1841-1991" (1996).

The presentation, which is open free to the public, is cosponsored by WesternÂ’s Visiting Lecturers Committee and the departments of African American studies and philosophy and religious studies.

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