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Annual Randall Chair Conference to Convene

Providence, R.I. — Four theologians will discuss “Constantinianism and Its Critics: The Church and Political Order” at Providence College’s annual Randall Chair Conference.

The conference, which is open to the public, will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20, in the Aquinas Hall Lounge and will continue at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 21. It is sponsored by the Development of Western Civilization Program, the Graduate Program in Theology, and the Robert J. Randall Professor in Christian Culture.

The professorship is the College’s first endowed chair. It was established in 2002 in honor of Rev. Robert J. Randall, a PC professor for more than 25 years. The chair exemplifies his commitment to educational excellence and teaching in the Department of English, the Development of Western Civilization, and the Liberal Arts Honors Program.

The Constantinianism conference features both the current and a former Randall chair as speakers. The 2011-12 Randall Professor, Dr. Robert L. Wilken, is professor of the history of Christianity emeritus at the University of Virginia. He is teaching an honors colloquium on Christian intellectual tradition during the spring semester. In addition, Dr. David Bentley Hart, an Eastern Orthodox theologian and philosopher, served as Randall chair from 2008 to 2009.

Dr. D. Stephen Long, a professor of systematic theology at Marquette University, and Dr. Peter Leithart, the senior theology scholar at New Saint Andrews College, also will deliver lectures.

For a full schedule and to register, go to the Randall Conference Web page.

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