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​Dr. Robert Louis Wilken

Randall Chair to Discuss Catholic Roots of Religious Freedom

Providence, R.I — Dr. Robert Louis Wilken, the Robert J. Randall Professor in Christian Culture at Providence College, will lecture on “The Catholic Roots of Religious Freedom” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, in the Aquinas Lounge.

Wilken, professor of the history of Christianity emeritus at the University of Virginia, is teaching an honors colloquium on Christian intellectual tradition during the spring semester.

The expert on early Christian history is the eighth scholar to serve as the Randall Professor, who presents a lecture in both the fall and spring semesters. In the fall, Wilkens discussed global Christianity in the first millennium, which had spread as far as southern Sudan, China, and India.

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.

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