Keston Center for Religion, Politics and Society Present Timely Spring Lecture

Feb. 16, 2017

Dr. Roman Lunkin, a Russian historian, sociologist and journalist, will provide the Baylor community with timely global insight in a lecture titled “Today’s Russia: Religion, Politics and Society.” The lecture will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, February 24 in Kayser Auditorium in the Hankamer Academic Center.

“Roman is an expert on religion and society in Russia,” Kathy Hillman, Director of The Keston Center for Religion, Politics and Society, said. “We hope to have an extensive Q&A session where students and faculty can ask about both past and present.”

To foster a discussion, a reception will be held before the lecture even begins. “Our hope is to give guests the chance to get to know the panelists beforehand so that they are more comfortable asking questions,” Hillman said.

Dr. Lunkin is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and serves as Senior Researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is a public information officer for the Slavic Center for Law and Justice and a staff member of the Religion and Society Research Centre of the Institute of Europe.

“Religious life in Russia is my personal and academic interest,” Dr. Lunkin said. “The dialogue between Christians and church-state relations is the biggest problem in Russia, as it has suffered under atheistic regime for many decades.”

Accompanying Dr. Lunkin will be a panel of experts to inspire further discussion. The panel includes Chairman Xenia Dennen of the Keston Institute in Oxford, former U.S. Congressman Chet Edwards, and Baylor Political Science Professor Sergiy Kudelia. Wallace Daniel, Distinguished Professor of History at Mercer University, will serve as moderator.

Larisa Seago, Processing Archivist for Keston Library and Archives, is eager to hear the panel’s perspective on current events.

“I am excited to hear Dr. Lunkin’s reflection on the current religious situation in Russia and first-hand opinion on the implementation of the anti-terrorist law, which mainly targets evangelical Christians,” Seago said. “I’ve heard of several cases and trials since the new law came into effect.”

Graduate students have an additional opportunity to engage with Dr. Lunkin before his presentation. By reservation only, they are invited to attend a special luncheon on Thursday with both Dr. Lunkin and Chairman Dennen.

“This lecture will be a great opportunity to see freedom and oppression in a large part of the world,” Dr. Lunkin said. “It will also provide for the self-scrutiny of your own faith.”

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