The Keston Center for Religion, Politics and Society Presents Timely Lecture and Panel on Today’s Russia

Keston Lecture Russia
Feb. 23, 2017

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WACO, Texas (Feb. 20, 2017) – The Keston Center for Religion, Politics and Society at Baylor University will hold its annual spring lecture on a timely global topic – “Today’s Russia: Religion, Politics and Society” with Russian historian, sociologist and journalist Roman Lunkin – at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in Kayser Auditorium in the Hankamer Academic Center.

Lunkin’s lecture will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A on his remarks and other topics regarding modern Russia.

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

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.

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

The panel discussion 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.

“I’m excited to learn about the current religious situation in Russia and first-hand opinion on the implementation of the anti-terrorist law, which mainly targets evangelical Christians,” said Larisa Seago, processing archivist for Keston Library and Archives. “Our lecturer and panelists will provide much information we can learn from.”

A reception will be held prior to the lecture at 3 p.m. in the foyer of Hankamer Academic Center. Students and faculty will have the opportunity to meet Lunkin and the participating panelists.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or contact Carlye Thornton at or 817-965-1535.


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