Pulitzer Prize Winner Ian Johnson Presenting the Souls of China Lecture

Oct. 2, 2018
Ian JohnsonPulitzer Prize winner Ian Johnson will present his book "The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao" at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 3, at Marrs McLean Science Building Auditorium, 1214 S Fourth St.

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by Gabrielle White, student newswriter

WACO, Texas (Oct. 2, 2018) – Pulitzer Prize winner Ian Johnson will present his book “The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao” at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 3, at Marrs McLean Science Building Auditorium, 1214 S Fourth St.

In his lecture, Johnson will address his outbreak of faith and the uncertainties about how to lead a moral life in contemporary China.

Johnson has spent almost 20 years in China, reporting and writing about the country’s society, religion and history. His recent book is critically acclaimed and offers insight on the restoration of differing faiths in China after years of religious persecution.

Johnson was awarded the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China, and was also honored by the Overseas Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists for his reporting from China.

“For anyone interested in the history of China, world religions or the lives of China’s 70 million Christians today, Johnson’s lecture is a unique opportunity to hear from one of the world’s leading experts on this wide range of issues,” said Daniel Barish, Ph.D., assistant professor of history specializing in late imperial China, modern China and modern Japan.

The Souls of China event is sponsored by Baylor’s Department of History; Asian Studies; Journalism, Public Relations and New Media; George W. Truett Seminary; and the Institute for Studies of Religion.

For more information, visit the history department website.

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