Kwok Pui Lan

Kwok Pui Lan will serve as Wooster's Theologian in Residence April 11-15.


Kwok Pui Lan to Stress the Importance of Reaching Out to Others

Foremost Asian Feminist Scholar to visit The College of Wooster April 11-15

April 5, 2012 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Like it or not, the accelerated pace of globalization is changing our world, our country, and our community. Learning to accept, interact with, and embrace others from different countries, ethnic backgrounds, and faith traditions requires a heightened sense of empathy — something Kwok Pui Lan, The College of Wooster’s Theologian in Residence, will address during her brief stay on campus next week.

As one of the foremost interpreters of the experience of Asian women and the impact of our changing world on their lives and their faith, Kwok will discuss how this significant portion of the global population has been silenced and what the consequences of that silence have been. Her public presentations include a lecture, titled “Occupy Religion: Theology of the Multitude” at Wooster’s Spring Academy of Religion on Thursday, April 12, in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center (525 E. University St.). She will also lead an adult education class (9:45 a.m.) and the worship service (10:45 a.m.) at First Presbyterian Church on Sunday, April 15.

“While Asian women make up a huge portion of the global population, their lives and stories are too often invisible,” said Linda Morgan-Clement, campus chaplain, director of interfaith campus ministry, and adjunct professor of religious studies at Wooster. “Without the silenced voices and wisdom in the conversation we will be doomed to repeat historic errors and evils. Dr. Kwok, will also help us listen to the silenced voices and wisdom in our own community.”

Kwok is the William F. Cole Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. She received her doctorate from Harvard University and her undergraduate degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She also served as president of the American Academy of Religion, and is author or editor of 15 books in both English and Chinese, including Postcolonial Imagination and Feminist Theology, Introducing Asian Feminist Theology; Discovering the Bible in the Non-Biblical World, and Chinese Women and Christianity, 1860–1927. She was also an editor of the major reference work Women and Christianity, and the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Teaching from the American Academy of Religion. A cofounder of the network Pacific, Asian, North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry, Kwok has held leadership roles in the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning.

Two of Kwok’s books —Hope Abundant and Globalization, Gender, and Peacebuilding — will be on sale and available for signing following her Spring Academy lecture.

Additional information about Kwok’s visit is available by phone (330-263-2550) or e-mail.