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Olivet College to celebrate Foundersí Day and Church Relations Day Feb. 14
Jan 31, 2007

OLIVET, Mich.Olivet College will commemorate its 163rd year by celebrating Founders Day in conjunction with Church Relations Day Wednesday, Feb. 14.

The events include:

12 to 1 p.m. Luncheon, Oaks Dining Room

1:30 to 3 p.m. Founders Day program, Olivet Congregational Church

3 to 4 p.m. Reception, Olivet Congregational Church fellowship hall

The program and reception are both free and open to the public.

The Founders Day program will feature Olivet College President Don Tuski, Ph.D., and Joseph Elder, Ph.D., a professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Elder, who is a native of Tehran and has lived in Afghanistan, is also the director of the Center for South Asia. He is an advocate for ecumenism and the topic of his address will be Interfaith Dialog in the 21st Century.

Elder earned a bachelors and masters from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. His research interests include sociology of religion, dynamics of contemporary change in South Asia, especially India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, and Gandhi and post-Gandhian movements.

Olivet was founded in 1844 by congregational missionaries led by Father John J. Shipherd and was one of the first colleges in the United States to admit women and minorities. In 1859, a state charter was granted, and in 1863, Olivet graduated its first class, which consisted of three women.

For more information, call (269) 749-7624.



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