posted November 16, 2011

Lecture on Nov. 18 to Explore “Educating with the World in Mind”

Dr. Gerald Pillay, who is vice chancellor and rector of Liverpool Hope University of Liverpool, England, will present the address "Educating with the World in Mind: New Challenges and Opportunities" on Friday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. in the Fried/Hemenway Auditorium of the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

"We are fortunate to have Dr. Pillay visit Hope College," said Alfredo Gonzales, who is associate provost and dean for international and multicultural education at Hope. "Dr. Pillay is a superb teacher and a scholar with an international reputation who is now leading one of the only ecumenical universities in the UK."

Pillay was born in the former British colony of Natal in South Africa. He was awarded a B.A., a B.D. (with distinction) and Doctor of Theology from the University of Durban. He also achieved a D.Phil. in Philosophical Theology from Rhodes University.

After lecturing at the University of Durban-Westville, he became professor of ecclesiastical history at the University of South Africa in 1988, a post he held for eight years. During this period he was also variously a guest professor at Northwestern University in Illinois; a research fellow at Princeton University; a visiting professor at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia; a guest professor at Rhodes University and a visiting professor at the graduate school at AMBS, Indiana.

In 1997 he became Foundation Professor and head of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Otago University, New Zealand's oldest university, based in Dunedin in the South Island. He was asked to serve as the first head of liberal arts within that university in 1998. He has served in various senior leadership roles at the University of South Africa, the Human Sciences Research Council in Pretoria and the University of Otago.

Pillay has been with Liverpool Hope University since 2003. He was initially appointed head of Liverpool Hope University College, an institution whose first founding college was established in 1844. He became the first vice chancellor when Liverpool Hope was given full university status in July 2005.

He has served on editorial boards of two international journals, "Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae" and "Verbum et Ecclesia"; has presented papers at numerous international conferences; and has served on various public and educational bodies. He has published extensively and is an internationally respected scholar.

He was elected a Life Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA) in October 2005, and he received a commission to become a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Merseyside in January 2009.

Liverpool Hope University, which enrolls more than 7,000 students from more than 60 countries worldwide, is one of Hope College's global academic partners. Hope's first exchange with the university took place in the fall of 1997, when two students from the university spent the semester at Hope to complete their student teaching. Hope students started studying in Liverpool during the spring of 1998.

The relationship began in 1996, when representatives of the university visited Hope while in the process of renaming their institution. They liked the college's name and felt that it suited well their own institution's mission. A new academic exchange agreement was signed when former Provost James N. Boelkins and Gonzales visited Liverpool Hope University in June 2006.

The Martha Miller Center for Global Communication is located at 257 Columbia Ave., on Columbia Avenue at 10th Street.