The annual Hope College Pew Lecture on faith and learning will take place on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The lecture, titled "'United We Stand, Divided We Fall': The Integration of Faith and Learning. A Dialogue Presentation," will be given by Lamin Sanneh, who is the D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity at Yale University.

Sanneh is the author or co-author of 10 books and more than 100 articles on religious and historical subjects. His books include "Translating the Message: The Missionary Impact on Culture," "Encountering the West: Christianity and the Global Cultural Process," "West African Christianity: the Religious Impact" and "Abolitionists Abroad: American Blacks and the Making of Modern West Africa."

Sanneh began his education in Gambia, later studying in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. He received his Ph.D. in Islamic history from the University of London.

He taught at Harvard University for eight years before moving to Yale University in 1989. At Yale he has chaired the university Council on African Studies. He is also a member of the Board of the Institute for Advanced Christian Studies, an editor-at-large of "The Christian Century" and a contributing editor of the "International Bulletin of Missionary Research," and serves on the editorial board of several academic journals.

The Pew Faith and Learning Lecture is being sponsored by Hope's Pew College Society. The Pew College Society at Hope exists to encourage Hope students to pursue careers in college and university teaching as Christian service. The society was established in 1997, and has 40 junior and senior members.

Additional information on the lecture or the Pew Society may be obtained by contacting Marc Baer of the college's history faculty. The department of history may be called at (616) 395-7590.

The Maas Center is located on Columbia Avenue at 11th Street.