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Cedarville University


Cedarville, Staley, Os Guinness

Start Date

2-9-2009 10:00 AM

End Date

2-10-2009 11:00 AM


Lecture Theme: Serving God's Purposes in Our Global Era


Dr. Os Guinness is an author and social critic who lives in the Washington, D.C., area. Great-great-grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer, he was born in China during World War II where his parents were medical missionaries. A witness to the climax of the Chinese revolution in 1949, he was expelled with many other foreigners in 1951 and returned to Europe where he was educated in England. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of London and his D. Phil in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford.

Dr. Guinness has written or edited more than 25 books, including The American Hour, Time for Truth, The Call, Invitation to the Classics, Long Journey Home, and Unspeakable: Facing Up to the Challenge of Evil. His latest book, The Case for Civility - And Why Our Future Depends on It, was published by Harper One in January 2008.

Previously, Dr. Guinness was a freelance reporter with the BBC. Since coming to the United States in 1984, he has been a guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies and a guest scholar and visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution. From 1986 to 1989, he served as executive director of the Williamsburg Charter Foundation, a bicentennial celebration of the First Amendment. In this position, he helped to draft the Williamsburg Charter and co-authored the public school curriculum Living With Our Deepest Differences. From 1991 to 2004, he was a senior fellow at the Trinity Forum and a frequent speaker and seminar leader at political and business conferences in both the United States and Europe.

As a European visitor to this country and a great admirer but detached observer of American culture, he stands in the long tradition of outside voices that have contributed so much to America's ongoing discussion about the state of the union. He lives with his wife, Jenny, in McLean, Virginia.

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2008-2009 Program Overview

Lecture Theme: Serving God's Purposes in Our Global Era


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