—March 18 lecture
will focus on Kagawa as an apostle of social reform—
NJ, March 5, 2014–Dr. Shin Chiba, professor of political
thought at International Christian University in Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan, will give
the Toyohiko Kagawa Lecture at Princeton Theological Seminary on March 18 at
7:00 p.m. The annual lecture honors Toyohiko Kagawa, a social reformer in Japan
who earned his Ph.D. from Princeton Seminary. The topic of this year’s lecture
is “Toyohiko Kagawa as an Apostle of Social Reform.”
Kagawa (1888–1960), a social reformer and Christian convert, was educated at
the Presbyterian College in Tokyo and graduated from Princeton Theological
Seminary in 1915. He became an evangelist and social worker in the slums of
Kobe, and was a leader in the Japanese labor movement, helping found the
Federation of Labour (1918), the Farmer’s Union (1921), and the Anti-War League
(1928). After the Second World War, Kagawa was a leader in the women’s suffrage
movement, and helped with the process of the democratization of Japan. He wrote
numerous books, including the autobiographical novel Before the Dawn (1920).
earned a B.A. from Waseda University, from Amherst College, and the University
of Oxford, his M.A. from The Graduate School of Waseda University, and his
Ph.D. from Princeton Seminary.
is the author and coauthor of several books, including Gendai Purotesutantizumu No Seiji Shiso (The Political Thought of Contemporary Protestantism), Arendt to Gendai (Arendt and the Present Age), and Mikan No Kakumei Toshiteno Heiwa Kenpo (The Peace Constitution as an Unfinished Revolution), Christian Ethics in Ecumenical Context, and
Peace Movements and Pacifism after
lecture will take place in the Daniel J. Theron Assembly Room in the Princeton
Theological Seminary Library at Library Place and Mercer Street in Princeton.
It is free and open to the public.
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