Award-winning print and broadcast journalist
Randolph-Macon College will host award-winning print and broadcast journalist and
author David Aikman on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in Blackwell
Auditorium, R-MC’s Center for the Performing Arts. Aikman's lecture, “China’s Search
for a Lasting System of Values: Will Christianity Emerge as a Moral Foundation for
Capitalism in China?” is free and open to the public. This program is sponsored
by the BB&T Moral Foundations of Capitalism Program.
Aikman will discuss the dilemma that China’s leaders are facing to find an ethical
center for its civilization and its impact on economics, business and the social
fabric of their society. He will also explore the potential impact that Christianity
could have on the country’s communist party. Aikman is a specialist on Russia, China,
East Asia, the Middle East, and religious freedom issues worldwide. He is the author
of Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is Transforming China and Changing the Global
Balance of Power.
Aikman will be available for book signing after the lecture. His books are available
for purchase in the R-MC bookstore and will also be available during the lecture.
During a lengthy career as a foreign correspondent, Aikman reported for TIME Magazine
from five continents and more than fifty countries. Since leaving TIME, he has authored
ten books. His latest, The Mirage of Peace: Understanding the Never-Ending Conflict
in the Middle East (Regal, September 2009), is a comprehensive overview
of the nations and societies of the strife-torn region and the historical roots
of the intransigent conflicts that have defied attempts to bring a lasting peace.
He has two books due for publication this year: a novel set in the Middle East called
Kidnapped in Gaza, and a non-fiction work entitled One Nation Without God:
The Battle for Christianity in an Age of Unbelief.
Aikman serves as Senior Fellow and is a regular moderator for the Trinity Forum,
a leadership academy that seeks to transform society by helping leaders examine
issues in their personal and public lives in the context of faith.
He is presently writer-in-residence and professor of history at Patrick Henry College
in Purcellville, Virginia. He is the founding chairman and a board member of Gegrapha,
a global fellowship of journalists, and was recently a Senior Fellow at the Ethics
and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. He writes columns for Christianity
Today and Provocations in addition to extensive freelance writing
for such publications as The American Spectator and The Weekly Standard.
He is a regular commentator and host on Voice of America and has been a commentator
on NBC, ABC, CNN, Fox News, and the BBC.
Raised and educated in England, he earned his B.A. at Worcester College, Oxford,
and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Washington at Seattle. He is fluent
in a number of languages, including Russian, Chinese, French, and German. A naturalized
U.S. citizen, Aikman lives in Virginia and has two grown daughters.
BB&T Moral Foundations of Capitalism Program
Randolph-Macon College received a $500,000 grant from the BB&T Charitable Foundation
to expand the study of ethics, economics and capitalism through a broadened curriculum,
faculty and student research, internships and one-on-one interaction with business
BB&T Corporation is the 10th largest financial services holding company headquartered
in the United States with $152.4 billion in assets. Its bank subsidiaries operate
approximately 1,500 financial centers in the Carolinas, Virginia, West Virginia,
Kentucky, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Indiana and Washington,
D.C. BB&T annual charitable contributions totaled nearly $20 million in 2008.
For more information on this event or the BB&T Moral Foundations of Capitalism
Program, please contact Anne Marie Lauranzon at (804) 752-7317,