Mother Teresa author to speak at OSU

Oregon State University Socratic Club

In 1996 Mary Poplin, a professor at Claremont, spent her sabbatical as a volunteer working in Calcutta with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity. Poplin wanted to understand why Mother Teresa said their ministry was “religious work and not social work.” Poplin’s experience radically shaped her newly found Christian faith and transformed her perspective of the world and her place in it. She described that experience in Finding Calcutta: What Mother Teresa Taught Me about Meaningful Work and Service (2008).

Dr. Poppin will speak at two events sponsored by the OSU Socratic Club.

On Monday, April 11, at 7 p.m., she will lecture on the topic, ‘What if Chrsitianity is True? Lessons from Mother Teresa,” in Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center. Copies of her book will be available for purchase after the lecture.

On Tuesday, April 12, at 10 a.m. in the Journey Room of the Memorial Union, she will speak at an informal roundtable discussion in which she will expand on her Socratic Club lecture the night before and entain questions from the audience.

Mary Poplin is Professor of Education at Claremont Graduate University. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas and lectures frequently for Veritas Forum.

All three events are free and open to the publc. For more information visit the OSU Socratic Club online at

Gary B. Ferngren
Professor of History
Socratic Club Adviser

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