Chapman Explores Immigration in Britain

Dr. Chapman Alister

Dr. Chapman Alister

Alister Chapman, a British expat who serves as professor of history at Westmont, offers his European perspectives on how immigration has changed the continent Monday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The Paul C. Wilt Phi Kappa Phi Lecture, “Immigration: The Best Thing for Britain Since Sliced Bread?” is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact organizer Ray Rosentrater, professor of mathematics, at (805) 565-6185.

Chapman, who earned a doctorate from the University of Cambridge, has been teaching at Westmont since 2004. His research focuses on the impact of immigration and imperial decline on English society after 1945.

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In May, Chapman wrote a review, “Can’t We All Just Get Along? Muslim immigrants to Britain and the claims of multiculturalism,” for the May/June issue of Books and Culture. Last year, he published an article “The International Context of Secularization in England: The End of Empire, Immigration, and the Decline of Christian National Identity, 1945-70” in the Journal of British Studies. He won a Christianity Today Book Award in 2013 for “Godly Ambition: John Stott and the Evangelical Movement.” He earned the Wesmtont Faculty Research Award in 2013 and was Westmont Teacher of the Year (Social Sciences) in 2008. He is a frequent contributor to The World Post, a partnership of the Huffington Post and Berggruen Institute.

Charles Farhadian, professor of religious studies, and Heather Keaney, associate professor history and co-director of Westmont in Istanbul, will respond to Chapman’s lecture.