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Lessons From Genghis Khan

Published: October 17, 2016

CHENEY, Washington - How did a great 13th century conqueror with a ruthless reputation help give the world religious freedom? In a visit to Spokane, renowned anthropologist and New York Times bestselling author Jack Weatherford will discuss how Genghis Khan harnessed the power of religious tolerance to rule the world's largest empire.

Presented by The President's Forum for Critical Thought at Eastern Washington University, an evening with Jack Weatherford will be at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox in downtown Spokane. The event is free and open to the public.

In a lecture based on his new book, Genghis Khan and the Quest for God, Weatherford will reveal that despite his bloody reputation as ruler of the Mongolian Empire, Khan was also a champion of religious freedom whose ideas influenced the thoughts and writings of Thomas Jefferson.

Weatherford points out how Genghis Kahn struggled with many of the same questions we face today concerning religious violence: Such as how one should one balance religious freedom with the need to reign in fanatics? Can one compel rival religions - driven by deep seated hatred - to live together in peace?

Weatherford became a New York Times bestselling author with Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, which sold more than 300,000 copies and was optioned by Dick Wolf's (producer of Law and Order) Wolf Films. He also wrote Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World, The Secret History of the Mongol Queens, optioned by The Weinstein Company, and The History of Money, among other acclaimed books.

The President's Forum for Critical Thought is an important component of the multifaceted programming supported at EWU by the Daniel and Margaret Carper Foundation. The lecture series is presented in partnership with Dean Vickie Shields and the EWU College of Social Sciences.

For more information on Jack Weatherford's visit, please contact Jennifer Westfall at 509.359.6081 or


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