—March 18 lecture will focus on Kagawa as an apostle of social reform—

Princeton, 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.”

shin chibaToyohiko 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).

Chiba 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.

He 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 September 11. 

The 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.

For more information, call the Communications/Publications Office at 609.497.7760.

Princeton Theological Seminary, founded in 1812, is the first seminary established by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. Its mission is to educate leaders for the church of Jesus Christ worldwide, and its more than 500 students and 11,000 graduates from all fifty states and many nations around the world serve Christ in churches, schools and universities, healthcare institutions, nonprofit agencies, initiatives for social justice, mission agencies, and the emerging ministries of the church in the twenty-first century.