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STANFORD -- The board of directors of The James Irvine Foundation has donated $100,000 to Stanford to establish the Roger W. Heyns Lectureship in Religion and Community.
The lectureship, which is established at Memorial Church, will be an annual or semi-annual event that either will feature a major speaker or present a symposium focused on problems and challenges of religion and community.
Dean of the Chapel Robert C. Gregg said the Heyns lectureship would feature “serious presentations and discussions focused on the intersection of religious thought and practice with societies' self-understandings, and with undertakings in the worlds of science, arts, politics, law and commerce.”
Heyns, a resident of Atherton, has been a member of the Memorial Church congregation since 1977. At the request of then- President Donald Kennedy, Heyns in the mid-1980s presided over a self-study that identified new directions for the university chaplaincy. He also was active in raising $10 million for restoration of the church after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
Heyns served as chancellor at the University of California at Berkeley from 1965 to 1971, after a long stint at the University of Michigan as a psychology faculty member, dean and academic vice president. He was president of the American Council on Education during 1972-77, then served as president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation until 1992.
He served on the National Science Board from 1967 to 1976 and has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 1978.
The lectureship honors Heyns on his retirement after 16 years as a board member of the Irvine Foundation.
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