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Schwehn to deliver Thompson Lecture on Monday

April 27, 2012

MONMOUTH— Mark Schwehn, provost at Valparaiso University, will be delivering this year’s Thompson Lecture at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 30 in the Morgan Room in Poling Hall. His talk is called “Making Things Right: Doing Justice and Composing Narratives in Ian McEwan’s ‘Atonement.’”

“Atonement” is a novel by British author Ian McEwan which focuses on how mistakes can seriously affect the lives of several people. It was made into an award winning movie in 2007, staring James McAvoy, Keira Knightley and Saoirse Ronan.

Schwehn has a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Stanford University. Schwehn has published several books. He authored “Exiles from Eden: Religion and the Academic Vocation in America,” edited “A William James Renaissance:  Essays by Four Young Scholars” and “Everyone a Teacher” and co-edited “Leading Lives that Matter.”  He also contributed writing to the latter two books.

The Thompson Lecture is named after former Monmouth philosophy professor who taught at the college for 46 years. A Monmouth alumnus, he earned his Ph.D. from Princeton. Thompson published the textbooks “A Modern Philosophy of Religion” and “The Nature of Philosophy.” Thompson died in 1983.

Recent Thompson Lecture speakers include Jill Ker Conway, author of “The Road From Coorain” in 2011 and Michael Ruse, author of many books on the creationism/evolution controversy and the demarcation problem, in 2010.


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