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Schwehn to give Thompson Lecture on April 30

04/23/2012
Mark Schwehn, provost and professor of humanities at Valparaiso University, will deliver the Samuel M. Thompson Memorial Lecture at Monmouth College on April 30 at 7 p.m. in the Morgan Room of Poling Hall.

Some of Schwehn’s lecture, which is free and open to the public and titled “Making Things Right: Doing Justice and Composing Narratives,” will address themes in Ian McEwan’s acclaimed 2001 novel “Atonement.”

Schwehn has written widely about Henry Adams and William James, including, with other scholars, “A William James Renaissance.” He has also written essays on the poetry of Robert Frost, film criticism, history, cognitive theory and human sexuality. He has published widely on religion and higher learning, including “Exiles from Eden: Religion and the Academic Vocation in America” (1993) and “Everyone A Teacher” (2000). With Dorothy Bass, he is editor of “Leading Lives That Matter: What We Should Do and Who We Should Be” (2006).

Schwehn received his bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso, where he is project director of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts. He received his Ph.D. in history and humanities from Stanford University.

Samuel Thompson, for whom the lecture series is named, served in the philosophy department at Monmouth College for 46 years. After graduating from MC with a degree in English in 1924, he earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from Princeton University. Most notable among his publications were two popular textbooks: “A Modern Philosophy of Religion” and “The Nature of Philosophy.” Thompson died in 1983. His daughters, MC alumnae Jean Thompson Follett ’51 and Roberta Thompson Fassett ’56, funded the lecture series in his honor.