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King University News :: President of Conference on Christianity and Literature to Open Buechner Lecture Series at King

Roger Lundin, the president of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, author, and professor will open the 2012-2013 Buechner Institute’s Lecture Series at King on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 9:15 a.m. in Memorial Chapel on King’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn.

One of the Buechner Institute Advisory Board members, a longtime member of the Wheaton College faculty, and a significant scholar of American studies, Roger Lundin will open the convocation year at King,” said Dr. Dale Brown, director of the Buechner Institute and chair of the English department at King.  “We are pleased to have his help in orienting ourselves for this year as students and teachers and more.”

Lundin serves as the Arthur F. Holmes professor of Faith and Learning at Wheaton College, where he teaches American and Modern European literature.  Twice named Teacher of the Year at Wheaton, Lundin has written and edited 10 books, including “Believing Again: Doubt and Faith in A Secular Age,” “Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief,” and “The Culture of Interpretation: Christian Faith and the Postmodern World.”  Recent articles of Lundin’s include “The Arts,” “Prospects and Retrospects: Religion and Literature in an American Context,” and “The Beauty of Belief.”

Over the past decade, Lundin has given lectures on topics including early American literature and the relationship of religion and literature at such schools as Azusa Pacific University, Baylor University, Calvin College, Duke University, Gordon College, Hillsdale College, Hope College, Pepperdine University, Regent College, Seattle Pacific University, St. Louis University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Minnesota, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Valparaiso University.

“I had the great privilege of studying under Roger Lundin as an English major at Wheaton,” said Dr. Martin Dotterweich, associate professor of History and chair of the Department of History and Political Science at King.  “His keen insights into the American mind, his infectious enthusiasm for learning, and his genial and generous nature continue to shape me as a person and as a professor.  I look forward to his wisdom and encouragement to open the 2012-13 academic year at King.”

Lundin has received major research fellowships from the Erasmus Institute, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Evangelical Scholarship Initiative.  Lundin received his Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Wheaton College in 1971 and his Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1974.  He received his Master of Arts in English in 1976 and three years later earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Connecticut.

Roger Lundin is one of the most generous scholars I know, full of wisdom and grace,” said Dr. Jennifer Holberg, chair of the Buechner Institute National Advisory Board and professor of English for Calvin College.  “His work on the intersections of faith and literature has been stellar, but even more has been his commitment to encouraging other people, both students and colleagues alike.

The opening convocation for the Buechner Institute featuring Roger Lundin will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 9:15 a.m. in King’s Memorial Chapel.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Dale Brown at 423.652.4156 or visit www.buechnerinstitute.org