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King University News :: Reformation Expert and Author of Scottish and British History Jane Dawson to Speak at King March 5

BRISTOL, Tenn., February 26, 2014 – Reformation Expert and Author of Scottish and British History Jane Dawson will speak at King University’s Student Center Complex Board Room on Wednesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. as part of the Buechner (Beek-ner) Institute’s 2013-14 Lecture Series. The series is co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier and the Presbyterian Heritage Foundation.

“Jane Dawson is one of the world's leading historians of Scotland, and her biography of John Knox will be released this year by Yale University Press,” commented Dr. Martin Dotterweich, associate professor of History for King University. “Following this year’s Buechner Institute theme of vocation, her talk ‘Calling Mr. Knox’ will help us understand how John Knox saw his life’s work as a calling. For a Presbyterian Institution, celebrating the 500th anniversary of Knox’s birth marks the deep roots of our heritage, and underscores our commitment to serving God and the world with a relentless pursuit of truth and justice.”

Dawson is the John Laing Professor of Reformation History in the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She came to Edinburgh in 1991 from the University of St. Andrews, where she began her academic career in the late 1970s as the institution’s first Glenfiddich Research Fellow in Scottish History.

A writer on modern Scottish and British history, Dawson is the author of “The Politics of Religion in the Age of Mary, Queen of Scots and Scotland Re-formed, 1488-1587.” Her latest work, a biography of John Knox, is expected for release in 2014.

Jane Dawson will present “Calling Mr. Knox” at 7 p.m. at King University’s Student Center Complex Board Room on Wednesday, March 5. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dale Brown at 423.652.4156 or visit www.buechnerinstitute.org.

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