interior static banner

Author Mark Edmundson to Speak at King University Institute for Faith and Culture Sept. 14

BRISTOL, Tenn., Sept. 1, 2015 – Mark Edmundson, author and professor of English at the University of Virginia, will speak on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 as part of the King Institute for Faith and Culture 2015-16 lecture series. The first of two lectures will take place at 9:15 a.m. in King University’s Memorial Chapel; the second lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Board Room located in the University’s Student Center Complex. The events are co-sponsored by Bristol Herald Courier.

“Mark Edmundson's publications dazzle with their breadth: from Freud to football, from paint factories to pedagogy, from Romanticism to rock and roll,” says Martin Dotterweich, associate professor of History at King University. “Across this spectrum, Edmundson poses questions about what makes us human, and places us in a conversation that stretches back to Plato.”

“We are pleased to have Mark Edmundson back at King,” states Shannon Harris, interim director of the King Institute for Faith and Culture. “Mark is an engaging speaker, with a keen mind and gentle manner.”

Edmundson’s latest book, “Self and Soul: A Defense of Ideals,” is being published by Harvard University Press in 2015, and his “Why Football Matters: My Education in the Game,” published in 2014, is a personal and complicated narrative about the benefits and costs of this uniquely American game. Edmundson’s, “Why Teach?” argues forcefully that the liberal arts are more important today than ever, and a necessary remedy for our troubled times.

A prizewinning scholar, Edmundson has published a number of works of literary and cultural criticism, including “Why Read?,” “Literature Against Philosophy,” “Plato to Derrida,” and “Teacher: The One Who Made the Difference.” He has also written for such publications as the New Republic, the New York Times Magazine, the Nation, and Harper's, where he is a contributing editor.

Edmundson received a Bachelor of Arts from Bennington College in 1974 and a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1985. He has earned numerous awards, including being named a Guggenheim Fellow and receiving the Daniels Family Distinguished Teaching Professorship at the University of Virginia.

Mark Edmundson will speak at 9:15 a.m. at King University’s Memorial Chapel on Monday, Sept. 14, and again at 7 p.m. in the Board Room at King’s Student Center Complex. The events are open to the public and free to attend. Visit or contact Dr. Shannon Harris, interim director of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture at, 423-652-4836, or 423-747-3524 for additional information.


King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King University, visit King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information on SCHEV certification, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.