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BRISTOL, Tenn., Aug. 26, 2015 – Nicholas Wolterstorff, noted philosopher, writer,
and popular lecturer on a broad range of philosophical and theological topics, will
kick-off the new King Institute for Faith and Culture 2015-16 lecture series. On Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, Wolterstorff will give The Frederick Buechner Keynote
Lecture and King's opening convocation at 9:15 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in
Bristol, Tenn. The event is co-sponsored by Bristol Herald Courier.
“We are delighted to welcome Nicholas Wolterstorff, and honored to have him as the
first lecturer of the King Institute for Faith and Culture.” states Shannon Harris,
interim director of the King Institute for Faith and Culture. “Nick is a wide-ranging
and expansive scholar. He writes powerfully and poignantly on grief, that most human
of sentiments, but also produces complex and intricate arguments on the relationship
between Christians and the state, and the nature of justice through moral philosophy
and Christian ethics. ”
In honor of Frederick Buechner, and in appreciation of his work and legacy at King
University, the Institute is honored to host Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff as The Frederick
Buechner Keynote Lecture. Wolterstorff will speak on “What's a College Education For?”
at 9:15 a.m. in the main sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, Aug.
At 6:30 p.m. on the same evening, he will join King University’s open reception with
light hors d’ouevres at the Bristol Train Station celebrating the King University
Institute for Faith and Culture. While at the Bristol Train Station, Wolterstorff
will conduct a book signing. Both events are open to the public and free to attend.
Retired since 2002, Wolterstorff was the Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology
at Yale University, where he taught for 13 years. The New Haven, Conn., native previously
taught at Calvin College, Free University of Amsterdam, and the University of Notre
Dame. He served as visiting professor at several other institutions including Princeton
University and Oxford University. He also served as a Fellow in the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences.
A prolific author, Wolterstorff has authored more than 15 books and 150 articles in
professional and academic journals. Among this written works are “Religion and the
Schools,” “On Universals,” “Reason within the Bounds of Religion,” and “Art in Action.”
Wolterstorff received his Bachelor of Arts from Calvin College in 1953 and his Ph.D.
in Philosophy from Harvard University in 1956. He is a past president of the American
Philosophical Association for the Central Division) and serves on its publication
and executive committees.
Visit http://faithandculture.king.edu or contact Dr. Shannon Harris, interim director of the King University Institute
for Faith and Culture at firstname.lastname@example.org, 423-652-4836, or 423-747-3524 for additional information. For information on Frederick
Buechner, visit http://www.frederickbuechner.com/.
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