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Author Nicholas Wolterstorff Opens King University Institute for Faith and Culture 2015-2016 Lecture Series Aug. 26

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. 26.

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 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. For information on Frederick Buechner, visit


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