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Wittenberg Series Welcomes Mark Schwehn For Kenneth H. Sauer Symposium Oct. 31

October 23, 2012  
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Springfield, Ohio – Wittenberg University welcomes religious scholar Mark R. Schwehn, Ph.D., for a presentation at the Wittenberg Series-sponsored Kenneth H. Sauer Luther Symposium at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, in Bayley Auditorium in the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center, 315 Bill Edwards Drive.

All Wittenberg Series programming is free and open to the public. The symposium features Schwehn’s address titled “Lutheranism, Liberal Learning, and Work in the World.”

Schwehn is the provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs and a professor of humanities at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind. He also serves as project director of the Lilly Fellows Program (LFP) in Humanities and the Arts at Valparaiso, which supports qualified students who have bachelor degrees from LFP Network Schools and who are interested in becoming teacher-scholars at church-related colleges and universities in the United States.

Schwehn serves on the boards of several major institutions addressing religion, education and American public life. He has served as provost at Valparaiso since 2009.

Along with other scholars, Schwehn wrote A William James Renaissance, and he has written widely about Henry Adams and William James. He has also written essays on the poetry of Robert Frost, film criticism, history, cognitive theory and human sexuality. He has published widely on religion and higher learning, including Exiles from Eden: Religion and the Academic Vocation in America and Everyone A Teacher. He and Dorothy Bass edited Leading Lives That Matter: What We Should Do and Who We Should Be.

Schwehn received his B.A. from Valparaiso University and his Ph.D. in history and humanities from Stanford University. He has taught at the California State University at San Jose (1969-72), the University of Chicago (1975-83), and in Christ College, the Honors College of Valparaiso University (1983-2009), where he also served as dean from 1990-2003. From 1967-75, Schwehn also held a Danforth Graduate Fellowship at Stanford University.

The Kenneth H. Sauer Symposium is made possible by an endowment established in honor The Rev. Dr. Kenneth H. Sauer, Wittenberg class of 1952, at the time of his retirement as bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Southern Ohio Synod in 1996.

In its 30th year, the Wittenberg Series continues to bring distinguished lecturers and performing artists of national and international prominence to the Wittenberg campus and Springfield community. To make special arrangements, reserve a Series poster, or become a friend of the Wittenberg Series, 937-206-3539 or via e-mail at

Written By: Phyllis Eberts


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