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UI emeritus professor to speak about Protestantism and capitalism Oct. 12

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Emeritus Professor George W. Forell will discuss two seemingly disparate "isms" ­ Protestantism and capitalism ­ when the School of Religion presents the first annual James C. Spalding Memorial Lecture Monday, October 12. Forell's lecture, "The Protestant Ethic Revisited: Rethinking the Connection Between Protestantism and Capitalism," begins at 7 p.m. in Room W10 Pappajohn Business Administration Building and is free and open to the public.

Forell taught in the UI School of Religion for 30 years and in that time became known as one of the university's most engaging lecturers. His wisdom, humor, and dramatic flair gained him widespread popularity. He was named Carver Distinguished Professor of Religion in 1973 and served as director of the School of Religion from 1966-71. He retired from teaching in 1989.

In his research and teaching, Forell combined an interest in the theology of the Lutheran Reformation with an interest in social ethics. He has written, co-written, or edited 17 books and published more than 100 scholarly articles.

The James C. Spalding lecture was established in memory of another emeritus professor in the UI School of Religion. Spalding and Forell taught classes and served on many graduate committees together during their overlapping tenure in the school. Spalding took over the director's position from Forell in 1971 and served until 1979. Spalding died in 1996.

For more information, contact the UI School of Religion at (319) 335-2164.