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Nov. 3, 2003

Novelist Robinson To Discuss Calvin And American History

Marilynne Robinson, novelist and professor in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will speak on "John Calvin and the Problem of American History" on Friday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in W10 Buchanan Auditorium of Pappajohn Business Administration Building.

The lecture, sponsored by UI's Geneva Lecture Series and cosponsored by the Departments of English and Religious Studies, is free and open to the public.

A professor of creative writing at the renowned Writers Workshop since 1991, Robinson is also an authority on Jean Cauvin, the Frenchman who stimulated and shaped the movement called "Calvinism." She says that "Calvinist orthodoxy" is often invoked as a force of darkness and oppression by scholars who know nothing of his teaching or his influence and have never read a word he wrote. Robinson's latest book, The Death of Adam, is an important bridge between the secular intellectual culture and Christian theology. She is the author of two other books and numerous essays and book reviews. Her acclaimed novel Housekeeping was included in the New York Times Books of the Century and translated into numerous languages.

Founded in 1976, the Geneva Lecture Series demonstrates the continuing relevance of the Judeo-Christian message to the life of the mind. To date, nearly 60 nationally and internationally renowned speakers from a diversity of academic disciplines and professions have been invited to speak on the UI campus.

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