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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 26, 2004

Former UI Professor To Deliver Spalding Lecture March 1

Robert Kingdon, a noted historian of the European Reformation, will speak on "Nostalgia for Catholicism in Calvin's Geneva," at 8 p.m. on Monday, March 1 in Room 140, Schaeffer Hall at the University of Iowa. Kingdon was invited by the department of religious studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to deliver the annual James C. Spalding Memorial Lecture.

Kingdon, who taught history at the UI from 1957 to 1965, is considered among the most eminent of scholarly experts on the European Reformation. He is widely published in scholarly journals and his books include "Church and Society in Reformation Europe," (1985) and "Adultery and Divorce in Calvin's Geneva" (1995).

Kingdon taught at the University of Wisconsin at Madison from 1965 to his retirement in 1998. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Oberlin College, he earned master's and doctoral degrees from Columbia University.

James C. Spalding taught religion at the UI for 36 years and served as director of the School of Religion (now department of religious studies) from 1971-1979. During his tenure he taught a wide range of courses for undergraduates, advised more than 40 Ph.D. students and oversaw a reorganization of the school's Board of Fellows. The James C. Spalding Memorial Lecture was established in his honor after his death in 1996.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011,; Program: Professor Raymond Mentzer,