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Feb. 17, 2005

CLAS Departments Honor Colleague's New Book With Symposium Feb. 25-26

The Departments of History and of Religious Studies in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will host a two-day symposium, "Discipline and Its Discontents: T. Dwight Bozeman and the Rethinking of Transatlantic Puritanism" to honor the groundbreaking new book by a faculty member jointly appointed in both departments.

The symposium, Feb. 25-26 in Room 302, Schaeffer Hall, is free and open to the public and honors T. Dwight Bozeman, UI professor of history and religious studies. Beginning at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 25, featured speakers include two leading historians of religion, Francis J. Bremer, professor and chair of history at Millersville University of Pennsylvania and Michael P. Winship, professor of history at the University of Georgia. On Feb. 26, the speakers will reassemble at 10 a.m. in Room 176, Schaeffer Hall for a roundtable discussion of new directions and opportunities in the study of early modern history and religion in a transatlantic context. 

The symposium recognizes Bozeman's contributions to the study of the transatlantic puritan movement, including his new book "The Precisionist Strain: Disciplinary Religion and Antinomian Backlash in Puritanism to 1638," published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press.

The book offers a detailed narrative of the rise of devotional and disciplinary practices as central to the understanding of Puritanism, and charts the inevitable backlash against strenuous discipline as a feature of Puritan cultures in both Old and New England. Along the way, Bozeman offers what one reviewer calls "startling insight" into the nature of devotional reform movements in early modern Christianity, making this an important book for all those interested in the evolution of religion and society on both sides of the Atlantic.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Mark Peterson, associate professor of history, in advance at 319-335-2310, or

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

CONTACT: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011,; Program: Mark Peterson, associate professor of history, 319-335-2310,