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APSU literature professor to speak about importance of early Puritan minister

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – The Provost Lecture Series at Austin Peay State University will feature a presentation next week about the significance of a 17th century Puritan minister who left behind his thoughts, opinions and interpretations of the Bible.

Dr. Clark Maddux, associate professor of early American literature, will present “Why Cotton Mather Matters” from 3:00pm-4:30pm, Thursday, September 22nd in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. All presentations in the Provost Lecture Series are free and open to the public.

After serving 12 years in the U.S. Army, Maddux went on to earn both his master’s in English and his Ph.D. in American studies from Purdue University.  His work on Cotton Mather’s “Biblia Americana,” a multivolume synoptic commentary on Christian scripture, has garnered him numerous awards and fellowships. He was awarded a summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities and has been a Mayers Fellow at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA, a Donald C. Gallup Fellow at the Beinecke Library at Yale University and a Fellow at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. 

Dr. Clark Maddux
Dr. Clark Maddux

Maddux has published numerous articles and book chapters, most recently on the subject of Mather’s attempt to explain pagan parallels to Hebrew scripture. His volume of the “Biblia Americana,” which will contain Mather’s annotations on Ezra through the Psalms, will be published in January 2013.

Other sessions in the Provost Lecture Series also are planned for the academic year. All sessions are from 3:00pm-4:30pm in the MUC, Room 303 (unless noted otherwise) and include the following:

Provost Lecture Series

September 29th: Dr. Rebecca Jones, associate professor of chemistry
October 6th: Dr. Dwayne Estes, associate professor of biology
October 13th: Dr. Korre Foster, assistant professor of music
October 20th: Susan Bryant, professor of art
October 27th: Angelina Fowler, Center of Excellence for Field Biology
November 3rd: Dr. Dan Frederick, professor of geology and geography
November 10th: Dr. Kathrine Flower, assistant professor of sociology
November 17th: Darren Michael, associate professor of theater and dance
December 1st: Dr. Tim Leszczak, assistant professor of health and human performance
January 12th: Dr. Ellen Smyth, instructor of mathematics
January 19th: Dr. Ann Silverberg, professor of music
January 26th: Dr. Marsha Lyle-Gonga, assistant professor of political science
February 2nd: Dr. Rebecca Johansen, assistant professor of biology
February 9th: Dr. Sergei Markov, associate professor of biology
February 16th: Cynthia Marsh, professor of art
February 23rd: Dr. Christine Mathenge, associate professor of geology
March 1st: Dr. Robert Shelton, associate professor of chemistry
March 15th, MUC 307: Dr. Allyn Smith, associate professor of physics
March 22nd: Dr. Sharon Mabry, professor of music
March 29th: Dr. Cameron Sutt, assistant professor of history
April 5th: Mark DeYoung, assistant professor of art
April 12th: Dr. Tim Winters, professor of English
April 19th, MUC 103: Dr. Jeffrey Wood, professor of music

The Provost Lecture Series seeks to foster a spirit of intellectual and scholarly inquiry among faculty, staff and students. The program will be used as a platform for APSU faculty members who are recent recipients of provost summer grants, who have been awarded faculty development leaves and who have engaged in recent scholarly inquiry during sabbatical leaves.

APSU faculty members with recent research of acclaim also will be given a platform within this series. In addition, other faculty members of local or widespread renown will be invited to lecture within this series.

For more information about the Provost Lecture Series, call Dr. Brian Johnson, assistant vice president of academic affairs at APSU, at 931.221.7992 or email him at .

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