CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
UI emeritus professor to speak about Protestantism and capitalism
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 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.