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History Professors Speak at Pew Summer Research Program Luncheon

Apr 6, 2011

Professors Stephen Carls and David Thomas of the history department were featured speakers at a Pew Summer Research Program luncheon on April 6, 2011. Both received Pew grants to work on research and writing projects during the summer of 2010. Approximately 40 Union faculty and administrative personnel attended the event which Dr. Matt Lunsford of the mathematics department coordinated.

Dr. Carls spoke about the work he has done on a textbook that his wife and he are co-authoring on the history of twentieth-century Europe. He mentioned some of the innovations that they are incorporating into the text and challenges that they have faced in the writing process. He also stated that the anticipated publication date of the text was 2014. The focus of Dr. Thomas’s presentation was his work on the writings that Christian scholars have produced about the philosophical side of history during the past generation and his discovery that they have largely emphasized epistemological issues in what they have said. He indicated that he had recently submitted a 3,000- word article to an on-line journal for possible publication. Dr. Mark Bolyard of the biology department also presented his summer project at the luncheon.


Attendees enjoy their lunches as they fellowship together at the Pew Summer Research Program luncheon on April 6, 2011.


Dr. Stephen Carls talks about his 2010 Pew summer project on twentieth-century European history at the Pew Summer Research Program luncheon on April 6.


Dr. David Thomas provides a summary of his 2010 Pew summer project at the Pew Summer Research Program luncheon on April 6. Dr. Thomas focused on the literature that Christian thinkers have produced since the 1970s about the philosophical side of history.


Dr. Matt Lunsford, the coordinator of the Pew Summer Research Program luncheon on April 6, encourages attendees to consider applying for a Pew summer grant for 2012 in his concluding remarks.