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Panel discussion on Protestant Reformation to be held at UNCP

October 25, 2017

The Mary Livermore Library on the campus of UNC Pembroke will sponsor a panel discussion on the historic, religious and social impact of the Protestant Reformation.

The roundtable will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31.

The event commemorates the five centuries that have passed since the Protestant Reformation, a movement which marked both an actual and an ideological split from the Catholic Church and led to the formation of the Lutheran Church.  

Presenters from the UNCP faculty will include Dr. Robert W. Brown, a history professor; Dr. David Nikkel, a professor of Religion; and Dr. Dennis Swanson, dean of Library Sciences.

Brown holds degrees from UNC Chapel Hill, Marshall University and a Ph.D. from Duke University. At UNCP, he teaches courses in Modern European History. He also teaches an interdisciplinary seminar on the Humanistic Tradition for the Maynor Honors College. In 2006, he received the UNC Board of Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He also received two UNCP Outstanding Teaching Awards.

Nikkel serves as chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at UNCP. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University in mathematics, a Master of Divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio and a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University.

He is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church serving as pastor of Eutaw United Church of Christ. He is UNC Pembroke’s 2012 recipient of the UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence.

Before coming to UNCP, Swanson he was a professor and vice president for library operations for 24 years at The Master’s Seminary. He was the curator of the library’s rare Bible collection and has lectured around the world on the subject of Bible translation and transmission.

He has a doctorate from the Seminary Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from the Master’s Seminary, and a master’s of library and informational science from San Jose State University.

Swanson was a contributor to the Eerdmans Bible Dictionary and has published nearly 50 articles on biblical and theological studies in various journals.

The event is sponsored by the Mary Livermore Library.