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March 1, 2007
Contact: Tim Miller, Department of Religious Studies, (785) 864-7263.

Lecture series honors former KU professor

LAWRENCE — Gary Entz, associate professor of history at McPherson College, will be the second of three speakers in a lecture series that honors former University of Kansas professor J. Eldon Fields.

Fields was a longtime and beloved professor of political science who died in 2003 at the age of 90. Fields received the HOPE Award for distinguished teaching in 1968, and in 1981 became the first recipient of the Chancellors Club Career Teaching Award.

Friends and colleagues of Fields, who contributed to a memorial fund, helped create the J. Eldon Fields Memorial Lectures. The series explores the intersection of religion and politics, a longtime interest of the former KU professor.

Entz’s lecture, titled “Religion and Politics in Kansas,” will begin at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at the Lawrence Unitarian Fellowship, 1263 N. 1100 Road, south of Lawrence. Fields was a charter member of fellowship.

Entz is a Kansas native and is considered the leading authority on the religious history of the state. McPherson College is located in central Kansas.

The first lecture in the series was delivered by Leo Villalon, director of the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida and a former KU faculty member. The third and final lecture will discuss the topic of church-state legal issues in the United States and will be given in April by Derek Davis, dean of humanities at Mary Hardin-Baylor University in Belton, Texas.

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