Institute for Faith & Culture Celebrates Appalachia with Author and Professor S.J. Dahlman

Jan 29, 2020 | King University

BRISTOL, Tenn., Jan. 29, 2020 — King University’s Institute for Faith & Culture 2019 – 2020 speaker series continues Monday, Feb. 10, with author S.J. (Jim) Dahlman and an examination of the beauty of home.

Dahlman, who serves as professor of communications and area chair of performing, visual, and communicative arts at Milligan College, is the author of 2019’s “A Familiar Wilderness: Searching for Home on Daniel Boone’s Road.” The book details his solo hike retracing Boone’s late 1700s exploration of our area, touching on the historic details of that journey as well as profiling the many contemporary personalities Dahlman met along the way.

Dahlman will present the Institute’s 2020 Appalachian Lectures, titled “Meditations from an Old Road: Beauty Will Save Us” at 9:15 a.m. in the Memorial Chapel on King’s main campus, and “Meditations from an Old Road: Truth will Set us Free” at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1 Virginia Street, in Bristol, Virginia. Both events are open to the public and free-of-charge.

“As humans, so much of what we value as beauty and holiness grows from our individual concepts of home,” said Martin Dotterweich, Ph.D., director of the Institute. “We’re very lucky to live in a region that is rich in natural beauty and deeply textured with music, storytelling and character, and Dahlman is able to capture an engaging and dynamic snapshot of Appalachia and the personalities who call our mountains home. We’re delighted to welcome him as the 2020 Appalachian Lecturer and look forward to taking part in his stories.”

Dahlman holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative nonfiction from Goucher College, a Master of Arts in English with an editing and publishing emphasis from the University of Cincinnati, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and humanities from Milligan College. He has also studied at Emmanuel Christian Seminary, Springdale College in Birmingham, England, and the London School of Journalism.

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