Dorn to speak on bishops and slavery

  • on 10 Apr 2014
  • Hamilton Hall, The School of Theology
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T. Felder Dorn will speak on one aspect of the Episcopal Church's history in a lecture titled "Episcopal Bishops of the Antebellum and Civil War Years Respond to Slavery."

Dorn began the research for his most recent book, Challenges on the Emmaus Road: Episcopal Bishops Confront Slavery, Civil War, and Emancipation, as he was influenced by the fact that William Rollinson Whittingham, bishop of Maryland from 1840-1879, is buried in the cemetery of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Millburn, N.J.—the church to which Dorn belongs.

A former member of the Sewanee faculty, Dorn has a B.S. in chemistry from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Washington. He was assistant professor and associate professor in the chemistry department of the University of the South from 1958 to 1969. He was also the director of the Sewanee Summer Institute of Science and Mathematics from 1967 to 1969.

Dorn is the author of four books—The Tompkins School, 1925–1953: A Community Institution (1994); The Guns of Meeting Street: A Southern Tragedy (2001); Death of a Policeman; Birth of a Baby: A Crime and Its Aftermath (2012); and Challenges on the Emmaus Road (2013).

This lecture is part of the Dean's Forum lecture series and is open to all in the Sewanee community.