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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Sept. 30, 2015

Stoa Talk to focus on work of Christian reformers

Northwest Missouri State University’s Department of Humanities and Social Sciences will present its fall Stoa Talk at 3 p.m. Oct. 16 in Room 90 of the Valk Center.

Tanner Deeds, a senior history and political science major from Sugar Creek, Mo., will present “Troublth Thy Own House: Examining the Impacts of Luther and Calvin on Early Modern Society.”

“Luther sought only to reform the way individual Christians obtained a clear path to righteousness. John Calvin sought to reform society to ensure that all citizens were provided with requirements to live a proper life,” Deeds says. “These two men were impacted by their experiences from childhood to their years as reformers. These two men and their followers provided theological and social proposals that helped transition Europe into the modern age.”

Stoa Talks are organized by Northwest students. Academic majors and minors in any program in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences are invited to submit presentations that discuss topics pertaining to academic work within the student’s program of study.

Stoa refers to the ancient Greek stoas, or colonnaded porches, where people gathered to hear the wise men talk. The ancient philosophical school of Stoicism was named such because its founders taught at the stoas.

For more information, contact Creighton Collier at or Dr. Richard Field, at or 660.562.1296.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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