History Professor to Speak on "Chasing Walter Flowers" at Faires Faculty Forum

Monday, April 2, 2012

Dr. Michael Bowen, Westminster College visiting assistant professor of history, will present "Chasing Walter Flowers: The Art of Research in Action" at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, April 11, at 11:40 a.m. in McKelvey Campus Center's Sebastian Mueller Theater.

Bowen will discuss the broad outline of his next research project focused on Walter Flowers, an Alabama Democrat who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1969-1979 and was a member of the House Judiciary Committee that voted to refer articles of impeachment against President Richard M. Nixon to the full House.  Bowen will cover the exciting finds and frustrating obstacles encountered by historians researching political topics.

Bowen, who joined the faculty in 2011, earned undergraduate and master's degrees from East Tennessee State University and Ph.D. from the University of Florida.  He is the author of The Roots of Modern Conservatism: Dewey, Taft, and the Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party.

Contact Bowen at (724) 946-7152 or email for additional information.

Faculty Forum was established in 1990 by Dr. Barbara Faires, Westminster professor of mathematics emerita, during her term as Dean of the College and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  Faculty members from all disciplines volunteer to present lectures on their current research, artistic productions, and/or scholarship of teaching and learning.  Each forum presents new ideas with innovative lecture techniques.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Dr. Michael Bowen