Distinguished Lecture Series presents: Dr. Paul Owen

Professor's success despite struggles in foster-care system is April 4 lecture topic




Montreat College professor Dr. Paul Owen will discuss his book, The Long Winter: One Man's Journey Through the Darkness of Foster Care, on Monday, April 4, as part of MTSU's Distinguished Lecture Series.

Owen's free public lecture is scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. April 4 in Rooms 109/111 of the Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building on campus. A reception is planned in the CKNB lobby after the presentation.

Owen is a professor of Greek and Bible studies at Montreat College, which is located just outside Asheville, N.C., at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. His book details his journey as an orphan through seven foster homes across three states and reveals that despite many challenges, he was able to get an education, even completing his graduate work abroad in Scotland. His story encourages resilience as he explains how ordinary people can overcome difficult challenges. Copies of The Long Winter: One Man's Journey Through the Darkness of Foster Care will be available for purchase at the lecture.

The lecture is sponsored by MTSU's Division of Student Affairs Distinguished Lecture Program, the Adams Chair of Excellence in Health Care Services, the Center for Health and Human Services, the MTSU Department of Social Work and the Tennessee Center for Child Welfare

Visitors planning to attend Owen's free lecture should park in the large MTSU parking lot east of Rutherford Boulevard and ride the Raider Xpress shuttle to the Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building to avoid traffic congestion caused by construction in the area.

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For more information on the Owen lecture, contact Dr. Jo Edwards at 615-898-2905 or mjedward@mtsu.edu.