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SFA School of Honors to host former director




NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Honors will host a lecture by its former director, Dr. Allen Richman, professor emeritus of history, at 3 p.m. Feb. 26 in the McKibben Education Building, Room 131.


Richman will present “The Origins and Significance of the Epic Work: Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus and the Path to Reformation,” discussing the profound influence Erasmus had on the church. Following the discussion, he will read selected passages from “Praise of Folly.”


“One figure stands out in the pre-Reformation era, and that’s Desiderius Erasmus, a Dutchman who was very high in the Catholic Church to the point where his publications were seen as seminal to spreading idealism and religious truth,” Richman said.


Richman began teaching in SFA’s Department of History in 1965, where he taught for 43 years. He was named the 2006-2007 Regents Professor and was among the original organizers of the School of Honors program.


“Dr. Richman is a respected authority on the Renaissance and the Reformation,” said Dr. Michael Tkacik, director of the School of Honors. “He is a gifted lecturer, and his talk on Erasmus is sure to be entertaining and enlightening.”


The event is free and open to the SFA and Nacogdoches communities.


For more information, contact Jennifer Crenshaw in the School of Honors at (936) 468-2813 or



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