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Poet to open Faculty Seminar series at Bethel College

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Nathan Bartel, writer-in-residence at Bethel College this school year, will present the first Faculty Seminar of the year on Monday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. in the chapel of the Administration Building.

Bartel, who is also assistant professor of English, will speak on “Notes toward a reading,” a discussion of his poetry and some of the motivation behind it.

“Every Bethel senior must take Basic Issues of Faith and Life,” said Bartel, a 2002 Bethel graduate himself. “And, as a final project for that class, each must write his or her ‘credo,’ a statement of faith.

“The poetic community embraces not the credo but the manifesto, which acts not only as a statement of position but also a defense of a process. I will put forth my manifesto and its manifestations – that is, I will talk about the poems and the process, examining each in the light of the other.”

Bartel will also be reading some of his poetry.

Bartel has a B.A. in English from Bethel College and an M.F.A. from the University of Montana at Missoula. He spent seven months, from October 2005-April 2006, as a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass., and has a poetry book manuscript near completion.

All Bethel College Faculty Seminar presentations are free and open to the public. The Bethel College Faculty Seminar series is supported in part by the Earl and Meta Leisy Eymann Endowment. For further information or a copy of the complete Faculty Seminar schedule for 2006-07, contact Christopher Earles at (316) 284-5258 or Sharon Eicher at (316) 284-5319.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and has been named a Top Tier college by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1998. For more information, see the Bethel web site at

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