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Lecture Series on the European Reformation Continues Nov. 14

Aug 21, 2017


Martin LutherRandolph-Macon College is pleased to present a five-part lecture series on the Reformation. Each lecture takes place at 7 p.m. in Brock Commons, Dollar Tree Community Room (304 Henry St.) Map and Directions

The series, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by The Reverend Alexander G. Brown Jr. Memorial Lecture, the Committee on Assemblies and Special Events (CASE), and the Departments of Religious Studies, History, Modern Languages, English and Political Science.

R-MC History Professor Anne Throckmorton organized the series.

"2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's posting of his 95 Theses," says Throckmorton. "On October 31, 1517, he hung one of the most viral posters in history on the door of Germany's Wittenberg Cathedral. He meant to start a conversation with his 95 Theses. Instead, his critique of the Catholic Church unleashed a religious revolution. To mark this anniversary, Randolph-Macon College will explore five centuries of Reformation in a lecture series that is sure to be enlightening and informative."

Below is the schedule for the European Reformation Series:

9/27: "What We Owe to the Reformation"
7 p.m. Brock Commons, Dollar Tree Community Room

Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther initiated a religious revolution that changed the Western World. Yale Professor Carlos Eire, author of European Reformations, will explore the following questions: What do these changes have to do with us in the 21st century? How do they still affect us? Can knowledge about events in the distant past make us more effective in shaping our own society and culture?

10/9: "Last Witch of Langenburg: Terror, Poison and Witchcraft"
7 p.m. Brock Commons, Dollar Tree Room

In a small German town, a young mother falls suddenly ill, and her family and neighbors watch helplessly as she dies in agonizing pain. Why did this healthy woman die? Duke University History Professor Tom Robisheaux gives a glimpse into the life of a woman at the center of a witch panic and the experiences of those caught up in a moral panic that threatened to engulf an entire society.

10/18: "The Spanish Inquisition: Insights from Recent Work"  
7 p.m. Brock Commons, Dollar Tree Room

Lu Ann Homza, professor of history at the College of William & Mary, explains how our understanding of the Spanish Inquisition’s goals, methods, and effectiveness has shifted in light of new readings and new evidence.

10/30: "How Lutheran was Luther in 1517?" 
7 p.m. Brock Commons, Dollar Tree Community Room

How Lutheran was Luther in 1517? 2017 is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 Theses. But how close to the center of the mature Luther's thought and reforming mission was this document? The Rev. David K. Delaney will explore how the contours of Luther's life and career have been viewed in differing ways over the centuries.

11/14: "November Treason: The Terror Plot of 1605"
7 p.m. Brock Commons, Dollar Tree Room

How, and why, did a group of Catholic conspirators attempt to kill King James and his family, destroy Parliament in a huge explosion, and overthrow the Church of England? How did England respond to this failed plot? And how did the memory of the Gunpowder Treason become a permanent feature of the English calendar? David Cressy, professor emeritus at Ohio State University, offers answers to these questions and more.

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