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Join the History Department for a Fall Forum Lecture: 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, 1517-2017

History Fall Forum Lecture


Thursday, November 9th, 2017 4:00 p.m. - Armstrong Hall Room 102


Presented by Merry Wiesner-Hanks, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of History, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee


The voyages of Columbus and the religious changes of the Reformation are often seen as ushering in the modern world, but they are usually examined separately. My talk will bring them together, discussing religious changes around the world in the sixteenth century, some of which occurred because of interactions between cultures that resulted from the voyages of discovery, but many of which grew out of movements of reform within various religious traditions as highly-educated thinkers and ordinary people changed religious beliefs and practices and sought to redefine the relationship between the divine and human. These will include the creation of Sikhism by Guru Nanak, reforms in Confucianism, the spread of Kaballah, Shi’ite Islam in the Safavid Empire, among others. Seeing the Reformation within the context of religious transformations across the globe does not diminish its importance, but allows us to understand it in a new way.


Dr. Wiesner-Hanks is a leading scholar on religion and early modern Europe, especially the Protestant and Catholic Reformations with a primary focs on women, gender, and sexuality. She can be seen also as an expert of the current PBS documentary Luther: An Idea that Changed the World.


 History Fall Forum Lecture: 500th Anniversary of the Reformation 4:00 p.m. Armstrong Hall Room 102 Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Sponsored by: The Department of History, the Department of World Languages and Cultures, and the College of Arts & Humanities



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