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Nov. 9: Historian to Discuss Impact of Religious Reformation 500 Years Ago

Presenter Merry Wiesner-Hanks is a distinguished professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

2017-11-10
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-31-2017

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Mankato, Minn. – Merry Wiesner-Hanks, a distinguished professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will provide a global historical perspective on the 500th anniversary of the 1517 Protestant Reformation in a presentation Thursday, Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Armstrong Hall, Room 102.

Wiesner-Hanks’ presentation, titled “To the Ends of the Earth: Religious Transformations in the Age of the Reformation,” is free and open to the public.

Wiesner-Hanks, one of the pre-eminent scholars working today on the history of Christianity, women and gender history, and world history, is an author or co-author of more than 25 books on European and global history.

Wiesner-Hanks described her presentation in an abstract as follows: “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.”

More information and news on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation is available online.

Minnesota State Mankato’s departments of History and World Languages and Cultures and the Nadine B. Andreas Lecture Series are sponsoring the History Forum Lecture event.

Those who want more information about the lecture may call the University’s Department of History at 507-389-1618.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of History is part of the University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The Department of World Languages and Cultures is part of the University’s College of Arts and Humanities.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,712 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions. 

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