2017 Events

The Emotions of Martin Luther

Susan C. Karant-Nunn, Director and Regents’ Professor of History

When: Wednesday, January 25 @ 7:00 pm
Where: UA Fred Fox School of Music, Holsclaw Hall
1017 N. Olive Road, Tucson, AZ

Theologians and historians have treated Martin Luther as a generator of religious precepts; they have been preoccupied with his contributions to the history of ideas. In our own era, the twenty-first century, when work on the human emotions has flourished, the time has come to recognize the Reformer as a man of powerful emotions. This epoch-making figure was no Caspar Milquetoast! Luther was regularly afraid; he hated and he loved. This man’s personality just as much as his theological innovations and his potentially reckless deeds, shaped the movement that became the Protestant Reformation.

Susan Karant-Nunn is the author of five books on the Reformation and coeditor/editor of six others. She has been a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow. She has been president of the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference and of the Society of Reformation Research. From 1998-2010, she was North American Coeditor of the Archive for Reformation History.

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Looking Back: The Protestant Reformation after 500 Years

Susan C. Karant-Nunn, Director and Regents’ Professor of History

When: Thursdays, January 26 to April 6, @ 9 am
Where: UA Poetry Center, Helen S. Schaefer Building, Dorothy Rubel Room
1508 E. Helen Street, Tucson, AZ

This course will survey the religious life of the late fifteenth and the sixteenth centuries in Europe. It will especially concentrate on that wave of revival that altogether constitutes the Reformation. Martin Luther’s dramatic act of October 31, 1517, occurred within a complex environment. Participants will read and talk about late medieval Catholicism, the Lutheran Reformation, the spread of reformed theology through the Holy Roman Empire (Germany) and into Switzerland and England. Ulrich Zwingli, varied Anabaptists, and John Calvin will be treated prominently. Finally, currents favoring reform within the Roman Catholic Church will appear, for the Mother Church, too, experienced a reformation. Seminar members will do some modest reading each week and will have many opportunities to express their views.

For further information and registration, see hsp.arizona.edu

Why Should Modern People be Interested in the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Susan C. Karant-Nunn, Director and Regents’ Professor of History

When: Thursday, February 2 @ 2 pm
Where: Sun City Oro Valley

Despite past historians’ and theologians’ exaggerations concerning the Reformation as a turning point in Western history, this talk will point out eight areas of Martin Luther’s agenda that could still be seen as altering the prevalent culture of people who stood under his influence.  In most cases, however, change came only with the passage of generations after the Reformer’s death in 1546.

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To the Ends of the Earth: Religious Transformations in the Age of the Reformation

Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, Distinguished Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

When: Wednesday, March 29 @ 7 pm
Reception to follow
Where: UA Fred Fox School of Music, Holsclaw Hall
1017 N. Olive Road, Tucson, AZ

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. This talk will bring them together, discussing religious changes around the world in the sixteenth century. Some of these occurred because of interactions between cultures that resulted from the voyages of discovery, but many 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 the human. 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.

Merry Wiesner-Hanks is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the long-time senior editor of the Sixteenth Century Journal, editor of the Journal of Global History, and the editor-in-chief of the nine-volume Cambridge World History (2015). She is an author or editor of more than thirty books and nearly 100 articles that have appeared in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Chinese, Turkish, and Korean. Her books include scholarly monographs, translations, thematic overviews, edited collections, textbooks and source readers for the college classroom, and books for young adults and general readers. Her research has been supported by grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim Foundations, among others.

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Pamphlets and Propaganda: The Lutheran Reformation in Print

Susan C. Karant-Nunn, Director and Regents’ Professor of History, and Ute Lotz-Heumann, Heiko A. Oberman Professor, will speak on two new Reformation acquisitions.

When: Tuesday, April 11 @ 6 pm
Where: UA Libraries, Special Collections
1510 E. University Blvd., Tucson, AZ

Karant-Nunn and Lotz-Heumann will speak on two pamphlets which were recently acquired by Special Collections as a gift in honor of the five-hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

Karant-Nunn will discuss the background and the importance of Martin Luther’s 1524 pamphlet, “An die Radherrn aller stedte deutsches lands : das sie Christliche schulen auffrichten vnd hallten sollen” (“Advice To the City Councillors of All German Cities, that They Establish and Maintain Christian Schools”). Lotz-Heumann will explore the content and context of the 1523 pamphlet “Antwort de[m] Murnar vff seine frag / Ob der künig vo[n] Engellant ein lügner sey, oder der götlich doctor Martinus Luter” (“Response to Murner whether the King of England or the Godly Doctor Martin Luther is a Liar”).

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The Aftermath of the Reformation: Women, Minorities, Refugees, and the Demand for Social Justice

When: Sundays, August 6, 13, 20, and 27, @ 10:15 am
Where: St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church, Bloom Music Center
4440 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson, AZ

The Protestant Reformation and its aftermath in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries offer fascinating parallels to questions that presently engage the public. The question of the status and treatment of women and minorities in society, and the multi-faceted problem of the relationship between religion and the call for social justice, most prominently voiced by the peasants during the Reformation era, is no less urgent today than it was in the sixteenth century. And the split of Western Christianity as a result of the Protestant Reformation created religious refugees all over early modern Europe, a familiar problem today as well.

This series seeks to illuminate the social consequences of the Protestant movement in sixteenth-century Europe on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Susan C. Karant-Nunn, Director Emerita of the Division and Regents' Professor Emerita of History, and Ute Lotz-Heumann, Director of the Division and Heiko A. Oberman Professor of Late Medieval and Reformation History, will contextualize and comment on each of the lectures.

Sunday, August 6
“Reforming the Virgin, the Wife, and the Widow: Changing Visions of Womanhood in the Sixteenth Century”
Rachel Small, doctoral student

Sunday, August 13
“‘Strangers in a Strange Land’: Religious Refugees and Exiles in the Reformation”
Annie Morphew, doctoral student

Sunday, August 20
“‘We take it for granted that you will release us from serfdom as true Christians’: The Reformation and the Peasants”
Benjamin Miller, master's student

Sunday, August 27
“Persecution and Tolerance: How Anabaptists, Jews, and Roma (‘Gypsies’) Fared in the Reformation Era”
Adam Hough, doctoral student


War and Religion in the Reformation Era

Ute Lotz-Heumann, Heiko A. Oberman Professor of Late Medieval and Reformation History

When: Wednesday, October 4 @ 7 pm
Where: UA Fred Fox School of Music, Holsclaw Hall
1017 N. Olive Road, Tucson, AZ

The Protestant Reformation, which started as a religious movement in 1517, quickly became politicized in Germany. Because religion and politics could not be separated in the Middle Ages and the early modern period, political conflict over the Reformation soon led to war. The separation of church and state was not an early modern ideal. On the contrary, contemporaries sought to preserve the principle of "one state, one religion," thereby opening the door to civil war, and eventually European war. This lecture will explore the reasons for the outbreak of religious wars in the aftermath of the Reformation.

Ute Lotz-Heumann is the author and co-author of three books on the Reformation and Counter-Reformation in Ireland, Germany, and Europe. She has also co-edited six volumes. Since 2010 she has been the European editor of the journal Archive for Reformation History. Currently, she is working on the history of holy wells and healing waters in early modern Germany between the sixteenth and the eighteenth centuries. Her book on German spa culture is forthcoming.

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Today is the day!  The 500th Anniversary of Luther’s “95 Theses against Indulgences"

When: Tuesday, October 31 @ 6 pm
Where: UA Libraries, Special Collections
1510 E. University Blvd., Tucson, AZ


For further information and events: reformation.arizona.edu