Until further notice, the University of Arizona, in accordance with the guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages all employees to work remotely.

Our offices in the Douglass Building are closed to the public, but you can reach the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies by contacting Division Director Ute Lotz-Heumann any time by email at ulotzh@arizona.edu or by phone at 520-621-1541 (please leave a voice message and we will get back to you as soon as possible).

The Annual Town and Gown Lecture with Professor Stuart Schwartz, Yale University, has been postponed. The new date is October 20, 2020.

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Town and Gown Lecture

The Division recognizes the importance of connecting the university to the local community. It was in this spirit that in 1985 Heiko Oberman launched the Annual Town and Gown Lecture. The series has brought renowned scholars to the University of Arizona campus.

2019      Alexander J. Fisher, Professor of Music, University of British Columbia

              "Sound Propaganda: On Sound and Music in Early Modern Religious Persuasion"

2018      Peter H. Wilson, Chichele Professor of the History of War, All Souls College, University of Oxford

               "Tragedy, Violence, and Survival in Germany during the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648)"

2017      Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, Distinguished Professor of History, University of Wisconsion-Milwaukee

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

2016      Thomas Kaufmann, Professor of Church History, University of Göttingen

               "The Reformation in Print"

2015      Thomas E. Burman, Distinguished Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

               “On the Edge of Scholastic Europe: Ramon Martí O.P. Confronts Judaism and Islam”

2014      Alexandra Walsham, Professor of Modern History and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge University

               "Landscape, Ancient Monuments and Memory in Early Modern Britain"

2013     Edward Muir, Clarence L. Ver Steeg Professor in the Arts and Sciences and Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, Northwestern University

              "The 'People Who Believe in Nothing': Intolerable Thoughts in Late Renaissance Italy"

2012     Thomas A. Brady, Jr., Peder Sather Professor Emeritus of History, University of California, Berkeley

              "Germany, Europe, World Christianity--Reformations Lost and Found"

2011     Barbara B. Diefendorf, Professor of History, Boston University

              "Inventing a Catholic Reformation in Seventeenth-Century France: How the Spanish Carmelites Became French"

2010     Heinz Schilling, Professor of History, Humboldt University, Berlin

              "Religion and Violence: What We Can Learn From European Confessional Fundamentalism of the Sixteenth and

              Seventeenth Centuries"

2009     Londa Schiebinger, John L. Hinds Professor of History and Science, Stanford University

              "The Gender Politics of Plans in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World"

2008     David Cressy, Humanities Distinguished Professor, Ohio State University

              "What Not to Say: Dangerous Speech in Early Modern England"

2007     Natalie Zemon Davis, Henry Charles Lea Professor Emerita of History at Princeton University

              "Philosophes, Jews, and Africans in Colonial Suriname: The Example of David Nassy"

2006     Andrew M. Greeley, Professor of Sociology, University of Arizona; and Research Associate, National Opinion

              Research Center, University of Chicago

              "The Mystery of African-American Evangelicals"

2005     Caroline Walker Bynum, Professor of Western European Middles Ages, Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton

              "A Matter of Matter: Two Cases of Blood Cult in Fifteenth-Century Germany"

2004     James D. Tracy, Union Pacific Professor of Early Modern History, University of Minnesota

              "Christendom vs. Islamdom: The Background War of the Early Modern Era, 1500-1700"

2003     William Chester Jordan, Professor of History and Director of the Medieval Studies Program, Princeton University

              "Expulsion and Exile: French Jews in the Early Fourteenth Century"

2002     Elaine Pagels, Harrington Spear Paine Foundation Professor of Religion, Princeton University

              "The Recently Discovered Gospel of Thomas: An Early Mystical Jewish View of Jesus"

2001     Patrick Collinson, Emeritus Regius Professor of Modern History, University of Cambridge

              "The Reformation and the Birth of England "

2000     John P. Frank, Constitutional law

              "The Trial of Socrates: The Foundation of Democracy"

1999     Robert Wistrich, Professor of Modern European History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

              "In the Footsteps of the Messiah: Herzl, Zionism, and the Millennial Fever"

1998     Thomas O'Meara, O.P., William K. Warren Chair of Theology, University of Notre Dame

              "Religion Looks Beyond the Year 2000: The Millennium, World Religions, Extra-Terrestrial Life"

1997     John Dillenberger, Professor Emeritus in Ecclesiastical and Art History, Graduate Theological Union

              "Painters as Prophets: Unexpected Visions of Heaven and Earth"

1996     John Shea, Professor of Systematic Theology, Mundelein Seminary

              "Storytelling and Spiritual Development: Narratives from the Spiritual Traditions of the World"

1995     Jaroslav Pelikan, Sterling Professor of History, Yale University

              "From Russia With Love: Russian Roots of the American Spirit: Jewish and Christian"

1993     Leon Bass, Winner, 1992 Holocaust Humanitarian Award

              "Racism and the Holocaust: An African American in World War II"

1992     Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi, Director, Center for Israel and Jewish Studies, Columbia University

              "1492: The Jewish Response to the Expulsion from Spain"

1990     Rosemary Radford Reuther, Professor of Applied Theology, Garret-Evangelical Theological Seminary

               "The Feminist Challenge to the Christian Churches: Historical Roots, Contemporary Issues"

1989     Martin E. Marty, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the History of Christianity,       

              University of Chicago Divinity School

1988     David Tracy, Andrew Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Distinguished Service Professor of Catholic

              Studies and Professor of Theology and of the Philosophy of Religion, University of Chicago Divinity School

1987     Krister Stendahl, Dean, John Lord O'Brian Professor of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School

1986     Jürgen Moltmann, Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Tübingen

1985     Hans Küng, Professor of Ecumenical Theology, University of Tübingen

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Tel: (520) 621-1284