SERIES EXPLORES REFORMATION ON 500th ANNIVERSARY

With his “95 Theses” Martin Luther created a storm in Europe and challenged the church and its culture. As many celebrate the 500th anniversary of this historic action, we invite guests to join us as we explore “Reformation: 2017-2017: A Movement that Changed the World” in the fourth annual Betty M. and William B. Jones Humanities Speaker Series, featuring two intimate insights in the humanities.

SATURDAY, FEB. 24, AT 3 P.M.

Dr. Erin Lambert, associate professor of History at the University of Virginia, will look back on the Reformation in “Reformation: A Look Back 500 Years...” Among the most enduring—but perhaps unanticipated—consequences of Luther’s manifesto, as this talk suggests, was the transformation of the idea and act of belief. Join Lambert as she explores what Luther intended to do and what he actually accomplished. 

Guests are invited to enjoy the Commemorative Broadsides Exhibition before and after the lectures. The exhibit is a unique collection of broadsides from 13 students in Professor Dominica Webb’s Letterpress Printmaking class at Old Dominion University. It features a series of broadsides the students made to commemorate the Reformation’s anniversary and its contribution to the arts, particularly printmaking.

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 16, AT 7 P.M.

The series will conclude with “The Impact of the Gutenberg Press on Social, Political and Religious Thought” with Dr. David Copeland, A.J. Fletcher Professor and professor of communications at Elon University. Join Copeland as he discusses how the printing press changed the world. Within a few decades of its creation, ideas on a wealth of topics spread among the people, no longer the sole domain of royalty and the clergy. Religion underwent reformation, society experienced shifts in power and political upheaval affected nearly every country in Europe. The impact of the printing press lies in how it made possible the sharing of ideas among people, and in all the media forms that followed, allowing information to be shared, republished and debated in the public sphere.

All presentations will take place in the Hackney Theater of the Meredith Center for the Arts, 7336 Granby Street, Norfolk. They are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit http://www.norfolkcollegiate.org/JonesSpeakerSeries.

 

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