International Seminar Series: The Lutheran Reformation- A Balance Sheet After 500 Years
Title of Presentation: The Lutheran Reformation- A Balance Sheet After 500 Years
Speaker: John Freed, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus, Illinois State University
Presentation Overview: Martin Luther’s call on October 31, 1517, for an academic disputation about indulgences initiated the Protestant Reformation. With the hindsight of half a millennium, it is clear that his summons led to a reform of the Church, both Catholic and Protestant; greater hope for salvation in the face of cosmic uncertainty; an increase in literacy; and new roles for women but at the expense of the opportunity to live communal lives. It also led, negatively, to the confiscation of church property; confessionalization; religious intolerance; bloody wars of religion; a subordination of the Church to the state; and, in Germany in particular, anti-Semitism.
Speaker Bio: John Freed (Ph.D. Princeton University) is best known on campus as the author of Educating Illinois: Illinois State University, 1857-2007; but his professional field of expertise is medieval Germany. His most recent book is Frederick Barbarossa: The Prince and the Myth (Yale University Press, 2016). His other books are: The Friars and German Society in the Thirteenth Century (Cambridge, MA, 1977); The Counts of Falkenstein: Noble Self-Consciousness in Twelfth-Century Germany (Philadelphia, 1984); and Noble Bondsmen: Ministerial Marriages in the Archdiocese of Salzburg, 1100-1343 (Ithaca, 1995).
Series Overview: The International Seminar Series offers the Illinois State campus and Bloomington-Normal communities weekly opportunities to learn about a wide range of international topics. Guest speakers are usually experts in their fields across a range of disciplines who cover a wide array of cultural, historical, political and social topics.
Series events have become one of the most popular internationally focused events on campus and continue to draw ever-growing crowds of students, faculty and community members. Audience members are given time at each event to raise questions to enable a two-way participation and learning.
International Seminar Series events are free and open to the public, and occur every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bone Student Center. The spring 2018 series will focus on Europe in a global context.