“Why the Reformation Still Matters – Whether We Like it or Not”

On Fri., October 6th from 2-4pm in Rose Hall 250, Brad Gregory, Dorothy G. Griffin Professor of Early Modern European History at Notre Dame University, will deliver a keynote lecture on the persistent influence of the Reformation and its legacy across the centuries. The lecture will draw from his research, including work from his influential book, The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society (Cambridge: Belknap Press, 2013). This event is sponsored by UW-Green Bay’s Center for History and Social Change, the College of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and the Humanities Program.

There will be a book sale/signing at Dr. Gregory’s lecture, where you can purchase both The Unintended Reformation and his hot-off-the-press Rebel in the Ranks: Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Conflicts That Continue to Shape Our World.

Teaching Religious Controversy

Brad Gregory, Dorothy G. Griffin Professor of Early Modern European History at Notre Dame University

On Friday October 6th, Brad Gregory, Dorothy G. Griffin Professor of Early Modern European History at Notre Dame, will facilitate a seminar for instructors and staff on teaching religion in controversial times. The seminar will meet in MAC 206 from 11am-12:30pm.  For more information or to pre-register, contact Professor Emily Ransom at ransom@uwgb.edu. This opportunity is sponsored in part by UW-Green Bay’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and the Instructional Development Council.

UWGB Concert Choir Performs Reformation Works!

UW-Green Bay’s Concert Choir and University Singers will perform at the Weidner Center’s Cofrin Family Hall on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in-person at all Ticket Star locations, including the Resch Center and the University Ticketing and Information Center, or can be purchased online. The UW-Green Bay Concert Choir will be performing a variety of music, including a set of works that came out of the Protestant Reformation. The Green Bay Choral Artists (alumni and community members) will sing three works from the Renaissance period.

University Singers will be offering a very diverse program for their first concert of the fall semester. As the Czech/Slovak International Voice Competition is at UW-Green Bay Oct. 13-15, this concert highlights central European selections by Antonin Dvorak, (Goin’ Home), Bela Bartok (Three Hungarian Folksongs) and Bedrich Smetana (the opening chorus of the opera, The Bartered Bride). Other featured works are “Ausz tieffer Noth,” acknowledging the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation; an Italian canzonetta, “So ben mi ch’a bon tempo” and highlights from the favorite musical, The Music Man. The program will conclude featuring student soloists in the gospel rock song, “He Never Failed Me Yet.”

Erasmus and Luther Debate “Free Will”

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Hear the ideas behind Erasmus and Luther’s infamous debate over free will from 1524-5.

Join us on Wed., Nov. 1 from 3:45-5:15pm in MAC 208 for a recreation of Desiderius Erasmus and Martin Luther’s printed debate on the freedom of the enslaved will.  Prof. Derek Jeffreys will argue for the ideas of Erasmus, who supported the existence of free will and divine grace, while Prof. Christopher Martin will take up the views of Luther, who rejected the existence of free will. Prof. Emily Ransom will introduce the context of this historic debate and audience members will get a chance to “vote” for the winner!

Ignatius of Loyola and the Catholic Reformation

Rev. Aaron Pidel, S.J., Marquette University

Even as Luther’s reformation gathered momentum in Germany, another reformation was beginning in Spain.  Join us on Thurs., November 16 from 3:45 to 5:15 in MAC 204 to hear Aaron Pidel, SJ, speak about Ignatius of Loyola and the Catholic Reformation.  Drawing from his training as a Jesuit and a professor of theology at Marquette University, Prof. Pidel will describe Ignatius’s dramatic life and the early history of the Society of Jesus that would provoke and fuel some of the major movements of sixteenth century Catholicism, from devotional renewal to missions to engagement with opposing reformations.

The Reformations series at UW-Green Bay kicks off with a screeing of “Luther” (2003)

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Luther (2003) Staring Joseph Fiennes

The first event in the Reformation series is the film Luther (2003), playing this Wednesday, Sept. 27th at 6:00pm in Christie Theater on the UW-Green Bay campus. This film offers students and community members a fascinating introduction to the historical background and context for other upcoming events in the Humanities program’s Reformation lecture series! Free and open to the public. Prof. David Coury of German, Humanities, and Global Studies will facilitate the screening and discussion.