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The Reformation at 500

An interdisciplinary reflection on an event that changed the Western world

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the cathedral door in Wittenberg, sparking the Protestant Reformation. Join the AU community for an eight week reflection on the ways in which the Protestant Reformation has shaped our world-for good and for ill.

Tentative Schedule
(some dates still being finalized)

Week 1-Sep 3-Sep 9

  • KSLC: Interfaith Chapel: "Lessons of the Past"
    September 6, 12:00 p.m., Kay Chapel

Week 2- Sep 10- Sep 16

  • SOC: Film Screening: "Luther"
    September 11, 6:00 p.m. Bender Library
  • Faculty Panel: Engaging Faith & Reason

Week 3- Sep 17- Sep 23

  • BL: Gutenberg Bible Exhibit at LoC
  • KSLC: Protestantism, Racism, and Colonialism

Week 4- Sep 24- Sep 30

  • CAS: The Power of Print: Reformation and Religious Conflict
    September 25, 6:30 p.m., Gianni Lounge (MGC 200)

  • SIS: From Westphalia to the Responsibility to Protect
    September 28, 12:00 p.m., SIS Abramson Family Founders Room

  • CAS: Writing from the English Reformation: A Poetry Workshop
    September 30, 4:00 p.m., Gianni Lounge (MGC 200)

Week 5-Oct 1- Oct 7

  • SIS: The Reformation and Social and Economic Development
    October 2, Time & Location TBD

Week 6- Oct 8- Oct 14

  • SPA: Impact on the American Political System
    October 11, 12:00 p.m., Kay Lounge
  • SPExS: Lay Networking Fair
    October 11, 6:00 p.m., MGC 2-4
  • SIS: TBD

Week 7- Oct 15- Oct 21

  • WCL: Mock Trial: Appealing the Conviction of Martin Luther
    October 17, Time & Location TBD
Week 8- Oct 22- Oct 28
  • CAS: Texts & Traditions: Reform in the Scriptures
    October 25, 4:00 p.m., Hughes Formal Lounge
  • SOC: Spurring the Reformation: Enduring Lessons of Media, Technology, and Disruption
    October 25, 6:30 p.m., Doyle & Furman Theater SOC

Week 9- Oct 29-Nov 4

  • KSLC: Closing Interfaith Chapel: "The Road Ahead"
    October 31, 12:00 p.m., Kay Chapel
  • CAS: Concert: Bach, Luther, and the Reformation in Theology and Sound
    November 4, 7:30 p.m., November 5, 3:00 p.m., Kay Chapel

Hier stehe ich; ich kann nicht anders. Gott helfe mir. Amen.

"Here I stand; I can't do otherwise. God help me. Amen."



-Martin Luther