Why the Reformation Still Matters: Batey Lecture Series

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Brad S. Gregory (Ph.D., Princeton University) is Professor of History and Dorothy G. Griffin Collegiate Chair at the University of Notre Dame, where he is also the Director of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. Before arriving at Notre Dame, he taught at Stanford University and was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows. He specializes in the history of Christianity in Europe during the Reformation and on the long-term influence of this era on the modern world. His books include Salvation at Stake: Christian Martyrdom in Early Modern Europe (Harvard, 1999), The Forgotten Writings of the Mennonite Martyrs (Brill, 2002), The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society (Belknap, 2012), and Rebel in the Ranks: Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Conflicts that Continue to Shape Our World (Harper, 2017).

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Religious Studies

Rediscovering Ancient Roman Hairdressing: Janet Stephens, Speaker

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Before 2008, scholars assumed that the
    hairstyles depicted on ancient Roman female portraiture were
    universally false—either wigs or invented by the sculptor with
    no reference to the subject’s “actual” hair.  Janet
    Stephens’ overturned this assumption after rediscovering the
    Roman practice of sewing hairstyles together using needle and

This lecture-demostration features a live
    recreation of an ancient hairstyle on a volunteer model and
    discussion of ancient artifacts and technology, the latin
    literature of grooming and hairdressing, the practical and social
    ramifications of hair in Roman daily life, anachronism in the
    intellectual history of ancient hairdressing and hair science. 

Janet Stephens is a Maryland Senior Cosmetologist and educator who is a self-trained experimental archaeologist. Her interest in recreating ancient Roman hairstyles began with a chance visit to the Walters Art Museum in 2001, and she is now the recognized authority on the topic. She presents her research at universities, museums, and archaeology conferences, and was a 2012 Rome Prize finalist and American Institute of Archaeology travelling lecturer in 2014-15 and 2016-17. She has published in the Journal of Roman Archaeology and EXARC—the Journal of Experimental Archaeology, is a contributing author to the Berg Cultural History of Hair (forthcoming 2018), and has a popular YouTube channel devoted to historical hairdressing from antiquity through the 19th century.  


Greek and Roman Studies

The Finality of Prophecy

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In Arabia a man named Muhammad, who was born c.
    570 CE, is said to have received a series of communications from
    God  between 610 and 632 CE.
    These communications subsequently were recorded in writing,
    collected, and redacted in the text known as the Quran. On one
    occasion, the Quran refers to Muhammad as “the seal of
    Prophets,” a phrase that is understood by all Muslims as
    signifying that prophecy came to an end upon Muhammad’s death
    in 632 CE. In this lecture, Dr. David Powers will attempt to situate this claim
    in the context of the understanding of prophecy in the Near East
    in Antiquity and Late Antiquity.

 David S. Powers is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a
    long-suffering Cleveland Indians fan. He received his Ph.D. from
    Princeton in 1979 and began teaching at Cornell in the same year.
    He currently holds positions as Professor in the Department of
    Near Eastern Studies, Adjunct Professor at the Cornell Law School, and
    director of the Medieval Studies Program. His courses deal with
    Islamic civilization, Islamic history and law, and classical
    Arabic texts, and his research focuses on the emergence of Islam
    and Islamic legal history. He is founding editor of the journal
    Islamic Law and Society.