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

Pearce Shakespeare Symposium: Jews and Muslims in Shakespeare's World

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Reception at 5:30 p.m.

In spite of enduring myths about their absence, Jews and Muslims were a complex presence in Tudor England, whether as imagined stage caricatures or actual political agents. Jerry Brotton and James Shapiro, two preeminent cultural historians of the Renaissance, both familiar faces on BBC, will engage in a far-ranging dialogue about how Judaism and Islam were — and remain — part of the British national story.

You can read more about Jerry Brotton’s recent book, The Sultan and the Queen: The Untold Story of Elizabeth and Islam here. James Shapiro’s classic, Shakespeare and the Jews, was just reissued in a twentieth-anniversary edition and there is more about it here. Both are bestselling authors and prize-winning scholars. 

History