Luther celebrations the Reformation with plenary address from Brad Gregory and series of workshops
Luther College is celebrating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's posting of the Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg with a day-long symposium Tuesday, Oct. 31, in various locations on the Luther College campus.
Scheduled from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., the day's events include a plenary opening address, as well as workshops and musical performances from Luther faculty and members of the broader Luther community. The event will conclude with an evening concert. All events are open to the public with no charge for admission.
The symposium will begin with a convocation and a plenary address at 9 a.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. Professor Brad Gregory, director of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, will give the keynote lecture, "Why the Reformation Still Matters (Whether We want it to or Not)." Gregory will discuss how an Augustinian friar anxious for salvation started a movement that spread through Europe, the outcomes of which are still being felt today.
Following the address, Gregory will sign copies of his book "Rebel in the Ranks: Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Conflicts that Continue to Shape Our World."
The exhibition "3-D Replicas of Martin Luther's Controversial Thinking and Writing," will be on display in the Center for Faith Lobby from 10-10:30 a.m.. Organized by Ruth Kath, professor of German, the exhibition of objects from Luther's life was made possible by scans from the German government that were gifted to Luther College for the Reformation celebration.
The presentations, workshops and musical performances will be held in sessions from 10:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3 p.m., held in various locations around campus.
The first session includes the following panels: Arts and the Reformation with Professor Emeriti Mark Muggli and James Griesheimer, Professor Nancy Gates Madsen and students Noah Tiegs and Gabrielle Laske, Valders Hall of Science, Room 206; Intra-Faith Dialogue with student Samuel Scheidt and alumnus Marty Haugen, Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall; Islam and Reformation with Professors Todd Green and Robert Shedinger, Olin Building, Room 102; Luther's Thought: Controversial Implications with Professors Storm Bailey and Wade Shilts, Jenson-Noble Hall of Music, Noble Recital Hall; Musical Performance with Professor Gregory Peterson and instructor Kathryn Reed, Jenson-Noble Hall of Music Sundt Organ Studio; Public Life and the Reformation: Then and Now with Professors Victoria Christman and Wanda Deifeldt, Dahl Centennial Union, Mott-Borlaug Room; Reformation Libations with Professors Eric Baack and Mark Eichinger, Valders Hall of Science, Room 379; Writing and the Reformation with Professors Amy Weldon and Nancy Barry, Valders Hall of Science, Room 362.
Second sessions topics are: Education and the Reformation with Professors Joseph Breitenstein and David Faldet, Olin Building, Room 102; Healing and the Reformation with Jayme Nelson, Paul Gardner and Jim Martin-Schramm, Valders Hall of Science, Room 206; Interfaith Dialogue with students Rebecka Green and Asha Aden, Valders Hall of Science, Room 262; Lay Devotion in Shakespeare's England with Professor Kate Narveson and College Archivist Hayley Jackson; Musical Performance with Cantorei, Philharmonia, the Luther Brass Ensemble and Professors Spencer Martin, Gregory Peterson and Jonathon Struve, Center for Faith and Life Main Hall; The Politicization of Martin Luther with Saginaw Valley State University Professor Emeritus Thomas Renna and Luther Professor Sören Steding, Dahl Centennial Union, Matt-Borlaug Room; Reformation Contexts with Professors Richard Cole and Marv Slind; and The Reformation, Women and Jews with Professor Emerita Carol Gilbertson and Professor Robert Christman.
The day concludes with the premiere of the Reformation Cantata, a multi-movement work created by four Luther alumni and four current students, at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life.
For the complete schedule of Luther College Reformation celebration events, visit luther.edu/reformation-2017/.
A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050 Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.