Mutable Luther – Dr Mary Noll Venables
Protestants the world over have just finished celebrating the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of Protestantism, a commemoration that was quite different from previous celebrations. This lecture offers snapshots of Reformation commemorations and the adaptation of Martin Luther from the seventeenth to twenty-first centuries. It illustrates that Luther has served as a doctrinal authority, an innovative educator, a national hero, the model German, and a pawn in the Cold War. Luther’s many guises raise the questions of what is being celebrated, who is being commemorated, and what purposes these celebrations serve.
Mary Noll Venables received her PhD in Early Modern History from Yale University. She is an independent scholar and ACE lecturer.
Thursday 25/01/2018, 5pm, Mary Ryan Seminar Room, ORB G27, UCC