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Date(s) - 17 Oct 2017
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Columbia University Faculty House

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In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, our Seminar will be hosting Phillip Haberkern, historian of late medieval and early modern Europe at Boston University, whose research has focused on the radical religious changes of the 15th and 16th centuries. His talk is entitled:


Professor Haberkern has provided the following abstract:

A century before Martin Luther first protested the sale of indulgences, a religious reform movement in the city of Prague became radicalized after the execution of its leader, Jan Hus, at the Council of Constance. This movement evolved into a revolution, which in turn gave rise to two dissident churches that flourished in the Czech lands throughout the 1400s. But what happened when the leaders of these churches came face to face with the new movements for religious reform that emerged in Wittenberg, Zürich, and Geneva in the sixteenth century? How did the leadership of the Bohemian reformation seek to end their religious isolation, on the one hand, while preserving their unique religious beliefs and practices, on the other? This presentation will seek to answer these questions by looking at the texts produced by Czech authors for both domestic and international audiences in the era of the European Reformations, particularly the way the texts reinforced the Czechs’ distinctive religious legacies, while still leaving open the possibility that these legacies could be synthesized with emergent Protestant ideas and institutions.

The evening will follow our usual format: the talk begins at 5 p.m. at Faculty House, with dinner at 7. Please RSVP for the talk to our rapporteur Ally Tang at at3137@columbia.edu as soon as possible, indicating also whether you plan to attend dinner. Please remember that dinner is payable by check or cash only, $30.