A Distinguished Scholar Seminar featuring John Jeffries Martin presented by the UNC Program in the Humanities. Join Renaissance scholar John Jeffries Martin for this fascinating series of lectures on the invention of religion from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment. The Reformation was a moment of great creative as well as destructive force, and Martin explores how we are the inheritors of a period that was divided by conflicted and contested truth claims. From understanding how religion was practiced on the eve of the Reformation up through the invention of religion with the Enlightenment, Martin will take us on a journey bound to provoke and challenge our assumptions about the foundations of modern secular society.
John Jeffries Martin is a professor and chair of history at Duke University. The author of The Myths of Renaissance Individualism, Dr. Martin is an expert on Venice, Renaissance Italy and 16th century Europe.
Ways of Life – What Was “Religion” on the Eve of the Reformation?
Reformation and Discovery – and the Challenges of Religious Pluralism
The Privatization of Belief in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam
The Discovery of Religion in the Enlightenment
This event will take place at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 31, through 12 p.m. Saturday, June 1. The tuition is $125 ($110 by May 23). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($55 by May 23). The optional dinner on Friday evening is $20.