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CAS special programming for Mia's exhibit on Martin Luther

In commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s “Ninety-Five Theses”
August 5, 2016

The religious revolution Luther launched in 1517 transformed not just the German speaking world but the entire Central European landscape.  From Prague to Budapest, from Transylvania to Slovenia the changes the renegade monk initiated had a distinct and long lasting impact on the region.  Even Vienna was at one point a predominantly Protestant city. 

Join us at CAS this semester as we explore the history and legacy of this critical period through our speaker series and North America’s premier exhibition on Luther and the Reformation, "Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation" at Mia Oct 30 - Jan 15.


Wednesday, October 12, 7:30pm, 1210 Heller Hall

Thomas Rassieur, Curator of Prints and Drawings, Minneapolis Institute of Art
"Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation"

How have the greatest treasures of the Reformation come from Germany to Mia—and only Mia? What are the highlights and the back stories? Where do these cultural monuments normally stand? Why are they so significant? Tom Rassieur will take you behind the scenes to introduce the themes that tie together this incredible array of paintings, textiles, sculpture, prints, goldsmithery, furniture, archaeological finds, illustrated books, and documents. Luther provoked radical changes in religion, society, politics, and art. This talk will help you appreciate the challenges faced by those who lived at the time and how Mia’s exhibition reveals their struggles.

Tom Rassieur, John E. Andrus III Curator of Prints and Drawings, is Mia’s collaborating curator for “Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation.”


Monday, November 7, 7:30pm, 270 Anderson Hall
Andrew Pettegree, history, University of St. Andrews (Scotland)

"Martin Luther, the Reformation and the Making of a media Phenomenon"

When Martin Luther posted his 95 theses against indulgences in 1517, no-one, least of all Luther, could have imagined that he had set in train a movement that would permanently divide the western Church. In this presentation Andrew Pettegree examines how an abstruse theological quarrel became a media storm, a mass movement electrified by the torrent of printed pamphlets with which Luther both inspired and scandalised his German contemporaries. For the first time in history print became a determining factor in shaping events; a development with consequences for European and world history that would be felt into the present day.
Andrew Pettegree is Professor Modern History at the University of St Andrews, and Director of the Universal Short Title Catalogue. He is the author of a number of books on the Reformation and, more recently, the history of communication, including Reformation and the Culture of Persuasion (Cambridge, 2005), The Book in the Renaissance (2010) and The Invention of News (2014). In 2015 The Invention of News won the Goldsmith Prize of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His latest book, Brand Luther. 1517, Printing and the Making of the Reformation (Penguin), was issued in paperback on 25 October.


Thursday, November 10, 6:45pm, Minneapolis Institute of Art
Student tour of Martin Luther exhibit

CAS has arranged for a tour of Mia's exhibit for UMN students. Space is limited, registration details forthcoming.