Dr. Shaffern Helps Commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the German Reformation



From June 26 until July 6, Dr. Robert Shaffern of the History Department took part in a seminar on the Protestant Reformation at the invitation of the Studienforum Berlin, a non-for-profit scholarly institute in Berlin, Germany. This seminar was held in anticipation of the 500th anniversary of the initiation of the Reformation in Germany. For two weeks, participants in the seminar presented their thoughts on various aspects of the thought of Martin Luther; discussions among the participants followed these presentations. Presenters confronted such topics as Luther’s reaction to the Peasants’ War of 1525, his anti-Judaism, his liturgical and theological innovations, and his continuing legacy in German history. In addition to Berlin, the seminar also held sessions in Wittenberg, Torgau, Erfurt and Eisenach.


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