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2019 Summer Lecture Series: News and Propaganda in the Early Modern Period

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Venue: St. Philip's in the Hills

Time: Starting: 11:30 AM

Recurring weekly on Sunday

Admission: Free, open to the public


Just as with social media today, the printing press proved to be a mixed blessing. Especially during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, religious strife resulted in the dissemination of vitriol and propaganda. During the eighteenth century, the rise of literacy in many societies meant that the ideas of the Enlightenment rapidly spread through the printed word. Throughout the early modern period, however, the majority of the population remained illiterate, and as a result, media like images and the oral dissemination of information continued to be essential factors. The 2019 summer lectures will explore different media events in early modern Europe.  Presented by The University of Arizona, Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies together with St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church, Murphey Gallery, 4440 N. Campbell Avenue.
Ute Lotz-Heumann, Director of the Division and Heiko A. Oberman, Professor of Late Medieval and Reformation History, and Beth Plummer, Susan C. Karant-Nunn Professor of Reformation and Early Modern European History, will contextualize and comment on each of the following lectures.
Sunday, August 4
True Heirs of the Reformation? Polemical Conflict between Pastors and Parishioners in Enlightenment England
Benjamin Miller, doctoral student
Sunday, August 11
News in the Time of Pestilence: Communication, Conspiracy, and Plague in Early Modern Geneva
Kristen Coan Howard, doctoral student
 Sunday, August 18
"Rash, scandalous, and heretical propositions": Debating Spanish Colonial Policy in Valladolid, 1550-1551
Hannah McClain, master's student
 Sunday, August 25
Preachers, Pamphlets, and Propaganda: The Early Reformation in the German Lands
Dean Messinger, master's student