Martin Luther’s intemperate writings and unabashed public statements caused a whirlwind of religious and political turmoil that has reverberated across centuries. How has Luther been portrayed and employed at critical times of revolt and revolution in German history and culture, including National-Socialist Germany? How is Luther being received in German politics today? Martinson, the author of Between Luther and Münzer: The Peasant Revolt in German Drama and Thought, will speak as part of a year-long series of special events at the University of Arizona commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation: reformation.arizona.edu. In addition to his lecture on October 24, which is part of the Tucson Humanities Festival (see below), Dr. Martinson will also be part of a roundtable on October 31: Today is the day! The 500th anniversary of Luther's "95 Theses against Indulgences".
Dramatic shifts in human history tend to spring from small acts of resistance and revolution. What can these acts in the past reveal about the modern world? Join us for the 2017 Tucson Humanities Festival: Resistance & Revolution, a series of topical lectures, panel discussions and events, including noteworthy guests, presented by the UA College of Humanities.