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A Distinguished Scholar Seminar featuring John Jeffries Martin

May 31-June 1, 2013

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 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

Time and Cost

4:30 p.m. Friday, May 31, through 12:00 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013. The tuition is $125 ($110 by May 23). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($55 by May 23). 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional dinner on Friday evening is $20.00.

What our participants say about John Jeffries Martin:
“One of the best teachers I have ever encountered.” Summer 2011

“More than excellent. I enjoyed his adroit, penetrating, and respectful responses to questions.” Fall 2009

“Of all the professors/presenters I’ve encountered in Adventures in Ideas, I would place Dr. John Jeffries Martin at the top!” Summer 2009


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Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

Register for this seminar.