Devotion, Discipline, Reform: Sources for the Study of Religion, 1450 – 1640 | Newberry

Devotion, Discipline, Reform: Sources for the Study of Religion, 1450 – 1640

Gryffith, Seven Goulden Candlesticks, 1624, Newberry Case BV4500 .W65

Gryffith, Seven Goulden Candlesticks, 1624, Newberry Case BV4500 .W65

David Spadafora and Roger Baskes join Dennis Keller in honoring Sister Ann Ida Gannon.

Thursday, September 15, 2011Saturday, September 17, 2011
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs

A Conference in Honor of Sister Ann Ida Gannon, BVM

This conference celebrates a major five-year initiative that will help make the Newberry one of the nation’s premier centers for research on early modern religion, by conserving and cataloging 8,000 titles relating to religion, primarily from the early modern period. The initiative honors Sister Ann Ida Gannon, BVM, a Newberry Trustee, former president of Mundelein College, and renowned Chicago educator. Religion infuses most subject areas that fall within the scope of the Newberry collections. The library’s overall collecting in this field focuses on original source material from Western Europe and the Americas, spanning the late Middle Ages through the early twentieth century. Holdings in religion include rare and significant bibles; liturgical and theological works; sermons; histories; biographies and autobiographies; sacred music; and congregational, family, and personal papers.

In recent years the Newberry has acquired rare books and manuscript materials from several religious institutions, among them the Dominican Friars of the Province of Saint Albert the Great, the Catholic Theological Union, the Divine Word Seminary, and Concordia University. These collections, rich in patristics and early modern theological and devotional literature, will be cataloged as part of the Gannon initiative.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

5:30 – 6:45 pm, Session I: Opening Keynote Address

Welcome: David Spadafora, President and Librarian, The Newberry Library, and Sister Ann Ida Gannon (by telephone)

“Taking the Long View: Jaroslav Pelikan And Heiko Oberman”

David Steinmetz, Kearns Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the History of Christianity, Divinity School, Duke University
Read by Susan Schreiner, Professor of the History of Christianity and Theology, Divinity School, University of Chicago (Professor Steinmetz was unable to attend)

6:45 – 7:45 pm, Reception

Friday, September 16, 2011

8:30 – 9 am, Coffee and Continental Breakfast

9 – 9:15 am, Overview of the Newberry Religion Collections

Paul Saenger, George A. Poole III Curator of Rare Books and Collection Development Librarian, The Newberry Library

9:15 – 10:30 am, Session II: Rhetoric and Reform

Chair: Ronald J. Corthell, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Purdue University Calumet

“Martin Luther’s Heart”

Susan Karant-Nunn, Regents’ Professor of History, University of Arizona

“What Do You Hear in the Pew? Some Notes on Calvin’s First Corinthians Sermons by an Attentive Parishioner”

Elsie Ann McKee, Archibald Alexander Professor of Reformation Studies and the History of Worship, Princeton Theological Seminary

10:30 – 11 am, Coffee

11 am – 12:15 pm, Session III: Images in Christian Theology and Devotion

Chair: Claudia Swan, Associate Professor of Art History, Northwestern University

“Framing Books and Reading: An Exploration of Sixteenth Century Title-Page Borders”

M. Patrick Graham, Margaret A. Pitts Professor of Theological Bibliography, and Director, Pitts Theology Library, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

“Scriptural Authority in Word and Image: Cornelis Cort’s The Annunciation Broadcast by Prophets of the Incarnation of 1571”

Walter S. Melion, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Art History, Emory University

2 – 4 pm, Session IV: Music and Reform

Chair: Richard Freedman, John C. Whitehead Professor of Music, Haverford College

“Sacred Sounds for a Nation of Divided Faiths”

Richard Freedman

“The Uses of Bells in Counter-Reformation Bavaria”

Alexander J. Fisher, Associate Professor of Music, University of British Columbia

“Bible Reading, Lectionaries, and the Function of the Sixteenth-Century Motet”

David Crook, Professor of Music, University of Wisconsin-Madison

4 – 5 pm, Reception

Saturday, September 17, 2011

8:30 – 9 am, Coffee and Continental Breakfast

9 – 10:30 am, Session VI: Roundtable on Teaching Early Modern Religion with Primary Sources

Chair: Brian Sandberg, Associate Professor of History, Northern Illinois University

“New Wars of Religion?: Interpreting the European Wars of Religion in an Age of Religious Violence”

Brian Sandberg

“Raphael’s School of Athens: the Timaeus, Vision, and Art”

Mary Quinlan, Associate Professor of Art History, Northern Illinois University

“From Reformation to Revolution: The Politics of Devotion in Early Seventeenth-Century England”

Scott M. Stevens, Director, D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, The Newberry Library

“Sacramental Poetics: John Donne and George Herbert”

Regina M. Schwartz, Professor of Literature, Religion, and Law, Northwestern University

10:30 – 11 am, Coffee

11 am – 12 noon, Session VII: Closing Keynote Address

Introduction: Paul F. Gehl, Custodian, John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing, The Newberry Library

“The Religion Archive and the Advancement of the Humanities: Some Immodest Proposals”

Lori Anne Ferrell, Professor of English and History, Claremont Graduate University

About Sister Ann Ida Gannon

Sister Ann Ida Gannon, BVM, is a Newberry Trustee, former president of Mundelein College, and a renowned Chicago educator. Sister Ann Ida has received 26 honorary degrees and more than 28 prestigious awards for service in education or as an outstanding woman, including the Laetare Medal, University of Notre Dame. Through the years, she has served on 21 boards, ranging from the Association of American Colleges and Saint Louis University to Scott Foresman and Company, often as the first woman to do so. She has also served on many panels, committees, and task forces dedicated to education, women’s, church, or civic needs, as well as chairing or participating in accrediting teams.

Two decades ago, the Newberry received more than 700 books from Mundelein College, a gift spearheaded by Sister Ann Ida, who by then was a Newberry trustee. A good fit with the Newberry’s already large collection of early modern religious materials, the Mundelein books led to a series of gifts of similar collections from other Chicago-area religious institutions, transactions that were fostered by Sister Ann Ida. Over time, such collections came from the Divine Word Society, the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Albert the Great, Concordia University, the Passionist Monastery of Chicago Northside, and, most recently, McCormick Theological Seminary and the Catholic Theological Union. All of these collections are rich in religious materials, of course; most are richest in printed books and manuscripts from the early modern period.

Cost and Registration Information 

This program is free and open to the public. Faculty and graduate students from Center for Renaissance Studies consortium schools may be eligible to apply for travel funding to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry. Contact your school’s faculty representative in advance for details.