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

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

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.

This program is free and open to the public.  Advanced registration is required; register online.

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. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011
5:30 – 7:45 pm

Session I

5:30 – 6:45 pm

  • Welcome remarks: David Spadafora, President and Librarian, The Newberry
  • “How Not to Read Historical Texts,” David Steinmetz, Kearns Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the History of Christianity, The Divinity School, Duke University

6:45 – 7:45 pm

  • Reception

Friday, September 16, 2011
8:30 am – 5:00 pm

8:30 – 9:00 am

  • Coffee and continental breakfast
  • Overview of the Newberry religion collections

9:00 – 9:15 am

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

Session II - Rhetoric and Reform

9:15 – 10:30 am

  • Moderator: 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 – 11:00 am

  • Break

Session III - Images in Christian Theology and Devotion

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

  • Moderator: Claudia Swan, Associate Professor of Art History, Northwestern University
  • To be announced, 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

Session IV - Music and Reform

2:00 – 3:30 pm

  • Moderator: Richard Freedman, John C. Whitehead Professor of Music, Haverford College
  • “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

3:30 – 4:00 pm

  • Break

Session V - Early Modern Religion and the Digital Humanities

4:00 – 5:00 pm

  • Introduction: Karen Christianson, Acting Director, Center for Renaissance Studies, The Newberry
  • To be announced, Gregory R. Crane, Adjunct Professor in Classics, Department of Computer Science, Tufts University

Saturday, September 17, 2011
8:30 am – 12:00 pm

8:30 – 9:00 am

  •  Coffee and continental breakfast

Session VI - Roundtable on Teaching Early Modern Religion

9:00 – 10:30 am

  • Moderator: 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
  • “Plato, the Neo-Platonists, Italian Renaissance Religion, 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
  • To be announced, Regina M. Schwartz, Professor of Literature, Religion, and Law, Northwestern University

10:30 – 11:00 am

  • Break

Session VII

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Introduction: Paul F. Gehl, Custodian, John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing, The Newberry
  • “The Religion Archive and the Advancement of the Humanities: Some Immodest Proposals,” Lori Anne Ferrell, Professor of English and History, Claremont Graduate University

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