In the fall semester 2017, the German Area of the Department of Modern and Classical Languagues, Literatures, and Cultures with a grant from AATG (American Association of Teachers of German) presents an event series:

500 Years of Reformation


Featured events:

Ongoing exhibition that showcases posters and digital artifacts about Luther, his life, the world around 1500, the Reformation in Europe and its impact across the globe until today.

The exhibition will be open every week from September 11th until October 31st in the Greek Room in Manoogian during the following times:

Mondays, 4-5pm

Tuesdays, 1-2pm

Wednesdays, 1:15-2:15pm

Thursdays, 9-10am

Additionally, 30 minutes after each talk of the event series and on the following Fridays: September 8th (12-1pm), September 15th (10am-12pm), September 29th (12-2pm), and October 13th (12-2pm).


Roundtable "Reforming Societies between Religion and State"

on September 6th, 12:30-2:30pm

in the Greek Room, Manoogian.

Speakers, Hans Hummer (History, WSU), Layla Saatchi (Philosophy, WSU), Fr. Gregory (Russian Orthodox Church), Alina Klin (CMLLC, WSU), and Christopher Lund (Law, WSU), will cover topics such as: the medieval church-state, religion and state in Iran, Russia, Poland and the US, secularism vs. theocracy, freedom of religion vs. religious liberty laws.

The Luther and Reformation exhibition will open after the discussion.


Talks (all talks will be held in the Greek Room, Manoogian)

Dr. Julie Koehler: "When God Calls You to Be Cinderella: Fairy Tales and Folklore in the Reformation Period," on September 19th, 12:30-1:30pm (exhibition open until 2pm).

Prof. Janine Lanza: "Sexuality, Family Life and the Reformation," on October 3rd, 12-1pm (exhibition open until 1:30pm).

Dr. Saeed Khan: "Does Islam Need a Martin Luther?" on October 16th, 2:30-3:30pm (exhibition open until 4pm).


Scavenger Hunt and Art Walk "Reformation Period Art"

Guided walk and scavenger hunt at the DIA on September 12th, 12:30-2pm. Meeting point: DIA Woodward Entrace.

Space is limited, sign-up by sending an email to

The Scavenger Hunt can also be completed by downloading it here and sending it via email to Nicole Coleman and Julie Koehler by October 30th.


Films and Popcorn

The Slavic Club presents The Island (2006) on September 26th, 2:30-4:30pm, in the Romanian Room.

The German Club presents Luther (2003) on October 10th, 2:30-4:30pm, in the Romanian Room.


Closing Reformation Party

on October 31st in the Greek Room and in front of the elevators on the ground floor in Manoogian.

10am-12pm: exhibition open and opportunity to write theses.

12pm-1pm: theses hanging, awards, and snacks.


For more information, contact Nicole Coleman at or Julie Koehler at

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