Athens State University to Host Reformation 500 Events

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation.  In order to promote the understanding of the historical significance of this event, Athens State University is sponsoring a series of Reformation 500 events through the Center for Religion and Ethics and the Livingston Concert/Lecture Series. Events will take place in the McCandless Hall auditorium on the Athens State University Campus at 6:00 pm.  All events are free and open to the public.

The schedule of events will be:

  • Monday, September 11: A concert of music from the Reformation performed by the renowned organist Professor Steven Wente of Concordia University-Chicago using the historic McCandless pipe organ. 
  • Monday, September 25: “Luther and Education,” a lecture by Professor Ronald Fritze of Athens State University.
  • Monday, October 9: “Luther and Politics,” a lecture by Professor David Whitford of Baylor University.
  • Monday, October 23: “Luther’s Rome,” a lecture by Professor Russel Lemmons of Jacksonville State University.
  • Monday, November 6: “Scottish Responses to the Lutheran Reformation,” a lecture by Professor Debra Baird of Athens State University.

For additional information or questions, contact: Ronald Fritze at or 256-233-6524.

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