On October 31, 1517, a Saxon professor of theology named Martin Luther published his now famous 95 Theses. Challenging the theological and political foundations of the Catholic Church, Luther’s text ignited a debate that soon spread beyond the academy and engulfed much of Europe in decades of impassioned debate and brutal war. Though Luther’s life preceded the formation of the German nation-state by more than three centuries, the professor-turned-revolutionary has remained an important reference point in the narrative of modern German history. On the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, this talk explores the memory of Martin Luther in Germany today.
Enslaved African Americans helped transform the economy, culture, and history of our nation. Yet these individuals’ identities, activities, and sometimes their very existence are often all but erased from historically preserved plantations and house museums. One such site was Mount Clare near Baltimore, where Teresa Moyer has examined the entangled lives of the enslaved, free blacks, and white landowners, and has critiqued the racism of historic preservation. Her work argues that inclusiveness can make the social good of public history available to African Americans and address systemic racism in America.
Teresa Moyer is an archeologist who works for the National Park Service. Her personal research investigates archaeology at plantations and the ways institutions do or do not use archaeology to provide multiple perspectives on the past.
Sponsored by the Humanities Colloquium and the History Department.