Cultural Impact of the Reformation

Southern Virginia University will host “Cultural Impact of the Reformation,” an academic conference presented by the Wheatley Institution to be held on November 16-17, 2017. The conference will commemorate 500 years since Martin Luther launched the Reformation by publishing his Ninety-five Theses. Scholars from various universities and religious backgrounds will give presentations in their fields over the course of the conference. There will also be a panel discussion made up of religious leaders from local congregations.

Admission is free of charge and all sessions are open to the public.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Welcome & Opening Remarks

1:30 p.m. — Ballroom, Main Hall

David Cox (Southern Virginia University)
James Lambert (Southern Virginia University)

Speaker: “Covenants and Confessions: Preserving the Scottish Reformation”

2:30 p.m. — Stonemetz Conference Room, Main Hall

Mikki Brock (Washington and Lee University)

Speaker: “Literary Highlights of the Reformation in France”

3:30 p.m. — Stonemetz
 Conference Room, Main Hall

Peter Eubanks (James Madison University)

Panel: “Local Confessional Perspectives on the Reformation”

5:00 p.m. — Ballroom, Main Hall

Discussion: “LDS Perspectives on the Reformation”

8:00 p.m. — YSA Building

Peter Eubanks (James Madison University)
James Lambert (Southern Virginia University)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Panel: “Southern Virginia Professors Interact with the Reformation

9:00 a.m. — Ballroom, Main Hall

Jeremiah John: “Luther’s Idea of Freedom” (Southern Virginia University)
James Lambert: “Religious Emotions of the Reformation” (Southern Virginia University)
Virginia Mosser: “The Reformation in the Habsburg Dominions” (Southern Virginia University)

University Convocation: “The Role of Erasmus and Tyndale in the Reformation”

11:00 a.m. — Knight Arena

Mark Rankin (James Madison University)

Workshop: “Women and the Reformation”

2:00 p.m. — Stonemetz Conference Room, Main Hall

Speaker: Genelle Gertz (Washington and Lee University)
Discussant: Dina Al Qassar (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Speaker: “Singing the Resurrection, Embodying Belief”

3:30 p.m. — Stonemetz Conference Room, Main Hall

Erin Lambert (University of Virginia)

Panel: “Personal Reaction to the Reformation: Academic and Confessional Intersections”

4:30 p.m. — Stonemetz Conference Room, Main Hall

Dina Al Qassar (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Mikki Brock (Washington and Lee University)
Marcel Widzisz (Southern Virginia University)


Dina Al Qassar

Dina Al Qassar is a graduate teaching associate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Mikki Brock

Mikki Brock is an assistant professor of history at Washington and Lee University.

David Cox

David Cox is a professor of history at Southern Virginia University. He was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 1972 and became rector of R. E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church in Lexington in 1987. In 2000, he left that position to complete doctoral studies, for which he received fellowships at Harvard Divinity School and Virginia Theological Seminary. His book, A Religious Biography of Robert E. Lee, appeared in March, 2017, part of the “Library of Religious Biography” issued by the Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. He is now working on a history of Lee Chapel in Lexington.

Peter Eubanks

Peter Eubanks has a B.A. in Medieval Studies and French from the University of Virginia, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in French literature from Princeton University. He is Associate Professor of French and Coordinator of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Steering Committee at James Madison University. His main research interests center around sixteenth-century French poetry, Renaissance rhetoric, and the limits of aesthetic representation. His articles have been published in such venues as Romance Notes, Montaigne Studies, Literature and Belief, and others.

Genelle Gertz

Genelle Gertz is Professor and Chair of English at Washington and Lee University. She is the author of Heresy Trials and English Women Writers, 1400-1670, issued in paperback by Cambridge University Press in 2015. Her recent articles are “Heresies” for the Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare (2016) and “Quaker Mysticism as the Return of the Medieval Repressed” in the essay collection Mysticism and Reform, 1400-1750, published by Notre Dame Press, 2015. Her current book project, Lost Mystics, traces the demise of women’s mysticism in the Reformation and its resurgence among Protestants in the seventeenth century. Professor Gertz holds a Ph.D. from Princeton and is the recipient of two fellowships from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.

Jeremiah John

Jeremiah John is an associate provost, an associate professor of politics, and the coordinator of the politics program at Southern Virginia University. He received his doctorate in political theory and comparative politics from University of Notre Dame in 2008, with a dissertation on law and morality in Hegel’s political philosophy. His research focuses on religious political thought and the political theory of freedom.

Erin Lambert

Erin Lambert is an assistant professor of history at the University of Virginia.

James Lambert

James Lambert is an assistant professor of English and the director of The Writing Center at Southern Virginia University. Lambert received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and immediately went to work researching and teaching at the American University of Kuwait, where he served as Writing Program Administrator and Chair of the English Department. He has published articles in SEL, Philological Quarterly, This Rough Magic, Studies in Philology, and some others, and he has received fellowships to study lyrical emotions of the Renaissance at Dartmouth College, the Huntington Library, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and Dr. Williams’s Library.

Virginia Mosser

Virginia Mosser is an associate professor of history and German at Southern Virginia University.

Mark Rankin

Mark Rankin is a distinguished Associate Professor of English at James Madison University. He is the author of Religious Orthodoxy and Dissent in Early Modern England, and is currently editing a new scholarly edition of William Tyndall’s Practice of Prelates. He has published extensively on print culture and Early Modern religious conflict, edited a number of books on the same, and he is currently the editor of the journal Reformation. He teaches English Literature from 1475-1660, and received his doctorate degree at The Ohio State University with a Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Marcel Widzisz

Marcel Widzisz is an assistant professor of Classics at Southern Virginia University. Before arriving at Southern Virginia University, he taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Exeter University in the UK, the University of Houston, Boston University, Rice University, and St. John’s College in Annapolis. His book, Chronos on the Threshold: Time, Ritual, and Agency in the Oresteia was published by Lanham in 2012. His articles and reviews have appeared in journals such as the Classical Review, GRBS (Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies), Arethusa, Classical and Modern Languages, and the Bryn Mawr Classical Review. His research interests include Greek tragedy, Homer, Greek lyric poetry, Greek religion, and Roman Comedy. He has studied at universities in France, Germany, and England.