Merry Wiesner-HanksMerry Wiesner-Hanks

As part of its celebration leading up to the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, CUW is welcoming distinguished Professor of History and the Chair of UWM’s History Department, Merry Wiesner-Hanks, on Tues., March 5.

Wiesner-Hanks will give a 45-minute talk entitled, “Writers, Martyrs, and Rulers: Women and the Reformation” in CUW’s School of Pharmacy (PH 026) beginning at 7 p.m. She will also allow time for questions from the audience. The free event is free and open to the public. She will also speak the following day at noon in the University’s Lake Shore Room.

This is part of a series of presentations that will take place each semester on CUW’s campus leading up to the Reformation, which honors Martin Luther and his nailing of the 95 theses in Wittenberg, Germany on Oct. 31, 1517.

“Although the story of the Reformation is sometimes told as one about men, women were important in every aspect of religious change in this era, said Wiesner-Hanks. “Their lives and words can give us great insight into the society of their times, and also provide inspiration for us today.”

Wiesner-Hanks is the Senior Editor of the Sixteenth Century Journal and the author or editor of twenty books and many articles that have appeared in English, German, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Chinese, Turkish, and Korean. Her books include: Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe and Luther on Women, A Sourcebook, both published Cambridge University Press.

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 262-243-2149.

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