Friday, October 13, 2017 - 21:30

The Reformation 500 Years Later: A Discussion

Carlos Eire

Carlos Eire, Ph.D., T.L. Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University, will discuss the Reformation and its impact 500 years after the publication of Luther’s 95 Theses, in a presentation entitled, “Catholic Miracles in the Age of Reformations: a History of the Impossible?” on Friday, October 27, at 4:30 p.m. in the Jeanne Y. Curtis Performance Hall of the College’s brand new Tsotsis Family Academic Center, 500 Salisbury St., Worcester.  

One of the most enduring and profound legacies of the Protestant Reformation was the redefinition of the relationship between heaven and earth and the natural and supernatural. Dr. Eire will focus on several Catholic saints who levitated, bilocated, an received direct messages from heaven—phenomena considered “impossible” by Protestants—and on the ways in which these extreme miracles were not just a response to Protestantism, but a way of reshaping Catholicism as well. 

Dr. Eire is  a world-renowned scholar of the history of Christianity. He received his Ph.D. from Yale in 1979, specializing in the cultural, intellectual, religious and social history of late medieval and early modern Europe with a focus on both the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, the history of death, the supernatural, and popular piety. Before joining the Yale faculty in 1996, Dr. Eire taught at the University of Virginia, St. John’s University in Minnesota, and was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton for two years. He is the past president of the Society for Reformation Research as well as a distinguished author. Currently, Dr. Eire is researching attitudes toward miracles in the 16th and 17th centuries. In 2016, he received the R.R. Hawkins Prize for Best Book of the Year from the American Publishers Association for his latest book, Reformations: The Early Modern World. 

Following the lecture, there will be a reception, sponsored in collaboration with the College’s Medieval and Early Modern Studies program. 

This event is the first installment of the College’s 2017-18 Presidential Lecture Series, a public forum in which important ethical, spiritual and human issues are illuminated and examined within the Catholic intellectual tradition. All events in the President’s Lecture Series at Assumption College are free and open to the public. RSVPs are encouraged due to limited space. To RSVP, please call Sharon Mahoney at 508.767.7322 or e-mail

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews