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Lecture Series Begins October 8

This fall, the Smith College Department of Religion is pleased to host Torrance Kirby as the 2013-2014 Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Professor in Renaissance Studies.

Torrance Kirby (B.A., University of King’s College, Halifax, ’77; M.A., Dalhousie University, ’80; D.Phil., Christ Church, Oxford University, ’88) is Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Director of the Centre for Research on Religion at McGill University, Montreal. He is a life member of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and since 1996 has been a member of the Princeton Centre of Theological Inquiry. His principal field of research is Reformation thought, especially that of Richard Hooker, Peter Martyr Vermigli, Heinrich Bullinger, and other 16th-century Protestant thinkers; his most recent publications examine theological links between England and the continent in the sixteenth century where his work concentrates on the influence in England of the Italian, Swiss and French reformers. His research also focuses on the history of Christian Platonism, in the Patristic as well as in the late-medieval and early-modern periods. Currently he is investigating the emergence of the public sphere in early-modern England in the context of preaching at the outdoor pulpit at Paul's Cross in the City of London.

Professor Kirby's recent publications include Persuasion and Conversion: Religion, Politics and the Public Sphere in Early Modern England (2013), The Zurich Connection and Tudor Political Theology (2007), and Richard Hooker, Reformer and Platonist (2005). He is also the editor of A Companion to Richard Hooker (2008), Richard Hooker and the English Reformation (2003), and co-editor of A Companion to Peter Martyr Vermigli (2009) and Paul’s Cross and the Culture of Persuasion, 1520-1640 (forthcoming 2014).

This fall, Professor Kirby teaches REL 237: Colloquium: Christianity and Culture: Topic: Reformation Thought.

Please join us for the Kennedy lecture series, “Preaching at Paul’s Cross: Religion, Politics and the Public Sphere in Tudor London”:

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Paul’s Cross and the Culture of Persuasion:
Tudor Origins of the Early-Modern Public Sphere

5:00 pm, Graham Auditorium/Hillyer Hall, Brown Fine Arts Center

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Public Conversion: Erasmian reform and
Richard Smyth's 'Retractation' at Paul's Cross, 1547

5:00 pm, Graham Auditorium/Hillyer Hall, Brown Fine Arts Center

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Politics and Hermeneutics: John Jewel’s ‘Great Challenge’, 1559
5:00 pm, Graham Auditorium/Hillyer Hall, Brown Fine Arts Center

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Kennedy Lectures, 2011-2012

Kennedy Lectures, 2012-2013

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