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2019 Summer Lecture Series – “News and Propaganda in the Early Modern Period”


Sunday, August 11
News in the Time of Pestilence: Communication, Conspiracy, and Plague in Early Modern Geneva
Kristen Coan Howard, doctoral student

The invention of the printing press with movable type fundamentally changed the way information was spread in the early modern world and opened up the possibility of news reaching more people more quickly than before. However, just as with social media today, the printing press proved to be a mixed blessing. Especially during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, religious strife resulted in the dissemination of vitriol and propaganda. During the eighteenth century, the rise of literacy in many societies meant that the ideas of the Enlightenment rapidly spread through the printed word. Throughout the early modern period, however, the majority of the population remained illiterate, and as a result, media like images and the oral dissemination of information continued to be essential factors. The 2019 summer lectures will explore different media events in early modern Europe.

Ute Lotz-Heumann, Director of the Division and Heiko A. Oberman Professor of Late Medieval and Reformation History, and Beth Plummer, Susan C. Karant-Nunn Professor of Reformation and Early Modern European History, will contextualize and comment on each of the following lectures.

This is the second of four lectures to be presented on August 4, 11, 18, and 25.

St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church
Murphey Gallery
4440 N. Campbell Avenue

Contact Information:
Luise Betterton
Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies
The University of Arizona

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