VILLANOVA, Pa. – Craig Harline, PhD, professor of History at Brigham Young University, is the featured speaker at the ninth annual Lore Kephart ’86 Distinguished Historians Lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center at Villanova University. His lecture, “A World Ablaze: The Rise of Martin Luther and the Birth of the Reformation,” is a discussion of his book of the same title—to be published this fall by Oxford University Press, marking 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg and launched the Protestant Reformation.
Dr. Harline, the author of nine books, focuses his research on religious life in western Europe during the Reformation. He has received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Catholic University of Louvain, the University of Antwerp He has lectured at numerous universities in the U.S. and Europe, and his books have been featured on The Today Show, Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, National Public Radio and dozens of other television and radio programs in the U.S. and western Europe.
Dr. Harline earned a PhD in European History from Rutgers University in 1986, and has been at Brigham Young University since 1992. He teaches courses on the Reformation, the History of Civilization, History of Christianity and seminars on such topics as Miracles, Tolerance, Cultural Change and the Christian Missionary Tradition. In 1996 and 2001 he was a visiting professor and research fellow at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, in 2006 a research fellow at the University of Antwerp, and in 2011 a research fellow at the Belgian Academy in Brussels.
The Lore Kephart '86 Distinguished Historians Lecture Series was established in memory of Lore Kephart '86 through an endowment to the University by her husband Horace L. Kephart. The event is free and open to the public.