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Remnant Trust Returns to WTAMU with Nov. 9 Lecture

Oct. 30, 2017

CONTACT:    Dr. Kristina Drumheller, 806-651-2417, kdrumheller@wtamu.edu

Remnant Trust Returns to WTAMU with Nov. 9 Lecture

 

CANYON, Texas—The Remnant Trust returns to West Texas A&M University with a public lecture by Dr. Bruce Brasington on the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Legacy Hall.

The Remnant Trust is a public educational foundation that shares its rare books documents with colleges, universities and other organizations. The documents are not under lock and key in cases. Students and the public are encouraged to touch, feel and read these original works. The Remnant Trust has loaned 20 documents related to the Protestant Reformation to WTAMU so students, faculty, staff and visitors can experience these early documents for themselves.Dr. Bruce Brasington

Brasington, professor of history, will commemorate the 500th anniversary with his talk, “Here We Stand: The Reformation and the History of Freedom.” Brasington will examine the various ways Luther’s legacy has shaped our understanding, both in positive and negative ways, of freedom.

“We are excited to bring rare documents back to West Texas A&M University,” Dr. Byron Pearson, professor of history, said. “It is such an amazing opportunity to get these into the hands of our students and University guests.”

Brasington chose the books and documents for this year’s theme. One example is the earliest account of Martin Luther’s famous declaration of “Here I Stand” at the Diet of Worms in 1521.

“I wanted to select texts that told the story of the Reformation’s impact on our understanding of civic and personal freedom,” Brasington said.

The Department of History at WTAMU will partner with other departments on campus to bring different volumes commemorating historical moments and achievements. The fall of 2018 will feature the history of science, 2019 the Treaty of Versailles, and 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

The Remnant Trust documents are currently housed at the Museum of Texas Tech University. Brasington, a member of the WTAMU faculty since receiving his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1990, has published 50 scholarly articles, three books and an edited collection. He also has served as a visiting professor in Germany at the University of Dresden.

The Remnant Trust presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Kristina Drumheller at 806-651-2417 or kdrumheller@wtamu.edu.

—WTAMU—


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