November 9-10, 2017. ” ‘Here I Stand:’ Showing Civil Courage in the Face of Controversy”, 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses


Please join us for ” ‘Here I Stand:’ Showing Civil Courage in the Face of Controversy,” commemorating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses (31 October 1517).  In this two-day event series on Nov. 9th and 10th, we invite you to learn about Luther’s life and the importance of showing civil​ courage, especially today: If one wants to improve society, one needs to be willing to speak up for change and to work with people of differing mindsets to realize it. ​
Thursday, 9 November, 6-8:15 p.m., Hendrix Theater, Premiere Wellness Passport Event:
Join us as we view the documentary  Empires: Martin Luther (Cassian Harrison, 20020) contextualizing Luther’s life and impact. With introductory remarks by Dr. Michael Gross (ECU, History).
Friday, 10 November, 2-3:15 p.m., Jenkins Fine Arts Bldg., Room 1220. Premiere Wellness Passport Event:  Join us for a round table discussion featuring ECU student leaders involved in work designed to improve society for all of our fellow citizens. Upon conclusion of the discussion, we will adjourn to the space just outside Mendenhall/Destination 360, where anyone who wants to do so will be encouraged to write his/her suggestion for how to improve society on a note card, which we will laminate and then affix to the fence (as a way of commemorating the posting of Luther’s Theses).

Please contact Prof. David Smith (, 328-5524, if you have questions regarding these events, which are free and open to the public.