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Yerxa Lecture Series Welcomes Yale Professor Carlos Eire

Published: January 13, 2015

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Eastern Nazarene College will present a free history lecture by Yale University History and Religious Studies Professor Carlos Eire on February 19, 2015 at 7:00pm in the Ruth Cameron Auditorium located in the Mann Student Center. The lecture, which will address the topic “Did Miracles Ever Cease?”, is part of the annual Donald A. Yerxa Lecture in History series.

Carlos Eire specializes in the social, intellectual, religious, and cultural history of late medieval and early modern Europe, with a strong focus on both the Protestant and Catholic Reformations; the history of popular piety; and the history of death. Before joining the Yale faculty in 1996, he taught at St. John’s University in Minnesota and the University of Virginia, and was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton for two years. He is the author of War Against the Idols: The Reformation of Worship From Erasmus to Calvin(1986); From Madrid to Purgatory: The Art and Craft of Dying in Sixteenth Century Spain(1995); A Very Brief History of Eternity(2010); and co-author of Jews, Christians, Muslims: An Introduction to Monotheistic Religions(1997). He has also ventured into the twentieth century and the Cuban Revolution in the memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana(2003), which won the National Book Award in Nonfiction in the United States (2003) and has been translated into more than a dozen languages – but is banned in Cuba.His latest memoir, Learning to Die in Miami(2010), explores the exile experience.

A past president of the Society for Reformation Research, Professor Eire is currently on the editorial board of the journal Church Historyand the publications committee of Yale University Press. He is now writing a survey history of the Reformation era and researching attitudes toward miracles in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

The Donald A. Yerxa Lecture in Historywas established in 2010 to honor the career of Yerxa, who taught at ENC from 1977 to 2014. An ENC graduate, Yerxa served in a number of capacities at the college, including as chair of the History Department and director of the Pre-Law and Honors programs. He received multiple awards for teaching excellence and received ENC’s Alumni Achievement Award in 2004. In 2009, he was named professor emeritus of History.



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