Speaker to Explore Global Perspectives on the Reformation Oct. 30 at Southeast


Mike Malone, a doctoral candidate in early modern European history at Saint Louis University, will present “A Global Perspective on European History in the Age of Reformations” Monday, Oct. 30, at Southeast Missouri State University. The presentation recognizes the 500th anniversary of the “95 Theses.”

The event, sponsored by the Department of History, is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom B. It is free and open to the public.

Five hundred years ago, on Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther invited theological conversation and academic debate with his publication of the “95 Theses.” In the 19th century, a dominant historical narrative emerged that supported perceptions of the Reformation as a seismic revolutionary shift from medieval to modern and a catalyst for all other historical accounts. Today, historians generally consider the Reformation “socially too narrow, and geographically too small” to support those perceptions. This talk will trace the development and decline of historical accounts of the Reformation to demonstrate the value of a global perspective on European history in the age of reformations.

Malone focuses his research on the changing ways of knowing a world growing increasingly complex through global interactions at the turn of the 16th century. His dissertation engages studies by German physicians whose intellectual interests outside the field of medicine were stimulated by these worldwide interactions.

He received a Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and a master’s degree in history from the University of Chicago. He serves as pastor of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau and is a member of the Cabinet of the Interfaith Council of Greater St. Louis. Malone has taught courses at Southeast Missouri State University since 2012 on global history and civilization as well as African history and civilization. He has presented at several academic conferences on many intellectual and cultural historical topics, including the history of medicine.