The University of Arizona Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies, with St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church, are preparing for the annual summer lecture series, “Keeping Time in Early Modern Europe.”

The series, free and open to the public, will be held from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Sunday and Aug. 10, 17 and 24 in the Bloom Music Center at St. Philip’s, 4440 N. Campbell Ave. at River Road.

In the transitional 16th century, European people reckoned the passage of time in various ways. Sometimes they combined two or more ways — but all were connected with their religious beliefs.

This year’s lecture series will present four of these ways of measuring the passage of life:

  • By the human life cycle, from birth through maturity to death (Kristen Coan, M.A. student, Aug. 3).
  • By the medieval Catholic ecclesiastical calendar, which was only initially taken into emerging Protestantism and then mainly rejected (Cory Davis, M.A. student, Aug. 10).
  • Through the eyes of Pope Gregory XIII and his advisers, who ended the Julian calendar in 1582 (UA division director Susan Karant-Nunn, Aug. 17).
  • By observing the heavens, whether scientifically or from a belief in astrology (David Neufeld, Ph.D. student, Aug. 24).

These lectures provide an opportunity for scholars training in the field to prepare a project and present their work to a large audience at St. Philip’s. They also include a UA division director.

For more information contact Luise Betterton, program coordinator, UA Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies at 626-5448.