2017 Colloquium: "Calvin and the early Reformation"

16-18 March 2017 - Baylor university


As we approach the 500-year anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, the Calvin Studies Society is focusing on the milieu in which Calvin existed. What influential people and writings shaped Calvin? What events occurred which might have impacted Calvin's life and thought? What was "in the air" in the Europe of the 1520s and 1530s? Join us for the next CSS Colloquium as we explore these topics!

To download a full-color copy of the Colloquium poster to print for your department, organization, or church, please click HERE.


Attending the 2017 Colloquium:

  1. Register HERE for the Colloquium.

  2. While rooms at the Residence Inn Waco are sold out, the La Quinta Inn has double rooms available. Please call 254-752-9741, and ask for the "Baylor rate." If you are interested in finding a roommate to share a hotel room, please contact the Secretary and indicate whether you are seeking a male or female roommate.

  3. Plan your travel. HERE is a link to a Google map of Baylor University's campus.

Colloquium registration cost:

Standard: $80 ($70, early bird rate until February 1)
Graduate student: $40
Partner/spouse: $30
Single day: $30

Look over the schedule and list of presentations below - we look forward to seeing you at the Colloquium!


(a more detailed schedule will be provided to attendees upon arrival)

Thursday 16 March 2017

10:00    Calvin Studies Society Board Meeting
11:00-1:00    Arrivals and Registration
1:00-1:30    Welcome
1:30-2:45    Session 1: James K. Farge
3:00-4:15    Session 2: Jonathan Reid, East Carolina University
4:30-6:00    Session 3: Roundtable: Calvin and the “New Calvinism”

Friday 17 March 2017

9:00-10:15:    Session 4: Carrie Klaus, DePauw University
10:30-11:45   Session 5: John Thompson, Fuller Theological Seminary
1:00-2:15    Session 6: Brian Brewer, Baylor University
2:30-4:00    Session 7: Greta Grace Kroeker, University of Waterloo
4:30-6:00    Session 8: Current and Recent Dissertation Research
6:00-6:30    Calvin Studies Society Business Meeting
6:30-8:00    Banquet Dinner

Saturday 18 March 2017

9:00-10:15    Session 9: Barbara Pitkin, Stanford University
10:30    Discussion over coffee and brunch


James K. Farge (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies): "The Intellectual, Legal, and Political milieu in France in the Early Years of John Calvin"

James K. Farge is a Fellow of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto. He is the author of the two volume work Religion, Reformation, and Repression in the Reign of Francis I: Documents from the Parlement of Paris, 1515–1547 (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2015), editor of Students and Teachers at the University of Paris (2006) and also of two volumes of the proceedings of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Paris (1990, 1994).


Jonathan Reid (East Carolina University): "The Meaux Group in the Making of John Calvin"

Jonathan A. Reid is Associate Professor of Renaissance and Reformation History at East Carolina University. He is author of King’s Sister—Queen of Dissent: Marguerite of Navarre (1492–1549) and Her Evangelical Network (Leiden: Brill, 2009), co-editor of Neo-Latin and the Humanities: Essays in Honour of Charles Fantazzi (Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2014), and since 2010 assistant editor of the journal Explorations in Renaissance Culture.  He is working on a study of the rise of the Reformed churches in the French cities from 1520 to 1563.

Carrie Klaus (DePauw University): "Jeanne de Jussie, the Sisters of St. Clare, and Resistance to Reformers in Geneva in the 1520s and 1530s"

Carrie F. Klaus is Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Modern Languages in French at DePauw University. Her areas of interest include French-language women writers of the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries and exchanges among French and English women writers during this period.  She is the translator of the first full-length English-language version of Jeanne de Jussie's Short Chronicle (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006), a narrative of the Protestant Reformation of Geneva, and has published articles on Jussie, on Germaine de Staël, and on Brussels-born writer and translator Cornélie Wouters.

John Thompson (Fuller Theological Seminary): "Councils, Confessions, Conscience, and Exegesis in the Early Calvin"

John L. Thompson is Professor of Historical Theology and the Gaylen and Susan Byker Professor of Reformed Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary.  His research and writing interests focus on the history of biblical interpretation, gender issues, and the theology and exegesis of John Calvin in particular.  Notable publications include Writing the Wrongs: Women of the Old Testament among Biblical Commentators from Philo through the Reformation (Oxford, 2001), Reading the Bible with the Dead: What You Can Learn from the History of Exegesis That You Can't Learn from Exegesis Alone (Eerdmans, 2007), and the initial volume of The Reformation Commentary on Scripture (InterVarsity Press, 2012), on Genesis 1-11.

Brian Brewer (Baylor University): “‘Those Satanic Anabaptists’: Calvin, Soul Sleep, and the Search for an Anabaptist Nemesis”

Brian C. Brewer is Associate Professor of Christian Theology at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University.  His areas of research include the worship and sacramental theologies of the Reformation period and the interactions between radical and magisterial reformers.  He is the author of A Pledge of Love: The Anabaptist Sacramental Theology of Balthasar Hubmaier (Paternoster Press, 2012) and the forthcoming Martin Luther and the Seven Sacraments (Baker Academic, 2017).


Greta Grace Kroeker (University of Waterloo): "Calvin and Erasmus"

Greta Grace Kroeker is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.  She is the author of Erasmus in the Footsteps of Paul (University of Toronto Press, 2011) and co-editor of Religious Diasporas in Early Modern Europe: Strategies of Exile (Pickering & Chatto, 2014).  She is currently working on a project on Religious Compromise during the Age of Reform.

Barbara Pitkin (Stanford University): "Calvin on the Early Reformation"

Barbara Pitkin is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at Stanford University and President of the Calvin Studies Society. She is the author of What Pure Eyes Could See: Calvin's Doctrine of Faith in Its Exegetical Context (Oxford University Press, 1999) and co-editor of The Formation of Clerical and Confessional Identities in Early Modern Europe (Brill, 2006). Her research focuses on the history of biblical interpretation and early modern understandings of history.