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Jean Sturm, quand l'humanisme fait école

Salle d'exposition de la BNU (2e étage)
ENTREE LIBRE

  • Horaires d'ouverture:

Lundi 14h-18h
Du mardi au samedi 12h-18h

Commissaires de l’exposition: Matthieu Arnold, professeur à la Faculté de théologie protestante de Strasbourg et membre de l’Institut Universitaire de France, et Julien Collonges, bibliothécaire à la BNU.

Scénographie: Jean-Claude Goepp

Conception graphique: Sarah Lang (Agence French Co)

Catalogue de l'exposition :  256 p., 25 €

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Jean Sturm, quand l'humanisme fait école

11/10/2007 - 1/12/2007

Protestant Humanist, teacher and diplomat in the heart of the troubled century of the Reformation, Jean Sturm (1507-1589) is a major figure in the history of Strasbourg, and at the origin of its Protestant “Gymnase” school and its University.

To mark the 500th anniversary of his birth, the BNU and the Faculty of Protestant Theology at the Marc Bloch University are working together to rediscover the life and extensive work of a European who advocated tolerance and openness during the disturbed period of the Wars of Religion.

Who was Jean Sturm (1507-1589)?  

Jean Sturm is not particularly well known these days, and is often confused with his homonym Jacques Sturm (the famous Stettmeister of the city in the sixteenth century).  Yet Jean Sturm was a vitally important character in the history of Strasbourg, taking an active part in its political and cultural spread.  As the founder and first rector of the Protestant “Gymnasium” school, of the “Académie” educational authority, and subsequently – posthumously – of the University of Strasbourg, Jean Sturm lived through the troubled century of the Wars of Religion and took an active part in the rise of the Protestant Reformation.
As a Humanist, he developed his thinking and his action in many and varied areas of life: he was not only a teacher and a theologian; he was also a man of letters, an erudite, a rhetorician, publisher, diplomat and politician of international standing.
As a man of loving-kindness, his life was marked by a constant desire to advocate open-minded attitudes and religious tolerance, a dangerous task in an age when Catholics and Protestants were constantly at each other’s throats.

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Event

A Humanist passion
Dramatic stroll based on the life of Jean Sturm, by actors Alicia Fest-Kindler and Dominique Kling (lasts one hour).

  • Saturday, 13 October, at 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, 20 October, at 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10 November, at 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, 1 December, at 3 p.m.

Warning – limited number of places.  Register free of charge by phoning +33 (0)3 88 25 28 00 or e-mail to contact@bnu.fr

Audio guide through the exhibition

Listen to extracts, translated into French, of nearly thirty texts – letters, posters, prefaces, regulations, etc – presented in the exhibition.
These sound extracts are also available as audio guides at the exhibition.

Guided visits to the exhibition

  • Jean Sturm’s educational theory --- FULLY BOOKED ---
    by Matthieu Arnold, Professor at the Faculty of Protestant Theology in Strasbourg
    Tuesday, 23 October, at 5 p.m.
  • The quarrel with Marbach
    by Marc Lienhard, Honorary Dean of the Faculty of Protestant Theology in Strasbourg
    Wednesday 14 November, at 5 p.m.
  • The final years in Nordheim
    by Marc Lienhard, Honorary Dean of the Faculty of Protestant Theology in Strasbourg
    Thursday, 22 November, at 5 p.m.
  • Zell and the Reformation in Strasbourg
    by Michel Weyer, Professor Emeritus of the Theologische Hochschule in Reutlingen
    Thursday 29 November, at 5 p.m.

Warning – limited number of places.  Register free of charge by phoning +33 (0)3 88 25 28 00 or e-mailing contact@bnu.fr

On sale at the BNU

  • Jean Sturm. Quand l’humanisme fait école. Exhibition catalogue.  Strasbourg: Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire, 2007.  256 p., illustrated.
    Also contains a number of articles by specialist academics.
    Public price: 25 euros
  • Jean Sturm. De la bonne manière d’ouvrir des écoles de Lettres [éd. Georges Lagarrigue et Matthieu Arnold]. Strasbourg : Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg, 2007.  158 p. illustrated.
    Also contains a facsimile of the BNU’s copy of the original edition in Latin (1538).
    Public price: 22 euros

In addition to the exhibition

  • International colloquy: Jean Sturm (1507 - 1589) - diplomat, teacher, rhetorician and theologian
    11, 12 and 13 October 2007 – Faculty of Protestant Theology  (Marc Bloch University - Palais Universitaire – 9 Place de l'Université, Strasbourg)
    To mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of Jean Sturm, the Faculty of Protestant Theology in Strasbourg is organising an international colloquy.  It will be opened by Prof. Gérald Chaix, Rector of the education authority for the Strasbourg district, and Prof. Bernard Michon, President of Marc Bloch University, and will cover the following topics:
    • Sturm in Strasbourg and in Alsace
    • External relations
    • The teacher and his influence
    • Rhetoric
    • Aspects of Sturm’s political and theological work
  • Public lecture on Thursday, 11 October:  Jean Sturm’s educational project (1538) - originality and topicality, by Matthieu Arnold (GRENEP)
    8.15 p.m., Salle Koch at the Collegium Wilhelmitanum, 1b Quai St-Thomas, Strasbourg.
    Information and registration: +33 (0)3 88 25 97 36 – e-mail: grenep@umb.u-strasbg.fr
    Detailed programme on the Internet site of the Faculté de Théologie Protestante.

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