“Fearless Women Fighters and Writers for Their Faith in 16th and 17th Century Germany”



Free lecture on March 27, 7 to 8:15 p.m. Celebrate fearless females during Women’s History (“Herstory”) Month of March.

Mostly Books, 6208 E. Speedway (west of Wilmot),  (520) 571-0110

Join us on March 27th from 7:00 – 8:15 PM for our first Fearless Women lecture. This group explores feisty and audacious women from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. March 27th’s lecture will be given by Dr. Albrecht Classen from the University of Arizona. Dr. Classen will be speaking about Fearless Women Fighters and Writers of their Faith in 16th and 17th Century Germany, specifically Argula Von Grumbach and Anna Ovena Hoyes. Here is a briefly glimpse of what will be covered:

While most people will think only of male writers from the time of the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Counter Reformation, this was not always the case. As recent research has demonstrated, during those turbulent times German women had many opportunities to come forward and to speak and write their mind about matters of faith. While Argula von Grumbach struggled hard, and for some time quite successfully, for the Protestant Reformation in Bavaria (until ca. 1530), Anna Ovena Hoyers emerged as a major voice in the efforts by Anabaptists and other alternative sectarian groups to maintain their own position within the ever more orthodox Protestant Church in northern Germany. Argula enjoyed major success with her broadsheets for a few years, but then her voice simply disappeared, probably muted by the authorities. Anna Ovena Hoyers found some support even among the duchess of her territory, but eventually she had to go into exile in Sweden, where she composed her most important collections of religious poems, published, however, only in Amsterdam.

This is sure to be an incredible lecture with a Q and A to follow. This event is open to the public and free, so bring all of your friends and learn about fearless women who have contributed to history.

RSVP recommended due to limited seating: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/fearless-women-fighters-and-writers-for-their-faith-tickets-10663700415

Carolyn’s note:  this is a lecture by my husband UA Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen (German Studies Dept.), whom I have been married to for almost 30 years.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. About 30 people listened to this fascinating talk about the Protestant Reformation in Europe and German Argula von Grumbach, who wrote Protestant broadsheets, claiming that women could study and discuss theology. Anna Ovena Hoyers emerged as a major voice in the efforts by Anabaptists, in the more orthodox Protestant Church in northern Germany. It was amazing to hear how strong and resilient these women were considering the male patriarchal society in the churches at that time.

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