Today I also led a small group discussion about some research I've been doing. I did 97% of it in an inelegant but understandable German, which was an accomplishment in itself. Often these little presentations are chances to read an essay to a group and get feedback. But I didn't want to do that. Instead, I shared some pages of surprising things I recently found when I was perusing some of Wartburg Seminary's rare books. One source was a commentary on Paul by the humanist Faber Stapulensis (1515) and the other came from an edition of St. Jerome published by Erasmus (1516). I started by saying, "In this presentation, I want to learn more than talk." This was maybe a risky thing to do, because--like everyone else--academics like to show expertise and know that the person talking has said expertise. In contrast, I started with ignorance. But the conversation happened just the way I hoped. I learned things from my questions, I shared my thoughts and research, and gained new ideas about the subject. I'll give a slightly more formal talk on a similar theme on Wednesday, so I still have time to show off, too. :)
Throughout the day, from my morning walk to the lecture hall, to the Kaffeepause and lunch, and on to a little happy hour, dinner, and evening hang out time, I enjoyed lots of great company and conversation. I capped it off with a late stroll around town, which is what I did a lot when I was in Wittenberg for some months while I worked on my dissertation. I talked to the Bugenhagen statue (again). A couple hours before that, I took this picture of the sun setting behind the City Church from my window. It's a good summary of my day. Peace.