History Scholar Featured in PBS Martin Luther Documentary

Lori Harwood
July 7, 2003

Professor Susan Karant-Nunn, history professor and the director of the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies, will be featured in a documentary about Martin Luther to be aired on Wednesday, July 9, on KUAT at 9 p.m. Karant-Nunn also will be on KUAT's "Arizona Illustrated" on Tuesday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m. to talk about the documentary.

Karant-Nunn, who recently received a Guggenheim fellowship, has written extensively about Martin Luther. She was a consultant and interviewee last year for "Martin Luther", which was originally released in the United Kingdom by LionTV. PBS then picked up the documentary.

According to a press release by CaraMar Media for PBS, "Martin Luther" brings to life the dramatic tale of how one man challenged the suffocating dominance of the Roman Catholic Church in the 16th century. The newest release in the highly acclaimed "Empires" series of historical programs, "Martin Luther" is narrated by Liam Neeson. Timothy West portrays the reflective elder Luther.

"Filmed across Europe -- from rustic rural Germany to the opulence of the Vatican City -- "Martin Luther" is produced, written, and directed by Emmy and Peabody Award-winning producer Cassian Harrison ("Beneath the Veil: Inside the Taliban's Afghanistan", "The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization", "Jerusalem: City of Heaven"). The film recreates a pivotal moment in the history of Western civilization. Luther's attack on the all-powerful Church was a knife to the heart of an empire that had endured for over a thousand years. Nailing his treatise to the doors of the Wittenberg Cathedral, the previously obscure German monk changed the world forever, unleashing forces that would plunge Europe into war and chaos. But Luther would do more than revolutionize the Church -- he offered the Christian world a new vision of man's relationship with God and, in turn, redefined man's relationship with authority in general."