Friday, Oct 19, 2018
3350 Campus Dr.
Thousand Oaks, CA
Dr. Ernst Tonsing will speak about his collection of maps. In his lecture, Dr. Tonsing will show how early map-makers, relying upon the reports of travelers and sailors, sometimes got their maps right, sometimes wrong, and sometimes very wrong, putting in rivers, mountains, fjords, borders, and islands where they ought to be, all populated with curly-tailed sea creatures, bull-human land creatures, and even dreaded cannibals, perhaps to scare off those who would sail off to remote Scandinavia.
The professor emeritus’s former students who are returning for Homecoming are welcome to attend. Tonsing taught religion, Greek and religious art at CLU from 1974 until his retirement in 2003. He has also lectured widely on the Dead Sea Scrolls, early Christian art and Martin Luther, and has also taught Greek at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo. A prolific writer on topics ranging from architecture to religion, he wrote two 50th anniversary books, one on the history of CLU and the other on Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks, where he has been a longtime member. Tonsing has traveled extensively throughout the world and, while at CLU, led several study tours throughout Greece and the Middle East.