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As Europe woke from the Dark Ages, it was prepared to revolutionize science, art, trade, and governance. It was not, however, ready to abandon its belief in witches, as Brooklyn College history professor Teofilo Ruiz explains in a lecture, “The Witch Hunt in Early Modern Europe, 1486-1650.” Thousands of women were tortured and killed during the period, often for alleged crimes (causing impotence, copulating with the devil) that twisted women’s age-old association with fertility into a mark of depravity. At 8 p.m. at the Museum of American History’s Carmichael Auditorium, 14th & Constitution Ave. NW. $17. For reservations call (202) 357-3030. (MJ)