Theology and the Arts

Fall 2014 Classes in Theology and the Arts

Monday, August 11, 2014

Theology and Arts classes this fall will concentrate on literature and the image.

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This fall, the Divinity School will offer two courses in theology and the arts. Thomas Pfau, Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of English at Duke, with secondary appointments in Germanic Languages & Literatures and at the Divinity School, will be offering a course on theology and aesthetics, titled “Incomprehensible Certainty: Iconic Vision and Theological Aesthetics.” This new course will follow the evolving aesthetics of the image, from Plato to St.

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Matthew Milliner on “Visual Ecumenism”

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Art history professor will lecture Nov. 13 on how visual arts have fostered unity within the church.

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On Nov. 13, Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts will welcome Matthew Milliner, assistant professor of art history at Wheaton College, for a lecture entitled “Towards a Visual Ecumenism.” The lecture will investigate junctures in the history of Christianity where visual art transcended verbal disagreements and fostered unity within the church. It will also attempt to demonstrate how “visual ecumenism” can provide an investigation into places where verbal theology stalls.

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Malcolm Guite, Artist-in-Residence

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The poet and musician will start in Sept. as the school's first artist-in-residence.

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Beginning this September, Duke Divinity School will host Rev. Dr. Malcolm Guite for a month-long artist residency.

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Malcolm Guite Opening Lecture on George Herbert's Poem "Love"

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 12:30pm
Alumni Memorial Common Room, 152 Langford Building
mjclancy@div.duke.edu

Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts at Duke Divinity School will welcome Malcolm Guite as the 2014 Visiting Artist in Residence by sponsoring an opening daytime lecture on George Herbert titled "Three Responses to 'Love.'" The lecture will reflect on Herbert's poem "Love" and how it has continued to inspire and influence both poets and theologians.

Guite, who is DITA's first visiting artist in residence, is known to many as the “Rockin’ Rev.” He serves as Bye-Fellow and chaplain at Girton College at the University of Cambridge, while supervising in English and theology. Guite is also the front man for the rhythm and blues band Mystery Train. His albums include "The Green Man" and "Dancing through the Fire." Guite has published four collections of poetry: Saying the Names (2002), The Magic Apple Tree (2004), Sounding the Seasons: Poetry for the Christian Year (2012), and most recently, The Singing Bowl (2013).

His theological works include What Do Christians Believe? and Faith, Hope and Poetry: Theology and the Poetic Imagination. His essay on literature and incarnation is included in Beholding the Glory: Incarnation Through the Arts.

Guite is a devout reader and scholar of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkein, and British poets, and finds inspiration in the works of The Band, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Gram Parsons, Steve Earle, and Bob Dylan.

Malcolm Guite Closing Lecture on Samuel Coleridge

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 7:30pm
Divinity School, Alumni Memorial Common Room
anoel@div.duke.edu

Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts will sponsor a closing lecture by its first visiting artist in residence, Malcolm Guite. He will present a lecture titled, "Mariner! Adventures of the Poem and the Poet." The presentation will focus on Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner," exploring its theological and ecological relevance today and showing how the plot interweaves with Coleridge's own life and conversion.

Guite, known to many as the “Rockin’ Rev,” serves as Bye-Fellow and chaplain at Girton College at the University of Cambridge, while supervising in English and theology. He is also the front man for the rhythm and blues band Mystery Train. His albums include "The Green Man" and "Dancing through the Fire." Guite has published four collections of poetry: Saying the Names (2002), The Magic Apple Tree (2004), Sounding the Seasons: Poetry for the Christian Year (2012), and most recently, The Singing Bowl (2013).

His theological works include What Do Christians Believe? and Faith, Hope and Poetry: Theology and the Poetic Imagination. His essay on literature and incarnation is included in Beholding the Glory: Incarnation Through the Arts.

Guite is a devout reader and scholar of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkein, and British poets, and finds inspiration in the works of The Band, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Gram Parsons, Steve Earle, and Bob Dylan.


Art History Lecture on 'Toward a Visual Ecumenism' with Matthew Milliner

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 5:15pm
Divinity School, Room TBA
anoel@div.duke.edu

Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts will host a lecture by Matthew Milliner, assistant professor of art history at Wheaton College, titled "Toward a Visual Ecumenism." The lecture will investigate junctures in the history of Christianity in which visual art played a role in transcending disagreement and fostering church unity.

Milliner specializes in Byzantine and medieval art, with a focus on how such images inform contemporary culture. He has published widely in academic and popular venues, and organized a symposium in 2014 at the Art Institute of Chicago, "Envisioning the Eucharist." He was recently appointed a member of the Curatorial Advisory Board of the U.S. Senate.

A Conversation with Poet, Priest, and Scholar Malcolm Guite

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 5:45pm to 7:15pm
York Room, Divinity School Library
stilley@div.duke.edu or (919) 660-3539

The Anglican Episcopal House of Studies at Duke Divinity School will sponsor an evening program featuring Malcolm Guite, a renowned poet, priest, and scholar. Guite, chaplain of Girton College, Cambridge, in the United Kingdom, will be the artist-in-residence with the Duke Initiatives on Theology and the Arts (DITA) during September.

The event is open to the public.

Dean’s Songwriter Series Concert with Malcolm Guite

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 7:30pm
Alumni Memorial Common Room, 152 Langford Building
zkoons@div.duke.edu

The Dean’s Songwriter Series will feature a concert with poet and singer-songwriter Malcolm Guite. The free concert is being sponsored by the Dean's Office and the Duke Initiatives on Theology and the Arts. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the concert starting half an hour later.

Guite, known to many as the “Rockin’ Rev,” serves as Bye-Fellow and chaplain at Girton College at the University of Cambridge, while supervising in English and theology.

He is also the front man for the rhythm and blues band Mystery Train. His albums include "The Green Man" and "Dancing through the Fire." Guite has published four collections of poetry: Saying the Names (2002), The Magic Apple Tree (2004), Sounding the Seasons: Poetry for the Christian Year (2012), and most recently, The Singing Bowl (2013).

His theological works include What Do Christians Believe? and Faith, Hope and Poetry: Theology and the Poetic Imagination. His essay on literature and incarnation is included in Beholding the Glory: Incarnation Through the Arts.

Guite is a devout reader and scholar of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkein, and British poets, and finds inspiration in the works of The Band, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Gram Parsons, Steve Earle, and Bob Dylan.

'Sounding the Passion' Opens New Doors for Theology and the Arts

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Two-year theology and arts collaboration between Duke and Cambridge ends with promise of more to come.

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"Sounding the Passion" in Photos

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Photos from the "Sounding the Passion" events are available on Flickr.

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