Theology and the Arts

Dean's Songwriter Series Features Concert with Pierce Pettis and Grace Pettis

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 7:30pm
Alumni Memorial Common Room
zkoons@div.duke.edu

The first concert in the Dean's Songwriter Series at Duke Divinity School will feature legendary singer-songwriter Pierce Pettis and his daughter, acclaimed musician Grace Pettis. The free concert is open to the community.

The aim of the series sponsored by Divinity School Dean Richard Hays is to invite songwriters whose work expresses Christian faith to perform at the school, engage in conversation about their craft of songwriting, and reflect on the themes articulated in the poetry of their lyrics.

Pierce Pettis, who has released nine albums, and his daughter Grace typify the American folk tradition. Both he and his daughter have won the New Folk Award at the Kerrville Folk Festival.

The elder Pettis is known for his thoughtful, poetic lyrics, as well as his earnest, warm voice. He was a member of the “Fast Folk” movement in New York in the mid-1980’s, and has been writing and releasing solo albums ever since. His latest is titled “That Kind of Love” (2009). His daughter has released two albums and has received numerous accolades in her career, including being awarded Best Song honors on NPR’s Mountain Stage NewSong Contest for “Nine to Five Girl.” Her second album, “Two Birds,” was released last September (2012).

 

"Engaging Eliot" Events Celebrate Art and Faith

Monday, February 11, 2013

A visual and musical celebration of T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets featured art, music, and lectures.

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On Jan. 28, Duke Initiatives in Theology and Arts (DITA) premiered QU4RTETS, a visual and musical celebration of T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, in Duke Chapel.

A multifaceted engagement of art and faith, the opening night featured a display of 16 original works by painters Bruce Herman and Makoto Fujimura; a performance of “At the Still Point,” a quintet by Christopher Theofanidis commissioned for the event; and lectures by the artists. 

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"Beyond 'Creativity': Expanding the Intersection of Theology and the Imagination" Lecture with James K.A. Smith

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
0016 Westbrook Building
joelle.hathaway@gmail.com

The Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts will present a public lecture by James K.A. Smith offering a philosophical account of the imagination and drawing on the phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty.

Smith is a professor of philosophy at Calvin College, where he holds the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology & Worldview. He also serves as editor of Comment magazine and is a senior fellow for The Colossian Forum on Faith, Science and Culture.

Smith will explore how a less romantic understanding of imagination can yield new frontiers for engagement between theology and the arts by drawing from his own work, including his two-volume Cultural Liturgies series project, Desiring the Kingdom and Imagining the Kingdom.

There will be an audience question and answer session after the lecture.

No registration required.

DITA Brown-Bag Lunch Discussion with James K.A. Smith

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm
0014 Westbrook Building
joelle.hathaway@gmail.com

Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts at Duke Divinity School will host a brown-bag lunch discussion with James K.A. Smith, author of Desiring the Kingdom and Imagining the Kingdom.

He will provide an overview of his Cultural Liturgies book series, a project which examines desire and imagination through their liturgical formation and possibilities, during this public discussion. 

Smith is a professor of philosophy at Calvin College, where he holds the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology & Worldview. He also serves as editor of Comment magazine and is a senior fellow for The Colossian Forum on Faith, Science and Culture.

"Engaging Eliot: Four Quartets in Word, Color, and Sound" Celebration of Art and Faith Academic Colloquium

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
0016 Westbrook Building, Duke Divinity School
christina.carnes@duke.edu or (479) 366-2350

Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts will host an academic colloquium as a part of its "Engaging Eliot: Four Quartets in Word, Color, and Sound" series, a multi-faceted celebration of art and faith exploring the poetry of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets.

The colloquium will feature professors Michael Moses of the Duke Department of English, Gennifer Weisenfeld of the Duke Art, Art History, and Visual Studies Department, and the Divinity School's Dean Richard Hays. Ellen Davis, professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School, will moderate.

The colloquium will focus on the way in which Eliot's poetic vision can be explored in word, color, and sound. The free event is open to the Divinity and Duke communities. Registration is recommended.

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Brown-bag Lunch Discussion for Students on "Engaging Eliot: Four Quartets in Word, Color, and Sound" Celebration of Art and Faith

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 12:15pm
0015 Westbrook
christina.carnes@duke.edu or (479) 366-2350

Internationally known artists Makoto Fujimura and Bruce Herman will discuss with students how creative works by artists such as T.S. Eliot are catalytic for future development in the arts.

The discussion is part of "Engaging Eliot: Four Quartets in Word, Color, and Sound," a multi-faceted celebration of art and faith exploring the poetry of Eliot’s Four Quartets sponsored by the Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts at Duke Divinity School.

The centerpiece of the celebration is a grand exhibition of paintings (QU4RTETS) by the two artists mounted in Duke Chapel.

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Documentary on Duke in Cambridge

Theology and the Arts in Dialogue
Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Interviews with James MacMillan, Ellen Davis, and Jeremy Begbie among others feature in this three-part documentary on "Duke in Cambridge"—Holy Week 2012.

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During Holy Week 2012, the Duke-Cambridge Collaboration, led by Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts Director Jeremy Begbie, met in conjunction with the Easter at King's celebration.

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New Assistant Appointed

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Amber Noel, a recent M.Div. graduate of the Divinity School, has been appointed as assistant to the director of DITA.

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Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts has announced that Amber Noel, a recent M.Div. graduate of the Divinity School, has been appointed as assistant to the director of DITA. 

Amber is a writer, professional administrator, theologian-in-training, and youth minister at All Saints Anglican Church, Durham. With a wide range of intellectual interests, she has already been a keen and energetic supporter of theology and the arts initiatives at the Divinity School.

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Art, Imagination and Christian Hope

Patterns of Promise
Monday, December 10, 2012

A new collection of essays co-edited by DITA Director Jeremy Begbie has been published.

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Ashgate has released the latest title in its series Ashgate Studies in Theology, Imagination and the Arts.

Art, Imagination and Christian Hope: Patterns of Promise is co-edited by DITA's Director, Jeremy Begbie, with Trevor Hart and Gavin Hopps of the University of St. Andrews.

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