Theology and the Arts

"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. 

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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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"Engaging Eliot: Four Quartets in Word, Color, and Sound" Celebration of Art and Faith Opening Lecture and Performance

Monday, January 28, 2013 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Duke Chapel
Christina Carnes, christina.carnes@duke.edu or (479) 366-2350

Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA) at Duke Divinity School will present "Engaging Eliot: Four Quartets in Word, Color, and Sound," a multi-faceted celebration of art and faith exploring the poetry of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. This set of poems by Eliot are considered a masterpiece of modern English literature that transcends its particular era and social location to inspire new generations of creative and spiritual thinkers.

The centerpiece of the celebration will be a grand exhibition of paintings (QU4RTETS) mounted in Duke Chapel and created by internationally known artists Makoto Fujimura and Bruce Herman. The exhibition will be open to the public Jan. 28 – Feb. 9 from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily.

The Jan. 28 opening night of the exhibition will feature a performance of Christopher Theofanidis’s quintet, "Stillpoint," a piece commissioned in collaboration with the visual artists’ work. Other events will surround these presentations, including a colloquium on Eliot, art, and faith organized by Jeremy Begbie, director of DITA and the Thomas A. Langford Research Professor of Theology at the Divinity School.

The celebration is open to the Divinity School and Duke University communities. Due to the generosity of supporters, all events are free.

Advance registration is highly recommended.

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Duke Chapel to Host U.S. Premiere of New St. Luke Passion

The Divinity School commissions a new work by James MacMillan
Friday, February 15, 2013

On Palm Sunday 2014, Duke Chapel will host the U.S. premiere of a new St. Luke Passion by Scottish composer James MacMillan.

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On Palm Sunday evening 2014, Duke University Chapel will host the U.S. premiere of a new St. Luke Passion by Scottish composer James MacMillan.

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