Theology and the Arts

"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.

Click here to register.

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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DITA sponsors Visual Theory and Theology Colloquium

Thursday, September 20, 2012

DITA is co-sponsoring an innovative new colloquium to foster interest in the interface between theology and visual theory.

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DITA has announced its co-sponsorship of a new Visual Theory and Theology Colloquium.

The mission of the Visual Theory and Theology Colloquium is to cultivate lively conversation and foster community among graduate students interested in visual theory, theology, and additional intersecting fields of research. The group seeks to accomplish this mission by scheduling monthly reading group discussions, holding roundtables, and hosting guest lecturers.

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DITA Presents Oliver Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen in a Two-Piano Concert

Monday, September 24, 2012

Goodson Chapel was filled to capacity for DITA director Dr. Jeremy Begbie and London-based pianist Cordelia Williams in a two-piano concert featuring Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen.

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Photo by Pilar Timpane.On August 28, Duke Divinity School’s Goodson Chapel was filled to capacity as Duke Initiatives in Theology and Arts presented DITA director Dr. Jeremy Begbie and London-based concert pianist Ms. Cordelia Williams in a two-piano concert featuring Oliver Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen.

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"A Concert for Two Pianos" Featuring Jeremy Begbie and Cordelia Williams

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Goodson Chapel, Duke Divinity School
Carol Rush, (919) 660-3456 or crush@div.duke.edu

Duke Initiatives in Theology and Arts will sponsor "A Concert for Two Pianos" featuring Jeremy Begbie, Thomas Langford Research Professor of Theology at Duke Divinity School, and Cordelia Williams, international pianist and fellow at Guildhall School of Music in the United Kingdom, performing "Presto" from Piano Concerto by Maurice Ravel and Visions de l'Amen by Olivier Messiaen.

There also will be an exhibition of photography by members of the Divinity School inspired by the music.

Admission to the concert is free. The concert will be followed by a dessert reception on the Bovender Terrace at the Divinity School.

The 2012 Duke-Cambridge Collaboration

Holy Week in Cambridge
Friday, May 18, 2012

This Easter, 25 members and friends of Duke Divinity School traveled to Cambridge, England for a week of theology and arts.

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Parish Clergy Recognize Book on Music and Theology

Friday, April 27, 2012

Resonant Witness, co-edited by Jeremy Begbie, has been selected as a top 2011 book.

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A recent book co-edited by DITA’s Director Jeremy Begbie has been honored by the Academy of Parish Clergy at their annual conference. Resonant Witness: Conversations between Music and Theology (Eerdmans) was selected by the Academy as one of the Top Ten Books for Parish Ministry published in 2011.

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Spring 2013 Artists' Residency and Exhibition at Duke

Makoto Fujimura and Bruce Herman to visit Duke Divinity School
Thursday, April 26, 2012

Two distinguished visual artists will visit Duke following a collaboration with Jeremy Begbie.

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Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts has announced that it has been awarded a grant by the Vice Provost for the Arts and the Council for the Arts to bring two internationally renowned and gifted artists to Duke Divinity School for a two-day residency in the spring semester 2013.

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Brown Bag Lunch and Discussion with Jewish Artist Debra Band

Monday, March 19, 2012

The artist will discuss her process, motivations, and purposes as a Jewish artist.

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Brown-Bag Lunch Featuring Jewish Artist Debra Band

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm
0013 Westbrook
stephanie.gehring@duke.edu

The Duke Initiative in Theology and the Arts is co-sponsoring a brown-bag lunch featuring Jewish artist Debra Band. She will speak about her artistic process, what motivates her as a Jewish artist, and why she creates Judaic artwork. There will be time for questions and discussion.

Band also will speak in an Old Testament course taught by Duke Divinity School Professor Ellen Davis.

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