Theology and the Arts

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.


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.

For more information, please contact Tanner Capps.

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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.


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

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.


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.


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

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.

Artist Ethan Jackson to Speak about his ‘Camera Obscura’ Art Exhibit on Display in Cloister Walk

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Westbrook Building and Goodson Chapel

Artist Ethan Jackson will speak and answer questions about his pinhole camera exhibit, "Camera Obscura," that will be on display in the Westbrook hallway (the Cloister Walk) beginning March 7-8 and throughout the spring semester.

The talk begins in Goodson Chapel at 3:30 p.m.

The art exhibit is sponsored by the Art, Art History & Visual Studies Department at Duke, and co-sponsored by the Arts and Aesthetics Committee of Duke Divinity School. It is one of nine art projects that the committee has been working on for display in in the school over the last year.


Melvin Butler on Crossing Boundaries with Music

Interview with Professor/Jazz Saxophonist Melvin Butler
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The body of Christ is an extraordinarily diverse place, and music has great potential to reach people in the midst of their differences, says the ethnomusicologist and jazz saxophonist.

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