Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts
Duke Divinity School
407 Chapel Drive
Duke Box #90968
Durham, NC 27708-0968
Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA) promotes a vibrant interplay between Christian theology and the arts by encouraging transformative leadership and enriching theological education in the Church, academy, and society.
The initiative was established in 2009 by its current director, Jeremy Begbie, a leading voice in the conversation between faith and the arts. Since then, DITA has established graduate-level courses in theology and the arts, a bi-annual distinguished lecture series, an artist-in-residence program, concerts and exhibitions, and a major trans-Atlantic collaboration with the University of Cambridge. In addition, the initiative supports the work of doctoral students and a post-doctoral associate.
Through these programs, DITA promotes and encourages rigorous scholarly work and effective, imaginative teaching that fosters the biblical vision of a new creation in Jesus Christ. DITA shows how the arts can be powerful media of theological truth.
Faculty & Staff
Jeremy Begbie, Director
Jeremy Begbie is the inaugural holder of the Thomas A. Langford Research Professorship in Theology. He teaches systematic theology, and he specializes in the interface between theology and the arts. His particular research interests are in the interplay between music and theology. Professor Begbie spends one semester each year (currently spring) at Duke Divinity School and the other semester at Cambridge. He is also senior member at Wolfson College, Cambridge, and an affiliated lecturer in the faculty of music at the University of Cambridge. (Full Biography and Speaking Engagements)
Daniel Train, Assistant Director
Daniel Train has served as a postdoctoral associate for DITA since 2013. He received his Ph.D. in English from Baylor University with a concentration in Religion and Literature. He has published articles on authors as varied as the Venerable Bede, Ernest Hemingway and Irish poet Eavan Boland, and he is completing a manuscript entitled Regarding Beauty: Flannery O’Connor and the Hermeneutics of Peace. Dr. Train teaches a variety of courses on the intersection of theology and the arts, and he has worked closely with students and faculty throughout the divinity school to create further opportunities for engagement with the arts.
Mary Jo Clancy, Administrative Assistant
Mary Jo Clancy brings her life-long interest in visual and auditory arts, her skills in administrative support and her desire to serve as a member of God's kingdom together in her role as administrative assistant for Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts. Most recently, she was in a similar position for the Duke Center for Reconciliation.