Opening Convocation and Installation of Dean Hays

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The Aug. 31 event begins at 11:25 a.m. at Duke Chapel; a celebratory concert, The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, by Benjamin Britten, follows in Goodson Chapel at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Duke Divinity School’s 2010 Opening Convocation on Aug. 31 will include the installation of Richard B. Hays, George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament, as the school’s new dean by Duke University President Richard H. Brodhead.
Hays officially began his new duties July 1.

Opening Convocation, the first worship service of the academic year for the Divinity School community, will be from 11:25 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Duke Chapel. The convocation service includes the procession of the faculty and staff in academic regalia, and new faculty and staff will be welcomed. The event is open to the public.

The Duke community will continue its celebration at 7:30 p.m. in Goodson Chapel with a performance of The Holy Sonnets of John Donne by Benjamin Britten.

Dean Hays will introduce the free, public performance with reflections about the theology of Donne’s Holy Sonnets.

Elizabeth Linnartz, a lecturing fellow in Duke’s Department of Music, will be the soloist and also will present a short lecture, “Music and Meaning in Britten's Holy Sonnets,” prior to the musical performance. She will be accompanied on piano by Jeremy Begbie, the Thomas A. Langford Research Professor of Theology at the Divinity School.

The concert also marks the first event of the year for the Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts, which Begbie directs.

The evening will conclude with a reception on the Bovender Terrace. For details about Opening Convocation, call (919) 660-3539.