Randall Wallace on Faith and Storytelling
Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts is presenting "Theology and the Arts: Conversation and Film with Randall Wallace," a public lecture Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in Westbrook 0014. Registration is not required.
Wallace, a distinguished screenwriter, director, producer, songwriter, and Duke alumnus (T'71), will share film clips and talk about faith and storytelling.
Born in Tennessee, Wallace studied for a year at the Divinity School and has also served on the Divinity School Board of Visitors. After studying at Duke, he worked as a songwriter, performer, and television screenwriter, and eventually gained widespread accolades for writing Braveheart, the 1995 film that won five Oscars. His works also include We Were Soldiers, The Man in the Iron Mask, Pearl Harbor, and Secretariat.
In a 2005 article in Divinity Magazine, Wallace discussed the importance of faith in his work, saying, "I always felt that the study of religion was a purer science of humanity than any of the other humanities. If you find what people truly hold as sacred, then you understand them in a way that you don’t if you try to analyze them according to psychological theories or any of the other humanities. Human beings think with their hearts, not with their heads."