Alumni Memorial Common Room (152 Langford)
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Duke Divinity School will hold a farewell reception for David Arcus, who has served as the Divinity School organist for nearly 30 years. Arcus, a Duke University chapel organist and adjunct associate professor of sacred music, resigned from the position at the end of the fall semester.
Arcus has performed throughout the United States, in Europe, and in Great Britain. He also has won national awards in improvisation and composition, and several of his pieces are published by Concordia, Hinshaw, and Wayne Leupold Editions.
Light refereshements will be served at the reception.
Alumni Memorial Common Room, 152 Langford Building
The Duke Divinity School Office of the Dean will present internationally recognized singer/songwriter Carrie Newcomer as the featured performer in the next installment of the Dean’s Songwriter Series.
Doors open at 7 p.m. for the free concert. Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts is collaborating with the Dean's Office in hosting the public event.
Newcomer's music explores the intersection of the spiritual and the daily, the sacred and the ordinary. Over the course of her career, she has become a prominent voice for progressive spirituality, social justice, and interfaith dialogue.
The songwriter series is intended to deepen the conversation between theology and music at the school and in the wider community by exploring what particular gifts the American acoustic folk tradition might offer to theological imagination.
See details about Carrie Newcomer
0012 Westbrook Building
The Divinity Council at Duke Divinity School will hold its first meeting of 2014. Presentations to faculty and staff will include updates on the capital campaign and the Association of Theological Schools Self-Study. There also will be reports on admissions and the Master of Arts in Christian Practice curriculum.
0016 Westbrook Building
Duke Divinity School Dean Richard Hays will be deliver his annual "State of the School" address to students, faculty, and staff. He will speak about the current state of the school, priorities as dean, and his vision for the future.
Free pizza and drinks will be served.
"Gotta Serve Somebody: Bob Dylan in American Religion and Culture" Lecture by Professor Shalom Goldman and Performance by Divinity School Faculty Band
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The Divinity School Faculty Band will perform at a multi-media event, “Gotta Serve Somebody: Bob Dylan in American Religion and Culture,” featuring a lecture by Duke religion professor Shalom Goldman, folksinger Lisa Deaton, and film clips.
Goldman will offer insights situating Bob Dylan on the cultural and religious landscape of American life as part of the professor's continuing series on American rock legends and religion.
Divinity faculty band members performing at this event will include Dean Richard Hays and professors Kate Bowler, Thea Portier-Young, Joel Marcus, and David Arcus, in addition to Tyler Smoot and Lori Baron.
The event is being sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, the Divinity School, and Department of Religion, all at Duke.
Goodson Chapel, Duke Divinity School
Duke Divinity School will hold the 2013-2014 David C. and Virginia R. Steinmetz Lecture featuring Dr. Marilyn Ann McCord Adams, who specializes in medieval and philosophical theology. She will lecture on "Perfect Productive Power: A Unifying Theme in Scotus' Philosophical Theology."
Adams has taught at a number of schools including the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Yale Divinity School, and Oxford University, where she was Regius Professor of Divinity and residentiary canon at Christ Church cathedral.
Her medieval books include "William Ockham: What Sort of Human Nature?," "The Metaphysics and Systematics of Christology;" and "Some Late Medieval Theories of the Eucharist: Thomas Aquinas, Giles of Rome, Duns Scotus, and William Ockham." She has also written two books on God and evil: "Horrendous Evils and the Goodness of God," and "Christ and Horrors: the Coherence of Christology."
In addition, Adams has published a book of sermons, "Wrestling for Blessing," and a book of prayers, "Opening to God: Childlike Prayers for Adults." She is currently working on a book on medieval theories of the soul.
Alumni Memorial Common Room
The Duke Divinity School Office of the Dean will present David Wilcox, American folk musician and storyteller, as the featured performer in the second installment of the new Dean's Songwriter Series.
An in-house brown bag lunch session, with a question and answer session led by Divinity School Dean Richard Hays, will be held earlier in the day at at 12:25 p.m. in Room 0014 of the Westbrook Building.
The series is intended to deepen the conversation between theology and music at the school and in the wider community by exploring what particular gifts the American acoustic folk tradition might offer to theological imagination.
Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts is collaborating with the Dean's Office in hosting the public event.
More information about David Wilcox
The Army Ground Forces Band will present a brass chamber concert at Duke Chapel with performances of classical, jazz and contemporary chamber works for both large and small brass ensembles. Musical selections will include "Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare" (Strauss), "The Girl with the Flaxen Hair" (Debussy), "Symphony for Brass" (Ewazen), "Irish Tune from County Derry" (Grainger), "Forte Sonata - Double Brass Quintet" (Gabrielli), "Feierlicher Einzug" (Strauss), and "Light Cavalry Overture for Brass" (Suppe).
"'And in the Convent were those Women': Womanist Community & Womanist Ecclesiology" Lecture by Faculty Candidate Malinda Berry
Duke Divinity School will hold a public lecture, "'And in the Convent were those Women': Womanist Community & Womanist Ecclesiology" by faculty candidate Malinda Berry, instructor in theological studies and director of the M.A. Program at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind.
This lecture will focus on how black women shape their paticipation in mixed-race and mixed-gender communal spaces such as the church.
Duke Divinity School will hold a public lecture by the Office of Black Church Studies candidate for director, Valerie Cooper, associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia.
This lecture will examine Maria Stewart's biblical hermeneutics and the theological work in her political speeches. Stewart, who many believe to have been the first American woman of any race to give a political speech to an audience that contained both men and women, may have had one of the most unrecognized and under-appreciated African American theological voices of the 19th century.