Join Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA) as we celebrate a decade of pioneering scholarship, reflect on today’s landscape, and imagine together a future for the field of Theology and Arts.
Theology and the Arts is one of the fastest growing areas of scholarly research today, with publications, courses, and initiatives appearing on an unprecedented scale. Over the last 10 years, DITA has promoted a vibrant, two-way engagement of theology and the arts, and emerged as a leading center for this interaction through research, teaching, and art in action. DITA10 builds on that work and launches a fresh conversation about how the arts can be a powerful medium of theological truth. Drawing on the theme of "Creation and New Creation," the symposium seeks to equip and inspire a new generation of scholars, artists, and church leaders as we ask the question: “Where should those active in theology and the arts be headed in the next twenty years?”
Scholarly engagement will lie at the heart of the symposium. Biblical and theological scholarship will permeate all DITA10 activities and will take a variety of forms, involving both public and private events. DITA10 is generously underwritten by the McDonald Agape Foundation.
Keynote Lectures, Seminars, and Panels
DITA10 will offer lectures from distinguished scholars and artists including Jeremy Begbie, Natalie Carnes, Judith Wolfe, Malcolm Guite, Steve Prince, Jennifer Craft, and N.T. Wright. On Friday evening, September 6, bestselling author and Duke Divinity professor Kate Bowler will host a public panel discussion on “Art in Times of Turmoil” with Christian Wiman and Lanecia Rouse-Tinsley.
Art in Action
The symposium will feature a visual art exhibition in Duke University Chapel, as well as poetry readings from Micheal O’Siadhail and Christian Wiman. On Saturday, September 7, the symposium will culminate in a lecture/performance led by Jeremey Begbie, Duke Divinity School professor and DITA director, and featuring over 30 musicians from the nation’s top orchestras.
Worship is the beginning and end of Theology and the Arts field. Each day will begin with a worship service in Goodson Chapel at Duke Divinity School, led by Carlos Colón and Malcolm Guite. DITA10 will conclude on Sunday morning, September 8, with a special Theology and Arts service in Duke University Chapel, featuring a number of DITA10 guests and a sermon delivered by N.T. Wright.
In addition to lectures and performances, a series of workshops will be offered by church leaders and artists on a range of topics and art-making practices including: “Collage-making as Visio Divina,” “The Church as Curator and Art Collector,“ “Building an Arts Program in Your Church,” and “Creating Church Liturgies Informed by Theology and the Arts.”
Emerging Scholars Colloquium
Over the course of DITA10, a group of doctoral students and junior scholars will meet to share papers and discuss their research. In keeping with the symposium’s goal of celebrating the past ten years of DITA’s work and casting a vision for the future of the discipline, this Emerging Scholars Colloquium aims to foster a space where students and scholars can participate in meaningful and sustained dialogue with one another to develop the kind of community which might shape and sustain the field in the years ahead.
Thursday, September 5
|Opening Keynote: Jeremy Begbie "Looking Back, Looking Forward" (Goodson Chapel, Duke Divinity School)|
Friday, September 6
Morning Worship (Goodson Chapel)
|9:15-10:30 am||Plenary Lecture (Goodson Chapel): "Inklings of Heaven: Creation and New Creation in the Works of Lewis and Tolkien" with Judith Wolfe and Malcolm Guite|
|11 am-12:30 pm||
Seminars (Duke Divinity School)
|1:30-5 pm||Workshops (Duke Divinity School)|
|7-8:30 pm||Panel discussion hosted by Kate Bowler on "Art and Theology in Times of Turmoil" with Christian Wiman and Lanecia Rouse-Tinsley (Reynolds Industries Theater, Bryan Center)|
Saturday, September 7
|8:15-9 am||Morning Worship (Goodson Chapel)|
|9:15-10:30 am||Plenary Lecture (Goodson Chapel): "'Why this Waste?': Art, Excess, and Human Need" with Natalie Carnes and Thomas Pfau|
|11 am -12:30 pm||Seminars (Duke Divinity School)|
|1:30-5 pm||Workshops (Duke Divinity School)|
|7-8:30 pm||Jeremy Begbie with the New Caritas Orchestra (Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University East Campus)|
Sunday, September 8
|8:30-10 am||Breakfast and a conversation with N.T. Wright (Penn Pavilion, Duke University West Campus)|
|11 am -12:30 pm||Duke Chapel Sunday Worship Service with N.T. Wright Preaching|
Carlos Colón is assistant director for Worship and Chapel at Baylor University. He is a composer, liturgist, and cultural promoter, specializing in music that is both academically serious and ecclesiastically valuable. His recent projects lie at the intersection of social justice and religious change. Colón was born in Chalchuapa, El Salvador. When he was 14, he was forced to leave El Salvador and took refuge in Guatemala City. A resident of the United States since 1986, he holds a B.M. from Belmont University and a M.M. from Baylor University. He became a U.S. citizen in 2001. His music has been performed in festivals in the United States and abroad. Colón’s international heritage and personal experience of civil war inform his compositions’ call to justice, peace, and beauty. Recently, his music has been performed in Carnegie Hall, Venezuela National Radio, the Calvin Worship Symposium, and Festival de Música Contemporánea of El Salvador.
Accomodations, Meals, & Travel
DITA10 will be held September 5-8, 2019 at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Evening events will take place in venues across campus, but most of the conference will be on West Campus at Duke Divinity School.
A block of rooms has been reserved at Hilton Garden Inn (2102 West Main Street) for a rate of $139/night. We have reserved a block of rooms at two local hotels for your convenience: the Hilton Garden Inn ($139/night) and the Cambria Hotel Durham ($109/night). We will provide shuttles from both hotels to the events for DITA10.
If you prefer other lodging accommodations, we strongly recommend finding a location with a shuttle to Duke’s campus because on-campus parking is very limited. For a list of other area hotels, visit Discover Durham. Durham has many AirBnB options as well.
Conference registration includes breakfast for Sunday morning’s event with N.T. Wright. No other meals will be provided.
We recommend planning to eat lunch on campus. On Duke’s West Campus there are many dining options, including the Divinity Cafe, located in the Divinity school, ones at the Brodhead Center, and the Bryan Center, both of which are located next to Duke Divinity School.
For dinner, we recommend getting off campus to explore some of the excellent restaurants in Durham, which has been called one of the best foodie towns in the Southeast by Southern Living, The New York Post and other publications. Check out Bites of Bull City for area restaurant recommendations.
The closest airport is Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), which is a 20-minute car ride from Duke University. Durham’s bus station and train station are located downtown within walking distance of East Campus.
We recommend taking into account where you are staying and your personal needs when deciding if you want a car or not. Some downtown hotels are within walking distance to Duke’s East Campus. The free Bull City Connector runs from downtown to Duke. DITA10 predominantly takes place on West Campus; visitor parking on West Campus is extremely limited.
A shuttle will run between Duke’s West Campus and the Hilton Garden Inn and Cambria Hotel Durham throughout the conference. Campus buses will be available for free transportation on campus.
If you choose to park on campus, the cost is $2/hour with a maximum daily cost of $12. We recommend carpooling if you want to park on campus. For parking locations, visit Duke Visitor Parking.
Registration and Contact
Registration is open to everyone. Costs are:
- General Admission: $175 each
- Current Duke Student, Staff, or Faculty Member: $75
- Graduate Student (non-Duke institution): $100.
Registration for DITA10 gives you access to all events on the schedule. It does not include meals or housing with the exception of breakfast on Sunday morning. Individual ticket sales for evening keynote events are for anyone who is not registered for DITA10.
For all conference-related inquiries, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org