DITA Partners to Host Rouault Exhibition at Duke

DITA Partners to Host Rouault Exhibition at Duke

Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts partnered with the Nasher Museum of Art and Duke Chapel to host an exhibition of Miserere et Guerre, a series of 58 intaglio prints by French artist Georges Rouault (1871–1958). From March 5 through April 6, during the Lenten season, Duke Chapel displayed images from the series that  unmask human duplicity and self-deception through the lens of Christ’s passion and suffering. The Nasher’s tandem installation, on display from March 18 through July 23, highlights scenes that illustrate the plight of refugees and the devastations of war.

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DITA Celebrates New School Year with Theology and the Arts

DITA Celebrates New School Year with Theology and the Arts

To celebrate the Divinity School’s 2016-2017 Opening Convocation, Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA) hosted Call and Response: Two Days of Theology and the Arts. The events included a poetry reading interspersed with musical responses, a panel on visual art and the call to ministry, and a culminating event featuring nine principal musicians from five national orchestras and Duke University.

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DITA Partners with Cambridge for Holy Week Festival

DITA Partners with Cambridge for Holy Week Festival

For Holy Week in 2015, Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA) partnered with King’s College Chapel, Cambridge for their annual Easter at King’s. The week was the third festival DITA has participated in through the Duke-Cambridge Collaboration, which began in 2009. Featured were DITA collaborations with composer James MacMillan, theologian and author Lord Rowan Williams, pianist Cordelia Williams, poet Micheal O’Siadhail, and painters Makoto Fujimura and Bruce Herman.

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Karin Coonrod Lectures at Duke Divinity

Karin Coonrod Lectures at Duke Divinity

On March 4, Karin Coonrod gave a lecture entitled, “Hound Dog on a Scent: Flannery O’Connor’s Words in the Theatre Space” as part of the Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA) Distinguished Lecture Series. Coonrod spoke about her experience adapting and directing O’Connor’s short story “Everything Rises Must Converge” for the stage and illustrated her comments with video clips from a 2009 production of the play in Rome. After the lecture, attendees had the opportunity to ask questions about the challenges Coonrod faced in translating O’Connor’s work for theatre as well as explore the theological and aesthetic implications made possible by a different medium.

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David Jeffrey Lectures at Duke Divinity

David Jeffrey Lectures at Duke Divinity

David Lyle Jeffrey, distinguished professor of literature and the humanities at Baylor University, presented “Bathsheba in the Eye of the Beholder: Rubens vs. Rembrandt” on Feb. 10. In his lecture, Jeffrey explored the theological and ethical implications of various visual and textual portrayals of the biblical character of Bathsheba and argued that Rembrandt offers a much needed corrective to the allegorizing or prurient tendencies in both doctrinal and artistic interpretive traditions. 

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