The New Iconoclasm with Dr. Natalie Carnes

The New Iconoclasm with Dr. Natalie Carnes

DITA welcomed back Dr. Natalie Carnes as part of our Distinguished Lecture Series in Theology and the Arts in the Spring of 2018.

Dr. Carnes’ lecture, titled The New Iconoclasm: A Christological Reflection on Making and Breaking Images, drew important historical and Scriptural connections between modern images and how people both break and make them. Iconoclasm responds to the way images are more than their literal existence — the way they mediate something beyond their materiality.

To listen to the full lecture (audio) click here.

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Sadao Watanabe Exhibition at Duke University Chapel

Sadao Watanabe Exhibition at Duke University Chapel

This winter, DITA partnered with Duke University Chapel to host Beauty Given by Grace: The Biblical Prints of Sadao Watanabe, a series of fifty katazome stencil prints on biblical themes by Japanese Christian artist, Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996). On loan from the Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) organization, the exhibition featured original momogami and washi prints, cards, and calendars from the collections of Sandra Bowden and John A. Kohan.

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Two New Publications from Director Jeremy Begbie

Two New Publications from Director Jeremy Begbie

DITA is thrilled to announce that director, Dr. Jeremy Begbie, has two upcoming books from Eerdmans Publishing and Baker Publishing Group. The first, Redeeming Transcendence in the Arts: Bearing Witness to the Triune God, was published February 2018 (available for purchase HERE), and the second, A Peculiar Orthodoxy: Reflections on Theology and the Arts, was published August 2018 (available for purchase HERE).

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Mary: The Paper Doll Project Exhibition and Talk by Carole Baker

Mary: The Paper Doll Project Exhibition and Talk by Carole Baker

Carole Baker premiered her interactive exhibition, “Mary: The Paper Doll Project,” with an opening lecture at Duke University Chapel on Wednesday, December 20th at 2pm. The premier followed the annual Duke Chapel by Candlelight Christmas Open House. Baker, an associate research and a Th.D. student at the Divinity School, created the project that presents different cultural depictions of the Virgin Mary. The exhibition consisted of four life-sized “paper dolls” which allowed viewers to interchange the outer layers of the dolls, resulting in the exploration of the universality and particularity of Marian manifestations.

DITA Launches Parish Partnerships: An Interview with Rev. Leigh Spruill

DITA Launches Parish Partnerships: An Interview with Rev. Leigh Spruill

We are thrilled to announce that DITA has entered into the second of a multi-year partnership with St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tennessee. This pioneering initiative grows out of and reflects DITA’s mission to be anchored and expressed in local congregations. As a church with an extraordinary commitment to the visual and musical arts, St. George’s is uniquely placed to benefit from the research and teaching in theology and the arts at DITA as well as to help future ministers put into practice this crucial area of the church’s worship and mission. The  mutually-enriching collaboration between St. George’s and DITA is a unique opportunity to launch  what we hope will become a much larger and nation-wide initiative.

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“Theater, Mystery and the Writer’s Journey” with Richard Everett: Actor, Playwright and Screenwriter

“Theater, Mystery and the Writer’s Journey” with Richard Everett: Actor, Playwright and Screenwriter
Richard Everett is the author of 7 published stage plays including the much acclaimed “Entertaining Angels” which has had over 100 productions worldwide. He has 200 animation scripts to his credit as well as 2 feature films, 3 plays for BBC radio 4, and a published collection of award winning sketches and meditations entitled ‘Sound Bites’. Richard also runs drama workshops for Additional Needs Adults. His current work, “Colin’s Home” is a serious comedy that explores faith and meaning with adults with developmental disabilities.
More information about Richard Everett’s work can be found here.