Upcoming Events in Spring 2018

DITA is pleased to announce two exciting events for Spring 2018: Dr. Natalie Carnes for our Distinguished Lecture Series and an exhibition of Sadao Watanabe’s works at Duke Chapel.


Dr. Natalie Carnes: Distinguished Lecture Series in Theology and the Arts

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

12:20-1:30 PM in the Alumni Memorial Common Room, Duke Divinity School

DITA is delighted to welcome back Dr. Natalie Carnes for our Distinguished Lecture Series in Theology and the Arts. Dr. Carnes completed her Ph.D at Duke University and is now an Associate Professor of Theology at Baylor University. She is the author of Beauty: A Theological Engagement with Gregory of Nyssa (Cascade 2014) and most recently Image and Presence: A Christological Reflection on Iconoclasm and Iconophilia(Stanford 2017). Her current project explores the intersection of art, aesthetics in relation to poverty and luxury.


Beauty Given by Grace: the Biblical Prints of Sadao Watanabe

January 8 – February 23, 2018

Duke University Chapel

 To kick-off the Spring semester, DITA is partnering with Duke University Chapel to host an exhibition of acclaimed Japanese artist Sadao Watanabe’s remarkable portrayals of over 50 biblical scenes and themes.  Watanabe converted to Christianity at the age of 17 and received worldwide acclaim for his work exploring Christian themes through traditional Japanese folk art. On loan from the Christian in the Visual Arts organization, the exhibition will feature original momogiami and washi prints, cards, and calendars from the collections of Sandra Bowden and John A. Kohan. The works will be on display in the Duke University Chapel.