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Margot Fassler named Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology

Margot FasslerMargot Fassler, the Robert Tangeman Professor Music History and Liturgy, has been selected as one of seven 2008-09 Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology from across the country.  Fellows engage in yearlong research in various areas of theological inquiry and, at the end of their research year, gather at the annual Luce Fellows Conference to present and critique their work.

According to the awards announcement from The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc., Fassler plans to focus her work on an analysis of Hildegard of Bingen’s treatise Scivias, the only illuminated theological treatise that also includes texts for chants and drama, with music surviving for both.

Fassler approaches Hildegard as a liturgical commentator, a role that has not previously been evaluated in the scholarship, in order to study the arts Hildegard engages within the framework of liturgical understanding and her view of cosmology and ecclesiology.  The Foundation said Fassler intends to ground Hildegard’s work in practice and further explain Hildegard’s role as a teacher and community leader who cared deeply about worship and the role of music within worship.

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