Readings followed by a book-signing and a reception
Presented in collaboration with Yale Divinity Student Book Supply
J. Edward and Ruth Cox Lantz Professor of Christian Communication, Yale University
Wonder Reborn: Creating Sermons on Hymns, Music, and Poetry
With music of Fauré and Bach performed by ISM students
October 21 Thursday | 5:15 pm
Professor Troeger has written eighteen books in the fields of preaching, poetry, hymnody and worship and is a frequent contributor to journals dedicated to these topics. His most recent books include Preaching and Worship, Preaching While the Church Is Under Reconstruction, Above the Moon Earth Rises: Hymn Texts, Anthems and Poems for a New Creation, and God, You Made All Things for Singing: Hymn Texts, Anthems and Poems for a New Millennium. He is also a flutist and a poet whose work appears in the hymnals of most denominations and is frequently set as choral anthems. For three years Professor Troeger hosted the Season of Worship broadcast for Cokesbury, and he has led conferences and lectureships in worship and preaching throughout North America, as well as in Denmark, Holland, Australia, Japan, and Africa. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church in 1970 and in the Episcopal Church in 1999, he is dually aligned with both traditions. He is a former president of the Academy of Homiletics and currently serves as the co-president of Societas Homiletica, the international guild of scholars in homiletics. He is also the national chaplain to the American Guild of Organists.
Editor, Poetry Magazine
The Lana Schwebel Memorial Lecture in Religion and Literature
October 28 Thursday | 5:15 PM
Christian Wiman is the author of three books, most recently a book of essays, Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet. His new book of poetry, Every Riven Thing, will be published this fall by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He is currently working on a book of theological and spiritual meditations called My Bright Abyss, sections of which have appeared in recent issues of The American Scholar, The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, The Christian Century, and Image. He lives in Chicago, where he is the editor of Poetry.
The Schwebel Lecture is dedicated to the memory of former ISM faculty member Lana Schwebel..
Special Reading: note the time and place
November 4 Thursday | 5:30 PM
Author of ten collections of poetry, Micheal O’Siadhail (pr. ‘Mee-haul O’sheel’) offers a rare combination of creative passion, social consciousness and poetic craftsmanship. Esteemed as “one of the most humane and thoughtful of contemporary Irish writers” (Daily Express), from his earliest works to his more recent Love Life and Globe, Mr. O’Siadhail’s poetry explores themes of love, justice, memory, and the ‘jazz’ of existence in a style that is intricately complex yet accessible.
Winner of several important literary awards, including an Irish American Cultural Institute prize, Mr. O’Siadhail’s work has been translated into numerous and diverse languages and he has given poetry readings and broadcast extensively in Ireland, Britain, Europe and North America. No stranger to Yale, in 1985 he delivered the Trumbull Lecture here, and has previously given two public readings on the Yale campus. More dramatization than recital, his animated readings perform his verse in ways that recall the role of the poet as public bard.
November 10 Wednesday | 3:30 PM
Elizabeth Alexander is a poet, essayist, playwright, and teacher born in New York City and raised in Washington, DC. Alexander has degrees from Yale University and Boston University and completed her Ph.D. in English at the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, she composed and delivered “Praise Song for the Day” for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. The poem has recently been published as a small book from Graywolf Press. In addition, she has published five books of poems: The Venus Hottentot (1990), Body of Life (1996), Antebellum Dream Book (2001), American Sublime (2005), which was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and was one of the American Library Association’s “Notable Books of the Year;” and her first young adult collection (co-authored with Marilyn Nelson), Miss Crandall’s School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color (2008 Connecticut Book Award). Her two collections of essays are The Black Interior (2004) and Power and Possibility (2007), and her play, “Diva Studies,” was produced at the Yale School of Drama.
Professor Alexander is the first recipient of the Alphonse Fletcher, Sr. Fellowship for work that “contributes to improving race relations in American society and furthers the broad social goals of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954.” She is the 2007 winner of the first Jackson Prize for Poetry, awarded by Poets & Writers, Inc. Other awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, the George Kent Award, given by Gwendolyn Brooks, a Guggenheim fellowship as well as the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at University of Chicago. She is currently chair of the African American Studies Department at Yale University.
Journalist and Memoirist
March 31 Thursday | 5:15 PM
A native of New Haven, Lisa Miller was named Society editor in July 2000 at Newsweek, and added Religion editor to her duties in October 2006. She reports, writes and edits stories on spirituality and belief and writes the weekly BeliefWatch column in the Periscope section of the magazine. Miller wrote "The Politics of Jesus" cover story (10/13/2006), which examined the impact of religion in the midterm elections.
She also helped launch the "OnFaith," an online global conversation about religion and faith moderated by Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham and Washington Post writer Sally Quinn and co-branded with the Washington Post.
As Society editor, Miller oversees reporting on religion, education, family and health. Miller oversaw "The Giving Back Awards," double issue in July 2006, where Newsweek recognized people who were making a difference in the world. In July 2005, she oversaw the "Spirituality in America" double issue, which looked at the rise of spirituality nationwide and why many Americans are choosing to seek spiritual experiences outside of traditional religions. Miller is currently writing a book about heaven, starting with the history of the idea of it and contemporary beliefs about it.
During her tenure, Miller has led coverage of numerous health and issues-related cover stories including: "Sex, Shame and the Catholic Church," (March 4, 2002), "The Bible and the Qur'an," (Feb. 11, 2002), "Fighting Addiction," (Feb. 12, 2001), and "God and the Brain," (May 7, 2001).
Award-winning stories and cover packages that Miller edited include: The National Headliner Award for feature writing for David France for a series of articles. They included: "The Angry Profit is Dying," (June 11, 2001) about AIDS activist Larry Kramer on the 20th anniversary of the killer virus; "Scouts Divided," (August, 6, 2001) on internal strife within the Boy Scouts of America over allowing homosexuals to join; and "Blood and Money," with David Noonan (December 17, 2001) an investigation into whether the donations made after September 11 really went where they were intended.
Miller came to Newsweek from The Wall Street Journal, where she was an award-winning senior special writer covering religion for the paper's front page since 1997. She was also an editor for the Marketplace page (1993-94), where she helped launch the weekly "Health Journal," and a travel reporter (1994-97).
She started her journalism career as an editorial assistant (1984) at the Harvard Business Review and later became manuscript editor there (1985-87) before moving to The New Yorker (1987-92) and then Self magazine (1992-93), where she was senior editor for arts coverage and created their "In Focus" section in the front of the book.
Miller received a New York Newswomen's Club award in 1998 for feature writing. She graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in English in 1984.