Mondays at 4:30pm
ISM Great Hall
409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT
Refreshments for mind, body, and spirit will be served. Free and
open to the public.
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November 5, 2007
Rehabilitating Human Sacrifice in a Christian Context
Jaime Lara is Associate professor of Christian art and architecture and chair of the program in religion and the arts at Yale. Professor Lara has degrees and interest in art, architecture, liturgics, and anthropology. His studies have focused on early Christianity, the Spanish Middle Ages, medieval theater, and the colonial era of Latin America. His most recent publications include Christian Texts for Aztecs: Liturgy and Art in Colonial Mexico; City, Temple, Stage: Eschatological Architecture and Liturgical Theatrics in New Spain; “A Vulcanological Joachim of Fiore and an Aerodynamic Francis of Assisi in Colonial Latin America,” in Studies in Church History, vol. 41; “Catholic Worship in Hispanic America,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Christian Worship; “The Language of the Arts,” in The Languages of Worship/Los Lenguages de la Liturgia; and “Feathered Psalms: Old World Forms in a New World Garb,” in The Psalms in Community. He has another book in preparation on volcanoes, myths, and the Book of Revelation in the Andean countries.
December 3, 2007
The Adoration of the Magi in Early Western Artistic, Liturgical, and Textual Tradition
Robin M. Jensen is the Luce Chancellor’s Professor of the History of Christian Art and Worship at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Beginning with her doctoral studies at Columbia University (in the history of early Christian doctrine, worship, art, and architecture) she strives to integrate verbal with visual culture in her research, writing, and teaching. Her published works include, Understanding Early Christian Art (Routledge, 2000), The Substance of Things Seen: Art, Faith, and the Christian Community (Eerdmans, 2004) and Face to Face: The Portrait of the Divine in Early Christianity (Fortress, 2004). Her current projects include a volume co-written with her husband (J. Patout Burns) on the practice of Christianity in Roman Africa, a co-edited volume of essays, titled Theology, Visual Art, and Contemporary Culture (Liturgical Press, forthcoming), and a multi-authored catalogue of early Christian baptisteries.
February 4, 2008
Liturgy as a Form of Cultural Memory
Ivica Novakovic is visiting lecturer in religion and culture at Yale.
Professor Novakovic studied physics, sociology, philosophy, and theology in Croatia, Switzerland, and the USA. His work is informed by these cultural contexts and he addresses transcultural and interdisciplinary questions, particularly those of theological rationality (Theology: Speculative or Combinatorial? 2004) and religious imagination ("Work on Symbols"). He has lectured in the areas of philosophical theology, systematic theology, contempoprary theology, and the theology of culture ("Doing Theology in the Media Age"). More recently, he has focused his research on the problem of conceiving God's presence and the modes of its representation and communication in music, images, and words. He is particularly interested in exploring how the sense of God's presence can be presented in the contemporary world, where many religions and cultures meet in the context of conflict, and how it can provide a resource for reconciliation and broadening the vision of human flourishing.
March 3, 2008
Missing the Forest for the Trees? The Centraility of the Paschal Mystery and the "Liturgy Wars"
Dr. Stuflesser is a professor theology at Julius-Maximilians-University in Wuerzburg, Germany.
March 24 , 2008
Roman Catholic Liturgical Renewal Forty-five Years after Sacrosanctum Concilium
Keith F. Pecklers, S.J.
Professor of liturgy, Pontifical Gregorian University; Professor of liturgical history, Pontifical Liturgical Institute, Rome
April 7, 2008
A "Chapel on the Moon": Reflections on Roman Catholic Liturgical Imagination in 1967 and in 2007
Associate professor of religious studies, College of the Holy Cross
Biography and abstract coming soon.