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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Animals Return to the Sanctuary
Professor and Paden Chair in Religion, Southwestern University
Dr. Laura Hobgood-Oster holds the Elizabeth Root Paden Chair in Religion. Her teaching and research focus on the History of Christianity, Religion and Ecology, Animals and Religion, Ecofeminism and Women in the Christian Tradition. She also teaches in the Environmental Studies program.
Dr. Hobgood-Oster offers the following courses: Introduction to the Christian Tradition; Religion and Ecology; Heretics; Animals and Religion; Women and Religion; Upper-level Seminars in the Christian Tradition.
After receiving the M.Div. degree from Vanderbilt University and the Ph.D. degree from Saint Louis University, Dr. Hobgood-Oster taught for two years at California State University, Chico. She joined the faculty of Southwestern University in the fall of 1998. Laura lives with her husband, Jack, and their two canine buddies, Codi and Cezar.
Liturgy as Rhetoric in Twelfth-Century Women's Monasticism
William T. Flynn
Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds, UK
William Thomas Flynn, University of Leeds, Institute for Medieval Studies, is the author of Medieval Music as Medieval Exegesis (Scarecrow, 1999), which investigates the cross-fertilization of the elementary study of grammar, rhetoric, music and liturgy and its effects on the production and interpretation of biblical commentary in the eleventh century church. Recent publications include “Ductus figuratus et subtilis: Rhetorical Interventions for Women in Two Twelfth-Century Liturgies’, in Rhetoric Beyond Words, ed. Mary Carruthers (Cambridge University Press, 2009); “Singing with the Angels: Hildegard of Bingen’s Representations of Celestial Music,” in Conversations with Angels, ed. Joad Raymond (Houndsmills: Palgrave, forthcoming 2009); “Letters, Liturgy and Identity: The Use of the Sequence Epithalamica at the Paraclete,” in Sapientia et Eloquentia: Meaning and Function in Liturgical Poetry, Music, Drama, and Biblical Commentary in the Middle Ages, ed. Gunilla Iversen and Nicolas Bell (Turnhout: Brepols, 2009). Other publications include chapters on liturgical music in the Oxford History of Christian Worship and Liturgy and Music: Lifetime Learning, and, with Jane Flynn, a forthcoming translation, Laus Angelica: Poetry in the Medieval Mass (Brepols, forthcoming 2009), of Gunilla Iversen’s Chanter avec les anges. BMus, Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester), 1978; MMus, Edinburgh University, 1979; MA, Duke University, 1988; Ph.D. (Theology), Duke University, 1992.
The Liturgical Octoïchos in the Syriac Orthodox Church
Visiting Professor of Ethnomusicology, Yale Institute of Sacred Music
Rev. Prof. Elias Kesrouani is fluent in English, French, Arabic, Syriac, and Italian, with internationally reputed compositions in Syriac and Arabic. He has participated in many international conferences, concerts, and colloquia, among them an international conference at Yale Institute of Sacred Music in 2007; a concert at Royaumont Research Center in France, 2007; and the scientific colloquium of the Arab Academy of Music in Cairo (annually since 1996). He recently represented Lebanon at a meeting of experts in New Delhi, organized by UNESCO, which discussed the “Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage”.
A brief survey of his CV reveals high-level participation in a plethora of academic activities that have taken him to Italy, Algeria, Greece, Morocco, Oman, Jordan, the Netherlands, Bahrain, Tunisia, Syria, Turkey, Kuwait, United Kingdom and Spain. His many publications include his piece on the “Hymnological Thesaurus (Bet-Gazo) of the Syriac Church,” in Nos Sources, Arts et literature Syriaques, Coll: Sources Syriaques, ed.: CERO 1, Centre d’Etudes et de Recheerches Orientales, Antélias Liban, 2005; and his “The Syriac Octoïchos, in the book Aspects de la Musique Liturgique au Moyen Age, Rencontres à Royaumont, Editions Creaphis, 1991.
In addition to being a member in a number of significant scientific committees with UNESCO and the Arab Academy of Music attached to the Arab League, Reverend Kesrouani has occupied many prestigious posts in the past, among the most important being the Deanship of the Jordan Academy of Music, and professorships at the University of the Holy Spirit, Kaslik, and the Higher Lebanese Conservatoire of Music, Beirut. His present position finds him as the founder and Research Professor of NDU’s Department of Music and Musicology where, since 2002, he has achieved what is one of his most notable accomplishments: the creation of a new university discipline called “Musimedialogy” registered Intellectual Property in 163 countries. Professor Kesrouani is also co-director of Ph. D. research at the Sorbonne Paris IV University for Oriental Ethnomusicology. B.A., University of the Holy Spirit; M.A., Lebanese University; Ph.D. Sorbonne Paris IV University.
Men’s Liturgy, Women’s Liturgy, and Then?
Professor, Institute for Liturgy, Christian Art and Hymnology, University of Graz, Austria
Basilius J. Groen (called: Bert) was born in 1953 in the Netherlands. After graduation at a Dutch grammar school he spent a year as a foreign exchange student in the USA (1971-72; graduation at Jamestown High School, North Dakota). Then he studied philosophy, theology and Modern Greek in Nijmegen and Amsterdam, as well as liturgy, Byzantine art and hymnology in Trier and Thessalonica. Subsequently, he became director of the Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, University of Nijmegen. In 2002, he was appointed full professor at the Institute for Liturgy, Christian Art and Hymnology, University of Graz, Austria. In that university he also holds the UNESCO-Chair for Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue in Southeastern Europe. In addition, he is chairman of the Austrian professors of liturgical studies, he chairs the Austrian section of the “International Society of Friends of Nikos Kazantzakis”, and is a member of the board of governors of the ecumenical Pro Oriente Foundation in Vienna. In his scholarly writings he deals with, i.a., rites of the sick, current pastoral-liturgical issues, Byzantine worship, ecumenism and several aspects of Balkan studies. He is married and has a daughter, a son-in-law and a grandson.
April 8 **Thursday, 12:30PM at Room SG58 **
Varieties of African American Worship: The Case of the Liturgical Divergence of Richard Allen and Absalom Jones
Associate Professor of Worship, Chicago Theological Seminary
Scott Haldeman is Associate Professor of Worship at Chicago Theolo¬gical Seminary, Chicago, Illinois. Specializing in the history, theology and practice of US Protestant worship, he is also interested in the less formal ways human beings ritualize themselves in relation to various categories of identity, such as race, gender and sexuality. He is the author of one book, Towards Liturgies that Reconcile: Race and Ritual among African-American and European-American Protestants (Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2007) in the Liturgy, Worship and Society series, and numerous articles, including “‘Help Our Unbelief’: The ‘Not Yet’ of Rites of Reconciliation” in Liturgy 23:4 (October 2008) and “No Easy Peace: Cultural Diversity, American Racism, and Christian Worship” in Call to Worship: Liturgy, Music, Preaching, and the Arts 41:2 (2007). He was a member of the PC(USA) Sacramental Study Group that produced “An Invitation to Christ, Font and Table: A Guide to Sacramental Practices” and is active in the American Academy of Religion, the North American Academy of Liturgy, and Societas Liturgica.