Middlebury

December 19, 1997

Middlebury College Scott Symposium on Religion and the Arts

Taking place Jan. 23-24, Middlebury College's Scott Symposium will explore the intersection of the arts and religion across many different cultures and in many different times. The symposium's lectures and panel discussion will occur as part of a month-long series of arts events throughout January pertaining to the same theme. Funded by the Scott Endowment, the symposium honors Middlebury Professor and Chaplain Emeritus Charles P. Scott. All symposium and arts events are open to the public, and, with the exception of one arts event, are also free of charge.

The symposium's five lectures and panel discussion will take place in the Concert Hall in the Middlebury College Center for the Arts on South Main Street (Rt. 30). The first event begins at 4:15 p.m. on Jan. 23 with a lecture on "Judaism and the Arts" by Richard Brilliant, a professor of history and archaeology at Columbia University. At 8 p.m., Oleg Grabar, a professor at Princeton's School of Historical Studies, will speak about "Islam and the Arts."

At 9 a.m. on Jan. 24, the symposium continues with a lecture on "Buddhism and the Arts" by Susan Huntington, who is both professor of history of art and dean of the graduate school at Ohio State University. At 10:30 a.m., John Cook, president of the Henry Luce Foundation and professor emeritus of religion and the arts at Yale, will discuss "Christianity and the Arts." His lecture will be followed by a talk by Cynthia Atherton, associate professor of art history at Middlebury College, at 1 p.m. on "Hinduism and the Arts." From 2:15-3:30 p.m., the final event of the symposium will take place-a panel discussion on "Religion and the Arts" by the five scholars who have given symposium lectures. Larry Yarbrough, Middlebury College professor of religion, will serve as moderator.

Among the events that will take place earlier in January are three lectures that will explore the relationship between religion and the arts-all in the auditorium of Twilight Hall on College Street. On Jan. 15 at 4:15 p.m., Kym Pinder, professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will lecture on "Testifyin' Pictures: Religion and African-American Art." Trudier Harris, the J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, will speak about "Christianity's Last Stand: Visions of Spirituality in Post-1970 African-American Art" at 8 p.m. on Jan.15. On Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m., "Images and Relics in Buddhist Religion: The Case of Early Medieval China" will be the topic of a lecture by Robert Ford Campany, professor of religion at Indiana University.

Other events include several performances and an art exhibit which will offer additional ways to view the relationship between the arts and religion over the centuries. Forces of Nature, a dance troupe from the New York City Cathedral of St. John the Divine, fuses African dance and concern for the environment. The group will appear at 9 p.m. on Jan. 17 in McCullough Student Center on Old Chapel Rd. off South Main St. (Rt. 30).

At 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 in the Concert Hall in the Center for the Arts, Aurora Nova, a women's choir from London, will present a program of music from around the world and across the ages. The program will feature works written in honor of the Virgin Mary, including several by Brahms and Verdi. Their Middlebury performance will be part of the group's first tour in the United States.

Following the symposium's panel discussion, Aurora Nova will lead a choral evensong at 5:00 p.m. on Jan. 24 in Mead Chapel. At 8 p.m. on Jan. 27, a concert of Negro spirituals led by Fran├žois Clemmons, director of the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble, also will take place in Mead Chapel.

An exhibit that draws upon past and present Eastern and Western traditions, "The Artistic Imagination and Ecological Values" will open at the Middlebury College Museum of Art on Jan. 6. On display through April 26, the exhibit provides examples of the various ways in which artists have endeavored to communicate spiritual and aesthetic values involving a deep appreciation of nature.

Tickets for the Aurora Nova performance in the Concert Hall are $9.00 general admission and $7.00 for senior citizens. A pre-performance dinner at 6:00 p.m. at the Rehearsals Cafe in the Center for the Arts is also available. To order tickets or make dinner reservations, please call the College box office at 802-443-6433. Admission to the choral evensong, the concert of Negro spirituals, and the Middlebury College Museum of Art is free.

Events Calendar Listings

Pre-Symposium Lectures and Arts Events:

Tuesday, January 6-April 26

Museum of Art, Center for the Arts, South Main St. (Rt. 30)

Exhibit: "The Artistic Imagination and Ecological Values"

Provides examples of the various ways in which artists have endeavored to communicate spiritual and aesthetic values involving a deep appreciation of nature.

Thursday, January 15

4:15 p.m., Auditorium, Twilight Hall, College St.

Lecture: "Testifyin' Pictures: Religion and African-American Art"

Kym Pinder, professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

8 p.m., Auditorium, Twilight Hall, College St.

Lecture: "Christianity's Last Stand: Visions of Spirituality in Post-1970 African-American Art"

Trudier Harris, J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of English at the University of North Carolina

Friday, January 16

7:30 p.m., Auditorium, Twilight Hall, College St.

Lecture: "Images and Relics in Buddhist Religion: The Case of Early Medieval China"

Robert Ford Campany, professor of religion at Indiana University

Saturday, January 17

9 p.m., Social Space, McCullough Student Center, Old Chapel Rd. off South Main St. (Rt. 30)

Dance Performance: Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company

A dance troupe from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City which fuses African dance and concern for the environment

Thursday, January 22

7:30 p.m., Concert Hall, Center for the Arts, South Main St. (Rt. 30)

Concert: Aurora Nova

A women's choir from London performs a program of music from around the world and across the ages written in honor of the Virgin Mary, including works by Brahms and Verdi. This performance will be part of Aurora Nova's first tour in the United States. Tickets are $9.00 general admission and $7.00 for senior citizens. A pre-performance dinner at 6:00 p.m. at the Rehearsals Cafe in the Center for the Arts is also available. For tickets or dinner reservations, call the College box office at 802-443-6433.

(All events, except for the Jan. 22 concert, are free.)

Scott Symposium on Religion and the Arts:

Friday, January 23

4:15 p.m., Concert Hall, Center for the Arts, South Main St. (Rt. 30)

Lecture: "Judaism and the Arts"

Richard Brilliant, professor of history and archaeology at Columbia University

8 p.m., Concert Hall, Center for the Arts, South Main St. (Rt. 30)

Lecture: "Islam and the Arts"

Oleg Grabar, professor at Princeton's School of Historical Studies

Saturday, January 24

9 a.m., Concert Hall, Center for the Arts, South Main St. (Rt. 30)

Lecture: "Buddhism and the Arts"

Susan Huntington, professor of history of art and dean of the graduate school at Ohio State University

10:30 a.m., Concert Hall, Center for the Arts, South Main St. (Rt. 30)

Lecture: "Christianity and the Arts"

John Cook, president of the Henry Luce Foundation and professor emeritus of religion and the arts at Yale

1 p.m., Concert Hall, Center for the Arts, South Main St. (Rt. 30)

Lecture: "Hinduism and the Arts"

Cynthia Atherton, associate professor of art history at Middlebury College

2:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Concert Hall, Center for the Arts, South Main St. (Rt. 30)

Panel discussion: "Religion and the Arts"

The five symposium lecturers-Richard Brilliant, Oleg Grabar, Susan Huntington, John Cook, and Cynthia Atherton-will take part. Larry Yarbrough, Middlebury College professor of religion, will serve as moderator.

(All symposium events are free of charge and will take place in the Concert Hall in the Middlebury College Center for the Arts on South Main St/Rt. 30.)

Post-symposium Arts Events:

Saturday, January 24

5 p.m., Mead Chapel, Hepburn Rd. off of College St. (Rt. 125)

Choral Evensong: Aurora Nova

A women's choir from London will lead an evensong.

8 p.m., Mead Chapel, Hepburn Rd. off of College St. (Rt. 125)

Concert: Negro Spirituals

Fran├žois Clemmons, director of the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble, will lead a concert of Negro spirituals.

Communications Office

802-443-5500