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Personal Responsibility of Judges 
The Arts, Religion, and the Shaping of Culture
04 Sep - 11 Sep, 1999
 Race and Ethnicity: Social Change through Public Awareness

Faculty:
John Cook (Chair) - President, The Henry Luce Foundation, New York
Alberta Arthurs - Former Director, Arts and Humanities, The Rockefeller Foundation, New York
Thawan Duchanee  
Hasan-Uddin Khan - Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston
Heping Liu - Assistant Professor of Art, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma,Washington
David Morgan - Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department of Art, Valparaiso University, Indiana
J.H. Kwabena Nketia  
Sam-Ang Sam  
Anmol Vellani - Executive Director, India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore
Connie Wolf  

Additional Session Support:
Larry Yarbrough (Resource Specialist)  

Abstract:
The relationship between religion and the arts is as old as human experience itself. Indeed for most of human history, the relationship was so close it was simply assumed – and practiced. In much of the world that relationship still remains, and even in the west it may be closer than first impressions suggest. The issues involved in understanding this relationship are fascinating in themselves; they also provide a means to grasp more fully the significance of both religion and the arts and their impact on culture at the end of the twentieth century. This session will explore the ways in which religions in all parts of the world have used the arts to give expression to their fundamental beliefs and practices. The one- week seminar will be built around case studies in which pairings of particular religions and particular art forms will be studied in order to understand their influence on the shaping of contemporary culture. The role of music, architecture, dance, and the visual arts in a variety of religious traditions will be analyzed to arrive at a deeper understanding of the aesthetics of spirituality, the religious dimension of artistic expression, as well as the social and political controversies that arise from the interface between religion and the arts. Some of the related topics to be explored will include: religious institutions as patrons of the arts, spirituality as an inspiration for art, the relationship between art and blasphemy, and the politics of religious art. Given the rich diversity of religious and artistic traditions worldwide, faculty and participants will be drawn from throughout East Asia, the Asian sub-continent, the Middle East, Western and Eastern Europe, and the Americas.

Session Faculty

Alberta Arthurs
 

 


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