Colloquium: Faith & Imagination Roundtable

Date(s) - 04/05/2018
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Nearly two years ago, the Humanities Center launched its Faith and Imagination series. Its aim is to engage and learn from scholars whose work blazes creative and important pathways between secular and religious ways of understanding the world. One of our guests, for example, had written an award-winning book about the resurgent investment in religious wonder in contemporary art. Another was exploring the religious poetry of a World War One veteran who believed we might discern God’s presence even in the most dire and wretched of human circumstances. Our guest this semester has written about how prayer, as an intimate link between the human and the divine, informs the thought of some of modernity’s most influential philosophers, poets, theologians, and activists.

What are some of the ways faith informs the scholarly and pedagogical thinking of our own faculty? Does BYU inspire greater rigor and creativity about the place of faith in the diversity of human experience, or does it in some ways inhibit such recognition and expression? Three members of our college faculty — Van Gessel (Dept.  of Asian and Near Eastern Languages), Jennifer Haraguchi (Dept. of French and Italian), and Michael Kelly (Dept. of German and Russian) — will share their perspective onto these questions. Please join us for this roundtable discussion on Thursday, April 5th at 3:00 PM in 4010 JFSB.

Refreshments will be served.

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