Star Wars as Religion: Myths, Morals, and Rituals
John Lynden, author of Film as Religion: Myths, Morals and Rituals and the Routledge Companion to Religion and Film
Here, I listen for your light, while, somewhere, you paint my song
Dr. John J. McKenna, Professor Emeritus of English at UNO and widely published poet.
Reimagining Hindu Art in Popular Culture
Julien Fielding, lecturer with the UNO Religious Studies Program
Sacred Art: Windows Into Heaven
Louise Joyner, program coordinator for the School of Fine and Applied Arts at the St Cecilia Institute for Laity Formation
Islamic Calligraphy: Lifting the Veil
Elinor Aishah Holland,
New York-based calligrapher, long-time student of master calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya.
Religion: Happy Mistakes and the Noös-Spherety
Ted Bohr, Jesuit Priest, associate Chair and Assistant Professor of Art History, Art Gallery
Director and community liaison at Creighton University.
The Pearl Blizek Lecture on Religion and Art was established in 2007 and is a collaborative effort between the Religious Studies program and the Department of Art & Art History at UNO. The Lectures can be on any topic related to religion in art. Past Lectures have focused upon such arts as painting, drawing, calligraphy, music, poetry, architecture, and film. The Lectures are to be held each semester (fall and spring).
The lecture is named in honour of Professor William Blizek's mother, Pearl, who was a strong advocate of education although she herself did not attend college.