Pearl Blizek Lecture in Religion and Art
Exploring the Intersection of Spirituality and the Artistic Spirit
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).
Michele Marie Desmarais, PhD, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Rastafari & the Arts
Darren J. N. Middleton, Texas Christian University
The Intersection of Religion with Modern Chinese Ink Painting
Mina Kim, PhD, Post Doctoral Faculty Fellow, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The Image of the Muslim in Worldwide Cinema
Rubina (Ruby) Ramji, PhD, Cape Breton University
Frightening the Frightful: Grotesque Visages in Iron Age Cyprus
Erin Walcek Averett, PhD, Creighton University
Mamluk Endowment in Jerusalem
Dan Bahat, one of Israel's leading archaeologists and a senior lecturer at the Land of Israel Studies at Bar-Ilan University
Time for Bible: Biblical Texts in Dave Brubeck's Sacred Works
Dan W. Clanton, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Doane College
The Complex Magdalene?
Amy Millicent Morris, PhD, Assistant Professor of Art History, UNO
Cathedral Culture Brother William Woeger, FSC
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.
Art and 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.