Lilly Fellows Program Summer Seminar for College Teachers
June 12–July 2, 2016
Restoring Art to a Place in the Community: New Lessons from Early Renaissance Italy
The Studio for Art, Faith & History will host the 2016 Lilly Fellows Program Summer Seminar for College Teachers at Gordon College's facilities in Orvieto, Italy. A Lilly Foundation grant funds twelve faculty members in art, art history, Biblical studies, and Christian ministries from LFP member institutions to spend three weeks in Orvieto studying a theme at the heart of the Studio's mission. See the website: www.gordon.edu/lfpsummerseminar
The Classical Academic Press Summer Seminar
“What has Jerusalem to do with Athens?”
July 3–16, 2016, Orvieto
The Studio for Art, Faith & History has partnered with the Classical Academic Press to host a two-week study program in Orvieto for a group of students selected from classical-Christian academies around the United States.
Tertullian’s question, asked around the year 200, remains as new as it is old: “What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?”
On what terms have educated Christians over the centuries allowed the classical and the Christian—the Greco-Roman and the Judeo-Christian intellectual heritages—to mix in the same classroom?
No classical-Christian academy can avoid articulating an apologia for Why Christians Should Read The Pagan Classics—to cite the subtitle of Louis Markos’s recent book, From Achilles to Christ.
What is the Christian mind to make of the rich and sophisticated heritage of classical thought and literature and culture, so full of useful tools of learning, so astute in its exploration and analysis of nature and history, of the human psyche and the polis, of human artistic endeavors … and yet falling short of a wisdom unto salvation? Dante’s Virgil can lead the pilgrim only so far.
The historic cliff-top town of Orvieto offers an inspirational setting to reflect on this theme. The town itself is an archeological-architectural palimpsest of the Etruscan, Roman, medieval, and Renaissance strata everywhere present in contemporary Orvieto. The classical is notably integrated with the Christian in the decoration of the Orvieto Duomo. One could hardly ask for a richer distillation of our theme than is found in the magnificent fresco cycle of the End Times, Last Things, and Last Judgment in the San Brizio Chapel.
Jerusalem & Athens Winter Seminar in Orvieto, Italy.
December 29, 2016 to January 14, 2017
The Studio for Art, Faith & History joins forces with the Center for Faith & Inquiry to offer an annual seminar that combines the Great Books, Socratic approach of the Center for Faith & Inquiry’s Jerusalem & Athens Forum honors program with the emphasis of the Gordon IN Orvieto semester program on experiencing Great Art and Great Books “in situ”—in their original settings. Registration for undergraduate students includes discounted tuition for the 4-credit course. Alumni and adult learners will pay only the costs of the program.
The Seminar opens up to a wider circle of students, alumni and adult learners the theme that gives the Jerusalem & Athens Forum (JAF) program its name: Tertullian's question, asked in the year 200, “What has Jerusalem to do with Athens, the Church with the Academy?”
Each January this special Great Books/Great Sites International Seminar applies Tertullian’s question to a in situ study of one or more of the perennial topics addressed by classical and Christian thinkers and artists in the medieval/Renaissance/early modern period of European history—topics that persisted through the sixteenth- and seventeenth-centuries of the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Counter-Reformation.
The 2017 winter seminar, led by classical scholar and gifted musician Dr. Graeme Bird, studies the relation of classical musical theory and harmony to the practice of architecture and art in the medieval-Renaissance period and compares pre-modern understanding of the nature and effect of music to the understanding and practice of music in our own postmodern age. Excursions to Florence, Rome, and Siena focus on art and architecture of particular relevance to the theme.
Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) and the Studio for Art, Faith & History collaborate in offering regular two-week Study Tours in Orvieto (Italy) on the theme: WHO MAKES THE ART WORK?
The next study tour is designed especially for Pastors, Priests, and Church Leaders:
The Uses of Art in the Life of the Church: pre-modern models for postmodern conditions
January 2017 (dates tbd)
The January 2017 study-tour offers pastors and church leaders a rich experience of artworks from medieval and Renaissance Italy, commissioned to support the work of the church in worship, devotion, and service. The art provides a frame for considering how we can foster in contemporary churches and Christian communities a more astute use of the arts in the work of the people, applicable to the features of contemporary culture but answerable to the traditions of the church.
Participants will visit dozens of masterworks by the great artists of the Renaissance. But we will see this art in situ – in the places where they did their work as pulpits, altarpieces, doors and baptismal fonts; in cathedrals and parish churches, and family chapels; in monastery cloisters, dining halls, and chapter houses; in town halls and guild halls.
Four excursion days punctuate the relaxed pace in Orvieto, making time for study and reflection, fine dining and wine-tasting, invigorating walking and exhilarating conversation – much of which will surely occur in the various cafés of Orvieto.
Retreat guests will sojourn in the thirteenth-century monastery of the Servite order in Orvieto – home of Gordon College’s arts-oriented semester program.
Cost for the study tour is provisionally set at $1,750. Included are lodging, meals, transportation on excursions, and all entrance fees. Not included are airfare and independent meals. Write Dr. Skillen for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning from Saint Benedict: spiritual formation for individuals and communities
January-February 2017 (exact dates tbd), Orvieto
In collaboration with the Studio for Art, Faith & History, Rev. Dr. Susan Skillen, Canon for Spiritual Formation of the Anglican Diocese in New England and director of Spiritual Retreats in Italy, leads a retreat exploring the life and Rule of Saint Benedict and the renewed relevance of the 'Benedictine alternative' in our own time.
Quiet days in Orvieto given to study, discussion, prayer, and lectio divina alternate with pilgrimage-excursions to the secluded monastery of Subiaco, the site of Benedict's first community, the Benedictine monastery of Monte Oliveto with its fresco cycle of the life of St. Benedict painted by Sodoma and Sigorelli, and other sites evocative of Benedictine community life.