2012–2013 Lecture Series: “Beyond Aesthetics: Philosophical and Theological Construals of Art”

The lecture series will offer an interdisciplinary examination of the relation between aesthetic and other forms of value in the modern world, including the nature of beauty and sublimity, the rise and fall of aesthetics as a discipline, and the claims of the“end” of art (including the consequences—philosophical, religious or otherwise—that might follow from such claims).

“Real and Artificial Beauty: The Mythology of Women and Their Jewelry”

The Leroy and Rita Rouner Memorial Lecture
Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School, University of Chicago

Wednesday, September 19, 5 p.m.
Boston University, The Castle, 225 Bay State Road
Moderator: M. David Eckel, Department of Religion and Director, Core Curriculum, Boston University
Commentator: Stephanie Nelson, Chair, Department of Classics, Boston University

“Rethinking Religion and Art”

Nicholas Wolterstorff, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Yale University

Wednesday, October 3, 5 p.m.
Boston University School of Law, Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor
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“Evolution, Personalism, and Art: A. F. Losev’s Aesthetics”

Oleg Bychkov, Professor of Theology, St. Bonaventure University

Wednesday, October 17, 5 p.m.
Boston University School of Law, Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor

“On Some Relations between Religious Art and the Contemporary Artworld”

James Elkins, E. C. Chadbourne Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Wednesday, October 31, 5 p.m.
Boston University School of Law, Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor

“Greek Gods and the Archaic Aesthetics of Life”

Stephen Halliwell, Professor of Greek, School of Classics, University of St. Andrews

Wednesday, November 7, 5 p.m.
Boston University School of Law, Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor
Commentator: Charles Griswold, Department of Philosophy, Boston University
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“Art’s Abject Other or the ‘New Cool’: Rethinking the Art/Craft Dichotomy”

Larry Shiner, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, History and Visual Arts, University of Illinois at Springfield

Wednesday, November 28, 5 p.m.
Boston University School of Law, Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor
Commentator: Franco Cirulli, Core Curriculum, Boston University
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“Beyond Aesthetics: Sacred Music as a Calling”

Gordon Graham, Henry Luce III Professor of Philosophy and the Arts, Princeton Theological Seminary

Wednesday, December 5, 5 p.m.
Boston University School of Law, Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor
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Annual IPR Colloquium on the Philosophy of Religion: Levinas in His Context

A Series of Lectures by Myriam Bienenstock, Department of Philosophy, University François Rabelais at Tours (France)

Lecture 1: The French Connection, Wednesday, April 10, 5 p.m.
Lecture 2: The German Connection, Wednesday, April 17, 5 p.m.
Lecture 3: The Jewish Connection, Wednesday, April 24, 5 p.m.

Boston University
Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies
Board Room, 2nd Floor
147 Bay State Road
This series of lectures is cosponsored by the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies.

The Boston University Institute for Philosophy & Religion was established in 1969/1970 to explore major issues in philosophy, theology, religion, and the humanities through lectures, colloquia, research projects, and publications. The programs are designed to transcend disciplinary divisions between religious and philosophical inquiry. The institute is an academic unit of the Boston University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and is cosponsored by the School of Theology, the Department of Religion, and the Department of Philosophy. Funding for this year’s lecture series has been generously provided by the Boston University Center for the Humanities.