Four Religious Perspectives on the Creation of Tradition
A comparative dialogue about
how different religious confessions approach tradition,
and about what the implications of these approaches are
for pedagogy and mission.
A conference to be held at the
of the Holy Cross
September 30-October 2, 2005
The fifteenth annual national conference
of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities
and the Arts will be held at
College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Presentations will be organized around the theme Keeping the Faith:
Four Perspectives on the Creation of Tradition.The conference
begins with registration starting at 2:30 pm on Friday,
September 30 in the Hogan Campus Center lobby and concludes
with a plenary session involving the keynote speakers
ending at 10:15 am Sunday, October 2.
Four distinguished scholars
and theologians will give plenary addresses: Alan Avery-Peck,
Kraft-Hiatt Professor of Judaic Studies and Chair, Department of Religious
Studies, College of the Holy Cross; John Thiel, Professor of Religious
Studies, Fairfield University; Margaret L. Bendroth, Executive
Director, American Congregational Association; and William
J. Abraham, Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies
and University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Southern
highlight of the conference promises to be Saturday evening’s
performance of works by world renowned composer Osvaldo Golijov,
including sections of his St. Mark Passion,
commissioned to commemorate the 250th anniversary of J. S.
Bach's death. The magnificent work for chorus, orchestra,
and soloists integrates multiple manifestations of Latin
America Christianity and Golijov's own Jewish roots in a
musical universe which critics and audiences in Europe and
America alike praised for encompassing popular and classical
idioms. A recording of St. Mark Passion (Hanssler
Classic label) received a Grammy nomination in 2002. Venezuelan
conductor Maria Guinand, who conducted that performance,
will conduct the performance at Holy Cross.
Participants will enjoy the award-winning architecture and landscaping of the Holy Cross campus, set on a hill with expansive views of eastern Massachusetts urban and rural vistas. Sessions will be held in Hogan Campus Center, Rehm Library, and Brooks Concert Hall, with vespers in Mary Chapel and Saint Joseph Memorial Chapel. The Friday evening reception and dinner will be held off-campus in the elegant 100-year-old Renaissance courtyard and contemporary Museum Café of the Worcester Art Museum in historic central Worcester. The first Arlin G. Meyer Prize, this year for a work of imaginative writing in the categories of fiction, poetry, dramatic script or screenplay, or original text for a music composition, will be awarded at the conference.
There is no registration fee for the conference. Participants
pay only their transportation. Accommodations (single supplements
available on a limited basis) and all conference meals are
provided. Faculty and administrative LFP representatives
will receive National Conference registration materials directly
from College of the Holy Cross. Thomas M. Landy, Associate
Director, Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture at Holy
is coordinating the conference.