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Representing the Sacred: World Religions and Artistic Expression

November 4, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Religious imagery and iconography is as old as worship itself. This seminar will take an interdisciplinary and transcultural look at the roles art and architecture have played in religious practice over time and across the world. Jennifer Gates-Foster will explain how ancient Egyptian objects, as beautiful and appealing as they may be, were created to enhance cultic observances and rituals in Pharaonic Egypt. Glaire Anderson will examine medieval Islamic architecture and the ways these artistic edifices contributed to worship practices during the age of the caliphs. Carolyn Allmendinger will focus on oil painting during the Protestant Reformation. Barbara Ambros will lead us through the art and material culture of Buddhist religious traditions.


The Power and Purpose of Religious Imagery in Pharaonic Egypt

Jennifer Gates-Foster, Assistant Professor of Classical Archaeology

Science and Islamic Arts in the Age of the Caliphs

Glaire D. Anderson, Associate Professor of Islamic Art History

Art in Luther’s Wittenberg: Lucas Cranach’s paintings of the Mass of St. Gregory

Carolyn Allmendinger, Director of Academic Programs, Ackland Art Museum

Buddhist Art and Iconography

Barbara Ambros, Professor of Religious Studies

Representing the Sacred across Cultures and History

A panel discussion with our speakers


9:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017. The tuition is $125 ($110 by September 1). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($55 by September 1). Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional lunch is $15.00.

For information about lodging click here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

Register for this seminar.


November 4, 2017
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Chapel Hill Campus
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