SARTS Annual Meeting 2011 Recap

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In November, the Society sponsored a number of meetings and sessions at the national conference of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in San Francisco.

Presentations by both senior and emerging scholars, opportunities for networking with like-minded scholars in the arts, religion, and theological studies, for mentoring, and for discussing trends in our various arenas of creative and scholarly work made this a rich brew.

On Friday afternoon (November 18th), we co-sponsored a session with the Arts, Literature and Religion Section of the AAR. A panel of noted scholars and graduate students addressed the topic of “New Frontiers in Theological Aesthetics: Taking Stock and Charting Courses.” Designed to honor the work of Alejandro Garcia-Rivera, the panel featured energetic short three-person presentations on topics that Alex addressed.
Read more about the panel here.

That evening we held our annual SARTS reception, where we honored the artistic work of the late Stephen De Staebler. A recent double issue of ARTS, edited by Diane Apostolos-Cappadona and Wilson Yates, featured Stephen’s sculpture. It was supported by the Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education (CARE) at the Graduate Theological Union. In addition, the many contributions of the late Doug Adams were also featured as we drank wine and ate tasty desserts.

Two presentations followed on Saturday morning (November 19). First, the 2011 Luce Fellow, Sara Patterson of Hanover College presented her research in a lively talk titled, “A Gimme Mountain: Religious Expression and Experience at Salvation Mountain.” Second, Bay Area poet Jane Hirshfield offered a stimulating and inspiring talk titled, “Given Sugar, Given Salt: Poetry, Art, and Inclusion.”
Read more about poet Jane Hirshfield's presentation here.

Please read more about these events on our website. And plan to join us next year in Chicago!