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March 24, 2006
Faith & Arts in Culture Seminar


The University of Dubuques second Faith & Arts in Culture Seminar (FACS) is scheduled for Wednesday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Couchman Reading Room, Charles C. Meyers Library. This event will feature artist Lyle Vander Broek who is also a New Testament professor at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (UDTS).

Lyle Vander Broek has been a professor of New Testament studies at UDTS since 1983. His publications in the field include Literary Forms in the New Testament (coauthor) and Breaking Barriers: The Possibilities of Christian Community in a Lonely World. In addition to his vocation as a biblical scholar, Vander Broek has maintained a long-term interest in the visual arts, both as a painter and as a participant in the ongoing dialogue about Christianity and art. His lecture will use his own varied paintings as a springboard for a discussion of what it means to "see" as a Christian, and why the visual arts play such an important role in the Christian experience of joy.

FACSeminars are intended to explore how each presenter's faith has informed art or art has informed his or her faith. FACS is a student lead initiative at UDTS with a mission to participate in the University of Dubuque's Vision 2008, to distinguish itself "...as a dynamic and vibrant cultural center where a diversity of ideas and experiences are embraced and nurtured..." where the undergraduate and seminary community becomes "...unified as a community where Christian commitment, intellectual integrity, and academic excellence are the bases for learning..." The seminars are geared toward stimulating discussion between undergraduate and graduate students, as well as with the community of faith in the larger Dubuque community.

As part of FACS commitment to promoting the intersecting of Faith, Arts, and Culture on the campus of the University of Dubuque, each year, two professors who have shown competence
within the arenas of both faith studies and art expression will be honored as FACScholars. FACScholars will be selected from the UD/UDTS community, with opportunities for participation within the greater college community of Dubuque, including Clarke, Emmaus, Loras, and Wartburg Seminary. As well, FACS will honor two FACScholarship recipients, awarding scholarships to two UD/UDTS students who show promise in their ability to articulate the intersecting of their particular faith with their particular art.

Persons who are interested in participating on the committee or would like to be considered as a presenter are asked to contact Lis Lumpp at LLumpp@dbq.edu or Teresa Bartlett at TBartlet@dbq.edu.