Cushing Lecture in Religious Studies

March 20, 2013

Time: 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Location: Chemistry Lecture Hall (room 114)


Fr. O'Donovan
Fr. O'Donovan

The Department of Religious Studies presents an event in the Cushing Distinguished Lecture Series.

This year's lecture, the Justin Kelly, S.J. Lecture in Theology and Spirituality, will feature Rev. Leo J. O'Donovan, S.J., former president of Georgetown University, who will give the presentation, "The seduction of the sacred: Art and theology in dialogue."

Since earliest history human beings have been led by beauty toward truth and the presence of God. In more recent centuries an art of protest has used distortion and intentional ugliness to awaken viewers to the suffering and injustice around them. Can art in our contemporary global world still function as a lure of transcendence? Or should we "look for another"? This lecture with slides will respond to that question while reflecting also on how art communicates religious understanding in ways theology cannot, while theology provides reflective understanding that art does not.

The lecture, in the Chemistry Building, room 114, will be followed by a reception.

For more information about Fr. O'Donovan, download the event flyer (PDF).

RSVP: Unnecessary

Contact: James Tubbs, professor of Religious Studies
Phone: 313-578-0355
Email: tubbsjb@udmercy.edu