Through a Glass Darkly Symposium

The study of humankind's fascination with the apocalyptic is a vast field, and has increased in interest over the last three decades with the approach and passing of the start of a new millennium. It is a subject that spans cultures, religions, time and space, and one that resists easy categorical definition. In Through a Glass Darkly, scholars and artists gather each year to deliver presentations and engage in dialogue at the Heller Center for Arts & Humanities on the campus of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. The 2019 presenters include Christopher Adler (University of San Diego), Ian Boxall (Catholic University of America), Joanna Demers (University of Southern California), Lorenzo DiTommaso (Concordia University Montreal), Amy Frykholm, Katherine Guinness (UCCS), Suzanne MacAulay (UCCS), Colin McAllister (UCCS), Dorothea Olkowski (UCCS), Brett Whalen (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), and musicians Pablo Gómez and the Veronika String Quartet.

Through a Glass Darkly was founded in 2015 and is directed by Colin McAllister from the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. In 2018, Lorenzo DiTommaso of Concordia University Montreal joined as Co-Director. Through a Glass Darkly is generously underwritten by the UCCS Humanities Program, the Heller Center for Arts & Humanities, the UCCS Department of Visual and Performing Arts, the UCCS Department of History and the UCCS Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life. 


**All events take place at the Heller Center for the Arts & Humanities unless noted**

Friday, 15 March 2018

12:15pm - 1:30pm
Joanna Demers (University of Southern California)
The Apocalyptic Utopia of Edward Gibbon's New Jerusalem
**presented in conjunction with Third Friday Colloquia: Essays in Music

Monday, 18 March 2018

3:45pm - 4:30pm
Christopher Adler (University of San Diego)
Aeneas in the Underworld: a realization of apocalyptic narrative in music

4:30pm - 6:00pm
Opening Reception

7:30pm - 9:00pm
Concert (Chapman Foundations Recital Hall, Ent Center for the Performing Arts)
Christopher Adler - Aeneas in the Underworld (world premiere) featuring Colin McAllister, guitar and narrator with Pablo Gómez Cano, guitar and the Veronika String Quartet
Translations by Khang Le (Colorado College)

Tuesday, 19 March 2018

9:30am - 10:00am
Coffee and Pastries, Meet and Greet

10:00am - 10:15am
Welcome and Introduction (Colin McAllister)

10:15am - 11:15am
Suzanne MacAulay (UCCS) and Katherine Guinness (UCCS)
Artist talk/installation TBD

11:15am - 12:00pm
Brett Whalen (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Joachim of Fiore and the Apocalyptic Revival of the Twelfth Century 

12:00pm - 12:45pm
Amy Frykholm
Apocalypse and the Prosperity Gospel

12:45pm - 2:15pm
lunch in the Heller atrium

2:15pm - 3:00pm
Lorenzo DiTommaso (Concordia University Montreal)
The Common Medieval Apocalyptic Tradition

3:00pm - 3:45pm
Dorothea Olkowski (UCCS)
The Transubstantiation (Metousiosis) of the Transhuman (Metouanthró̱pinos): A Change of Substance (Ousia)?

3:45pm - 4:30pm
Ian Boxall (Catholic University of America)
Apocalyptic Sensibility in Renaissance Europe


Heller Center for Arts & Humanities
1250 N. Campus Heights Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Colin McAllister


About the Course

HUM 3990: Visions of Darkness: Apocalypse and Dystopia in Literature, Art & Film is a course in the UCCS Humanities program. Taught by Colin McAllister & Michaela Steen, the course addresses a wide range of topics under the general notions of apocalypse and dystopia as manifested in various ways and through a variety of media, including written texts in various genres (prophecy, poems, short-stories, novels), visual art (painting, wood-cuts, tapestry, digital imagery), music and film. The chronological and cultural scope is vast: from the cultures of ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, Israel and Egypt, through Islamic/Jewish and Christian perspectives in the Medieval and Renaissance to the modern day. Throughout the course, students are asked to relate notions of apocalypse and dystopia that have arisen throughout history to current events and perspectives.