Visual and Performing Arts

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The study of humankind's fascination with the apocalyptic is a vast field, and has gained currency over the last two 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 2018 presenters include John J. Collins (Yale Divinity School), Ian Paul (University of Nottingham), Daniel G. Hummel (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Francis X. Gumerlock (Providence Theological Seminary), Derek Keller (Cosumnes River College), Lorenzo DiTommaso (Concordia University Montreal), artists De Lane Bredvik and Wendy Mike, Jackson Crawford (University of Colorado, Boulder), Suzanne MacAulay (UCCS) and Colin McAllister (UCCS). All will join the course HUM 3990: Visions of Darkness: Apocalypse and Dystopia in Literature, Art & Film for a concluding roundtable discussion.

Through a Glass Darkly was founded in 2015 and is directed by Colin McAllister, Music Program Director in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. In 2018, Lorenzo DiTommaso of Concordia University Montreal will join 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.


Monday, 19 March 2018

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Derek Keller (Cosumnes River College)
The End Times Are a’ Changin’ for guitar and electronics
* * world premiere performance and discussion * *

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Opening Reception and Book Release Party for:
Tyconius of Carthage: Exposition of the Apocalypse, translated by Francis X. Gumerlock (Catholic University of America Press, 2017)
The Embroidered Bible: Studies in Biblical Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha in Honour of Michael E. Stone, edited by Lorenzo DiTommaso, Matthias Henze and William Adler (Brill, 2017)

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

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

10:00 am - 10:15 am
Welcome and Introduction (Lorenzo DiTommaso)

10:15 am - 11:00 am
Suzanne MacAulay (UCCS), De Lane Bredvik, Wendy Mike and Jackson Crawford (Univ. of Colorado, Boulder) Ragnarök: Anthropocene - An Art Installation

11:00 am - 11:45 am
Daniel G. Hummel (Univ. of Wisconsin) American Evangelicals and the Apocalypse

11:45 am - 12:30 pm
John J. Collins (Yale Divinity School) Apocalypticism Between Judaism and Christianity

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
lunch at the Heller Center

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Colin McAllister (UCCS) and Lorenzo DiTommaso (Concordia University Montreal) Dies irae, dies illa: Music in the Apocalyptic Mode

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Ian Paul (University of Nottingham) Character discontinuity and interpretive method in reading John's apocalypse

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Coffee break

4:45 pm - 7:00 pm
HUM 3990 Class Session, roundtable discussion with all presenters *in University Hall 109*

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 rubric 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.