7:30 p.m. - Lindsay-Crossman Chapel
Join Dr. Christopher Pramuk on February 23-24 for three presentations on the theme "Awakening the Dead: The Power of Music and Art as Hope for the Living."

Faith & Life Lecture Series

February 23, 2022


Three presentations on the theme

"Awakening the Dead: The Power of Music and Art as Hope for the Living" 
with Dr. Christopher Pramuk

Photo of Dr. Christopher Pramuk

In his book "The Artist Alive: Explorations in Music, Art and Theology," Dr. Christopher Pramuk suggests that what divides us across so many explosive fault lines today — political and religious, racial and economic — is rooted ultimately in a profound poverty and captivity of imagination. The poets and prophets, artists and saints, awaken our capacity to see and feel from within the life-worlds of others, including the ancestors, the forgotten dead.

Wednesday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m.
"You Can’t Blow Out a Fire: Singing the Power of Resurrection Faith"
Lindsay-Crossman Chapel

Dr. Pramuk will explore with us the fertile boundaries between the artistic and prophetic imagination and the galvanizing relationship in movements for social justice between the living and the dead, drawing from the music of the spirituals, Peter Gabriel, U2 and the insights of Jewish philosopher Walter Benjamin.

Thursday, February 24 at 10 a.m.
"Bringing Nativity into the Apocalypse: The Quiet Courage of Artist William Hart McNichols"
Lindsay-Crossman Chapel

Dr. Pramuk will examine the same dynamism of empathy and prophetic hope in the encounter with visual art, examining the life and courageous vision of Catholic priest and renowned iconographer Fr. William Hart McNichols.

Thursday, February 24 at 2 p.m.
A panel discussion on "Imagination: The Realm of Hope"
Sandstone Three, Strosacker Hall

Dr. Pramuk looks to Bruce Springsteen and others for summary insights on the imagination as the realm of shared hope for life together in society.

About Dr. Christopher Pramuk 

Dr. Christopher Pramuk is Regis University Chair of Ignatian Thought and Imagination and an Associate Professor of Theology, which means that his work at Regis is a kind of beautiful hybrid of Jesuit mission-related initiatives as well as teaching courses in theology and spirituality.

He is the author of six books, including two award-winning studies of the famed Catholic monk and spiritual writer Thomas Merton, as well as "Hope Sings, So Beautiful: Graced Encounters Across the Color Line," a meditation on race relations in society and church. His latest book, "The Artist Alive: Explorations in Music, Art, and Theology," draws from his many years of using music, poetry and the arts in the classroom.

Pramuk lectures widely around the country and has led retreats on topics such as racial justice, Ignatian spirituality and the witness of Thomas Merton.

The Faith & Life Lecture Series is free and open to the public, however registration is recommended. Feel free to attend one or all three events.

For more information, please call 440-826-2172.

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Event Registration

Please complete the following form to register for the 2022 Faith & Life Lecture Series. Your online registration is good for all three events.