Anne Perry to Discuss “Where Spirit Intersects Art” on March 1 in the Wilmette Institute’s Third Twentieth-Anniversary Web Talk

The third in a series of twelve monthly Web Talks marking the twentieth anniversary of the Wilmette Institute will be held on March 1. Wilmette Institute faculty member Anne Perry will be talking about “Where Spirit Intersects Art” at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (11 a.m. Pacific, 8 p.m. Western Europe Time). To join the talk, you should register ahead of time to receive a link to click on to join the Web Talk. We recommend that you join at least five minutes before the start time. You will “arrive in a waiting room” and will be “admitted” to the talk when it is about to begin.

AnnePerryIn her talk Dr. Perry will discuss how art and religion for centuries have had a dynamic and intertwined relationship, providing a fascinating field of study for those interested in the artistic dimensions of religion or in the religious/spiritual dimensions of art. Art and religion, while remaining distinct categories despite some remarkable overlapping, have influenced and enhanced each other. But they have also provided arenas for conflict. In a Bahá’í context, there are new opportunities for the convergence of art and religion. With PowerPoint slides Dr. Perry will focus on theoretical as well as actual ideas and examples.

Dr. Perry, who will be the lead faculty in the Wilmette Institute’s course The Bahá’í Faith and the Arts, which starts on March 10, teaches at the Art Institute of Dallas and has been a writer and practicing artist for many years. Her published essays include “Women in Art” (Journal of Bahá’í Studies); “The Dilemma of the Artist: Thoughts on the Development of Bahá’í Aesthetics” (The Creative Circle); and “Where Spirit and Art Intersect” (in book of the same title, published by George Ronald). She is the major author/editor of Green Acre on the Piscataqua and the editor of ORISON arts journal. With her husband, Tim Perry, she produced a feature-length film, Luminous Journey: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in America, 1912.  

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All Web Talks are given on Sundays and begin at 2 p.m. East Standard Time; 11 a.m. Pacific; 7 p.m. U.K.; 8 p.m. Western Europe. Talks scheduled for the remainder of 2015 include:

April 12: Dr. Moojan Momen, “The Re-Creation and Utilization of Community’s Memories: Shoghi Effendi and Bahá’í History”

May 3: Dr. Christopher Buck, “God and Apple Pie: Religious Myths and Visions of America”

June 7: Dr. Sandra Lynn Hutchison, “What Every Reader of the Bahá’í Writings Needs to Know”

August 30: Dr. Susanne Alexander, “Healthy, Unified Marriages as Service to Humanity”

September 6: Dr. Arthur Lyon Dahl, “Navigating the Storm: The Transition to Sustainability”

September 28: Dr. Baharieh Rouhani Maani, “The Leaves of the Twin Divine Trees”

October 18: Dr. Sovaida Maani Ewing, “Building a World Federation: The Key to Solving Our Global Crises”

November 15: Dr. Steve Friberg, “Science and Religion”

December 6: Dr. Michael Penn, “The Nature of the Human Mind: A Bahá’í Perspective”

Click here for information on the Web Talks and the speakers.

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