September 25, 2003
Alan Lightman explores the possible dimensions and perceptions of time in his celebrated novel Einstein’s Dreams. He joins artists from the People’s Branch Theatre, and Vanderbilt professor of religious studies and psychiatry in a discussion of the strangeness of physical reality and human relationships in time, while providing insight into one of the greatest triumphs of the human imagination, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.
Artistic Director, Mockingbird Theatre
Profressor and Chair of Religious Studies Department, Professor of Psychiatry, and Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Culture, Vanderbilt University
author of Einstein’s Dreams and Reunion, and the John Burchard Professor for Humanities and Senior Lecturer in Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Artistic Director, People’s Branch Theatre
To learn more about the theatrical performance of Einstein’s Dreams, which was adapted for the stage by David Alford and Bryan Niece, please visit www.peoplesbranch.org.
A portion of the proceeds collected at this luncheon were donated to the People’s Branch Theatre.
October 16, 2003
Featuring Bill Shannon
Known internationally as a conceptual, interdisciplinary performance and media artist, Bill Shannon considers his work to be rooted in New York street/club culture and informed by the fine arts. As a choreographer and dancer, Bill embraces his own “disability continuum” through the use of his crutches and skateboards in his self-described “Shannon Technique.” He will discuss and demonstrate his latest work-in-progress, Weeble-Tech, a multimedia project that combines dance, visual imagery, and an original soundscore, and is inspired by breakdance, street-skating, and modern dance forms.
To learn more about Bill Shannon and the “Shannon Technique, please visitwww.whatiswhat.com.
A portion of the proceeds collected at this luncheon were donated to Very Special Arts
New York’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre founder and artistic director Abdel Salaam joins Vanderbilt Professor of Religious Studies Richard McGregor in an exciting dialogue exploring the harmony and dissonance between Islam and Christianity. Academia teams with the arts to seek creative ideas for peace. Inspiring African and classical ballet dance excerpts celebrate the influence of spirituality and religion throughout history and examine the development of our cultures - in a way only the arts can.
Artistic Director and Founder of the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company
Richard McGregor, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Department, Vanderbilt University
A portion of the proceeds collected at this luncheon will be donated to The Village Cultural Arts Center