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RobinRobin Jensen is the Luce Chancellor’s Professor of the History of Christian Art and Worship at Vanderbilt University, where she teaches courses in both the Department of the History of Art and the Divinity School. Most of her research and writing focused on the interpretation of early Christian art and architecture, partially by consideration of ritual practices and dogmatic considerations as revealed through liturgical documents, homilies, and other textual evidence. Her courses, however, range more broadly and include a seminar of the Virgin Mary in Christian art, text, and tradition; a multi-disciplinary introduction to the history of Christian liturgy; a seminar on sacred time and the Christian liturgical year; and a survey of Christian art and architecture.

Robin is the current President of the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Early Christian Studies; ARTS: Art in Religious and Theological Studies; Faith and Form: The Interfaith Forum for Religion, Art, and Architecture; and Cross-Currents Magazine. She is the author of Understanding Early Christian Art (Routledge, 2000); The Substance of Things Seen (Eerdmans, 2004); Face to Face: Portraits of the Divine in Early Christianity (Fortress: 2005); and Living Water: Images, Symbols and Settings of Early Christian Baptism (forthcoming, Brill, 2009). With Kimberly Vrudny, she has recently edited a collection of essays: Visual Theology (Liturgical Press, 2009). She is also co-editor of a data-base and forthcoming catalogue of early Christian baptisteries in the Mediterranean world, and co-author of Discipline, Devotion, and Dissent: The Practice of Christianity in Roman Africa (Johns Hopkins Press, forthcoming).

 

Dave PerkinsDave Perkins came to Vanderbilt University after 25 years in the music industry where, as a recording artist, guitarist, songwriter, and record producer, he had professional associations with a number of America’s great musicians and performers such as Carole King and Ray Charles.  Dave earned the Master of Divinity at Vanderbilt Divinity School and the Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University where he was a graduate fellow at The Center for the Study of Religion and Culture. Dave has scholarly and personal interests in music, visual art, film, and cross-disciplinary culture studies.  He teaches courses on theological aesthetics, songwriting, creativity, popular religion in the arts, and Christianity's ongoing presence in American pop music.  A portion of Dave's work on the contemporary worship music industry is forthcoming in The Spirit of Praise: Music and Worship in Global Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity (Penn State University Press).  His 2009 album, Pistol City Holiness, which combines blues and alternative rock themes has been called a blues-rock masterpiece by critics.  Dave's latest recording is the soundtrack for the feature film Deadline.  It was released in 2012 on Lugnut Records. 


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