The Society for the Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture



and its effect on the arts,
gender, mythologies and cultures

Saturday, November 15, 2008
at the apartment of Barbara Tamerin
120 East 81st Street
New York, New York

Will the biological implications from the scientific study of the brain affect the arts, gender, mythologies, and cultures? Has the innocence of our biological characteristics assumed an outdated authority?

The tradition of ARC attempts to penetrate the ultimate and unanswerable questions of our universal understanding of the arts, religions, and cultures. This day we will be deeply honored to have our renowned guests explore this critical subject. As we drown in the proliferation of our earth and hear the obsolete residue of religious dogmatics, hunger for the profound need for the universal healing from the arts, we hope this day will give us hope and better insights into this insightful exploration.

In the original spirit of ARC and its wine cellar gatherings in the apartments of Tillich and Niebuhr or Auden, this day will be celebrated in the gracious apartment of an ardent art supporter, Barbara Tamerin.

                                    With gratitude and joy these intellectual
                                                               “elite” dialogues create,
                                                                 Reverend Margo Fish

9:30 a.m.      Registration, continental breakfast and conversation

10:00 a.m.    Introduction to the Day
                    Margo Fish, Program Chair

10:15 a.m.    Michael Salcman with commentary by Daljit Dhaliwal

12:00 p.m.   Lunch

1:30 p.m.     Paul Knitter

3:00 p.m.     Daisy Joplin, violinist

4:00 p.m.     Wine, cheese, and conversation


Michael Salcman earned both his B.A. and M.D. from the Combined Program in Liberal Arts and Medical Education at Boston University. He is a model of the integration of the arts and sciences.   He has been writing poetry for forty years and his latest collection of poems, The Clock Made of Confetti, was published last year.  He has also served as President of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore. His essays on the relationship of the arts and sciences and the visual arts and the brain have appeared in many publications.

Daljit Dhaliwal anchors “Foreign Exchange,” a weekly international affairs program seen nation wide on PBS. She has covered many of the major international news stories of the last ten years, including the Iraq War, the War in Afghanistan, the Balkans conflict and the on-going conflict in the Middle East, to name a few. She has interviewed countless newsmakers. Recently she anchored Channel 13 acclaimed documentary series, Wide Angle, seen nation wide on PBS. Dhaliwal was born and educated in the UK and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of East London, a master’s degree from the University of London, and an honorary doctorate from the University of East London. She lives in New York.

Paul Knitter is the Paul Tillich Professor of Theology, World Religions and Culture at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He earned his doctorate at Marburg University in Germany and a licentiate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. His scholarly interests include religious pluralism and interfaith dialogue. Among the dozen books he has authored or edited are No Other Name (1985), One Earth Many Religions (1996), and The Myth of Religious Superiority (2005).

Daisy Joplin is a violinist who at the age of fourteen made her concert debut at the Royal Albert Hall in London. She has since performed in major festival and concert halls throughout the world including Carnegie Hall. She has also played solo performances of her own music such as in May 2005 at the opening of the Vienna Festival before an audience of 30,000 people. Her recordings have been issued by BMG RCA Victor and other companies.  See her creative website for more information on her career:

Margo Fish is a longtime ARC Fellow and serves on the Society’s Board of Directors. An author of two books of poetry with her illustrations, she is now collaborating with the Rev. James Forbes in illustrating a book of his sermons. She is also the Director of Paraclete, a center for Art and Education, in Lake Placid, NY, which hosts an active program of concerts and educational events. She also created the woodcut on this brochure’s cover.

Registration information:

Members/Fellows $55
Non-Members  $60; Students $15
Fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and reception.

To register
 please contact Charles Henderson
Tel: 212-870-2544 or

Please make check payable to ARC
and send to
Nelvin Vos, Executive Director, ARC
Box 15
Maxatawny, PA 19538
Phone and FAX 610-683-7581

More about ARC
including membership information and news about our recently published book:
 The ARC Story


From time to time the Board of Directors elects as Fellows individuals it identifies as having made a distinguished contribution to their respective fields. The list of Fellows elected over a period of nearly four decades thus exemplifies what the Society understands as the necessary and vital connections between art, religion and culture.

ARC Fellows


Winter 2008
An Alchemical Concert

The Recent Video Art of Hans Breder

Fall 2007
Continuity and Change in the Arts, Religion and Culture:
Blasphemy, Buddhism and the Bible

Spring 2007
Footpath Spiritpath

Intersections of Pilgrimage Travel
and Spiritual Journey

Spring 2006
The River is a Magic Thing

Fall 2005
Dance, Dance, Wherever You May Be

Spring 2005
Theology and the Arts as Play

Winter 2005
Uncertainty Principles in the Atoms of Language

Fall 2004
Languages that Shape the Soul

Spring 2004
The Moving Image

Winter 2004
Religion and the Visual Arts

Fall 2003
Theology and Music

Spring 2003
Theology and Poetry:
Languages that Shape the Soul

Winter 2003
Tracing the Garden

Fall 2002
Drawing on the Human

Spring 2002
Alfred Barr and
the Religious Dimension of Modernism

Winter 2002
A Theology of Beauty

Fall 2001
Lifting the Veil

May 2001

February 2001
Performance and Symposium

November 2000
Illuminations & Transformations:
Cross-Cultural Spiritual Dynamics 
in Music, Text, Dance and Film

May 2000
Alternative Readings: 
Sacred Text Embodied in Visual Art

February 2000
The Meaning of Myth

November 1999
Myth, Ritual and the Mediation of Violence

May, 1999
Writers' Ways with Loving and Dying

February, 1999 
The Divine Image
Implications for a changing image of God.

October, 1998 
Uneasy Constellations of Meaning
Theological Perceptions and Visual Images in Sixteenth Century Europe &
The Religious Art of Andy Warhol

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May, 1998 Meeting
AYNI: The Andean Concept of Reciprocity

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Charles Henderson, Executive Director



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