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"We do not use symbols, we are symbols
These images create us no less than we create them.
Change our images and we change ourselves. "

"We cannot live with a traditional God and
we cannot live without God. "

The Mid Winter Symposium of
The Society For the Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture

Saturday, February 6, 1999
The House of the Redeemer
7 East 95th Street, New York, NY

9:30 -- COFFEE

10:00 -- INTRODUCTION  Dr. Howard Fish


10:30 -- LECTURE  Prof. Michio Kaku

11:30 -- MUSIC  Mark Harvey and Ken Filiano

CONVERSATION  An interchange of ideas with colleagues and guests

12:30 -- LUNCH

1:30 -- LECTURE  Prof. George Pappastavrou

2:30 -- MUSIC/ ART

  Mark Harvey and Ken Filiano
Barbara Kerstetter, Vincent Ceglia, Thomas George

3:30 -- DIALOGUE All participants.




PROF. MICHIO KAKU  Professor of Theoretical Physics at the City College of the City University of New York, graduated from Harvard and received his Ph.D. from Berkeley. He is the author of BEYOND EINSTEIN (with Jennifer Trainer), QUANTUM FIELD THEORY: A MODERN INTRODUCTION, and INTRODUCTION  TO SUPERSTRINGS. He is also the author of HYPERSPACE, a scientific odyssey through parallel universes, time warps, and the 10th dimension. His most recent hook. is VISIONS, how science will revolutionize the 21st century.

PROF. GEORGE PAPPASTAVROU  Professor for 31 years in the School of Music at Syracuse University. His degrees in Piano are from the Julliard School of Music. He has performed throughout the United States, Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the Peoples, Republic of China, where he has been invited to give lecture recitals at 10 schools of music in 1987, 1988 and 1990. He is a member of the Board of the Charles lves Society and is presently preparing a revised edition of the THREE QUARTERTONE PIECES FOR TWO PIANOS for re-publication by C.F. Peters.

MARK HARVEY  Mark is an ARC Fellow, performer/composer, minister and teaches at MIT. With his Aardvark Jazz Orchestra he has appeared throughout the Northeast,  at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Princeton University, Union Theological Seminary and many other venues. He lectures widely on jazz, religion, and culture and his essays have appeared in THEOLOGY TODAY, SOUNDINGS, BLACK SACRED MUSIC, RELIGION AND INTELLECTUAL LIFE (now CROSS CURRENTS) and anthologies on jazz and American studies

KEN FILIANO Ken has performed previously for ARC gatherings as well as at the Chautauqua Institution and Saint Peter's Church. He is active as a much-in-demand bassist with jazz and classical ensembles in New York, on the West Coast, and in major festivals throughout Europe. He recorded numerous CDs with leading jazz artists and currently works with both modern dancers and tango ensembles.

MARGO FISH Fellow of A.R.C. Graduated from Union Theological Seminary. She is an artist whose works are in private collection throughout the United States and Europe. Her major gallery is The Hanover Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is founder of Circle of Stone, an International project for the conservation of the nunnery on lona, Scotland. Her forth coming book is THE LEGACY OF RELIGIONS IMAGES. She and her husband are founders and directors of Paraclete, a center for Art, Religions' and Education.

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Cosmic Joy, Margo Fish

HOWARD FISH  Fellow of A.R.C., Princeton University. B.A., Harvard, M. Div., Edinburgh University, Scotland, Ph.D. He has taught at Phillips Exeter Academy and was the head of the Religion Department and Chaplain of Lawrenceville School. He has lectured extensively on William Blake, Frederich Nietzsche, and Isadora Duncan, and is Chairman of the Boards of National Sports Academy in Lake Placid, New York and Solaris Dance Theater in New York.

Art is closest to the political theory of perpetual revelation. "Any transformation is diminished in the absence of art". Gibson Winter

The paradigm is sliding off the ceiling from God Creator to Gaia as process. The artist has eloped with ontology. How do dogmas of religions inherit this transformation and remain rooted in a theology? The resymbolization of the present age will inform and empower a creative praxis. The fragile earth is the inheritor of our images.


BARBARA KERSTETTER  A New York based artist, degrees include The Boston Museum School. Her works have been shown in solo exhibitions in France and United States. Her many major commissions include the graduate School of City University of NY, and The Mercantile Exchange.

VINCENT CEGLIA  A New York and Bucks County artist, has had over 50 one person shows, received the National Academy Design award in 1994 for painting and he was recently the recipient of the Philadelphia Crest Medal Watercolor club for his distinguished career in the visual arts. His work is in private collections in this country and in Europe.

THOMAS GEORGE   His works are in private collections and museums and corporations. His paintings were shown at the Betty Parsons Gallery for 20 years. Tom George, who resides in Princeton, has had over seventy five one person shows throughout United States and Europe.

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