May 2001 Program Biographies


Poet, author of a collection of poetry, STRIKE ROOT, published by Fourway Books, an award winning of collection of poems.  Her poems have appeared in The Nation and Paris Review.


Thomas Berry founded the History of Religions Program at Fordham University and the Riverdale Center of Religious Research.  He won a Lannan Foundation Award for The Dream of the Earth.  Together with scientist Brian Swimme, he wrote The Universe Story:  Celebration of the Unfolding of the Cosmos.  His most recent book, The Great Work, Our Way Into the Future, demonstrates Father Thomas Berry’s concern with the well-being of the natural world as the dwelling place of all life.


A fellow of ARC, Al Carmines is a pastor, writer, composer, and performer.  He was the former pastor of the Judson Memorial Church and now pastor of the Rauschenbusch Church in New York City.  He is a graduate of Swarthmore College and earned his Divinity Degree at Union Theological Seminary in New York.  He has taught at Union Theological. Seminary and has received the Vernon Rice Award for his performance and the Drama Desk Award for Lyrics and Music and was awarded the Obie for Life Time Achievements.  He has composed ten plays and musicals.  Today’s performance taken from his opera Martyrs and Lullabies includes three characters:  Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Gertrude Stein and Bessie Smith.


Moore’s music spans many worlds of sound including symphony, opera, choral, blues gospel and chamber.  He has created dance scores for such choreographers as Alvin Ailey, Anna Sokolov, Garth Fagan and Donald Byrd. His symphonic works have been performed by such ensembles as the Cleveland, the New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestras. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center recently premiered his THE MYSTERY OF TAO on its Millennial Great Day. Moore’s Mass for the 21st Century was commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and has been performed many times around the globe since its 1994 debut at Lincoln Center. He is presently creating a work for a March 2002 premiere in Costa Rica sponsored by the University for Peace.

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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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