October 1, 2013
Public Lecture: “A History of Religion in 5 1/2 Objects” with Prof S. Brent Plate
Description: Join us for an Iliff public lecture and discussion on “A History of Religion in 5 ½ Objects” with author, Professor S. Brent Plate, Hamilton College.
Plate argues that religion has more to do with our bodies than our beliefs. He explores the stuff of everyday existence as a window into the way humans have formed religious communities, performed rituals, and connected with the realm of the sacred. Plate tells the stories of five objects, corresponding to the five senses, that people have engaged in sensory, symbolic, and sacred ways: stones, incense, drums, crosses, and bread.
S Brent Plate is Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Hamilton College. His books include Blasphemy: Art that Offends (2006), Religion and Film (2008) and the A History of Religion in 5 ½ Objects (forthcoming 2014). Plate is the managing editor of the journal Material Religion and serves on the editorial board of the American Academy of Religion.
*Date: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 4:45-6 p.m.
Location: Iliff School of Theology, Bartlett, 2201 S. University Blvd., Denver 80210