Monday, April 29, 2013

regent summer school | art & faith

Regent Summer School is amazing. It's what brought me to Vancouver 35 years ago (ouch), and that was just to study New Testament Greek, for goodness sake. Now they've got courses on art and everything!

I took a film course a few summers ago with Robert K. Johnston, and it was fantastic. Last summer I met with Ralph Wood to talk about the friendship between J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams - Dr Wood was here teaching on Tolkien, as he will be doing again this year. Several times I've co-taught a "Christianity & Theatre" course with Loren Wilkinson at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival - how I wish we could do that again!

Regent Summer School courses offer an amazing vacation from the rest of your life - even if you already live in Vancouver. The luxury of immersing in a subject for a week or two, out on the UBC campus. Some of my best experiences ever.

This year, they've gone so far as to create an "Art & Faith" track. Here's a rundown of what will be offered.

 J.R.R. Tolkien: Writer for Our Time of Terror, Ralph Wood
Faith, Hope, and Poetry, Malcolm Guite
Believing in Documentary, Iwan Russell-Jones
Modern Literature and the Question of Belief, Roger Lundin
Hollywood Cinema and the Christian Imagination, William Romanowski

More details at the Regent website, including video interviews with Summer Faculty, such as this interview with Dr. Iwan Russell-Jones. Iwan joined the Regent faculty two years ago with an arts focus, and we'll be teaching "The Vocation Of The Artist" together this fall!

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