The Michigan Center is pleased to present two upcoming events in 2020 that again emphasize the contributions of Christianity and Christian antiquity to the foundations of Western and American Culture.
On Thursday, January 23, 2020, at 7:00 PM, the Center is co-sponsoring with the Department of Middle East Studies at the University of Michigan a lecture program in conjunction with the Unversity’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Day celebrations. In the second of another Michigan Center series, A Celebration of Martin Luther King’s Biblical Legacy, this one entitled “Echoes of the Exodus in Dr. King’s Work.” Two speakers will present their perspectives on this topic, Dr. Brian Roby, Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies math the University of Michigan, and Dr. Aaron Chapman, Professor in Homiletics at Ashland Seminary. Dr. Roby will discuss Dr. King’s work from the perspective of Judaic understanding of the Exodus in the Bible. Dr. Chapman will examine the pastoral and social implications of Dr. King’s use of Exodus imagery in his speeches. The talks begin at 7:00 PM in the Michigan Room of the Michigan League on the University of Michigan campus. Following the talks and audience questions, the Center will host a light refreshments reception in the Kalamazoo Room across the hall.
In another upcoming event, on April 5, 2020, the Michigan Center co-sponsors with the Department of Middle East Studies another of it’s pre-concert talks on a University Musical Society performance, “The Passion According to St. Matthew, J.S. Bach, and Pier Paolo Pasolini.”. The UMS presents “Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion,” by Apollo’s Fire and Chorus at 4:00 PM on Saturday, April 5, in Hill Auditorium at the University of Michigan. The pre-concert talks will be presented in the Michigan Room of the Michigan League at 2:00 PM. Professor of Second Temple Judaism in the Department of Middle East Studies at the University of Michigan will discuss the relevant Passion text from the Gospel of St. Matthew and how Johann Sebastian Bach composed his great Passion based on the Gospel. His talk will be followed by a presentation by Professor Giorgio Bertellini of the Department of Film, Television, and Media at the University of Michigan examining the Passion as portrayed in film by director Pier Paolo Pasolini in his 1964 Il Angelo second Matteo (The Gospel According to St. Matthew). After these examinations of text, music, and film about the Passion, and audience questions, the Center will again host a light refreshments reception across the hall in the Kalamazoo Room of the Michigan League.
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