Saturday, November 07, 2015

A Chance to Hear Me Speak: Lindenwood Faculty Colloquium on November 18, 2015

I just know, gentle readers, that the thing that you would most like to do, that would put the cherry on your day, week, month, or even year, is to hear me talk about theology. Well, if you live in the greater St. Louis area, now is your chance! I’ll be speaking with two of my colleagues – one from Anthropology and one from Art History – as part of this year’s Lindenwood University Faculty Colloquium Series. The topic for this colloquium is

Happiness in Art, Faith, and Culture

and the title of my talk is

“God Wants You to Be Happy: The Doctrine of Happiness in Christian Theology.”

This talk will be something of a free improvisation on Ellen Charry’s work in God and the Art of Happiness, which you should read if you have not yet done so. And if you have, read it again. (I did recaps on part 1 and part 2 of the book here at DET back in 2011, and if you look around for them you can find another post or two that came from the book.) I took a class through Charry’s work earlier in the year, and this talk will be something like a report on or distillation of that intellectual enterprise.

The colloquium will take place on November 18th, from 4:00 – 6:00pm in the AB Leadership Room in Lindenwood’s Spellmann Center. There will be cookies, and perhaps even coffee. For those of you who are more visually inclined, I include the event flyer below. Perhaps I’ll see you there!



Matthew Frost said...

You had me at "Cookies and beverages provided." (Not really, because I have a class that night, but it was up there.)

W. Travis McMaken said...

*looks for the "Like" button...

Matthew Frost said...

Best on the presentation. I'll be thinking of you as I drive up past St. Louis to get to my Wednesday night class even remotely on time!

W. Travis McMaken said...

Thanks, Matt. It's a shame you can't stop by.