Wednesday January 25, 2017
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
On campus in the executive dining room
As Protestants, our image-breaking heritage often embarrasses us. We have made up for this with an emphasis on art and beauty and culture making – all of which are good things. But what if our image breaking heritage is precisely what is needed in our image-saturated age? We are surrounded by images as never before, and many of them need to be broken. One of the missions of contemporary art is to break images as much as to create them; but this mission has stalled. Perhaps, Milliner suggests, an ecumenical coalition of Christians can do what contemporary art could not: liberate us from false images so that we can freshly encounter the image of the invisible God.
The Redeemer Centre for Christian Scholarship is proud to announce that Dr. Matthew Milliner (PhD, Princeton), professor of art history at Wheaton College, is the winner of the 2016 Emerging Public Intellectual Award. The $5,000 award recognizes emerging talent within the Christian academy that is making a public impact.
Redeemer will have the chance to hear directly from the award winner on January 25, 2017. Entitled “Culture Breaking: The Image of God in an Image-Driven World,” Dr. Milliner offers the prestigious The World and Our Calling lecture, the latest in a lecture series exploring the facets of the Christian calling to be engaged with our culture.
Dr. Milliner’s public lectures and writing span topics ranging from ancient Byzantine iconography to Salvador Dalí to The Walking Dead, connecting as unlikely topics as medieval art and the sashaying sharks of Katy Perry’s halftime show. A member of the United States Senate Curatorial Advisory Board, Dr. Milliner is a nationally recognized scholar gifted in uncovering the sacred stories that flow under and around the images we see and the encounters we have every day.
There will also be a morning chapel address from Dr. Milliner, entitled “There is One Spirit” at 11:00 a.m., as well as a panel discussion entitled “How to Pray for Katy Perry” in room 213 between 2:00-2:50 p.m.