Contemporary religion and art are sometimes seen as being segmented from each other, even though, traditionally, art and faith have often been fused. What does art and an individual's response to art look like when survival in a time of war is at stake? Can art function as a prayer, as choreographer Jose Limon intended for his work “Missa Brevis”? Can a non-believer (like Limon) access and accent expressions of traditional faith through his/her art and thus provide a bridge of understanding among faith communities and nonbelievers? These questions are arguably, at the center of our current "war on terror" and at the center of how we present the history of war, including WWII. They are also questions at the center of religious misunderstanding and, thus, the persistence of wars.
In this segment, moderator, Max Werner prompts panelists with discussion questions and the audience participates in a Q & A.
Caroline Prohosky (Contemporary Dance, BYU)
Dr. Jerry L. Jaccard, (BYU School of Music, Kodaly scholar)
Dodge Billingsley (CFR Media/Combat Films and Research)
Father Andrzej Skrzypiec (Pastor of St. Ambrose Parish & administrator of J.E. Cosgriff School in Salt Lake City)
Maximilian Werner, (Asst. Professor, Writing Program UofU and author)--moderator
This program received funding from the Utah Humanities Council. The Utah Humanities Council promotes understanding of human traditions, values, and issues through informed public discussion.