Assistant professor of humanities Dr. Mary McCampbell will speak on “The Arts, Faith, and the Apocalyptic Imagination” at 7:30 p.m. in the Jones Lecture Hall in the School of Religion.
Monday’s lecture will address questions about why and how the arts can act prophetically in the life of the Christian.
McCampbell will discuss works by Flannery O’Connor, Sufjan Stevens, Howard Finster, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, among others.
McCampbell completed her doctoral work at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, where she focused on the relationship between postmodern fiction (authors Douglas Coupland, Don Delillo, Bret Easton Ellis, Chuck Palahniuk), late capitalist culture, and the religious impulse.
She has multiple publications on these topics, including chapters in “Sacred and Immoral: on the Writings of Chuck Palahniuk” and “Spiritual Identities: Literature and the Post-Secular Imagination.”
Her recent research has focused more specifically on the role of the prophetic in punk rock, soul, and hip-hop music, as well as on the rebirth of the religious imagination in indie rock.
The Arts & Culture Series is intended to facilitate a conversation between artists, thinkers, and students about the complex relationship between art and faith.
This year’s events will include a lecture by a visual artist, a lecture/discussion led by a Baylorx University film professor, a film showing by two student filmmakers, and a concert from a Brooklyn-based indie folk artist.
Lee University faculty, students, and interested members of the public are encouraged to attend.