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Cultivating Creativity: Painting, Poetry, Theology

by Melissa Schubert, Trevor Hart, Dan Callis & Chris Davidson

An esteemed panel of scholars -- including literature scholar Melissa Schubert, artist Dan Callis, poet Chris Davidson, and theologian Trevor Hart -- discuss the messiness and meaningfulness of making art, poetry, and theology.



Dr. Trevor Hart has served as Professor of Divinity and Director of the Institute for Theology, Imagination & the Arts at St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland, (one of the oldest universities in the world) since the inception of the institute in 2000. ITIA was established to bring imagination and the arts into constructive conversation with Christian theology and to pursue a more rounded theological vision of what it  is to be human in God’s world. Dr. Hart is currently completing a three-volume set of books dealing with aesthetics and the Christian faith. Literature and Language; Making Good: Creation, Creativity and Artistry; and Patterns of Performance: Art, Imagination and Christian Hope will be released in late 2013 and early 2014. 


Dan Callis, art professor at Biola University has been professionally active in the art community since 1983. He exhibits regionally and nationally on an ongoing basis and has had his work included in international exhibitions in England and Italy. He received his MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 1986. On faculty at Biola University since 1987, he has also taught at USC and a number of area community colleges. He currently maintains a studio in downtown Los Angeles. His work is heavily influenced by a social consciousness that informs the subject matter as well as the process. Issues ranging from developmental disabilities, ecological stewardship and faith-based narratives are evidenced in the work on an ongoing basis.


Chris Davidson received his B.A. in English from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and his M.F.A. from the University of California at Irvine. He directs the Biola University's English department composition program and the writing center, as well as taching courses in poetry writing and composition. His poetry has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Caesura, Cimarron Review, CRATE, Dust Up, Orange Coast Review, and other journals. He is currently working on a manuscript of poems entitled TK.


Melissa Schubert teaches great books at Biola University's Torrey Honors Institute. She happily studies Early Modern English literature, finding the prolific pens of such poets as Shakespeare, Spenser, and Milton to be plenty fascinating. She is especially interested in the intersections between theology and literature in the English Reformation, in the reformation of poetics that concurred with that of the church. Beyond this, Melissa is serious about at least a few other things: gardening (unskilled amateur), Scrabble (skilled amateur), and being an auntie (aspiring professional).

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