The Sixth Annual Borsch-Rast Lecture

Friday, March 3rd 2023, 5:00pm
GTU Dinner Board Room, 2400 Ridge Road Berkeley, CA 94709

The event will be hybrid with an in-person audience located in the GTU Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library. Contact Sabrina Kennedy by February 21 by 5:00pm at if you would like to attend in person.

The Graduate Theological Union is pleased to host Dr. Kathryn Barush, Thomas E. Bertelsen Jr. Associate Professor of Art History and Religion, as the sixth annual Borsch-Rast Lecture for 2021 publication, Imaging Pilgrimage: Art as Embodied Experience (Bloomsbury Visual Arts). Dr. Barush will be joined by Dr. Simon Coleman, who will be responding to her book. Dr. Coleman is Chancellor Jackman Professor, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto and his most recent book is Powers of Pilgrimage: Religion in a World of Movement.

In her acclaimed book, Dr. Barush explores contemporary artworks created after pilgrimage experiences, which are intended to act as a catalyst for the embodied experience of others. Each chapter focuses on a contemporary artwork that links one landscape to another—from the Spanish Camino to a backyard in the Pacific Northwest, from Lourdes to South Africa, from Jerusalem to England, and from Ecuador to California, ultimately comprising the first full-length study to engage contemporary art that has emerged out of the embodied experience of pilgrimage.

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