This second event in the Arts and Culture Series is presented in conjunction with Lee University’s Humanities Coalition, the Department of History, Political Science, and Humanities, and the Faculty Diversity Committee.
Powery’s lecture will be an interactive combination of spoken and sung word focusing on the historical context, spiritual themes, and musical influence of African American spirituals.
The evening will open with a performance by Lee music faculty Dr. Andrea Dismukes and Dr. John Wykoff. The duo will perform Wykoff’s new arrangement of the spiritual “Give Me Jesus.”
Powery will also speak in the Conn Center on Thursdayat 10:40 a.m., Lee’s regularly scheduled chapel service.
Powery is the dean of Duke Chapel and an associate professor of the practice of homiletics at Duke Divinity School. He received his doctorate in theology from Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, his master’s of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his bachelor of arts in music with a concentration in vocal performance from Stanford University.
His teaching and research interests are located at the intersection of preaching, worship, pneumatology, performance studies, and culture, particularly expressions of the African diaspora.
He is the author of “Spirit Speech: Lament and Celebration in Preaching” and “Dem Dry Bones: Preaching, Death, and Hope.”
In 2008, The African American Pulpit named Powery as one of "20 to Watch," an honor given to 20 outstanding black ministers under the age of 40 who are helping to shape the future direction of the church.
The Arts & Culture Series is intended to facilitate a conversation between artists, thinkers, and students about the complex relationship between art and faith.
Lee University faculty, students, and members of the community are encouraged to attend both services.