See Through Stories: Windows on the World

In an exciting collaboration between the University of Kent, the Visual Commentary on Scripture project, King’s College, London and Canterbury Cathedral, the Department of Religious Studies has brought together some of the most widely-respected experts and historians on stained glass and theology in a special series of talks entitled ‘See Through Stories: Windows on the World’ about the iconic Miracle windows at Canterbury Cathedral.

Participants will have the opportunity to view the windows prior to each talk, which will explore how these windows were made, the stories they tell, the biblical figures they illustrate and their relevance for today.

This series features six presentations by leading public speakers:

1 May
Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris (Principal, Leo Baeck College)
‘Who Do You Think You Are?: The Use of Genealogies in the Construction of Identity from the Bible to the BBC’

8 May
Professor Vincent Lloyd (Villanova University USA)
‘Ambivalence of Charisma: Moses from Hollywood to Canterbury’

15 May
Professor Ben Quash and Dr Michelle Fletcher (King’s College, London)
‘Where Do I Turn? Genesis 19 on When Things Fall Apart’

18 September
Professor Tod Linafelt (Georgetown University, USA)
‘What Does it Mean to be Human?: Adam (and Eve) Inside and Outside the Garden’

25 September
Neil McGregor (Founding Director Humboldt Forum, Berlin; former Director of the British Museum)
‘The Shepherds, the Magi and the Presentation in the Temple’

9 October
Paula Gooder (British theologian, Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral)
‘On Veiling and Unveiling: Church and Synagogue in Stained Glass and the Writings of Paul’

Tickets are £8 per talk or £35 for the series. Entrance is FREE for school students and teachers, and university students. All places, free and paid-for, must be booked online in advance.

Please arrive at 18.30 in the Cathedral, if you wish, for a view of the window(s) relevant to that evening (or at 17.30 for Choral Evensong beforehand). Each talk begins at 19.00 in the Clagett Auditorium, Cathedral Lodge/Study Centre.

Organised by the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Kent, and Canterbury Cathedral. The University would like to record its thanks for the support of the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral.