Jesus’ Face through Art and Culture
Prof. Ivelisse Valentín Vera
Course Description: Who is Jesus and what do I know about him through the arts and popular culture? This course will study the representations of Jesus in visual arts such as painting, film and graphic arts throughout history; from its religious and cultural context. We will discuss how these have contributed to the interpretation of the biblical texts and the understanding of the Sacred. We will also analyze how these representations of Jesus influence culture, church and our understanding of Jesus as the central figure of Christianity.
About the Instructor: Ivelisse Valentín Vera is Director of Chaplaincy and Professor at the School of Theology of the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, Metropolitan Campus. She holds a doctoral degree in ministry from Drew University, Theological School in the area of “Communication languages in the digital era”. Also, a Master’s in Divinity from the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), from the Maryland Institute College of Arts; and a Diplomate as Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Supervisor, from the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy, NY.
Dates: The course will run for 6 weeks beginning on April 12, 2021.
Cost: Tuition for the upcoming inaugural course is $100 (this cost has been reduced from $230 total through a $130 scholarship). Some course materials may be available through the Wartburg Seminary Digital Theological Library or online, but your instructor may ask you to purchase additional resources.