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Ktisis (Creation)
House of Eustolios, Kourion, Cyprus. Floor Mosaic, 5th c.

Nearby inscription: "This house, in place of its ancient armament of walls and iron and bronze and steel, has now girt itself with the much venerated symbols of Christ." 

Krista Tippett Public Lecture:

May 25, 2017

Apse Mosaic
Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, Rome, 9th c.

Mosaic with Christ, Saints, & the Patron, Pope Paschal I (who holds a model of the church)
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Crucifixion Fresco
Mid-13th c.

Tatlarin Kilisesi, Nevşehir, Cappadocia.

Christ Pantokrator and Prophets
Church of Theotokos Pammakaristos, ca. 1310

Parekklesion, Constantinople (Istanbul). Built under the patronage of Maria Glabas.


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Tintinnabuli in Musical and Geopolitical Context

May 23rd, 2017

“Sounding Structure, Structured Sound” Toomas Siitan, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. “Forgotten Sounds, Unheard Sound: Tintinnabuli and the 1970s Soviet Underground” Kevin C. Karnes, Emory University. Response and discussion. Moderated by Jeffers Engelhardt.

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Sounding Liturgical Architecture and Chant

May 23rd, 2017

“Transcendent Visions: Voice and Icon in Hagia Sophia” Bissera Pentcheva, Stamford University.“Christian Liturgical Chant and the Musical Reorientation of Arvo Pärt” Alexander Lingas, City University of London. Response and discussion. Moderated by Nicholas Reeves.  

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Sounding the Sacred Conference


Krista Tippet & On Being May 25, 2017

Byzantine Materiality Symposium 2018