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Lecture: “Seeing Icons, Seeing our Neighbor,” Jim Forest (President of the Orthodox Christian Peace Fellowship), May 4

Wednesday, May 4th, Jim Forest is giving a talk entitled

Seeing Icons, Seeing our Neighbor

time:      Wed., 7pm
location:  Bond Chapel, UofC campus

(see attached leaflet)

Jim Forest is the President of the Orthodox Christian Peace Fellowship, as well as the author of many books, including the recently published All is Grace: a Biography of Dorothy Day, Praying with Icons, and Living with Wisdom: A Biography of Thomas Merton.  Earlier books include Religion in the New Russia, Pilgrim to the Russian Church, and Making Friends of Enemies.

He is a member of the Russian Orthodox parish of St. Nicholas in Amsterdam.

The talk is sponsored by St. Makarios Orthodox Church and the Orthodox Christian Studies Club.

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Lecture: “Hierotopy, Spatial Icons and Image- Paradigms,” Professor Alexei Lidov, The Department of Art History, April 18

The Department of Art History at the University of  Chicago cordially invites you to a lecture on

Monday April 18th:

Professor Alexei Lidov  “Hierotopy, Spatial Icons and Image-  Paradigms”

Professor Lidov is the Director of Research at the  Institute for World Culture at the Lomonosov Moscow  State University and founder and Director of the  Research Centre for Eastern Christian Culture in  Moscow.

Reception in honor of Prof. Lidov at 4:30pm  [Cochrane-Woods Art Center ground floor  Lounge]

Prof. Lidov’s Lecture will begin at 5:00pm  [Cochrane-Woods Art Center, Room 152]

Department of Art History  University of Chicago  5540 S Greenwood Ave  Chicago IL, 60637



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Icon Writing Workshop, dates available in January, February, March, and April

icon workshopIcon Writing Workshop
In the Byzantine Russian Tradition Using Egg Tempera
WHEN: December 11-13, 2009; January 8-10, 2010; February 12-14; March 12-14; April 9-11
Continuing on the 2nd weekend of the month
WHERE: St. Mary of Perpetual Help Church
1039 W. 32nd Street, Chicago
Ample free on-site parking. Easy access to public transportation: Minutes away from CTA Orange and Red line trains and from downtown Amtrak and Greyhound stations.

HOURS: Classroom is open 6-9 p.m. Friday;
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Sunday.
Come for all 16 hours or for any portion that fits your schedule

COST: $10/hour All materials and supplies are included
(Initial gesso board purchase is separate)
Discounts available to full-weekend participants

Icon Writing Technique
The workshop is designed to practice first hand the ancient art of icon writing using egg tempera and gold leaf on a gesso board while working at your own pace. The medium, an egg yolk emulsion, is mixed with finely ground earth pigments like ochres and minerals like lapis lazuli and hematite and is applied in translucent and opaque paint layers. A background in art is not required for successful completion of an icon.

Icon Writing Theory
According to the Church Fathers, icon writing is theology in color. In addition to the practical aspects of icon
painting, the language of symbols and theology in icons as a liturgical art will be presented. The creation of an icon is a means of prayer and provides a contemplative experience to individuals of all faiths. Learning icon
writing in the tradition of the ancient masters gives one the experience of contemplating the image of God in man.

Katherine de Shazer has been painting icons for over 10 years and has been teaching for over 25 years in varying disciplines. She continues the ancient tradition of icon painting and teaching of her master teacher, Vladislav
Andrejev, Master Iconograper and founder of the Prosopon School of Iconology ( in New York and Russia.

If you wish to compliment your class work with a contemplative place to rest the Monastery of the Holy Cross ( offers a Bed and Breakfast and Guest rooms. Please contact Brother Edward at the monastery
to secure a room:
For more workshop information please contact:
Katherine de Shazer 262.268.8192 (Port Washington, WI)

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