On March 12, Religious Studies was pleased to host a lecture by Professor Tom DuBois.
With near-mythical forests of birch and pine, the Nordic and Baltic countries boast a rich tradition of religious wood carving that is in many ways emblematic of their cultures. In his most recent book, Sacred to the Touch (University of Washington Press), Professor DuBois examines the spiritual and intellectual projects of twentieth- and twenty-first-century artists who have adapted and revitalized this tradition. His lecture focused on continuity as he discussed religious objects and their makers.
Prof. DuBois, the Halls-Bascom Professor of Scandinavian Studies, Folklore, and Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is also the author of Lyric, Meaning and Audience in the Oral Tradition of Northern Europe and Nordic Religions in the Viking Age.