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Diane Apostolos-Cappadona, adjunct professor of religious art and cultural history in the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, will give a slide-lecture presentation on “Images and Traditions of Mary Magdalene” 8 p.m. today in the Kirby Hall of Civil Rights auditorium (room 104).

Apostolos-Cappadona is an expert on the interconnection of religion and the arts. Her lecture is based in part upon work she did as guest curator and author of the catalog for In Search of Mary Magdalene: Images and Traditions, a recent exhibit at the American Bible Society in New York City. Her current research includes studies of the iconology of Mary Magdalene in Christian art and cultural history; the iconology of women readers in Christian art and cultural history; the history of Christian art; the life and work of Anna Brownell Murphy Jameson; and the iconology of scriptural women. She is writing an analysis of iconoclasm in world cultures and religion.

She is author of the books and catalogs Sacred and Profane Beauty: The Holy in Art by Gerardus van der Leeuw, AAR and Oxford University Press, 2006; Dictionary of Women in Religious Art, Oxford University Press, 1998; Encyclopedia of Women in Religious Art, Continuum, 1996; The Spirit and The Vision: The Influence of Christian Romanticism on the Development of 19th-century American Art, The Academy Series, Scholars’ Press, 1995; Women, Creativity, and the Arts: Critical and Autobiographical Perspectives, Continuum, 1995; Noguchi at the Dance!, The Dance Collection, The New York City Public Library for the Performing Arts, 1994; Dictionary of Christian Art, Continuum, 1994; Artistsand the Inner Search: Arthur Hall Smith and ‘The Lazarus Series’, The National Cathedral, 1987; A History of Religious Ideas, Volume III by Mircea Eliade, University of Chicago Press, 1985.

Apostolos-Cappadona also has edited seven books and published many articles in books and academic journals. She serves as area editor for “The Bible in the Visual Arts” for De Gruyter’s International Encyclopedia of the Bible. She was the consultant for art and religion for The Encyclopedia of Religion, 2nd edition (2005) and adviser for art/world iconography for Dictionary of the History of Ideas, 2nd edition (2004).

The lecture is one of several sponsored by the Lyman Coleman Fund this semester under the auspices of the Department of Religious Studies. Brian Weiner, chair of the Department of Politics at University of San Francisco, will give a lecture on “Natural Apologies: Extraordinary Politics within Ordinary Times” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in the Kirby Hall of Civil Rights auditorium. For more information, contact Eric Ziolkowski, Dana Professor and head of religious studies, at

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