The monastic ideal has been called "one of humanity's truly imposing designs for living." There were many designs and we ask whether they represent one ideal of many. As monks and nuns form new communities they face questions about the balance between personal space and public commitment and between claims made by competing communities. From the Egyptian Kellia to the new Carmelite hermitages in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, the variety of monastic buildings reflect the many ways in which individual relate to solitude, to communion with others and to interaction with outsiders.
The conference runs from Friday March 10 to Sunday March 12, 2000 at the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota. A related exhibition, mounted concurrently at the Weisman and the James Ford Bell Library runs from March 4 to April 23.
A complete schedule and registration information are available from the Calendar on the department's web page.
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