The year 1998 marked the 900th anniversary of the birth of the visionary and prophet Hildegard of Bingen.
>This amazing visionary was a powerful force in her own time and continues to inspire people today
Born in Germany at the beginning of the First Crusade, Hildegard began to have visions at age three. She went on to become an abbess, administer convents, write and compose music, advise kings and popes, and undertake extensive preaching tours.
Hildegard's work and the way she saw herself are strongly marked by vision and prophecy. Both, divine origin of what she visualized and heard in the "living light', and sense of mission are special features of her character.
Hildegard focused on stirring up the conscience of the people of her time. Heaven and earth, faith and natural science, the human existence in all its facets and potentials _ everything was a reflection of divine love to her, a gift and challenge at the same time.
Dr. Jan Emerson will present her program, "A Poetry of Science: The Life and Works of Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) on Fri., April 6, beginning at 7 p.m. The program will take place at the library's community room. The public is invited and admission is free.
Combining lecture, music and slides, Dr. Emerson will address the life of Hildegard, and Hildegard's impact on disciplines such as women's studies, religious studies, and the history of art, music and science.
Jan Swango Emerson has taught Medieval Studies, Women's Studies and German at Reed College, Mills College and the University of Oregon. She is currently a Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon, and a Project Director for the Center's Feminist Humanities Project, a multifaceted interdisciplinary program designed to integrate humanities research, teaching and technology.
This program is made possible by funding from the Oregon Council for the Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
For further information about the program, call the Bowman Museum at 447-3715.