Sacred Spaces

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Sacred Spaces
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105: TR 9:30-10:45AM
Fall 2017
The Arts
Civic Engagement

From the Upper Paleolithic (17,000 years ago) caves of Lascaux in southern France, to 4,000 year old Minoan peak sanctuaries on the island of Crete, to the cathedral of Notre Dame, to rural camp meeting revivals in the hills of North Carolina, to cinder block Pentecostal churches on the coast of Ghana, to the design of an Islamic Community Center in Lower Manhattan, humans have sought the ”Divine” in a great variety of spaces.  This seminar explores how human have, through ritual, transformed profane space into sacred space.  Beginning with a firm foundation in ritual studies, students will explore the connections between ritual, architecture, and landscape through the application of a variety of social science research methods.  As a research-oriented course, students will turn to members of the ASU campus community, area houses of worship and religious centers, as well as natural landscape sites around Watauga County as they explore the connections of “religious experience,” ritual, architecture, and landscape.


Avery-Quinn, Sam

Samuel Avery-Quinn is a Lecturer in First Year Seminar.  He holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee, and a Masters of Arts degree from the Iliff School of Theology, a United Methodist seminary at the University of Denver.  His research interests focus on the intersection of landscape, material culture, and religion (particularly Evangelical Christianity and Islam).  His most recent publications have explored class and landscape in the American Holiness movement, race and religion in post-Civil War Southern Appalachia, and the landscape theology and urban design of religious resorts in the Northeastern United States.  He is currently working on a study of the historical ecology of the New Jersey Pine Barrens

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The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Rick Klima

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