What does it mean to be both seer and seen simultaneously? Explore how a neuroscientist understands the dazzling interplay of synapses that we call sight, and what transpires in the mind’s eye of a visual artist. “The eye with which I see is the very same eye with which God sees me,” but what does this mean for you?
Delve into ancient wisdoms and stories about the mysterious ‘blind seer,’ and about God bestowing a ‘divine eye’ to the devotee. There are so many stories that explore this theme, and always more questions. Can we “wake up to find out that we are the eyes of the world”?
Nathan Katz, PhD, is Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, at Florida International University. He served as the Bhagwan Mahavir Professor of Jain Studies, Director of Jewish Studies, Director of Program in the Study of Spirituality, and Founding Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. He is the author of 15 books, including award-winning Who Are the Jews of India? and memoir, Spiritual Journey Home: Eastern Mysticism to the Western Wall. He was awarded four Fulbright grants and is considered the leading scholar of India’s Jewish communities. He has studied, taught, and lived in South Asia for eight years and leads Jewish-interest tours of India.
Eileen Crowley, PhD., is Associate Professor of Liturgy, Arts and Communications at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Her work encourages churches to integrate media arts into worship and has teaches a group process called “Photography as a Spiritual Practice.” She authored 2 books linking visual arts and worship including Moving World: Media Art in Worship.
Graham M. Schweig, PhD, E-RYT 500, is a practitioner of meditation and heart-centered yoga for more than 45 years. He leads workshops, seminars, and lectures on yoga and religion in the United States and Europe.
Graham holds a doctorate from Harvard University in comparative religion with a specialization in sacred Sanskrit yoga literature. He is a professor of philosophy and religion at Christopher Newport University and a distinguished teaching and research fellow at the Graduate Theological Union.
Over the past eight years, Graham has been invited by the Smithsonian Institution to deliver more than three dozen lectures on religion and yoga at its museums in Washington, DC.
Among his more than 100 publications, his translation of the Bhagavad Gita has been used in yoga teacher trainings nationwide. His translation and commentary on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras is forthcoming, as well as his book The Yoga of Love.
Daniel Drubach, MD, is a specialist in neurology, psychiatry, and neurorehabilitation. Currently a member of the Behavioral Neurology Division at Mayo Clinic, he has written extensively on the neuroscience of music, meditation, language, and religion. He has also published several articles discussing how the application of newly discovered neuroscience concepts can help us answer some of man’s existential questions about free choice, empathy for another living being, and mystical experiences. He is the author of The Brain Explained.
Intro to Photo Workshops/Seeing in Religions and Literature | Eileen Crowley & Nathan Katz
Photography as a Spiritual Practice 1 | Eileen Crowley
Gandhi and King: How to Work for Peace and Justice | Nathan Katz
Seeing As Vision From Within the Heart | Graham Schweig
Photography as a Spiritual Practice 2 | Eileen Crowley
Yogic Ways of Seeing: The Yoga Sūtra & Bhagavad Gītā | Graham Schweig
Seeing: Art and Science | Daniel Drubach
Photography as a Spiritual Practice 3 | Eileen Crowley
Neuroscience and Seeing Through Another Person’s Eyes | Daniel Drubach
Panel and Photo Show | All Presenters