The College of Theology, Arts & Humanities at Concordia-Chicago will welcome Edward Tingley on March 16 at 7 p.m. as the next speaker in its Lectureship in Christianity, Humanities and Public Life. Tingley will deliver his lecture, “Degenerate Readers (Inc.): How Western people were changed from readers (who ‘read for their lives’) to unillumined consumers.”

Dr. Edward Tingley

Tingley will discuss the Western tradition of understanding reality “by being read in images … Images speak to those who read them, and to advance this understanding the West, for centuries, both produces images (myth, poetry, sculpture, painting) and perpetuates its way of reading these works,” and the changes to this approach that arose in the 1800s. Prior to the public lecture, Tingley will interact with CUC students and staff during an afternoon salon.

As dean and professor of philosophy and art at Augustine College in Ottawa, Canada, Tingley taught courses in the history of Western thought and culture. His research interests are the focus of this lecture on the 19th-century changes that effected a cultural revolution in the West. Tingley holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Ottawa (1995) and a BA in art history from Carleton University (1978).

Established in the fall of 2021, the Lectureship in Christianity, Humanities and Public Life is a biannual series designed to explore the intersection of and tensions within the humanities, science and the Christian faith. It is generously funded by Dr. and Mrs. C. Ross Betts.

The free event will take place in room 200 of the Christopher Center on Concordia-Chicago’s campus, located at 7400 Augusta St., River Forest, IL.

Free off-street parking is available in the University’s parking structure, south of Division Street on Bonnie Brae Place. Handicapped-accessible parking is available in the visitors’ lot adjacent to the north side of the University parking structure.