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Marianna Ritchey: "Feather on the Breath of God"
Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 12:00pm
Marianna Ritchey: "Feather on the Breath of God"

The Portland Center for Public Humanities presents the third lecture in the "Visions" series by Lewis and Clark professor Marianna Ritchey at Portland State University, in the English Department Lounge, Neuberger Hall Room 407. 

“Feather on the Breath of God” focuses on the life and work of German polymath Christian mystic Hildegard of Bingen, The medieval abbess, also known as “Sybil of the Rhine”, is known for her prolific production of major works that bridged religion, music and science. As a channel for the Holy Spirit, Hildegard authored three volumes of visionary theology that detail enigmatic reveries, and the largest bodies of letters to survive from the Middle Ages.  

Marianna Ritchey received her PhD in Musicology from UCLA in 2011 and is currently a professor at Lewis and Clark College. Her dissertation concerns Berlioz, French Romantic ballet, and “fantastic” short stories, but she has also written and presented papers on Guy Maddin’s film “The Saddest Music in the World,” Kenny G in jazz reception, the ghostly afterlife of the medieval dies irae plainchant, economies of contemporary art music, and Mariah Carey. She is interested in the French Revolution, zombie movies, Sigmund Freud, sharks, Hildegard of Bingen, dog psychology, and David Foster Wallace.