Photo: Father Antonin Jaussen, O.P. 1924-25 CE. View of the Dome of the Rock from the South, facing north. (With permission from the Photothèque of the École Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem.)
Joan R. Branham, Professor of Art History and Associate Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, Providence College
Beatrice St. Laurent, Professor of Art History, Bridgewater State University
Rev. Gabriel Pivarnik, O.P., Vice President for Mission and Ministry and Director, Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies, Providence College
Exhibition curated by: Jamilee Lacy, Director and Curator of Providence College Galleries
This collaborative and ecumenical conference provides a common forum for leading international scholars to address the history and archaeology of this extraordinary 35-acre platform and its sacred status. The project seeks to be an agent of dialogue by bringing together diverse scholars in the humanities whose research furthers our understanding of the site and its historical context. Marking the Sacred is an opportunity for experts on the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions to engage in unique and fruitful discussions leading to a scholarly publication that will reach a worldwide academic audience in multiple disciplines.
Conference sponsors include Providence College's Centennial Committee, School of Arts & Sciences, Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies, Department of Art and Art History, and Department of Theology. Additional conference sponsorship comes from the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. Contributors to the exhibition include: The Artis Grant Program, the Office of the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Provost’s Office at Bridgewater State University, the École Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem, and the Service Bureau at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.