Traces: A Gathering Up

June 27, 2016

Sculptor Marlene Alt and Katy Giebenhain from Seminary Ridge Review talk about Alt’s sited sculpture outside the National Park Service Museum and Visitor Center in Gettysburg. “Traces: A Gathering Up” features wax imprints of horse hooves. How do we pay tribute? What is the difference between land and home? How can we imagine the scope of the Battle of Gettysburg? Aside from human casualties there were over 1,000 horses and mules killed here. Alt describes her installation project and her approach to other historical themes in her artwork. She is the May-June 2016 Artist-in-Residence at the Gettysburg National Military Park.


Learn more about Marlene's work.

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The Kinship of War and Poetry

February 1, 2016
Seminary Ridge Review’s Poetry + Theology editor Katy Giebenhain joins the Anglo-Welsh poet Tony Curtis for a conversation about war poetry. The emeritus professor of poetry at University of South Wales was on a visit to the Gettysburg Battlefield and Seminary Ridge Museum in-between other events in the U.S. Curtis is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature and the Welsh Academy of Writers and the author of more than 30 books.

For more about Tony Curtis visit: www.tonycurtispoet.com or www.serenbooks.com
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Gettysburg: The Quest for Meaning

September 21, 2015

Dr. Leonard Hummel, Co-editor of Gettysburg: The Quest for Meaning, discusses the new book, published by Seminary Ridge Press and its purpose: to examine religion and the Civil War, including the Bible and slavery, ghost tours and pilgrims, the “lost cause” of the Confederacy, forgetting and remembering why it started, and how all this informs our search for a just and equitable America.

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New Words, Old War: Artists-in-Residence on the Gettysburg Battlefield

September 14, 2015

Michigan-based poets Michelle Bonczek Evory and Rob Evory were selected as the first Artists-in-Residence at the Gettysburg National Military Park. They discuss their lively, intense first weeks with Katy Giebenhain, Poetry + Theology editor of Seminary Ridge Review, and share some original new work. They are in residence for the month of July, 2015.

http://thepoetsbillow.org/gettysburg/

http://www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org/ 

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Talking Science in the Seminary with a Stuempfle

September 1, 2015

In this episode, which kicks off our year of “Science in the Seminary,” Kristin Largen talks with Kristin Stuempfle about the importance of dialogue between science and religion.  Kris uses the example of her father, Herman Stuempfle who was the President of Gettysburg Seminary from 1976 to 1989.  In particular she references the hymn he wrote for her, “Go Forth in Search of Truth.”

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The Cost of War, Part 2: Children of the Battlfield

August 31, 2015

In this second part of a two-part series, Thomas Rutherford, Licensed Town Guide in Gettysburg Pennsylvania, brings stories of courage and compassion about children amidst the horrors of the Battle of Gettysburg, one as young as 8 or 9 years old: Tillie Pierce, Sadie Bushman, and Charlie McCurdy.


Listen to our first interview on The Cost of War from November of 2014.
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Museums: Closets for America’s Keepsakes

July 20, 2015

Dr. Christianson asks Dr. Daryl Black, new President and Executive Director of the Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum, the question, “Why do we have museums and should they do more than just collect “keepsakes”? Dr. Black describes the change in museums over the past two decades from emphasizing a collection of items, e.g. rifles, to interpretation of these items in the wider context of the need for human beings to make meaning of the past.  He illustrates this with the conflicting ways North and South used the Bible and even viewed God in the Civil War.

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Rediscovering a Great Woman Author, Elsie Singmaster

July 6, 2015

Dr, Christianson and Sue Hill discuss the life and writing of Elsie Singmaster.  Elsie Singmaster was one of the best-known authors of her day, appearing in anthologies along with Ernest Hemingway.  Her stories of Gettysburg citizens who were caught in the battle and still managed to serve the wounded and dying are worth discovering again.

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Measuring the Costs of War in Human Relationships

November 24, 2014
The personal and political repercussions of the Battle of Gettysburg are illustrated by the conflict between Henry Stehle (a Democrat and suspected “Copperhead) and David Buehler (a “radical” Republican). The moral:  human nature runs deep, even among those we elevate as heroes.  Dr. Christianson and Speaks with Thomas Rutherford about the true cost of war in human relationships this week on The Seminary Explores.
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The Public Defender as Office and Ministry

October 27, 2014

Recorded before a live audience at St. James Lutheran Church in Gettysburg PA,  Dr. Christianson disusses with Kristin Rice how her office is a ministry as well as an essential public service, balancing justice with a fair trial and compassion. Publically financed defenders were established as late as the 1963 when the Supreme Court ruled that the Sixth Amendment guarantees legal counsel to poor defendants in criminal cases. She believes that the next frontier in her field must be the improvement of mental health services, and she continues her opposition to the death penalty.

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