While it is generally understood that art is important, it is not widely discussed how, or why, it might help us with the often-difficult task of being human. In this unique conversation, American author and critical theorist Sarah Sentilles will discuss how art can help us to live with, and recover from, violence.
In her recent non-fiction work, Draw Your Weapons, Sentilles challenges conventional thinking about how violence is waged, witnessed and resisted. She makes a case for art as a ‘weapon against weapons’ and helps us to see and feel the strength of the human spirit that lies in our response to the horrors of war and violence.
With art and violence as our focal point, this special evening event is a chance to explore some of the profound human questions raised in Sarah’s work, including:
Why does art have a deeply humanising effect?
What impact can one person have in a violent world?
How does art offer us hope?
Guests will leave with a deeper understanding of art as an agent of hope and social transformation. Whether you are an artist or a firm believer in the power of art to transform our lives and our world, join The School of Life for this timely and essential conversation.
A former theologian, Sarah Sentilles completed her undergraduate degree at Yale and both a Masters and a Doctorate at Harvard. A college professor for over a decade before becoming a full-time writer, Sentilles is now a passionate advocate for a life lived by peace and principle. Her previous books are Taught by America: A Story of Struggle and Hope in Compton, A Church of her Own: What Happens When A Woman Takes the Pulpit and Breaking Up With God: A Love Story. Sarah Sentilles lives in Idaho.