Divinatory Poetics – Public Talk And Book Signing by Selah Saterstrom

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When?  Thursday, October 12, 6:30-8:30

Where? BookBar, 4280 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO 80212, 303-284-0194

BookBar “is a bookshop for wine lovers. A wine bar for book shoppers. And a fabulous cafe, too”.

Sponsored by Cri Hub.  Admission free and open to the public.  Map.

Selah Saterstrom’s creative work draws heavily from her life growing up in the Spiritual Church Movement in Natchez, Mississippi. As a university student, she studied Biblical hermeneutics and was influenced by writers such as Stephen Moore (Derrida & Foucault at the Foot of the CrossGod’s Gym).  Her work addresses the tensions and consonances between postmodern hermeneutics and the spiritualist tradition in which she was raised.  While divinatory tactics, such as tarot card reading, keep a fashionable place in New Age culture, Saterstrom’s work with divination comes from a lineage of root workers in the South and runs much deeper than a fad.
Saterstrom’s novels – The Pink Institution; The Meat and Spirit Plan; and Slab — make up a trilogy.  Each novel is narrated from a young woman’s perspective, but all three are not the same person.  One hears southern cadences in the language in  a stark and “punchy” style that leaves a cognitive residue often after having made the reader laugh. In her forthcoming book of essays, Ideal Suggestions: Essays in Divinatory Poetics, Saterstrom blends belletristic pieces with her most direct theoretical and aesthetic conceptions o date in print. 
The book is a nod to Henry Wood’s 1899 book of New Thought, Ideal Suggestion through Mental Photography, which William James cited multiple times in his classic, Varieties of Religious Experience.  Her forthcoming book, Ideal Suggestions, is advertised: “By employing various “divinatory generators” (instructions, methods, trances), the essays in Ideal Suggestions: Essays in Divinatory Poetics genuflect to practices that celebrate engagement with uncertainty while cultivating strategies through which one might collaborate with both rupture and rapture.”  Saterstrom teaches writing and hermeneutic at the University of Denver, and she has been director of its creative writing program. 

A Half Century Of Postmodernism – Public Talk And Book Signing By Carl Raschke On His Latest Work

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Carl Raschke

When?  Thursday, September 21, 6:30-8:30

Where? BookBar, 4280 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO 80212, 303-284-0194

BookBar “is a bookshop for wine lovers. A wine bar for book shoppers. And a fabulous cafe, too”.
Sponsored by Cri Hub.  Admission free and open to the public.  Map.

The term “postmodernism” has functioned as a term of both celebration and rebuke for much of contemporary history since the Vietnam era.   It has especially defined the spiritual heritage of the West during that period, serving as a badge of identity for religious seekers of three generations as well as the perennial whipping boy for conservatives and fundamentalists.

What has postmodernism wrought, and is it finally over?  Come hear University of Denver Professor Carl Raschke, internationally recognized as the “inventor” of religious postmodernism, answer these questions while reflecting on the changes and upheaval in our culture during the past half -century.  Title: “Bye, Bye Xanadu: Postmodernism as our 50-Year Spiritual Odyssey From the Hippies To The Millennials”.

Raschke will also discuss and sign his latest book Postmodern Theology: A Biopic .

Raschke has published over 20 books and is the author among others of  of Force of God, Critical Theology, GloboChrist, The Next Reformation, Postmodernism and the Revolution in Religious Theory, Fire And Roses, and The Digital Revolution and the Coming of the Postmodern University.

The talk and book signing is the first of a three-part monthly series entitled  “Critical Conversations  – Taking the Spiritual Temper of Our Time.”

Praise for Postmodern Theology: A Biopic (Wipf and Stock, 2017).

“ . . . an extremely readable introduction to ‘Postmodern Theology.’ Raschke critically, generously, and humorously presents the most important antecedents, developments, and consequences of this influential theological movement. It directly confronts thinkers like Caputo, Altizer, and Mark Taylor. Parallel to this Raschke offers a clear and in-depth introduction to Derrida and Deleuze’s philosophies, which not only made postmodern theology possible, but have also shaped the course of contemporary theological and political discourse.” – Kurt Appel, University of Vienna