August 28, 2009

Introducing Prof. Grant Horner from TMC!

We are delighted to announce the addition of another superbly qualified professor and course offering to our AMBEX Spring Semester 2010 lineup. Beyond the seminar room, students enrolled in "Art History" will also have the opportunity to accompany Prof. Grant Horner to world class museums and cathedrals in Central Europe.

Grant Horner is Associate Professor of English at The Master's College, just north of Los Angeles.

Professor Horner’s academic specialty is the literature, theology and philosophy of the Renaissance and Reformation, with primary concentration in Milton, Shakespeare, Erasmus, Luther, Calvin and late sixteenth and seventeenth century intellectual and cultural history.

Education: BA English (York College); MA English Renaissance (University of Alabama); ABD Renaissance literature (UNC-Chapel Hill); PhD candidate, Renaissance and Reformation studies (Claremont Graduate University).

Horner was named “Professor of the Year” in May 2001 and again in 2007, and has won multiple teaching awards at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Alabama. He speaks regularly on several national radio shows and at a wide variety of churches, conferences and other venues.

His research and writing has focused on Christian Humanism in the Reformation, particularly the complex relationship between developing Reformed thought and Classical Graeco-Roman pagan mythology and philosophy.

He has worked extensively on the citation of classical Greek and Latin authorities by Renaissance writers, published on theology and the arts, and is actively researching and writing a full-length work on John Milton and John Calvin.

His other areas of expertise include: semiotics, deconstruction and postmodernism; horror comics of the 1950s; film noir; classical education; Homer and Vergil; the paintings of Jan Vermeer; current theological trends; silent film; the occult; and the history of the Roman Republic and Empire.

His book on film, theology, and the origins of culture, "Meaning at the Movies: Becoming a Discerning Viewer," is being published by Crossway this year.

He published a chapter in "Think Biblically" (Crossway 2003) on biblical-critical discernment and the arts.

Prof. Horner was a visiting endowed Kegel lecturer on "Representations of Human Consciousness in Philosophy and Art" at Caltech in 2006.

He has been invited to speak at the first-ever conference on the band U2 in October 2009.

Professor Horner teaches courses on Medieval and Renaissance literature, Film Studies, Shakespeare, Milton, Drama, Poetry and Poetics, Comedy, Critical Theory, Western Art History, Epic, Christian Humanism, and Classical Latin. He also serves as Chair of Humanities in the Rhetoric School at Trinity Classical Academy.

He has been involved heavily in rock climbing, ice climbing, and mountaineering since 1979, and he has made four one-day speed-climbing ascents of Yosemite Valley’s 3000’ El Capitan – the largest vertical granite cliff in the world. He is one of a tiny handful of climbers who has done the route in less than 24 hours (usual ascents are 3-6 days). He spends much of the summer in the High Sierra on huge, high-altitude rock walls. He has recently rekindled a longtime passion for ocean sailing around the Channel Islands off Southern California’s Pacific coast.

Prof. Horner is married to Joanne and they have three children, Seth, Josiah and Rachel. He has served as a teaching elder for a number of years and is a member of an Evangelical Free church.

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