Hildegard of Bingen
Instructor: Dewey Kramer
Dewey received her B.A. in German and Music from Vassar College, the M.A. and Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Texas-Austin (dissertation on the Inner Immigration author Reinhold Schneider), with additional undergraduate study in Munich, and in Graz, Austria (Fulbright Scholar). She has taught at Marquette University and Agnes Scott College, and is Professor Emerita of German, Humanities and Religion at Georgia Perimeter College.
In addition to topics in German literature, she has written and lectured on Benedictine and Cistercian monasticism, the Feminine Dimension of God, Julian of Norwich, Hildegard of Bingen, German Dominican Women of the Middle Ages and Thomas Merton (publications in The American Benedictine Review, Reinhold Schneider Jahresblatt, Vierteljahresschrift der Adalbert Stifter Gesellschaft, Magistra). With her husband Victor, she was a founding editor of The Merton Annual (1988 on), and co-author of the Oral History of Holy Spirit Monastery in Conyers, GA. She was commissioned to write the history of that monastery (Open to the Spirit: Tradition and Continuity (3rd expanded edition 2010). She has received grants from the NDEA and The Goethe Institute.
Her activity as a performer and teacher of recorder led in 1984 to an invitation to form the instrumental ensemble for the first U.S. production of Hildegard of Bingen’s musical drama, Ordo virtutum. She spent the academic year 2003-04 as Research Fellow at the Institute of Ecumenical Culture and Research at St. John’s University in Minnesota, exploring the meditative dimensions of Hildegard’s illuminations and music.
She regularly conducts retreats and workshops on Hildegard of Bingen and Julian of Norwich, frequently plays the recorder for liturgies, and is a Certified Spiritual Director.