Through a Glass Darkly Symposium

The 2022 Through a Glass Darkly Symposium will be held in early October on the campus of Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. Stay tuned for forthcoming details. Watch the 2021 proceedings on YouTube.


The study of humankind's fascination with the apocalyptic worldview is a vast field, and has increased in interest over the last three decades with the approach and passing of the start of a new millennium. It is a subject that spans cultures, religions, time and space, and one that resists easy categorical definition. In Through a Glass Darkly, scholars and artists gather each year to deliver presentations and engage in dialogue at the Heller Center for Arts & Humanities on the campus of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. 

Through a Glass Darkly was founded in 2015 and is directed by Colin McAllister from the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. In 2018, Lorenzo DiTommaso of Concordia University Montreal joined as Co-Director. Through a Glass Darkly is generously underwritten by the UCCS Humanities Program, the Heller Center for Arts & Humanities, the UCCS Department of Visual and Performing Arts, the UCCS Department of History and the UCCS Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life. 

2021 Schedule
2021 Presenters

Symposium Directors

Colin McAllister is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. His publications include the Cambridge Companion to Apocalyptic Literature, a translation of the Cambridge Glossa in Apocalypsin (Corpus Christianorum in Translation, Brepols) and--with Lorenzo DiTommaso-- Dies irae, dies illa: Music in the Apocalyptic Mode (Word and Music Studies, Brill, forthcoming). 

Lorenzo DiTommaso is Professor of Religions & Cultures at Concordia University Montreal. He studies apocalypticism from the biblical apocalypses to contemporary apocalyptic manga and anime. Among his current projects is the mediaeval Antichrist, for which he has received a five-year grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. His new book, The Architecture of Apocalypticism, the first volume of a trilogy, is forthcoming for Oxford University Press.


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Colorado Springs, CO 80918

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Colin McAllister