The labyrinth is an ancient symbol common to many cultures. Although people use the words "maze" and "labyrinth" interchangeably, there are key differences: Mazes are puzzles to be solved, with divergent branches that are designed to confuse the player; labyrinths have one entrance and one path to be walked that leads to the center. It is this "single path to the center" quality that perhaps led to the use of the labyrinth as a meditation aid, as the "one way" element echoes the "one way to salvation" ethos of Christianity. Bridget Sandhoff of the University of Missouri-St. Louis Art & Art History Department discusses the importance of the design in a lecture entitled "The Labyrinth: An Art Historical Perspective" as part of the Monday Noon Series. Sandhoff delivers her program at 12:15 in room 222 of the J.C. Penney Conference Center on the UMSL campus (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road; 314-516-5699). Admission is free, and light refreshments are served.
Mon., Feb. 15, 2010