Rollins Welcomes the 2018 GladdeningLight Symposium

Join a group of heralded artists and thinkers for a weekend of stimulating discussion on the evocative nature of film.

Each January, Winter Park welcomes the GladdeningLight symposium of the spiritual arts, and 2018 marks the initiative’s move fully onto the Rollins campus. 

The theme of this year’s symposium, which takes place January 25-28, is The Spiritual Lens: Evocations on Poetry, Music and Film. Headlining the event is Krista Tippett, bestselling author and host of NPR’s On Being, who received the National Humanities Medal from Barack Obama in 2013. Joining her in this engaging weekend to posit the power of poetry and music upon the modern medium of film will be two-term U.S. Poet Laureate and author of The Rain in Portugal Billy Collins, acclaimed New York Times movie critic A.O. Scott, and Academy Award-winning film-score composer Gustavo Santaolalla.

“Each year, our symposium focuses on a different aspect of art and spirit,” says GladdeningLight founding director Randall B. Robertson. “We’ve sponsored museum exhibits and hosted photographers, painters and sculptors—but never examined the evocative nature of film. It’ll be a joy to delve into the movies together with Krista and such a distinguished group of artists.”

Participating again this year is Free Planet Radio who bring a shared vision of three multi-instrumentalists bridging the world’s infinite and seamless musical cultures toward the universal language of sound.

Highlights of the Winter Park appearance include a free performance for the College and community at Rollins’ Tiedtke Concert Hall and musical atmospherics to frame each GladdeningLight session.

Cost to attend the entire weekend is $280 for access to all events or $25 for single admission to Krista Tippett’s keynote address on Friday evening, January 26.

Rollins students, faculty, and staff are granted free, all-access admission with pre-registration and valid ID. Please call 407.647.3963 or visit for more information and a full list of events.