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Williamsburg Circle of International Arts & Letters Members

Dr. Robert J. Wickenheiser, 1942-2015, Our Late Chairman of the Williamsburg Circle, 19th president of St. Bonaventure, is remembered for various important advancements during his nine-year tenure. He worked successfully to solve the grave financial problems faced by the university when he took office and he is credited with leading the university out of financial exigency.

He also began an era of new construction designed to meet important needs, including most notably new apartments for students and a new art center and theater joined by a new state-of-the-art museum. The latter two facilities gained wide acclaim for the university’s commitment to the arts and for is advancement of new programs in art, music and dance.A new school of journalism was established drawing increased recognition for its focus and its programs of study as a department. Broadcast journalism was also incorporated into the new school building upon an already highly successful emphasis on written journalism in prior years.

Dr. Wickenheiser was a driving force leading the University into the 21st century. From the outset he supported the development of Clare College, the new core curriculum introduced by the faculty in 1998. Experts (National Endowment for Humanities) have called the curriculum “ground breaking” and referred to it as “a national model”. Dr. Wickenheiser also played a key role in revitalizing the Franciscan values of the university and expanding University Ministries. He was also influential in helping to establish the Franciscan Center for Social Concern.

Karen Karbiener, Vice Chairman of the Williamsburg Circle, PhD Columbia University, Professor New York University
Teaching Statement: As a scholar of nineteenth century American literature and culture with a special interest in Walt Whitman and his beloved New York, I am delighted to live and teach in the place that inspires me most (and just happens to be my hometown). I enthusiastically embrace the opportunity to use the city’s rich cultural history and vast, ever-changing resources as part of my students’ learning experience. In “American Outlaw: Walt Whitman’s Radical Cultural Legacy”, my sophomore seminar investigating Whitman’s epoch-shaping ideas of race, gender, politics and art, I take students on guided literary tours and assign projects involving New York City archives and historic sites. Students in my seminar “Art of the Book in America” designed, printed and bound their own books at the Center for Book Arts, a world-class facility in Chelsea. This semester in the “Cultural Foundations” sequence, my students and I viewed and critiqued an exhibition of Michelangelo’s and Vasari’s works at the Morgan Library (to follow up our study of Vasari’s Lives of the Artists) and attended a new production of the “Barber of Seville” at the Metropolitan Opera (to enhance our discussion of Rossini’s libretto and score). We will end the semester with a reading of Whitman’s poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” as we cross the Brooklyn Bridge. And thus, in Seneca’s words, “homines dum docent discunt”: I continue to find remarkably fertile ground for my growth as teacher and scholar within—and just outside—the classrooms of NYU.

Dr. Hugh Macrae RICHMOND, Director, Shakespeare Program, University of California, Berkeley, from 1973 to present; EDUCATION: Cambridge University B.A.1954 (First Class Honors, English Tripos) Wadham College, Oxford U. (U.K.):1955-57, D.Phil., 1957 in English: Thesis “Traditional Themes in 17th Century Love Poetry”. Diplomas: in Italian, Univ. of Florence, Italy (1952); in German, Univ. of Munich (1956). Among many other things, Dr Richmond was a
Lieutenant, Royal Artillery,1950-51 , and Director, Education Division, Shakespeare Globe, U.S.A.. AWARDS Include:
United Kingdom State Scholarship in History, 1948; 
Open Scholarship (English), Emmanuel Coll., Cambridge,1949; 
Senior Exhibition, Emmanuel College, 1953; Tripos Prize, 1954; 
Goldsmiths’ Co. Exhibition, Wadham College, Oxford,1957.
A.C.L.S. Fellowship,1964-5; U.C. Research Professor,1968,1975; 
U.C. Humanities Institute Awards, 1973, 1976, 1987; 
U.C. Regents Teaching Grants, 1973, 1974, 1976-78; 
U.C.B. Teaching Grants, 1975, 1979, 1983, 1985, 1995; 
Nat. Endowment for Humanities Educ. Grants,1976-8,1984-6; 
N.E.H. Research Fellowships, 1977, 1988; 
U.C.B. Senate Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1979; 
U.C.B. Humanities Center Grant, 1993;
California Council for Humanities Grants, 1999, 2000;
U.C.B. Instructional Improvement Grant, 2007. 


Literary & Theatre Studies:
Reprinted by Peter Smith, 1977;
Questia Media Inc., Internet Reprint, 2001.
THE CHRISTIAN REVOLUTIONARY: JOHN MILTON, University of California Press, 1974.
SHAKESPEARE IN PERFORMANCE: “KING RICHARD III”, Manchester University Press (U.K.), 1990; Reprinted 1991.
SHAKESPEARE IN PERFORMANCE: “KING HENRY VIII”, Manchester University Press (U.K.), 1994.

Arthur Coleman Danto. 1924-2013 Danto laid the groundwork for an institutional definition of art that sought to answer the questions raised by the emerging phenomenon of twentieth century art. The definition of the term “art” is a subject of constant contention and many books and journal articles have been published arguing over the answer to the question, What is Art? Definitions can be categorized into conventional and non-conventional definitions. Non-conventional definitions take a concept like the aesthetic as an intrinsic characteristic in order to account for the phenomena of art. Conventional definitions reject this connection to aesthetic, formal, or expressive properties as essential to defining art but rather, in either an institutional or historical sense, say that “art” is basically a sociological category. In terms of classificatory disputes about art, Danto takes a conventional approach. His “institutional definition of art” considers whatever art schools, museums, and artists get away with, regardless of formal definitions. Danto has written on this subject in several of his recent works and a detailed treatment is to be found in Transfiguration of the Commonplace.

Carter Kaplan Dr. Carter Kaplan is a professor, writer and editor. He has pioneered the application of poetry and fiction to the study of analytic philosophy, as presented in his book Critical Synoptics: Menippean Satire and the Analysis of Intellectual Mythology (Fairleigh-Dickinson, 2000). In addition to a number of academic articles and reviews, he is the author of the novel Tally-Ho, Cornelius! (Mustard Lid, 2008), and the Aristophanic comedy Diogenes (International Authors, 2011). He is the point-of-contact for International Authors, a consortium of professionals, artists and scholars dedicated to publishing books that exhibit outstanding literary merit. He is the editor of Emanations, International Author’s annual anthology of fiction, poetry and essays. An on-going account of his adventures can be found in his blog, Highbrow.

John Geraghty is a rare book and art collector specializing in 17th century English literature with an emphasis on John Milton. His collection numbers in the thousands of titles and includes over 50 first editions of works of John Milton, including all 17th century editions of Paradise Lost. His collection of 18th century editions includes the rare first American edition of Paradise Lost published by Robert Bell in 1777. He has a Masters in English Literature from the University of Washington and spent 2 years in the Ph.D. Program there before leaving to accept a position at Microsoft in the early 1990’s. He has personally digitized and freely shared much of his 17th century collection with scholars and aficionados. Through his generosity, tens of thousands of his digitized books and images have been downloaded worldwide. The 1651 folio copy of his Defensio was consulted for the upcoming Oxford Complete Works of John Milton. Many of his titles can be accessed and downloaded. His collection of Miltoniana includes artwork of Terrance Lindall, busts of Milton in parian and alabaster, a copy of the Milton Shield, and various commemorative medallions. He currently lives in Alexandria Virginia with his wife and two young daughters. His wife currently serves as a political appointee in the Executive Office of the President, enthusiastically serving and supporting the Obama administration.

Terrance Lindall is an American artist who was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1944. Lindall attended the University of Minnesota and graduated magna cum laude from Hunter College in New York City in 1970, with a double major in Philosophy and English and a double minor in Psychology and Physical Anthropology. He was in the Doctor of Philosophy program in philosophy at New York University from 1970 to 1973. He is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America 2006. Information about this artist is also on file in the Smithsonian Institution Library Collection. Lindall’s art has been on the covers of numerous books and magazines and has been exhibited at many galleries and museums, including the Brooklyn Museum, Hudson River Museum, the Museum of the Surreal and Fantastic and the Society of Illustrators Museum. There is an artists file on Lindall in the Thomas J. Watson Library of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. [1] Lindall is also considered by many world-wide to be the preeminent authority on contemporary surrealism. He is also considered to be one of the foremost illustrators of John Milton’s Paradise Lost.

Yuko Nii is an artist, and philosopher who founded the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center in Brooklyn in 1996, which has since received international acclaim. Her work has been shown at numerous museums, art galleries and universities in the U.S.A. and Japan, including one person shows at The Berkshire Museum, MA, Monique Knowlton Gallery, Haber Theodore Gallery (both in New York City), NY, Vered International Gallery, Easthamton, NY, Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY, Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ, The International Monetary Fund, Washington DC, Ginza Kaiga-kan, Tokyo, Japan, and including many group shows in such venues as The Brooklyn Museum, NY, The Bronx Museum, NY, The Hudson River Museum, NY, The Parish Museum, Southhampton, NY, The Guild Hall, Easthampton. NY, The World Trade Center, Lincoln Center and The United Nations General Assembly Building (all in N.Y.C, NY), and more.

Peter William Dizozza, music composer who also produces supplemental material as a writer, pianist, performer, photographer, and filmmaker. Since 2000 he has been the director of the WAH Theater at the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center. He attended Queens College, graduating with a Humanities Degree in Music, English, and Philosophy.Subsequently he attended St. John’s Law School, graduating in 1986. Dizozza began directing music at the Bronx community theatre and became enamored with it. His monthly piano/singer/songwriter shows began in November 1995 at—and because of—an open-stage anti-hoot organized and hosted by Lach at SideWalk Bar-Restaurant.Since 1964 Dizozza has produced a steady output of primarily musical original material. To contain and administer his creative catalogue, he registered in 1996 a D/B/A and started a website under the name Cinema VII, reviving a collective founded in 1972 by a high school friend, Mike Lindsay.

Dr. Horace Jeffery Hodges, Universal Intellectual Blogger and Commentator at Large: Teaches at Ewha Womans University, Seoul. Studied at University of California, Berkeley, Masters Degree in History of Science, Doctorate in History. Tuebingen, Germany: late 1980s, Fulbright Scholar; early 1990s, Friedrich Naumann Scholar. Postdoctoral positions in Australia and Jerusalem — on Australian Research Council and Golda Meir fellowships, respectively. “Gypsy Scholar” career in South Korea as a professor teaching a variety of subjects, including literature, religious studies, theology, history, and political science, along with essay composition and research methods. Publications in same variety of subjects, with particular emphasis upon John Milton. Also editing and translation work. And lots of blogging! “As the mode of transportation for this ‘local’ work, I use my bare or socked feet, which early in the morning get me from my bed to my desk, but in my imagination, I sprout wings and fly off on a variety of wide-ranging and adventuresome intellectual journeys . . .

Robert Parigi. Robert has worked on many famous TV titles such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV Series), Beavis and Butt-Head (TV Series), Neighbors from Hell (TV Series), King of the Hill (TV Series), Night Stalker (TV Series) and Tales from the Crypt (TV series).

Bienvenido “Bones” Banez, Jr. is a Filipino surrealist painter born on June 7, 1962 in Davao City, Philippines.[1] He is the only Filipino surreal artist included in the Lexikon der phantastischen Künstler (Encyclopedia of Fantastic & Surrealistic & Symbolist & Visionary Artists). He produced a major folio of philosophical verse, THE SATANIC VERSES OF BONES BANEZ, now in the collection of the Yuko Nii Foundation. He is considered by many to be one of the foremost international surrealists.


Satan’s Peculiar Grace


Satan’s Peculiar Grace

(Suggested by the title of Professor Steve Fallon’s “Milton’s Peculiar Grace”)

Presentation and discussion by Terrance lindall…

With a Satan inspired trance meditation piano performance

by Bienvenido Bones Banez: Our Worldly Desire from Satan’s Passion-666-Sublime!

Bones as one of the International Authors

A consortium of writers, artists, architects, filmmakers and critics, International Authors publishes work of outstanding literary merit. Dedicated to the advancement of an international culture in literature, primarily in English, the group seeks new members with an enthusiasm for creating unique artistic expressions.

Board of Editorial Advisors

Ruud Antonius, Netherlands/UK/Spain
Bienvenido “Bones” Banez, Jr., Philippines/US
Steve Aylett, UK
Holly Baumgartner, US
Michael Beard, US
Michael Butterworth, UK
Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso, Nigeria/Wales
Tessa B. Dick, US
Jason W. Ellis, US
Cedric Cester, Spain
Mike Chivers, UK
Horace Jeffery Hodges, South Korea
Gareth Jackson, UK
Sushma Joshi, Nepal
Carter Kaplan, US
Devashish Makhija, India
C. E. Matthews, N. Ireland
Michael Moorcock, UK/US
Philip Murray-Lawson, France
Aziz Mustafa, Kosovo
Vitasta Raina, India
Elkie Riches, UK
Marielle R. Risse, US/Oman
Kai Robb, US
Ebi Robert, Nigeria
Joel K. Soiseth, US
Stephen Sylvester, US
Don Tinsley, US



Terrance Lindall Retrospective and Gala Dinner

The Terrance Lindall Retrospective 1962-2017

The Terrance Lindall Retrospective 1962-2017
December 16, 2017- January 8 2018
Catalog available
Reception December 17th (Subject to change) 4-6 PM admission $10
Followed by “Dinner With the Devil”,
with musical interludes by Peter Dizozza and Bienvenido Bones Banez
A sumptuous dinner plus music and light entertainment, TIX $500

Dinner includes a guided visit to the rare book library and treasure rooms with a look at one of a kind rare treasures including a collection of over 400 17th c. English wax seals including that of King Charles I on a 1635 document regarding land that is now Edinburgh Airport, and a wax seal of Oliver Cromwell on the marriage contract of his daughter. Also, a 17th c. English beheading ax, a magnificent 17th. Torah scroll of the book of Genesis (23 feet long), a magnificent 17th c. French tapestry border depicting Mary, Jesus and John. Plus 17th c. Milton Books, and afurst edition of Edward Young’s Night Thoughts featuring William Blake’s illustrations.

Please click HERE for complete information.

The Infamous Watermelon Portrait of John Milton


by Bienvenido Bones Banez

Diversity in society? Indeed, a fiction!
One world in diversity,
False preaching by “Progressives,”
Preachers of love,
Practicing deception and hate!

The strongest survive!
The Great Dialectic measures strength,
And bequeaths its blessing.
That is truth.
Pretend oneness,
Become then traitor to truth!

Oneness in diversity is a contradiction.
A lie does not become the truth.
Our flesh rots with wickedness of falsehood.
It does not become right and just!

Do lies of Oneness in Diversity become goodness?
Because the majority quails,
In fear of compounded authorities?
Compounded out of lies,
Through Satans agents?
The United Nations, The Sociologists, Psychologists,
The Wise rulers of Progress,
Whom you foolishly elect?
The Tower Babel they create is an infection,
a virus from a Devil demagogue!
While you dream of peace and security,
Like a thief in the night,
You will reap sudden destruction!

! Where are our dreams? I see no more dreams,
But the nightmare of a shackled and enslaved,
In the name of ‘Diversity” !!!

I also see the 666 HELLEBORUS PLANET!
HELL is ‘’Sheol, Hades, & GRAVES,’’
Our world that we will find in Diversity:
The 666 Paradise Cemetery,
The peace of the grave!

This sought after paradise,
a fool’s grave.
“EBORUS” a hidden clue!
Derived from Babel means,
”confusion of tongues.”


Celebrating the Appropriational English Heritage

Cultural Appropriation and Reverse Appropriation
The English Language in the Development of Civilization

Primary Source Wikipedia, Modified by Terrance Lindall

English is the third most widespread native language in the world, after Standard Chinese and Spanish and is either the official language or one of the official languages in almost 60 sovereign states. There are more people who have learned it as a second language than there are native speakers. It is co-official language of the United Nations, of the European Union and of many other world and regional international organizations. It is the most widely spoken Germanic language, accounting for at least 70% of speakers of this Indo-European branch. English has a vast vocabulary, and counting exactly how many words it has is impossible.
English is a “lingua franca,“ a bridge language, developed around the world throughout human history, sometimes for commercial reasons (so-called “trade languages”) but also for cultural, religious, diplomatic and administrative convenience. The English were traders and a warrior people who created outposts through out the world developing the greatest empire the world has ever known. The English enriched themselves with appropriation and commerce and in turn enriched many of the nations and cultures it dominated.
Besides its influence in commerce, the European rediscovery of the Greek and Roman culture and Judeo-Christianity, especially its philosophies, its principles, and its literary achievements, brought organized thought and expressive abilities into the language. Through translation of ancient texts, such as Aristotle’s Poetics and Homer’s epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey, Europe emerged from the Dark Ages with new intellectual energy that resulted in a consolidation of the English language from its many origins (languages from invading Danish hordes, from visitors, from its own origins in Wales and so on, from the Norman Invasion of 1066) into what can be called early modern English.
The Renaissance brought Greek and Roman verse forms, dramatic structure, and epic rules to English literature, as well as logic and rhetoric. English literature came from appropriation and further invention and enrichment after its origins in oral traditions, and early folk material. Beyond new enriched literary traditions, Roman and Greek law and the experiences of men like Marco Polo in China gave new ideas for administration of colonies by virtue of coercion as well as human psychology, the carrot and stick, and influenced the creation of English of jurisprudence that we admire today.
So the great circle of human development is seen as appropriation of language and ideas by the English and the reverse appropriation or gifting of an enriched language and culture to the peoples of the world.
The perfection of this linguistic and intellectual and literary appropriation culminated in the works of Milton and Shakespeare.



The Art of Bienvenido Bones Banez By Terrance Lindall

The Seraphim שְׂרָפִים in a particular plate of the Elephant Folio of my Paradise Lost have paint brushes in one hand and flames in the other. They are painting with fire. Fire, the tools of Satan in hell, is the creative force of the universe. From the first explosion of the big bang there have been worlds created out of magnificent expanding fire. God wrote the Ten Commandments with His finger in fire. I was thinking of Bienvenido Bones Banez when I painted that.  Bienvenido’s style I call “Fiero Electric” because he recognizes that the divine principle of creation is fire and color, and “Fiero Electric” because of Bien’s striking juxtaposition of primary colors. Satanic color!

Satanic Verses of Bones Bañez


One of Bien’s many remarkable ideas is that “Satan gives color to the world.” Indeed, what a dreary world if everything were nice, sweet, and beautiful. We would soon go insane. Man struggles and finds meaning in the struggles. He writes operas and stories about the struggles of love, treachery and war and paints pictures of it. Do we not find Satan’s struggle in Paradise Lost more colorful than anything in Paradise Regained. Yes, Satan excites our imagination…he causes many of our struggles and on so doing gives color to the world! And there is no greater artist than Bien in the history of the world to capture this idea.

On display at the WAH Center is a major painting that was only recently shipped to the United States. It is 6 by 8 feet! It came rolled up and had to re-stretched for this exhibit. Having been rolled up it now requires relining by a professional conservator. It is a work of supreme genius that needs to be saved for future generations to wonder at.

The major fiery Satanic figure has outstretched arms like Matthias Grunewald’s masterpiece of crucified Christ in the Issenheim Altarpiece. In fact there is a small pale figure of Christ with a cross between his legs on this back of Satan and a church on the back of Satan’s head. I know that Bien believes the Christian church and all major religions have been coopted by Satan for his purposes. The ribs of Satan become two horns and a mouth opens with fangs that shoot lightening. Around the hole in the fabric of the universe though which Satan is manifested into our world are seen myriad worshipers and idolaters swimming in a blue circle and under Satan’s arms of Power and Dominion radiate the human tribulation of Bien’s 666 world Surreal Armageddon.