Dr. Maureen O'Connell, associate professor of theology at Fordham University and author of If These Walls Could Talk, is the featured speaker at the annual Sister Ellen Joyce Lecture in Dolan Performance Hall, Annunciation Center. The event takes place Monday, March 18, 2013, from 7 to 8 p.m.
Dr. O’Connell explores the theological and social significance of the 2,800 wall-sized canvases in ghettos, schools, mosques, courthouses and overpasses that are transforming Philadelphia into the "Mural Capital of the World." She explores how the arts can help us think about and create responses to the seemingly inescapable problems of urban poverty. The murals themselves, their creators, and interpreters, together engage beauty in the search for social change. The evening begins with a reception at 6 p.m. and includes a lecture providing students with the opportunity to discuss community expression, art, and social justice.
In addition, there is a special opening of the Persona Exhibition in Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery, also in the Annunciation Center.
The Sister Ellen Joyce lectures began in 2005 as a memorial to Sister Ellen Joyce, who was the director of the graduate program in theology and who died in 2004. The lectures aim to carry on her passion for lively discussion about ethics, and integration into holistic spirituality. Past speakers have addressed topics such as human dignity, justice and peace keeping, and end of life care.