Black and Catholic Artists: Catholicism as Foundation and Inspiration


Thursday, November 14, 2019
Cecilia Moore, Ph.D., University of Dayton

"Black and Catholic Artists: Catholicism as Foundation and Inspiration" considers the lives and creations of four Black Catholic artists.  They are Edmonia Lewis, Richmond Barthe, Clementine Hunter, and Mary Lou Williams, two fine artists, one folk artist, and one jazz composer.  Particular attention is paid to how Catholicism, a tradition rich in symbol and ritual and a great patron of art and music, provided a foundation for African American Catholic artists to enter secular and sacred worlds of art as it also offered multiple sources of inspiration for their work.

Cecilia A. Moore, has taught at the University of Dayton in the Department of Religious Studies since 1996 and at Xavier University of Louisiana since 1998, where she currently is the Associate Director of the Degree Program for the Institute for Black Catholic Studies. Her area of specialization is U.S. Catholic history and currently she is working on the history of black conversion to Roman Catholicism in the 20th century.

All lectures are free and are held at 7pm in Student Center 160 (LeRoux Room) at Seattle University


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Interreligious Dialogue Initiative Lecture Series Presents

The Last Roshi

With Richard Kennedy, SJ
Fr Robert Kennedy is an American Jesuit and a Zen Buddhist teacher – a Roshi. 

Date: Thursday, January 23 
New Location: Pigott Auditorium
Time: 4:00pm


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