Final Installment of 2017-18 Shannon Lecture Series

Maureen O'Connell April 12-13

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ROCHESTER, NY (03/29/2018) The fourth and final installment of the 2017-18 Shannon Lecture Series will be hosted by moral theologian Maureen O'Connell who will discuss race and racial justice. First, on April 12 at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Shults Center, O'Connell will present From the Upper Room to Pentecost: Toward an Ethic of Racial Mercy. This will be followed by Painting Across the Color-Line: Community Muralism and Social Justice on April 13 at 1:30 p.m. in Linehan Chapel of the Golisano Academic Center. Nazareth College is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y., 14618. These lectures are free and open to the public.

Maureen O'Connell is the author of the widely acclaimed and award-winning book, If These Walls Could Talk: Community Muralism and the Beauty of Justice which examines mural-making and murals in Philadelphia. "Philadelphia's walls are talking," she explains, and the "images have the potential to transform the 'City of Brotherly Love' into the 'City of Just Love.'"

O'Connell is an associate professor of Christian ethics and chair of the Department of Religion at La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. O'Connell earned a Ph.D. in theological ethics at Boston College, then spent time teaching at Fordham University before landing at La Salle University. Her studies and teaching focus on the intersections of social ethics and theological aesthetics. Her current research focuses on racial identity formation, racism, and racial justice.

Maureen O'Connell's lectures are the final chapter in the 2017-18 Shannon Lecture Series with the year's theme Reclaiming Our Common Humanity. Calling for mercy and tenderness, Pope Francis continually reminds us of our common humanity. The 2017-2018 Shannon Chair Lecture Series gratefully celebrates his legacy of wisdom and witness to faith, justice, and peace.