For the first time in the United States, researchers have undertaken an extensive study of a 15th-century Spanish cathedral altarpiece, and in the process, have unlocked 500 years of secrets involving art, literature, history and religion. Their findings, along with the entire group of paintings that comprise the altarpiece, are the subject of “Fernando Gallego and His Workshop: The Altarpiece from Ciudad Rodrigo, Paintings from the Collection of the University of Arizona Museum of Art” at the Meadows Museum through July 27, 2008. See a video on the exhibit produced by SMU News.
The Reverend Dr. Joseph Lowery, former president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, presented SMU’s 14th annual Robert O. Cooper Peace and Justice Fellowship Lecture on April 20, outlining the history and future of the civil rights movement and its importance to America. See the event in streaming video.
The Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, renowned civil rights activist and former president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), will receive SMU’s Cooper Peace and Justice Fellowship during a lecture at 7 p.m. April 20 in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall. A reception will precede the lecture at 6 p.m. on Dallas Hall’s third floor.
Called “the dean of the civil rights movement” by the NAACP, Lowery was a cofounder, with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., of the SCLC and served as its president and CEO from 1977 to 1998. His previous awards include the Martin Luther King Jr. Center Peace Award and the National Urban League’s Whitney M. Young Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, he has received honorary doctorates from Dillard University, Morehouse College, Alabama State University and the University of Alabama.
The Cooper Peace and Justice Fellowship was established in 1992 to recognize the faithful service on behalf of issues of peace and justice by SMU Associate Chaplain Robert O. Cooper upon his retirement from the University. The Cooper Fellowship is sponsored by SMU’s Office of the Chaplain, in collaboration with the University’s Human Rights Education and Ethnic Studies programs and the Dallas Peace Center.
The William K. McElvaney Award in Social Justice will be awarded to an SMU student actively involved in human rights and social justice issues, to be announced at the lecture. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of the Chaplain, 8-4502.