University Speaker Series Hosts Two Outstanding Cultural Commentators This Spring

February 01, 2011

University Speaker Series Hosts Two Outstanding Cultural Commentators This SpringThe University Speaker Series continues this spring with presentations from two remarkable, creative individuals, each of whom offers a fascinating outlook on contemporary culture. Both events are open to the public and admission is free. The lectures will be held in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center. 

Broadcast journalist, filmmaker, and commentator Callie Crossley, will speak on “Media Literacy,” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 22. The award-winning journalist will share her views on the 21st century media––from broadcast to Internet and print––and lend her perspective on how to be a savvy viewer, listener, and reader. Crossley was a producer for the ABC News show 20/20 and for the acclaimed documentary series Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Year 1954-1965. For the last eight years, she has served as the program manager for the Neiman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, directing the organization’s speakers program.

Crossley is visiting several Saint Leo University classes during the week of February 21 in collaboration with the Council of Independent College’s Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program.

The following month, artist Makoto Fujimura, will be speaking on “Faith and Art,” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, during the season of Lent. This extraordinary painter has created five contemporary abstract works, along with additional imagery, for an illuminated edition of the Four Holy Gospels. The cloth-covered volume has just been released by Crossway Publishing in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. Its publication is a marked departure from illustrated Biblical texts whose artwork has depicted particular characters or scenes.

Fujimura writes and speaks internationally as an advocate for the arts. He is a Christian who enjoys bringing people from varied backgrounds together to discuss culture, art, and humanity. Fujimura was born in Boston, educated in both the United States and Japan, and lives in New York City.