As part of the Art of Memory series, Brother Armand Alcazar, FSC, associate professor of theology at Lewis University, delivered a presentation April 22 entitled “Remembering Heroes and Heroines: Telling Their Stories.”
During his lecture, Brother Alcazar focused on spirituality, while describing relationships to God, one another and the Earth. Noting that it was Earth Day, Brother Alcazar encouraged audience members to explore their relationship with the award-winning beauty of the Romeoville campus.
Brother Alcazar used three popular stories from the Bible to display how biblical stories can help revisit one’s own memories. He urged the audience to acknowledge different times in life when birth, suffering and transformation were experienced.
It is during those times of birth, suffering and transformation that heroes and heroines that capture an audience. In most stories, the audience follows as the heroes and heroines battle to overcome darkness and triumph in great light. Those challenges create the memories and promote the sharing of their stories.
The Art of Memory series is presented by the Lewis University History Center: Urban, Cultural and Catholic History of the Upper Midwest, which supports a biannual symposium. It is also a part of Lewis University’s Arts & Ideas Program, providing cultural and educational programming for students and the community. These events are free of charge and open to the public. For further information, please contact Dr. Ewa Bacon at (815) 836-5568.
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