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Christine Bochen, (585) 389-2728.
The William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies at Nazareth College proudly presents a talk by Gerard Thomas Straub, the second lecturer in the Shannon Lecture series. Straub’s lecture, When Did I See You Hungry? A Filmmaker’s Journey from Hollywood to Haiti, takes place Thursday, October 27 at 7 p.m. in the Otto A. Shults Center Forum on the Nazareth campus, located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y., 14618. It is free and open to the public.
There is also a second lecture on Friday, October 28 at 1:30 p.m. Straub presents The Spiritual Power of Film. This lecture is also free and open to the public and takes place in the Otto A. Shults Center Forum at Nazareth College, 4245 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14618. Straub’s expertise in the field of filmmaking and production originates from his years of experience as a documentary filmmaker, author, and television producer of well-known television shows such as General Hospital and The Doctors. For further information, contact Dr. Christine Bochen, the William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies, at (585) 389-2728.
This year’s program, Awakening the Heart: The Art(s) of Faith, features four lecturers who have heeded the call to dialogue engaging theology in conversation with other disciplines to address the urgent questions and issues facing us today.
As a veteran filmmaker, author, and television producer, Straub’s talents have provided him with a notable career and have led to a more spiritual calling in his life in which he can devote his talents to help those in need. Dedicating both his talents and his time, Straub now works to enhance the living conditions of the poor and to increase awareness of this global issue through film. Straub seeks to put “the power of the film at the service of the poor” and presents his work both nationally and globally to colleges, universities, and churches. Some of Straub’s powerful works which reflect his commitment to increasing awareness of global issues include When Did I See You Hungry (2002), Rescue Me (2003), The Fragrant Spirit of Life (2008), and Mud Pies and Kites (2011). His authorship entails literary works such as The Sun and Moon Over Assisi (2000, 2008), Thoughts of a Blind Beggar (2007), and Hidden in the Rubble (2010), which entails his experiences in Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. Straub’s passion for film and writing, natural abilities, and dedication to promoting awareness of pressing global issues such as poverty provide for profound thought and insight in this second part of the Shannon Lecture Series.
Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.