Sacred Art and the Journey Toward Justice

Sacred Art and the Journey Toward Justice

Join the Medieval Institute for the third in our webinar series on Pilgrimage! Sacred Art and the Journey toward Justice will consider the sacred art of pilgrimage routes and contemporary iconography. How do icons facilitate an encounter with the divine and with the beloved neighbor? In whose face do we see God? Artist Kelly Latimore joins us to discuss inclusive representation and Black-Brown iconography as a subversive element within the Christian tradition.

Meet the Faculty: Richard Klee '18

Richard Klee ’18 is a scholar of the internationalization of Judaism and Christianity. His forthcoming monograph, Religion in Migration: International Judaism and Tobit, explores the earliest complete manuscript of the Book of Tobit (ca. 200 BCE) and its refashioning of ethnic, literary and ritual traditions for displaced and diasporic communities. 

A faculty member with the Moreau College Initiative at Westville Correctional Facility for six years, Klee co-developed its humanities core curriculum, and inaugurated courses in Ancient Greek, ancient literature, and immigration.  In recognition of these efforts, Klee received the 2019 Sister Lenz O.S.F. Leadership Award from the University of Notre Dame.

Klee is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Yale University.  He has also held academic-year fellowships with the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures at Notre Dame and at the Universität Eberhard Karls in Tübingen, Germany.  Formerly director of an ESL school for adult immigrants, Klee currently serves on the boards of Education Bridge and the Shirley Heinze Land Trust.

Meet the Speaker: Kelly Latimore

Kelly Latimore is an artist and iconographer from St. Louis, MO. He started painting icons in 2010 while a member of the Common Friars, a small monastic farming community in Athens, Ohio. Latimore’s icons often mix classic orthodox iconographic imagery with figures representing the marginalized and the oppressed among us here and now. Latimore’s icon “Refugees: La Sagra­da Familia,” in which the flight to Egypt is interpreted as Latinx immigrants crossing the desert, adorns the cover of Pope Francis’s book “A Stranger and You Welcomed Me.” Latimore has also created a diverse array of icons of unexpected saints such as poet Mary Oliver, congressman John Lewis, and Mr. Rogers.

A Religious Iconography Gallery: Zack Okello

By permission of the artist, ThinkND is proud to share some of the religious iconography of artist and musician Zack Okello. Zack is married to Betsy Ferrer Okello, a member of the teaching and learning team for the Notre Dame ACE Academies, a faculty member in the Mary Ann Remick Leadership program, and a core team member of the Center for Literacy Education at the University of Notre Dame. Zack is currently developing commissioned works for ACE.

For more information on Zack Okello’s work, please visit his website.

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Friday, March 3, 2023 12:00 pm

Join the Medieval Institute and the Center for Spirituality at Saint Mary’s College for the third in our webinar series on pilgrimage – Pilgrimage for Healing and Liberation. Sacred Art and the Journey toward Justice will consider the sacred art of pilgrimage routes and contemporary iconography. How do icons facilitate an encounter with the divine and with the beloved neighbor? In whose face do we see God? Artist Kelly Latimore joins us to discuss inclusive representation and Black-Brown iconography as a subversive element within the Christian tradition.

Pilgrimage for Healing and Liberation is co-sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies, the Department of Theology, Program of Liberal Studies, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion, and the Notre Dame Initiative on Race and Resilience.

Speaker:

  • Kelly Latimore, artist

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