Thomas Merton with the Road Scholar Program
March 16-21, 2014, and October 19-24, 2014.
Eighth Annual Thomas Merton Black History Month Lecture
February 26th, 2014 - Dorothy Cotton.
Spiritual Roots of Protest - 50th Anniversary Event
October 24th and 25th, 2014.
Thomas Merton and the Spanish Mystics
March 14th, 2015 - Cristóbal Serrán-Pagán y Fuentes.
Fourteenth General Meeting of the International Thomas Merton Society
June 4th - 7th, 2015 - Bellarmine University, Louisville KY.
Thomas Merton with Road Scholar Program
Road Scholar Program "Week with Thomas Merton"
The Spring 2014 Merton Road Scholar [elderhostel] week will take place from Sunday 16th March until Friday 21st March, 2014 - this program is currently fully booked with a waiting list. For further details contact Linda Bailey on (502) 272 8161 or by e-mail: email@example.com or visit the Road Scholar website.
The Fall 2014 Merton Road Scholar program will take place from Sunday 19th October until Friday 24th October, 2014.
"On the Journey Forward:
Merton and King as important guides"
Wednesday 26th February, 2014 - 7 pm
Frazier Hall, Bellarmine University
Free and Open to the Public
From 1960 to 1968, Dr. Dorothy Cotton was the Education Director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). In that capacity, she worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders, directing the Citizenship Education Program (CEP). As the Education Director she was considered one of the highest ranking women with the SCLC. She accompanied Dr. King when he received the Nobel Prize for Peace in Norway.
On April 4, 1968 she was at the Lorraine Motel in room 307 next door to Dr. Kings’ room, the day of his assassination.
After Dr. King's death, she served as the Vice President for Field Operations for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia where she was a leader and senior trainer for the Center in areas nonviolence and empowerment for leadership. Under the Carter Administration, she served as the Southeastern Regional Director of ACTION, the Federal Government’s agency for volunteer programs from 1978 to 1981.
Dr. Cotton has traveled extensively throughout the world, including visits to the former Soviet Union, The People’s Republic of China, Switzerland, Africa, Vietnam, and Europe while participating in international workshops and discussions on a broad range of current social and humanitarian issues.
Dr. Cotton describes her work with the Citizen Education Program in her book If Your Back's Not Bent: The Role of the Citizenship Education Program in the Civil Rights Movement.
Spiritual Roots of Protest
50th Anniversary event
Friday and Saturday 24th and 25th October, 2014
Presenters will include:
Tom Cornell, Bob Cunnane, John Dear, S.J., Jim Forest, Joe Grant, and Joe Tropea
Friday 24th at 7 pm - Free and Open to the Public:
The Louisville premier of the award winning
documentary film “Hit and Stay,” about Catholic Resistance draft
board actions in the Sixties. The filmmaker Joe Tropea will
introduce the film and be available after the showing for
questions and answers.
Saturday 25th - 9 am - 4 pm -
An overview of the retreat by Gordon Oyer
followed by presentation and discussion by three of the
remaining participants: Tom Cornell, Bob Cunnane, Jim Forest.
A presentation by Joe Grant looking at the lessons of the retreat and their application to the social issues we face now, continuing that conversation begun at Gethsemani. Issues may include: the Occupy movement, terrorism, environment, as well as many of the same issues Merton wrote about in the 60's, including racism, war and peace. This will be followed by presentations and discussion by John Dear and other panelists.
Saturday 25th - 7 pm - Free and Open to the Public:
Presentations by Tom Cornell, John Dear and Jim Forest.
Further details to be announced...
Thomas Merton and the Spanish Mystics
Cristóbal Serrán-Pagán y Fuentes
Friday 13th March, 2015 - 7pm
Monastery of Mary Immaculate and St. Joseph, 1740 Newburg road, Louisville
Saturday 14th March, 2015 - 10 AM - 4 pm
Our lady of the woods chapel, Bellarmine University
Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the birth of St. Theresa of Avila and the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Thomas Merton the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University along with the Monastery of Mary Immaculate and St. Joseph is hosting a celebration of Thomas Merton's interest in the Spanish mystics and the Carmelite Order.
Cristóbal Serrán-Pagán y Fuentes is currently an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Valdosta State University (Valdosta, Georgia) and editor of the volume Merton & the Tao: Dialogues with John Wu and the Ancient Sages.
The Paradox of Place: Thomas Merton's Photography
The exhibit of Merton's photographs celebrating the 40th Anniversary (1963-2003) of the Thomas Merton Collection at Bellarmine University is now a permanent exhibit displayed in the W. L. Lyons Brown Library on the Bellarmine University campus. This exhibit focuses on the places Merton visited in his final travels of 1968 including California, Alaska and Asia and the contrast with his photographs of Gethsemani and his hermitage.
Financial assistance is needed to
assist with funding these special events at the Thomas Merton Center. If
you would be interested in assisting with funding, or becoming a major
sponsor for one of these events please contact:
Dr Paul Pearson on (502) 272 8177 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org