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LVC Hosts Illustrator, Painter, Humanitarian Robert Shetterly, Visiting Woodrow Wilson Fellow
10.25.12 |
Lebanon Valley College has invited Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Robert Shetterly, an artist, illustrator, and humanitarian to present as part of the HAPPINESS Colloquium series. Shetterly will be in residence from November 5-9. He has illustrated more than 30 books, including a series of portraits titled "Americans Who Tell the Truth" currently featured across the country.

"Robert Shetterly has devoted his life to engaged citizenry, social justice and activism and embodies much of what the liberal arts experience at Lebanon Valley College represents," Ann Damiano, associate dean of academic affairs, said. "We are pleased that our students have the chance to be inspired by a personal account of his career as he will spend hours in our classrooms across the curriculum discussing those activities."

Shetterly's LVC lectures are free and open to the public. He will present "Politics, Protest, and Happiness" November 5 at 7 p.m. Shetterly will also present "Truth Telling and Happiness" November 7 at 7 p.m. He will finish his residency with "Art, Happiness, and Social Dissent" November 8 at 11 a.m. All lectures will be presented in Zimmerman Recital Hall of the Suzanne H. Arnold Gallery.

A graduate of Harvard University, Shetterly has illustrated more than 30 books, as well as the Maine Times, Audubon Adventures, and a collection of his own drawing and etchings, "Speaking Fire at Stones." He is also a painter, and his collection "Americans Who Tell the Truth" has been traveling around the United States for five years and features more than 120 portraits. A book of these portraits won the highest award of the International Reading Association for Intermediate Non-fiction in 2006.

Shetterly's humanitarian interests have led him to reach out to Rwanda and to fight mountaintop removal in Appalachia. He has been the president of the Union of Maine Visual Artists since 1990, where he is producer of the Maine Masters Project, a series of video documentaries about Maine artists.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, which is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, D.C., brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders, and other professionals to campuses across the United States for a week-long residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, and informal discussions.

HAPPINESS is a year-long integrated series of guest speakers, roundtable discussions, films and courses that will consider the meaning and importance of happiness as a psychological, physiological, social and cultural phenomenon. It involves presentations by speakers from a number of disciplines who approach the theme from the standpoints of the arts, the wellness of body and mind, the demands of a consumer economy, the expectations and duties of political life, and the broad philosophical questions of human flourishing. On the web at

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