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Fr. Carter Lecture Series presents Danny Glover April 22

Loyola press release - March 27, 2003

(New Orleans)—The eighth annual Fr. Carter Lecture Series will feature actor and political activist Danny Glover. The lecture will be held on April 22, 2003, at 7:30 p.m., in Roussel Performance Hall, located on Loyola’s main campus at 6363 St. Charles Ave. The public is invited to attend this free event.

Glover will be joined by Felix Justice in a question-and-answer type program. Justice is a longtime friend of Glover’s. The two have performed several two-person shows including one featuring the words of Langston Hughes and Martin Luther King, Jr. and another portraying A. Philip Randolph, labor leader and social activist, and Paul Robeson, actor and political activist.

Glover is an advocate for human rights issues including abolition of the death penalty and the fight against AIDS. Most recently, he has been active in peace demonstrations. Glover has received the Marian Anderson Award, honoring artists whose leadership benefits humanity.

A native of San Francisco, Glover attended San Francisco State College and trained at the Black Actors’ Workshop of the American Conservatory Theatre. Debuting as an actor in 1979 in a Clint Eastwood film, Escape from Alcatraz, his career has continued to grow. He appeared in Witness with Harrison Ford in 1984 and in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated production of The Color Purple, based on the novel by Alice Walker. Perhaps his greatest film successes have been the Lethal Weapon film series with Mel Gibson. In May 2003, he will return to the Broadway stage in the revival of Athol Fugard’s Master Harold…and the Boys.

This lecture series honors Loyola’s longest-tenured president, the Rev. James C. Carter, S.J., who served at the university for 20 years. The series seeks to feature a speaker of national prominence whose humanity and character have enabled him or her to promote social justice in his or her life and work. Past speakers have included Susan Sarandon, Sister Helen Prejean, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Dr. Beck Weathers, Jerry Greenfield of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, Edward James Olmos and Erin Brockovich. Last year’s speaker was Peter Bergen, a war correspondent and expert on global terrorism who had interviewed Osama bin Laden face-to-face.