Library Display: Atwood Lectures


Marjorie Atwood (1926-2005) was a trustee of the Oliver S. and Jennie R. Donaldson Charitable Trust and honorary member of the Atwood Lectures Committee. She earned her BA and MA from Salve Regina in 1981 and 1990, and in 2002 received her Ph.D for her dissertation entitled The Ex-Voto as Symbol of Faith and Survival.

The Atwood Lectures evolved out of other lecture series and the “Peace and Justice Symposium” which ran through the late 1970s and early 1980s. It was then formally sponsored by the Donaldson Charitable Trust. The 1987 agreement between Salve Regina and the Donaldson Trust stated the purpose of the lecture series:

“While allowing the College to hear from voices other than its own, lecturers should attract a wide audience that extends into and beyond the College and local communities. Persons chosen as lecturers should be selected on the basis of outstanding achievements in the humanities and highly distinguished reputations. The lecture, as determined by this agreement, should be in literature, philosophy or religion.”

For more than thirty years, the Atwood Lectures have brought notable thinkers and writers to campus and traced the development of philosophical debates.

This year’s Atwood lecture will feature Damian Costello, author of Black Elk: Colonialism and Lakota Catholicism.
The lecture will take place September 26, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in Bazarsky Lecture Hall.

Books in the circulating collection related to Black Elk are available for checkout from the display on the first floor of the library.



All materials from University Archives, particularly RG 12.4: University Committees: Atwood Lecture Committee.
Display by Genna Duplisea, Archivist & Special Collections Librarian

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