The University of Southern Mississippi will welcome guest lecturer Carey Fee, a doctoral candidate at Florida State University, who will present “Trail Mix: How Pilgrims and Politics Shaped Sacred Monuments of Medieval Europe.” The lecture will be held Thursday, Jan. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at the Gallery of Art and Design in the George Hurst Building on the Hattiesburg campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Fee's lecture is a continuation of the dialogue on the recent opening of art and design professor John Mark Lawler's exhibition based on his travels in Spain. “Photographs from a Pilgrim's Perspective” will be on exhibit through Feb. 18 in the Gallery of Art and Design.
This lecture offers insight into the development of the sacred monuments of paintings, sculpture and architecture along the Camino de Santiago and the rich political undercurrents that informed their appearance.
The Camino de Santiago, translated to the Road to Santiago, is the name of any of the pilgrimage routes to the memorial of the apostle St. James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Many of the pilgrims traverse this route for spiritual growth, but others embark on this journey to discover something about him or herself or take time to reflect. Lawler's gallery, on which the lecture will expand, is an investigation of the reasons why pilgrims embarked on this path and what their motivations were.
“By studying the monuments associated with the pilgrimage during the Middle Ages, we not only illuminate their medieval audiences, but also shed light upon their greater historical circumstances,” Fee said.
For more information about upcoming events in the College of Arts and Letters, of which the Department of Art and Design is a part, visit www.artsandlettersnow.usm.edu