“Every Step Brings Hope” 2007 Esther Dayman Strong Lecture

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Jan 6, 2007

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“Every Step Brings Hope” 2007 Esther Dayman Strong Lecture

Artist Judy Teufel reflects on the meaning of pilgrimage through words and images

Judy Teufel, one of Portland’s most highly regarded ceramists and teachers, will speak on her experiences on the 500-mile Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route in northern Spain and discuss the deeper meaning of personal pilgrimage on Tuesday, February 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the Cabell Center on the school campus, 8825 SW Barnes Rd. The event, this year’s Esther Dayman Strong Lecture, is free and open to the public.

In conjunction with the lecture, an exhibition of Teufel’s artworks inspired by the journey will be on display in the school’s Cabell Center. Pieces include journals, 200 ceramic scallop shells—the sign of the pilgrimage route—and highly textured mixed-media paintings that reflect the ancient walls found along the route. The show runs from January 16 to February 11. A reception will follow the lecture.

Judy Teufel taught art at Catlin Gabel School for more than 20 years before her retirement in 2004. She traveled to northern Spain in September to fulfill a longstanding dream to experience the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route firsthand . Teufel was inspired by reasons both aesthetic and highly personal. A cancer survivor, Teufel saw the pilgrimage as a way to affirm her enormous gratitude at having survived, and as a way to acknowledge that each survivor is part of a bigger community that helps her through her illness and leads to healing. Experiencing the route became for her a way of making hope real and bringing it back into her life. She will share these reflections, and memorable sights and moments from her journey, in her lecture.

The Esther Dayman Strong Lectureship in the Humanities was created in 1987 by the Catlin Gabel School board of trustees. The board wished to establish a living memorial to the human and academic values Esther Strong nurtured throughout her life, and especially as principal of the Catlin-Hillside School from 1944 to 1958. This year the lecture honors Esther Dayman Strong’s legacy of lifelong learning by paying tribute to the intellectual excellence demonstrated daily by Catlin Gabel’s own faculty members. Former Esther Dayman Strong Lecturers include film critic Kenneth Turan, Mercy Corps executive Neal Keny-Guyer, and writer and cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson.

Catlin Gabel serves Portland and the world as an educational catalyst, drawing together dedicated educators, motivated students, superb curricular resources, and thoughtfully applied technology, in a beautiful and functional setting, all for the purpose of forming bold learners who become responsible action-takers for life. Catlin Gabel is an independent, non-sectarian, progressive coeducational day school serving 700 students from preschool through twelfth grade. Its roots go back to the Portland Academy, founded in 1859. The school occupies 54 acres on Barnes Road, five miles west of downtown Portland. For more about the school, please visit www.catlin.edu.