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18th Annual Lecture Series on Ethics April 5

Humanitarian, educator and portrait artist Carling Jackson is the featured speaker for Siena Heights University’s 18th annual Chiodini/Fontana Lecture Series on Ethics at 7 p.m. April 5 in the Spencer Performing Arts Center’s McLaughlin Music Hall on the Adrian campus.

Her presentation is entitled “The Power and Ethics Behind Art for Social Change.” According to her biography, Jackson said she aims to “paint the change I wish to see in the world.” At age 15, she was diagnosed with life-threatening idiopathic anaphylaxis, but she refused to let this condition gain the upper hand, largely by committing herself to soccer, which led to a college scholarship. She graduated from Southern University and A&M College with a degree in history and a specialization in black history. After graduation she began to devote her time and energy to the arts.

A self-taught artist, she uses her artwork to fight injustice around the world. She has done artistic works with and for multiple oppressed and minority populations, including Syrian refugees, street children in Brazil, those affected by domestic violence in India, and people suffering from racial injustice in the U.S. Her goal is to make people feel what words can’t describe by bringing to life emotion, passion, love, pain, and beauty through art. She hopes that her art will move people towards positive change – for themselves and others. Her art is for the sake and betterment of humanity.

The Chiodini/Fontana series was established to provide students and the community the opportunity to reflect on matters of moral significance that touch many dimensions of today’s society. The series explores theoretical issues in ethics, current issues of moral importance, and the nature and meaning of Catholic identity. The series also speaks directly to Siena Heights’ mission, which is to assist people to become more competent, purposeful, and ethical through a teaching and learning environment which respects the dignity of all.

The endowed Chiodini/Fontana series is funded by Catherine Reuther and Warren Reuther, with additional support from the Edward M. and Henrietta M. Knabusch Trust.

The event is free and open to the community. For more information, call 517-264-7141 or email

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