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Polish Director to Speak on Pope John Paul II and the Fine Arts

The lecture is free and open to the public

Posted: Tuesday, March 2, 2010

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STEUBENVILLE, OH—Internationally-known director and playwright Kazimierz Braun will deliver the John Paul the Great Fine Arts Lecture on Friday, March 5, at 8:00 p.m. in Anathan Theatre, Ground Floor, Egan Hall.

In a talk titled "John Paul II, As I Remember Him," Braun will discuss the years he knew Pope John Paul II, when he was Bishop Karol Wojtyla, and the influence the future Pope had on his artistic career.

"Karol Wojtyla opened for me the ethical aspect of the theater," Braun says. "He believed the human person has a certain oneness. All aspects of a person's life, including his profession and his faith, should enlighten and influence one another."

Braun will quote from his novel, Day of Witness, the story of a priest who follows the example of Pope John Paul II and finds encouragement from his words, "Be not afraid!" Braun says these words should speak to artists and scholars of all kinds.

Braun is a professor of theater art at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and holds doctoral degrees in letters, theatre, and directing. Braun worked as the artistic director and general manager of professional theater companies in Lublin, Poland, and in Wroclaw, Poland, during years of Communist government censorship.

In 1985 he came to the United States and taught theater and directing at New York University, Swarthmore College, and University of California Santa Cruz before his current position at the SUNY-Buffalo. He has directed more than 140 theater and television productions in Poland and other countries, and has published more than 30 books, including scholarly works, novels, and plays.

The lecture is sponsored by the Fine Arts Society of Franciscan University. It is free and open to the public with a reception following.

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