LEWISTON - What do Rachel Carson, Martin Luther King Jr., Dwight Eisenhower and Samantha Smith have in common?
Artist Robert Shetterly said it is a willingness to participate in the world, to improve it and to stand up for what he calls "the promise of America." Add in courage and wisdom and they and others in their midst define the responsibilities of citizenship and democracy.
Their portraits are part of a landmark nationally touring exhibition, "Americans Who Tell the Truth," that continues to inspire thousands in community centers, churches, colleges, museums and schools around the country.
A selection of 38 portraits are currently at the Atrium Art Gallery at the University of Southern Maine's Lewiston-Auburn College after first being shown in 2005.
At 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct.17, artist Robert Shetterly will give a lecture, "How, Then, Shall I Live?" followed by a reception and book signing in the Atrium Art Gallery. The talk and reception are free and open to the public. Shetterly's book "Americans Who Tell the Truth" was designed for a young adult audience and published by Dutton in May 2005. Copies of the book, now in paperback, will be available for purchase and signed by the artist.
The "Americans Who Tell the Truth" exhibition marks the 20th anniversary of USM's Lewiston-Auburn College. Both Shetterly's exhibit and the USM LAC interdisciplinary core curriculum share a common focus on the principles of justice, sustainability, difference and democracy.