Presented in partnership with the Center for Interfaith Cooperation
A New View Film Series seeks to promote understanding and foster respect for differences through the lenses of interfaith understanding, social justice and diversity and, civil discourse.
The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton – by Morgan Atkinson, 2015
The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton is the story of the esteemed 20th century writer in the last year of his life, as he embarks on his greatest journey. The film illuminates the adventure and searching that takes the viewer from Merton’s home at the Abbey of Gethsemane in Kentucky, across America in the turbulent year of 1968 and finally to Asia for meetings with the Dalai Lama and other spiritual seekers. The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton celebrates the triumph of all that was gained by Merton’s journey, reflects on the tragedy of what was lost with his death and considers why Merton’s life and work challenges us today.
With a special guest appearance by director Morgan C. Atkinson for a post-film discussion!
The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton is another in a series of documentaries written and produced by Morgan Atkinson which examine the motivations and spirit behind the lives of remarkable people. Thus far Atkinson has written and produced some 17 documentaries that have been broadcast on public television. Atkinson spent two years looking at the last year in the life of Thomas Merton, the acclaimed writer and spiritual thinker. A lifelong resident of Louisville, Kentucky Atkinson writes and produces video programming which examines the spirit of our times. He is currently in the final stages of a program examining the removal of controversial statues related to the Civil War.
Doors open at 6:30 PM.
This event is free and open to the public, no tickets required.
Thursday January 237:00 PMEidson-Duckwall Recital Hall