Fr. Bill MortonWho: Fr. Bill Morton, SSC

What: Part 1 of Gerber Institute Visiting Speakers' Series on Land

When: Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Where: De Mattias Performance Hall, Newman University

As part of its 2011-2012 programming on the topic of Land, the Gerber Institute will welcome Fr. Bill Morton, a Catholic priest from El Paso, Texas, for a lecture at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. Fr. Morton will talk about the ongoing dispute over land use and property rights in the Lomas del Poleo region of Mexico, just south of the U.S.-Mexico border. Fr. Morton has been actively and intimately involved in this dispute since 2003. In 2006, as a consequence of his involvement, he was fined and forced to leave Mexico; however, he has continued advocating for the Lomas residents from El Paso. To learn more about Lomas see and/or Google “Lomas del Poleo.”

Fr. Morton has a BA in Philosophy from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, an MDiv from Weston Jesuit in Cambridge, and an MA in Theological Studies from LaSalle University in Philadelphia. He is past president of the Board of Directors of the US Catholic Mission Association and serves on the Board of Directors of Annunciation House, Inc., a house of hospitality for the undocumented in El Paso.

The talk will take place in the  of the De Mattias Performance Hall, located on the north side of the Newman University campus. Admission is free of charge and the public is invited.