Robert Shetterly’s Americans Who Tell the Truth portraits and narratives highlight citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness. By combining art and other media, Americans Who Tell the Truth offers resources to inspire a new generation of engaged Americans who will act for the common good, our communities, and the Earth.
Learning through engaged citizenship: Educators around the country and at all levels have been inviting Robert Shetterly and his Americans Who Tell the Truth portraits into their classrooms to teach history, civics, ethics, art, even science, but most of all to demonstrate the tools of engaged citizenship critical to a functioning democracy. These “Models of Courageous Citizenship” aim to inspire teachers and students to journey more deeply into American history and to empower them to identify both the specific challenges our communities face and what each of us can do to address these problems. Robert Shetterly was invited to spend a week at St. Edward’s University, in Austin TX as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program to present Americans Who Tell the Truth at the University’s Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance. This is what the Director of the Kozmetsky Center, Dr. Elisa Díaz-Martínez, had to say about the visit. “Robert interacted with approximately 300 people in a variety of forums including class visits, one-on-ones, a self-portrait workshop and a public lecture. The local PBS station, KLRU, followed him throughout the week and will air a short video on his visit soon. His visit was also part of Light/ The Holocaust Humanity Project led by Ballet Austin. As a highlight of his visit, the self-portrait workshop, which inspired many of our students and helped them reflect on future steps in their personal and professional lives. Robert’s Americans Who Tell the Truth has become a distinctive and profound was of teaching American History and American Thought. In many European countries, his work would be an extraordinary tool for many courses on citizenship, human rights and ethics. His work will help us advance towards common understanding and tolerance. He is an engaging and dynamic speaker and loves interacting with college students. St. Edward’s University has been privileged to host him.” — Dr. Elisa Díaz Martínez