FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 6, 2009) — The final presentation in the Shell Point Retirement Community 2009 Inaugural Speaker Series will feature Barrie Schwortz, known as the Shroud of Turin Photographer, on Thursday March 19. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Village Church Auditorium on the Island at Shell Point.
The Shroud of Turin is a centuries old linen cloth that bears the image of a crucified man, a man that millions believe to be Jesus of Nazareth. Is it really the cloth that wrapped his crucified body, or is it simply a medieval forgery, a hoax perpetrated by some clever artist? Modern science has completed hundreds of thousands of hours of detailed study and intense research on the Shroud. It is in fact, the most studied artifact in human history.
Barrie Schwortz was the Official Documenting Photographer for the Shroud of Turin Research Project, the team that conducted the first in-depth scientific examination of the Shroud in 1978. Today, he plays an influential role in the Shroud research. Mr. Schwortz has conducted Shroud lectures around the world and is frequently called upon as a leading imaging expert. He has participated in programs on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, the National Geographic Channel, CNN, CBS, NBC, PBS, and BBC. His photographs have appeared in hundreds of books and publications including Time Magazine, Life, Newsweek, and National Geographic as well as in countless television documentaries.
Barrie Schwortz will share the 30 year history of Shroud research, key scientific elements about the Shroud, behind-the-scenes accounts of the research team, and his own personal story of how the Shroud of Turin has impacted his life.
“The Shroud of Turin holds a lot of historical mystery, and Mr. Schwortz has been conducting in depth research about its origin,” said Dawn Boren, director of resident life for Shell Point. “He will give audience members an inside look at the research that has been done, and the 30 year history, from a personal viewpoint.”
You may purchase tickets to attend Barrie Schwortz’s program for $40. To purchase tickets, or receive additional information, please call (239) 454-2067.
Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. For more information about Shell Point, please call (239) 466-1131 or visit www.shellpoint.org.