November 15, 2021 ALL

Today: Un-Silencing the Black Catholic Past

November is Black Catholic History Month! As part of our celebration of this month, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Shannen Dee Williams, Associate Professor of History at the University of Dayton, to the JCU campus to offer a guest lecture.

Title: Un-Silencing the Black Catholic Past: The Political Struggles of Black Catholic Nuns in the United States
Date: Tuesday, November 16
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Rodman A (also live streaming via Zoom)

Free and open to the public. Registration required to ensure adequate space for all who plan to attend.

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Dr. Williams is a historian of the African American experience with research and teaching specializations in women’s, religious and Black freedom movement history. In this talk, she will share insights from her forthcoming book, Subversive Habits: Black Catholic Nuns in the Long African American Freedom Struggle (Duke University Press, April 2022).

Specifically, Dr. Williams will consider how the master narratives of women’s religious life and Catholic participation in the Black freedom struggle fundamentally change when the lives and experiences of African American nuns are taken seriously.

The event will feature door prizes for in-person attendees, including pre-purchased orders for copies of Subversive Habits (to be delivered upon the book’s publication in April). A dessert reception will follow the event.

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion; Department of History; Institute of Catholic Studies; Program in Peace, Justice and Human Rights; Office of Campus Ministry; Office of University Mission & Identity; and Department of Theology & Religious Studies.