Missionaries, Founders, Thinkers, and Marian Apparitions

European contact with the “New World” after 1492 is often portrayed as led exclusively by misguided, self-interested, and tragically violent conquistadors. This new discussion series will offer interested students a free lunch and a first exposure to a different and often forgotten set of important actors: the saintly women of the Americas whose loving witness, deep devotion, and peaceful genius helped carry the good news of Christ throughout North, Central, and South America. Interested students, faculty and others should contact Prof. Beth Sutherland (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

April 21: Dorothy Day. Special Guest: Laura Brown (Casa Alma, Charlottesville)

March 24: Clemons Library, Room 407 (12:00-1:30pm) St. Katharine Drexel (Saint of Racial Justice) and St. Mother Frances Cabrini (first U.S. saint and "The Heavenly Patroness of All Emigrants") Special Guests: Fr. Gerry Fogarty, S.J. (Religious Studies) and Charles Kromkowski (Politics)

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February 10 (Friday, 12:00-1:30pm): Alderman Library Rm 421 (in Scholars Lab)
Sor Juana  Inés de la Cruz, O.S.H. (1648/51-1695)--also known as "The Tenth Muse" and "The Phoenix of Mexico"--was a Hieronymite  nun in 17th century Mexico, a visionary philosopher, a brilliant and very early advocate for women’s education, and America’s first Poet, a truly luminous daughter of the Church. Special guest: Prof. Allison Bigelow (Spanish); Suggested Reading: "Response to Sor Filotea"
February 24: Our Lady of Guadalupe and other Marian Apparitions. Special guest: Prof. Nichole Flores (Religious Studies)
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