Women and Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America

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Location: Center for History

The Women and Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America exhibit is at the Center for History September 2 through December 31, 2011.

This exhibit, a project of the Leadership Conference Of Women Religious is sponsored by the Cushwa Center, Notre Dame’s Departments of History and American Studies, the Saint Mary’s College Center for Spirituality and the Center for History in South Bend, IN. The exhibit, with an inaugural lecture on September 24, by Sister Sandra Schneiders, I.H.M., professor of New Testament studies and Christian spirituality at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, runs through December 31, 2011.

For additional information about the exhibit, please see the Center for History website.

For further information about a lecture at Saint Mary’s College by Sister Sandra Schneiders, I.H.M..

“Corita: Breaking (all) the Rules”
Lecture by Barbara M. Loste, PhD, Eastern Washington University
September 13, 2011
4:30pm refreshments, 5:00pm talk
McKenna Hall 112

You’ve got to know the rules to break them. That’s what I’m here for, to demolish the rules but keep the tradition. — Alexander McQueen

Sister Mary Corita (1918-1986) was a prolific 20th-century American artist, treasured for her juxtaposition of colorful shapes and visionary quotes, often inspired by everyday pop culture. As an art professor at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles in the late 1960s, Corita assembled a set of rules for students and teachers. Rule 1: “Find a place you trust and try trusting it for a while.” Rule 4: “Consider everything an experiment.” By rule 10, Corita quoted avant-garde musician John Cage by adding, “We’re breaking all of the rules, even our own.” Sister Corita’s creative life and legacy— as an artist, teacher, and woman religious—can be examined in light of her uncanny ability to break some rules.

Below is a summary of events related to Women & Spirit: Catholic sisters in America. All events are open to the public and on the Notre Dame campus, unless otherwise noted.

Monday, September 12
Lecture and Book Signing: Helen Prejean, C.S.J.
Helen Prejean, C.S.J., author and advocate against the death penalty
Location: Andrews Auditorium, Geddes Hall
Time: 7 p.m.
Sponsored by the Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns

Tuesday, September 13
LECTURE: Corita Breaking (All) the Rules
Barbara M. Loste, Eastern Washington University
Location: McKenna Hall Center for Continuing Education, Rooms 112-114
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 15
FILM SCREENING AND PANEL DISCUSSION:
The Mighty Macs
Location: Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 24
LECTURE: The Future of Religious Life
Sandra Schneiders, I.H.M., Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley at Santa Clara
Location: O’Laughlin Auditorium, Saint Mary’s College
Time: 11:30 a.m.

Sunday, October 2
LECTURE: Sisters, Saints, and Citizens: Canonization in America
Kathleen Sprows Cummings, University of Notre Dame
Location: Wiekamp Auditorium, Center for History
Time: 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 13
LECTURE: Long and Short Perspectives: A Twenty-First Century Historian Looks at Medieval Women and Religion
Caroline Walker Bynum, Columbia University
Location: Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Library
Time: 5:00 p.m.

Carolyn Walker Bynum lecture

Thursday, November 3
AMERICAN CATHOLIC STUDIES SEMINAR: Black Nuns and the Struggle to Desegregate Catholic Sisterhoods after WWII
Shannen Dee Williams, Rutgers University
Commentator: Diane Batts Morrow, University of Georgia, Athens
Location: McKenna Hall Center for Continuing Education, Rooms 100-104
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Friday, November 4
CUSHWA CENTER LECTURE: The Experience of the Oblate Sisters of Providence During the Civil War
Diane Batts Morrow, University of Georgia, Athens
Location: Wiekamp Auditorium, Center for History
Time: 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 5
SEMINAR IN AMERICAN RELIGION: Civilizing Habits: Women Missionaries and the Revival of the French Empire (Oxford, 2010)
Sarah Curtis, San Francisco State University
Commentators:
Angelyn Dries, O.S.F., Saint Louis University
Thomas Kselman, University of Notre Dame
Location: McKenna Hall Center for Continuing Education, Rooms 100-104
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 5
SCREENING WITH PANEL DISCUSSION: Band of Sisters (work in progress)
Mary Fishman (ND, ’82), Producer/Director of Band of Sisters
Location: Wiekamp Auditorium, Center for History
Time: 2:00 p.m.

Campus sponsors include:

Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism
Office of the President
Alliance for Catholic Education
DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts
Department of American Studies
Department of History
Office of Campus Ministry

Center for Spirituality, Saint Mary’s College

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