Commemoration, Preservation, Celebration

Eleventh Triennial Conference on the History of Women Religious


Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana  |  June 23–26, 2019

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As the centennials of women’s suffrage in North America, Europe, and beyond generate renewed interest in women’s history, the conference seeks to explore how the history of women religious has been commemorated, preserved, and celebrated. Papers and panels will consider the following questions: How has that history been told, documented, and remembered? How have religious communities entrusted their history to others? How have anniversaries been moments of significance or transformation? How does the history of women religious intersect with turning points within women’s history more broadly?


Ann LittleAnn M. Little

Ann M. Little, professor of history at Colorado State University, will serve as the conference's keynote speaker. Little is the author of The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright (Yale, 2016).


Saint Mary’s College is a Catholic liberal arts college for women located in Notre Dame, Indiana.  Founded in 1844 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, it was the first women’s college established in the Great Lakes region. The campus is located about five miles from the South Bend International Airport, which also offers train and shuttle connections to Chicago. 



Program and Registration


Registration links and more information on the conference program, lodging, and travel will be posted at this webpage in January 2019. 


The Program Committee


Thomas Rzeznik (chair)  |  Mary Beth Fraser Connolly  |  Kara French  |  Deirdre Raftery  |  Sr. Sally Witt, C.S.J.  |  Kathleen Sprows Cummings


Image: A group of sisters outside the Westminster Library opposite the Church House in Victoria, London, June 24, 1970 (photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)