Diversity and Dignity Across Time and Place


The Twelfth Triennial
Conference on the History of Women Religious


University of Notre Dame  |  June 26–29, 2022

 

 

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The Conference on the History of Women Religious (CHWR) was established in 1988 both to assist historians in discovering and preserving the historical record of vowed women and to integrate their stories into the larger narratives of their times and places. 

The organization’s forthcoming conference will bring historians and archivists of women religious together at the University of Notre Dame to discuss current and future work addressing the conference theme, “Diversity and Dignity Across Time and Place.” Throughout their histories, women religious have celebrated and struggled with many aspects related to diversity in their personal lives, congregational histories, and ministries. At the same time, their work has often focused on upholding the “dignity of the human person,” particularly the dignity of women. This conference seeks to explore aspects of diversity and dignity within the history of women’s religious congregations around the world. How did congregations (and individual sisters and nuns) respond to internal issues of diversity and dignity? And how did they seek to encourage diversity and dignity through their many ministries?

This conference is hosted by Notre Dame’s Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism and cosponsored by Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute, Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, Indiana), and the Center for Spirituality at Saint Mary’s College. 

As you plan your visit, see below for the latest information on travel, the conference schedule, lodging suggestions, and registration. Please direct questions to Jacqueline Willy Romero at the Cushwa Center (jwillyro@nd.edu).

Conference registration has closed to the public as of May 1, 2022. Sessions at CHWR 2022 are free and open to the public; registration is not required in order to attend panels. For information on late registration (mostly for purposes of joining conference meals, which do require registration), see "Registration and meals" near the bottom of this page.
 

Program

The conference begins with a keynote address on the evening of Sunday, June 26, and concludes with lunch at noon on Wednesday, June 29. All panel sessions will take place at the Notre Dame Conference Center (McKenna Hall) at the University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, Indiana, USA). From Sunday to Wednesday, participants will give more than 100 presentations over the course of more than 30 sessions.

Diane Batts Morrow (University of Georgia, emerita) will provide the conference's keynote address. Batts Morrow is the author of Persons of Color and Religious at the Same Time: The Oblate Sisters of Providence, 1828–1860, which received the Distinguished Book Award from CHWR in 2004. Batts Morrow will address the conference themes of diversity and dignity through her research on the Oblate Sisters, the first religious community for Black Catholic women in the United States.

Another highlight of the conference will be a presentation by Margot Fassler, the Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame. For the past seven years, Fassler has been working on a digital model of the 12th-century Benedictine abbess Hildegard of Bingen’s vision of the cosmos, the so-called “Cosmic Egg,” which she recorded in her first mystical-theological treatise, Scivias. Fassler recently finished the model and set it to Hildegard’s music. She is now preparing to take the model on exhibition to planetaria across the world. This exhibition will coincide with the publication of her monograph on Hildegard’s cosmology.  

The conference program is available to preview here (last updated May 10, 2022).
 

Lodging

Conference participants are responsible to arrange their own housing; conference registration does not include lodging arrangements. This year, campus dormitory rooms are not an available housing option.

A limited number of hotel rooms are being held for conference participants at each of the following area hotels until the noted cut-off dates. Please use the specific links or contact information below to reserve your room if booking in the conference block:
 

The Morris Inn
1399 N. Notre Dame Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617

call (800) 280-7256 and reference “CHWR 2022” or use the CHWR 2022 booking link to reserve in the conference's room block  |  cut-off date: May 25, 2022  |  $139 per night for a double queen traditional room  |  available 6/26–6/29  |  closest hotel to ND conference center (across the street on campus and connected via indoor, accessible passageway)  |  n.b.: breakfast is available at hotel restaurant but not included in room rate  |  cancel by 4:00 p.m. local hotel time at least 48 hours prior to arrival to avoid being charged one night(s) cancel penalty charge.
 

Embassy Suites
1140 E Angela Blvd, South Bend, IN 46617

to reserve in the conference's room block at Embassy Suites, call (574) 400-2600 and reference “Conference on the History of Women Religious” (booking code “COH”) or use the CHWR booking link  |  cut-off date: May 26, 2022  |  $149 per night for one king bed one-room suite  |  $159 per night for two queen bed two-room suite | available 6/25–6/29  |  made-to-order breakfast included  |  10–15 minute walk from the conference location  |  no shuttle service (guests responsible for their own daily transportation to and from the conference)  |  cancel 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid one-night penalty charge
 

Ivy Court Inn & Suites
1404 Ivy Court, South Bend, IN 46637

call 574–277–6500 to reserve in the room block “Conference on the History of Women Religious”  |  cut-off date: May 26, 2022  |  $111–$136 per night  |  rooms available 6/25–6/29  |  breakfast included  |  20–25 minute walk from the conference location  |  no shuttle service (guests responsible for their own daily transportation to and from the conference)  |  cancel 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid one-night penalty charge

 

Additional lodging is available at a variety of hotels in the area surrounding campus, including: 
 

The Fairfield Inn
1220 E Angela Blvd, South Bend, IN 46617

call 574-234-5510 or 1-888-236-2427  |  10-15 minute walk from the conference location
 

The Inn at Saint Mary’s
53993 Indiana State Route 933 South Bend, IN 46637

call 574-232-4000  |  10 minute drive from the conference location  |  shuttle service available
 

Hampton Inn & Suites
7347 Heritage Square Drive, Granger, IN 46530

call 574-243-4600  |  10-15 minute drive from the conference location  |  shuttle service available

 

Travel

Notre Dame is located in the Eastern time zone, 90 miles east of Chicago (Central time). Transportation to and from Notre Dame is available via South Bend International Airport (airport code SBN), located five miles from Notre Dame’s campus. If you plan on flying into Chicago airports, please note that there is no longer a daily shuttle bus between the Chicago airports and South Bend. Additional transportation options to South Bend include the South Shore Train Line, Amtrak, and Greyhound Bus Line

Visitor parking is available on campus in the lots listed here.
 

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Campus map

A campus map highlighting the conference's event locations and nearby hotels is downloadable here. An interactive map of Notre Dame's full campus is available at map.nd.edu.
 

COVID-19 protocols

This conference will be subject to the University's COVID protocols, which are subject to change. Please consult covid.nd.edu/policies for the latest information.
 

Registration and meals

Registration has closed to the public as of May 1, 2022. Sessions at CHWR 2022 are free and open to the public; registration is not required in order to attend panels. 

If you'd like to participate in conference meals and receive conference materials, please contact cushwa@nd.edu, as a limited number of registration spots may become available (conference fees will still apply).

(The general registration fee is $150. Registration does not include lodging and conference participants are responsible to arrange their own housing—see suggested options above. For those attending only part of the conference, registration is pro-rated at $50 per day, Monday through Wednesday. Sunday registration is at no charge. Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, and Holy Cross faculty, staff, and students may attend at no charge, but must register in order to join meals. The conference will provide lunch on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, dinner on Monday, and the conference banquet dinner on Tuesday. Meals are provided at no additional charge above registration, but registrants must opt in to each meal they plan to join. Since most of the hotels recommended above, excepting the Morris Inn, include breakfast with their room rates, the conference will not provide breakfast. Coffee, refreshments, and light snacks will be available before the first session each morning as well as during breaks between sessions.)

 


The Program Committee: Katie Bugyis, Carol Coburn, Heidi MacDonald, Margaret McGuinness, Donna Maria Moses, O.P., Jacqueline Willy Romero

 

Image: Statue dedicated to the five members of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ killed in Liberia on October 20 and 23, 1992, and to all women who have worked for justice. The sculpture is the work of St. Louis artist Rudolph (Rudy) Torrini. It was dedicated in Ruma, Illinois, on June 24, 1994.