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New York Times best-selling novelist Mary Mackey will join Professor Mara Lynn Keller, a founder of the Women's Spirituality Program at CIIS to discuss Mackey’s four novels that bring to life the Goddess-Worshiping peoples of Prehistoric Europe: The Village of Bones, The Year the Horses Came, The Horses at the Gate, and The Fires of Spring. Based on the research of the late UCLA professor Dr. Marija Gimbutas and supplemented by Mackey’s own wide-ranging research, which included trips to Romania and Bulgaria, these novels have brought the civilization of the Goddess and its message of the power of love, compassion, healing, forgiveness, and equality for all beings to hundreds of thousands of readers. This event, which is part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of CIIS, is a benefit for the CIIS Women’s Spirituality Program.

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Mary Mackey, Ph.D. is an Adjunct Professor of Women’s Spirituality at CIIS and Professor Emeritus of English and former Writer-in-Residence at California State University, Sacramento where she helped found both the CSUS Women’s Studies Program and the CSUS English Department Graduate Creative Writing Program. She is the New York Times best-selling author of fourteen novels, five of which tell the stories of priestesses of the Goddess-worshiping cultures of Old Europe and pre-historic Sumer (The Village of Bones, The Year The Horses Came, The Horses at the Gate, The Fires of Spring, and The Last Warrior Queen). Her novels about Old Europe are based on the research of the late archaeologist Dr. Marija Gimbutas who helped her with The Year the Horses Came and The Horses at the Gate. Her novel about ancient Sumer (The Last Warrior Queen), is based on a non-patriarchal interpretation of the Sumerian legend of the Goddess Inanna’s Descent into the Underworld and takes readers into the Fertile Crescent Goddess-worshiping-cultures described by the late Merlin Stone in When God Was a Woman.

Mara Lynn Keller, Ph.D. (Philosophy, Yale University), is a Professor of Philosophy, Religion, and Women's Spirituality. As Program Director of Women's Spirituality at CIIS from 1998-2008, she produced dozens of special events on women's sacred arts and scholarship, most recently, a joint art exhibition with CERES Gallery in New York on Ineffable/Woman. She is a philosopher, thealogian, and specialist on the Eleusinian Mysteries of Demeter and Persephone. Her articles include "The Ritual Path of Initiation into the Eleusinian Mysteries," "Ancient Crete of the Earth Mother Goddess: Sacred Arts and Communal Ritual;" "Goddesses around the World," "Violence against Women and Children in Religious Scriptures and in the Home," and "Women's Spirituality and Higher Education." She believes that "Freedom of Religion to worship Goddess is a social justice issue," a message she delivered to the Parliament of the World's Religions at the Women's Plenary in 2015.


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