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Confronting a Silenced Past: Black Catholic Nuns in the US History

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McAuley Institute Critical Concern Lecture & Dialogue

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The McAuley Institute for Mercy Education hosts a Critical Concern Lecture & Dialogue:

In this talk, Dr. Williams will consider how the master narratives of women’s religious life and Catholic participation in the Black freedom struggle fundamentally change when the lives and experiences of African American nuns are taken seriously.

Dr. Shannen Dee Williams is Associate Professor of History at the University of Dayton. An historian of the African American experience with research and teaching specializations in women’s, religious and Black freedom movement history, Williams is the author of the forthcoming book, Subversive Habits: Black Catholic Nuns in the Long African American Freedom Struggle (Duke University Press, 2022).

Dr. Williams’s research been supported by a host of fellowships, grants and awards, including a Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City, the Postdoctoral Fellowship in African American Studies at Case Western Reserve University, a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Fellowship in Religion and Ethics from the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation, an Albert J. Beveridge Grant from the American Historical Association and the John Tracy Ellis Dissertation Award from the American Catholic Historical Association. Her work has been published in the Journal of African American History, American Catholic Studies, the Washington Post, America Magazine, and the National Catholic Reporter.

A Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and member of the Executive Council of the American Catholic Historical Association, Dr. Williams also authors the award-winning column, “The Griot’s Cross,” published by the Catholic News Service.

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