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Center for the Study of Consecrated Life (CSCL)

Reckoning with Dangerous Memories in the History of U.S. Catholic Women’s Religious Life


This presentation will overview the mostly unreconciled histories of slavery and segregation in U.S. women’s religious life as well as some notable attempts to make reparation for the enduring sin of anti-Black racism and exclusion within Catholic boundaries. Participants will also individually and collectively imagine what Catholic reparation for slavery and segregation should look like within women’s religious life and the wider Church.


Dr. Shannen Dee Williams is Associate Professor of History at the University of Dayton. A 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 Subversive Habits: Black Catholic Nuns in the Long African American Freedom Struggle, which was published by Duke University Press in May 2022. Subversive Habits was named a top five book published in religion by Publishers’ Weekly in 2022. It also received the 2022 Letitia Woods Brown Award for Best Book in African American Women’s History from the Association of Black Women Historians.

  • Start Date
    September 27, 2023,5:00 pm CT
  • End Date
    September 27, 2023,7:00 pm CT
  • Hosted By
    • CSCL
  • Event Type
    • Online/In-Person
  • Location
    • CTU
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