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Women, Religion, and Social Change in Chicago and the Midwest

April 21, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Mary Beth Connolly, Rachel Bohlmann, Karla Goldman, and Wallace Best join this symposium to examine the work of women from Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish traditions in and around Chicago, mainly in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. They will explore connections between religious practice and social activism in the lives of Midwestern women and their communities.


9 to 9:20 am: Coffee

9:20-9:45 am: Introduction by Ann Durkin Keating. Keating is an historian of urban and suburban studies and teaches broadly in U.S. history at North Central College.

9:45-10:10 am: Mary Beth Connolly, Continuing Lecturer in History and Concurrent Enrollment Program Liaison for History and Political Science atPurdue University Northwest: “Souls are Trained and Prepared for the Other”: The Mercy Charism and Catholic Female Education in Chicago, 1840s-1940s, A Comparative Study”

10:10-10:35 am: Rachel Bohlmann, American History Librarian at the University of Notre Dame: “Frances Willard and Gospel Temperance Politics in Illinois during the Gilded Age”

10:35-10:55 am: Break

10:55-11:20 am: Karla Goldman, Sol Drachler Professor of Social Work and Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan: “With a capital ‘J’ and a capital ‘W’: The Emergence of Chicago Jewish Women in the Work of Political, Religious, and Social Reform”

11:20-11:45 am: Wallace Best, Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University, and author of Passionately Human, No Less Divine: Religion and Culture in Black Chicago, 1915-1952, and Langston’s Salvation: American Religion and the Bard of Harlem.

11:45 am-1 pm Panel discussion and Q&A, moderated by Ann Durkin Keating

For more details, visit our website: https://www.newberry.org/04212018-women-religion-and-social-change-chicago-and-midwest


April 21, 2018
9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Newberry Library
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