Subversive Habits — Speaker

March 8, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Busse Center, Chapel of Mercy

The untold story of black Catholic nuns in the United States

To date, the fight to desegregate the nation's historically white Catholic sisterhoods remains one of the most under-researched topics in American history. This talk chronicles the fiercely-contested entries of U.S.-born black women and girls into white orders from the nineteenth century to the present day.

Dr. Shannen Dee WilliamsDr. Shannen Dee Williams is assistant professor of United States and African-American history at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Agnes Scott College and holds a MA in Afro-American studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison as well as a PhD in history and graduate certificate in women's and gender studies from Rutgers University.

Dr. Williams is currently working on the manuscript for her first book, Subversive Habits: The Untold Story of Black Catholic Nuns in the United States. 


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