Dr. Shannen Dee Williams, assistant professor of history at Villanova University, will deliver the annual Black History Lecture at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN.
Her lecture, “The Real Sister Act: Black Catholic Sisters in the United States,” will be held on Tuesday, February 12, at 7 p.m. Central Time in St. Bede Theater.
She is currently revising the manuscript for her first book, Subversive Habits: The Untold Stories of Black Catholic Sisters in the United States, to be published by Duke University Press.
Her research has been supported by a host of awards and fellowships, including a Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City, a Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship for Religion and Ethics from the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation, and the John Tracy Ellis Dissertation Award from the American Catholic Historical Association.
In 2016, Williams began a three-year term as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. In September 2018, she received the inaugural Sister Christine Schenk Award for Young Catholic Leadership from Future Church for using history to foster racial justice and reconciliation in religious congregations of women.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available at St. Bede Hall and in the Guest House and student parking lots. For more information, call Mary Jeanne Schumacher at (812) 357-6501 during business hours.