College offers series featuring women - Catholic Courier

College offers series featuring women

"Women of Wisdom and Witness" is the theme for several upcoming presentations at Nazareth College as part of the William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies.

On Oct. 2, Sheila Cassidy will present "Audacity To Believe" at 7 p.m. at the Forum of the Otto A. Shults Community Center. The next day she will talk on "The Key Is Empathy: A Spirituality of Life and Work" at 1:30 p.m. at the Golisano Academic Center. Cassidy is a doctor, psychotherapist and writer who practiced medicine in South America and, in 1975, was held and tortured under the Pinochet regime in Chile.

On Oct. 23, Elizabeth A. Dreyer will lecture on "Women Alive in the Spirit: Wisdom of Medieval Mystics" at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Shults Community Center. The next day she will speak on "The Holy Spirit According to Women" at 1:30 p.m. at the Golisano Academic Center. A professor of religious studies at Fairfield University in Connecticut, Dreyer is known for her work on medieval women mystics, spirituality in everyday life and the Holy Spirit.

Other scheduled presentations in this series will be "Holy Power, Holy Presence: Rediscovering Medieval Metaphors for the Holy Spirit" and "Making Sense of God: A Woman’s Perspective" by Dominican Sister Jamie T. Phelps, professor and director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana. Her first talk will take place March 5, 2009, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Shults Community Center, and the second one will take place March 6 at 1:30 p.m. at the Golisano Academic Center.

In addition, Mercy Sister Carol Rittner, a distinguished professor of holocaust and genocide studies at Stockton College in New Jersey, will speak on April 2, 2009, at 7 p.m. at the Forum of the Shults Community Center as well as April 3 at 1:30 p.m. at Golisano Academic Center.

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