past conferences

Eighth Triennial Conference on the History of Women Religious (2010)

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Sixth Triennial Conference on the History of Women Religious (2004)

Opening Keynote Address: Elizabeth Rapley, Professor of History at the University of Ottawa and author of The Dévotes: Women and Church in Seventeenth-Century France (1990) and A Social History of the Cloister: Daily Life in the Teaching Monasteries of the Old Regime (2001). She spoke on: “A Boundary Crossed: Apostolic Women in Early New France.”

Special Work in Progress: FILM: “Sisters of Selma” by award-winning director, Jayasri Hart (Hart Productions, Los Angeles). This film features the activities of some of the women religious who participated in the Selma marches in 1965 and their lives and reflections forty years later. “Sisters of Selma” is currently under production and Ms. Hart has agreed to premier an “early cut” for the HWR Conference prior to the March, 2005 premier on National Public Television. For more information about the director, the film, and the participants go to:

Honors Banquet Keynote Address: Anne Butler, Professor Emerita of History at Utah State University has authored and co-authored many books about the American West, including The Frontiers and Catholic Identities (2001) and numerous articles and essays on women religious including Mother Katharine Drexel, Sister Blandina Segale, and The Daughters of Charity in Virginia City. She spoke and showed photographs on: “There are Exceptions to Every Rule": Adjusting the Boundaries—Catholic Sisters and the American West.”