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2010 Carondelet Speakers Series

The Carondelet Lecture Series is devoted to exploring how Catholic thought may engage a pluralistic world. It is an activity of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Endowed Chair in Catholic Thought at Fontbonne University and is co-sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province. This year's event will take place at 7 p.m., Oct. 20.

2010 Guest Speaker - Dr. M. Shawn Copeland

Dr. M. Shawn Copeland is associate professor of theology at Boston College where she received her Ph.D. in Systematic Theology in 1991. Between 1984 and 2003, she taught at Yale University Divinity School and Marquette University. She also currently serves as adjunct associate professor of systematic theology at the Institute for Black Catholic Studies, Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans.

Dr. Copeland is the Past Convenor of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium (BCTS) and a former president (2003-2004) of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA). She is an honorary member of Alpha Sigma Nu and the recipient of Barry University’s Yves Congar Award for Excellence in Theology (2000) as well as honorary degrees from Holy Names College (2002) and Emmanuel College (1989).

She has lectured extensively in the United States as well as in Australia, Belgium, Canada and Nigeria, and is the author of more than 70 articles and book chapters. Her more recent publications include “The Church Is Marked by Suffering,” The Many Marks of the Church, Eds. William Madges and Michael J. Daley (2006); “The Black Subject and Postmodernism: ‘What Did I Do to Be so Black and Blue,’” Bulletin of Ecumenical Theology; "Disturbing Aesthetics of Race,” Journal of Catholic Social Thought (2006); “Body, Race, and Being: Theological Anthropology in the Context of Performing and Subverting Eucharist,” Constructive Theology: A Contemporary Approach to Classical Themes (2005); “Doing Black Catholic Theology: Rhythm, Structure, and Aesthetics,” Chicago Studies (2003); and “The Cross of Christ and Discipleship,” in Thinking of Christ: Proclamation, Explanation, Meaning (2003).

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