Rita Cassella Jones Series

Thanks to the generosity of Robert Jones, PhD, professor emeritus, Fordham University, and the Jones family, the Curran Center sponsors lectures on women’s issues in the North American Catholic community.

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15th Annual Rita Cassella Jones Lecture
November 5, 2019
Cuéntame: How Women's Storytelling Shapes the Future of the Church
Natalia Imperatori-Lee, Professor of Religious Studies, Manhattan College

Shawn Copeland

14th Annual Rita Cassella Jones Lecture
October 9, 2019
An Atlas of Another and Difficult World: Gender, Race, and the Church
M. Shawn Copeland, Professor of Theology, Boston College, author of Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being

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13th Annual Rita Cassella Jones Lecture
Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 
Feminist Theology in a Divided World: Walls and Paths for Global Solidarity
Maria Pilar Aquino


Barbara Reid



Leslie Woodcock Tentler

8th Annual Rita Cassella Jones Lecture
Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
A Family Affair: Catholic Women and the Birth Control Question
Leslie Woodcock Tentler, Catholic University of America

Julie Byrne

7th Annual Rita Cassella Jones Lecture
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
With Understanding Start Again:  O God of Players 10 Years Later
Julie E. Byrne, Hofstra University

Kathleen Sprows Cummings

6th Annual Rita Cassella Jones Jecture
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Changing History: Women in the American Catholic Past
Kathleen Sprows Cummings, PhD, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame

Diane Morrow

5th Annual Rita Cassella Jones Lecture
Thursday, October 19, 2009
Black Women of Virtue: The Oblate Sisters of Providence in Antebellum America
Diane Batts Morrow, PhD, Associate Professor of History and African-American Studies at the University of Georgia and author of Persons of Color and Religious at the Same Time: The Oblate Sisters of Providence, 1828-1860

Jeanne Lord

4th Annual Rita Cassella Jones Lecture
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Historic Mission vs. Transformative Change in a Catholic Women's College: Reflections from Trinity College in the District of Columbia
Jeanne Lord, PhD, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Georgetown University

Mary Johnson

3rd Annual Rita Cassella Jones Lecture
Monday, April 21, 2008
American Catholic Women Within and Without Parishes: A Sociological View
Mary Johnson, SND, PhD, Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies, Emmanuel College, Boston

Robert Orsi

2nd Annual Rita Cassella Jones Lecture
Monday, February 26, 2007
The Imaginations of Catholic Children
Robert A. Orsi, Charles Warren Professor the History of Religion in America, Harvard Divinity School


1st Annual Rita Cassella Jones Lecture
Thursday, November 3, 2005
The Gospel of Dorothy Day
Julie Leininger Pycior, Professor of History, Manhattan College, author of LBJ and Mexican Americans: The Paradox of Power