2017 Marianist Award

Dr. Shawn Copeland, professor of theology at Boston College, is receiving the Marianist Award on November 1 in the Kennedy Union Ballroom, at 3:45 p.m. After receiving the award, she will give her address: "Traces of the Cross: Theology and Social Suffering". Dr. Copeland's theological work focuses on questions concerning racism and exclusion among many other things - topics so relevant for us today. All are welcome.

In preparation for Dr. Copeland's visit to our campus, the Forum for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition Today is hosting informal discussions of some of Dr. Copeland's writing. Information about Dr. Copeland, the subject of her Marianist Award talk, and the dates, times, and places for the discussion are described in the flyer below. The selections are quite brief and are geared toward an intellectually curious, non-expert audience. Those readings are available on request by emailing:

Dr. Copeland's lecture, "Traces of the Cross: Theology and Social Suffering" will focus on how her theological work has been informed by her faith in the saving power of Christ in His self-giving love through his cross. The transformative power of the cross serves as a source of saving hope and a call to action for the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ, to act in solidarity with society's vulnerable and marginalized persons, especially those suffering under the scourge of racism.

If you have further questions, you may contact Dr. Sandra Yocum at

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