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"A Question of Habit"


Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Dominican University Bluhm Lecture Hall, Parmer Hall, Main Campus 7900 W. Division St., River Forest, IL 60305 (see map)

Although most Roman Catholic women religious in the U.S. have not worn the full habits of their orders for over 40 years, images of nuns and sisters in such habits can be found in numerous and surprising aspects of pop culture. They are proliferating both in number and kind.  Join filmmaker Bren Ortega Murphy, PhD, for a screening of her documentary film that examines the wide variety of visual images of Catholic nuns and sisters used in contemporary U.S. popular culture and contrasts these images with the lives of actual women religious, both historical and current. The film looks at the nature, scope and significance of these images as well as possible explanations for their increasing popularity and possible impact on our understanding of women religious. It includes interviews with Sr. Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking), Tom Fontana (Oz, Homicide), Sr. Joan Chittister (Benedictine writer), and is narrated by Susan Sarandon.  Sr. Janet Welsh, OP, PhD, director of the McGreal Center for Dominican Historical Studies, and Tracey Caldwell, PhD, associate professor of psychology will offer responses to the film.

Co-sponsored by:
Siena Center, McGreal Center, Department of Apparel Design and Merchandising, Department of History, Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, and Department of Theology and Pastoral Ministry

Thursday, March 29, 2012, 6:00 p.m.

Admission is $5
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