2022 Surjit Singh Lecture in Comparative Religious Thought and Culture

Friday, April 8th 2022, 6:00pm
Online Event, 2400 Ridge Rd Berkeley, CA 94709

You are invited to the 2022 Surjit Singh Lecture: "The Virgin Mary as Warrior: Marian models of women’s religious experience in colonial Latin America."

This year’s speaker will be Dr. Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History and Director, Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas, Austin.

The historiography of women’s piety in Latin America usually focuses on discrimination and dominant colonial ideologies of religious passivity. Yet a study of Mariology suggests that Hebrew Bible models of Mary were not only numerous (Song of Songs, Book of Wisdom, Ruth, Judith, Yael) but deeply contradictory, creating enough room for women to gain and wield immense religious power. This talk explores these contradictions to find surprising forms of religious experience that challenge our understanding of Marianism and the power of women in Latin American colonial societies. 

The lecture date is Friday, April 8, at 6:00 pm (PST). It will be a hybrid lecture with a limited in-person audience located in the GTU Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library. Contact Sabrina Kennedy at skennedy@gtu.edu if you would like to attend in person.

Register to attend the lecture here.

This event is online only