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The Church in the 21st Century: Why Women Choose to Stay

Alice McDermott; M. Shawn Copeland; Meghan Dougherty; Kathleen Power

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Format: Lecture & Panel Discussion

Length: 100 minutes

New York Times best-selling novelist Alice McDermott discusses her reasons for remaining in a Church whose views of women and their appropriate role in religious life she finds ill-formed and, ultimately, “bigoted.” McDermott is the author of Child of My Heart (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002) and Charming Billy (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997), for which she won the National Book Award.

Her lecture is followed by comments from a theologian, a graduate student, and a business executive on their lives as women Catholics. The respondents are M. Shawn Copeland, Ph.D.'91, an associate professor in Boston College's theology department; Meghan Dougherty '05, an MA candidate in theology at Boston College's Graduate School of Arts & Sciences; and Kathleen Power '72, Vice President of Services for Avid Technology.

The panel is moderated by University Trustee Kathleen McGillycuddy, NC'71, founding cochair of the Council for Women of Boston College.

Presenter(s): Alice McDermott; M. Shawn Copeland; Meghan Dougherty; Kathleen Power

Date: September 15, 2005

Location: Robsham Theatre, Boston College

Sponsor(s): The Council for Women of Boston College; The Church in the 21st Century

URL: http://frontrow.bc.edu/program/womenstay/

The information on this page is accurate as of September 2005