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POSTPONED – Sister Mary Schmidt Lecture Series at Seton Hill University
April 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Listening: Elizabeth Seton’s Unique Gateway to the Work of Social Justice
Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill have decided to postpone the Sister Mary Schmidt Lecture scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at Seton Hill University.
The Sisters of Charity will reschedule Catherine O’Donnell’s lecture, “Listening: Elizabeth Seton’s Unique Gateway to the Work of Social Justice” on a date to be determined in the Spring of 2021. Author of Elizabeth Seton: American Saint and Associate Professor of History at Arizona State University, O’Donnell will guide the audience in exploring Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s legacy of listening in order to cultivate the kind of detailed understanding and compassion that are necessary to underlie and empower social justice activity. Please be sure to watch the Sisters of Charity Facebook page (Facebook.com/scsh.us) for more details about this program and other events sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill.
Catherine O’Donnell, will present “Listening: Elizabeth Seton’s Unique Gateway to the Work of Social Justice” at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2020, at Cecilian Hall in the Administration Building on the Seton Hill University hilltop campus. Catherine will guide the audience in exploring Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s legacy of listening in order to cultivate the kind of detailed understanding and compassion that are necessary to underlie and empower social justice activity. Elizabeth’s ethos for listening is a part of her vision of “living in charity with all,” rather than imagining herself as bestowing charity upon a lesser. O’Donnell will cite specific examples from the saint’s life, the contemporary actions of Elizabeth’s spiritual daughters, and those who embrace her legacy.
Catherine O’Donnell is Associate Professor of History at Arizona State University. ASU is a public university that measures itself “not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes.” That mission has defined Catherine’s work in higher education. A faculty head and an undergraduate director, Catherine participates in initiatives designed to broaden access to an education in the humanities and to improve first generation college students’ chances of success. In addition to her roles as instructor and mentor to graduate and undergraduate students, Catherine is a member of numerous professional organizations and was recently elected to the Executive Council of the American Catholic Historical Association.
Catherine O’Donnell is the author of two books, most recently Elizabeth Seton: American Saint (Cornell University Press, 2018), which was awarded the Distinguished Book Award by the Conference on the History of Women Religious, for books published from 2016-2018, as well as the Biography Prize from the Catholic Press Association. She is also the author of Men of Letters in the Early Republic (Chapel Hill, 2008) and articles appearing in venues including the William and Mary Quarterly, the Journal of the Early Republic, Early American Literature, and the US Catholic Historian.
The Sister Mary Schmidt Lecture Series is sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill and Seton Hill University in order to support the Catholic identity of Seton Hill University; engage the Sisters of Charity and Seton Hill University in learning and dialogue on timely topics of social and environmental justice with global impact; and develop an understanding of Catholic Social Teachings and how they pertain to this dialogue.
Sister Mary Schmidt, SC, served as president of Seton Hill from 1971 through 1977. She also taught in the English Department at the University for more than 20 years and served as executive vice president and the director of Alumnae Relations.
Seton Hill University, Greensburg, is a leading Catholic coeducational liberal arts university founded by the Sisters of Charity and embracing students of all faiths. Seton Hill offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the Natural and Health Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts, Business, Education and Applied Social Sciences and Humanities and is committed to educating its more than 2,200 students to “think and act critically, creatively and ethically as productive members of society committed to transforming the world.” As a national leader in incorporating mobile technologies into teaching and learning, Seton Hill also supplies graduates with the skills they need to adapt to whatever careers they choose. For more information on Seton Hill’s academic programs and technology initiatives, please visit HYPERLINK “http://www.setonhill.edu/” www.setonhill.edu or call 1-800-826-6234.
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