Symposium on Women and the Church since Vatican II, Nov. 6-7, 2015

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership

Still Guests in Our Own House?
Women and the Church since Vatican II

November 6 - November 7, 2015 
Loyola University Chicago

Free and Open to the Public

  • What has and has not changed for women in the Church since the Second Vatican Council?
  • What positions do women have and what roles do they play in the Church today?
  • What is the future for women in the Church? What should be the agenda of engagement for the next half century?
Loyola University Chicago is marking the fiftieth anniversary of the conclusion of Vatican II with a public symposium. Women's lives across the globe have changed dramatically since the Council, and these changes have had a powerful effect in the Church as well. Women have taken on new roles, challenged traditional teachings, and raised new questions. What role did and does the Council play in this complex development? At "Still Guests in Our Own House," scholars will address the issues raised by these questions. Please join us in what promises to be a lively exploration of the Council's history and impact on women by proposing a paper, panel, or roundtable.

FRIDAY, Nov. 6

7 p.m.
Keynote: M. Shawn Copeland
Professor, Department of Theology, Boston College

Responder: Kathleen Sprows Cummings
Associate Professor, American Studies, and Director,
Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism


Panels: Presentations from 9 am to 5 p.m.

The Symposium is sponsored by the Carolyn Farrell, BVM, Professorship in Women and Leadership, the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, the Department of Theology, the John Cardinal Cody Chair in Theology, the Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Life, the Catholic Studies Program, the Department of History, and the Institute of Pastoral Studies.

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Chicago Open Archives: Collecting and Connecting, Oct. 8-10, 2015

Chicago Area Archivists invites you to attend Chicago Open Archives, October 8-10. Over twenty local archives, research centers, and cultural institutions in the Chicago area will celebrate American Archives Month on October 8, 9, and 10 with special events open to members of the public.

Chicago Open Archives: Collecting and Connecting is an opportunity to discover unique historical materials and engage with archivists, librarians, and museum curators. Visitors will enjoy activities such as behind-the-scenes tours, film screenings, or exhibit talks designed to showcase each site’s collections, programs, and services. See Louis Sullivan’s drawings of his exquisite architectural ornaments at The Art Institute of Chicago Ryerson & Burnham Archives, hear avant-garde and exploratory music preserved by the Creative Audio Archive, or take a walking tour of UIC’s medical campus featuring artworks created under the WPA Federal Art Project.

For details about all participating sites and activities, visit

Fall Meeting at the Archives of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

For this year's Fall Meeting, we will be visiting the Archives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, where Archivist Joel Thoreson will give us a tour of the facility and collection. Here are the details:

When: Friday, November 6, 2015 at 1pm
Where: Archives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 321 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Parking available on site.
What: Tour of archives facility and collection

Space for this event is limited, so please send an RSVP to Jerice Barrios at

CARA AT 2015 ACWR Conference

Railroad bridge over the Monongahela River near Pittsburgh, PA

CARA AT ACWR by Patricia Carroll

About 150 archivists gathered in Pittsburgh, PA, August 27 through 30 for the Eighth Triennial Conference of the Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious (ACWR). The theme of the conference was Bridging Tradition with Technology. Conference organizers scheduled 3 plenary and 9 concurrent sessions along with field trips, a catered reception hosted at Saint Paul Seminary, meals, and plenty of opportunity to network and socialize.

CARA was well represented at the conference by Jerice Barrios, Patricia Carroll, and Sister Rebecca Sullivan, CSFN.

Jerice and Patricia presented a 90-minute educational program called Disaster Preparedness and Response for Small Religious Archives. The session was geared to the needs of early-career archivists and covered topics including the disadvantaging characteristics of small religious archives, sources of disaster threat, the disaster management cycle and free or low-cost tools and resources to equip the small archive without an existing plan. Jerice gave a detailed introduction to dPlan: The Online Disaster Planning Tool developed by the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC), dPlan is a template that allows cultural institutions like archives to generate an individualized disaster plan.