I’ve long been fascinated by the Catholic Summer School of America, the “Catholic Chautauqua” founded in the 1890s on the eastern shores of Lake Champlain just outside of Plattsburgh, New York. Thanks to a treasure trove of photographs made newly available by the Clinton County Historical Association archives in the early 2010s, and funding from Colgate University’s Upstate Institute just before the pandemic, my work on white women and the labor of leisure has finally made its way to print this month in Religion and American Culture (https://doi.org/10.1017/rac.2022.8). Here’s a peek:
As part of the ongoing Smithsonian National Museum of American History exhibition “Girlhood (It’s Complicated)” I joined a team of scholars writing on Latina/o/x experiences.
Read more about the project here, and visit my contribution, “Picturing Catholic Girlhood” online at Smithsonian Magazine, in English and Spanish:
The Convent Academy
Over at American Religion I wrote about my book; about driving to convents in rural Kentucky back when we could still travel; about a place I just can’t get out of my head. That place–the Loretto Community in Nerinx, KY–is just one of a handful of convent properties I’ve traveled to in the past year. Read more here:
To trace the stories of Catholic academy girls in nineteenth-century America—girls whose white skin and class privilege, I argue, made them symbols of both U.S. Catholic aspirations and anti-Catholic nightmares—I started making convent road trips. Even repurposed convent academies are often remarkably maintained, and I am drawn to their parlors, porches, hallways, and anterooms…Loretto Academy (Nerinx, KY)
Girlhood and the Making of American Catholicism
Join me and the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School on Thursday, February 20 for my public lecture, Girlhood and the Making of American Catholicism.
Museums and the Politics of Women’s History
It’s June 4th, 2019 — 100 years to the day that Congress passed the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
I woke to find the #19that100 hashtag firing up on Twitter, with historians and GLAMs (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums) highlighting the anniversary and histories of voting rights in the context of the suffrage movement. Of course, it took more than a year for the Amendment’s ratification, so look out for much more suffrage history to come in 2020. Continue reading “Museums and the Politics of Women’s History”
On Thursday, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced $28.6 million in grants for 233 humanities projects. One of those projects was mine: The Young Catholic: Girlhood and the Making of American Catholicism, 1836-1911. I’m tremendously grateful for a NEH summer stipend as I go on research leave in May to finish the book.
Read more about some of the grants awarded this cycle here.
Women’s Studies in Religion Program
I’m delighted to share that I’ll be spending the 2019-2020 academic year (my junior leave from Colgate University) in residence at Harvard Divinity School, where I’ll serve as research associate and Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and North American Religions. [WSRP announcement]
(Finding) My Archives
Research day at my old stomping grounds, Special Collections Research Center at the University of Chicago; a good reminder to finish organizing the Black at Bryn Mawr project files for the Bryn Mawr College Archives before my departure.
Summer Research on Storify
With the support of two weeks paid research leave from Bryn Mawr College Special Collections, I was able to participate in two research seminars over the past month that will help me move forward my dissertation research into new projects (more on those soon!)
For the moment, I’m using Storify to share the conversations started in Worcester and New York:
June 21-26, 2015
Reading Children: Summer Seminar in the History of the Book in American Culture (#PHBAC15)
American Antiquarian Society (Worcester, MA)
[View the story “Reading Children: The 2015 Summer Seminar in the History of the Book in American Culture” on Storify]
June 29-July 2, 2015
2015 Summer Institute in Digital Humanities
New York Metro American Studies Association / New York University (New York, NY)
[View the story”NYMASA 2015 Summer Institute: The Digital City” on Storify]
Spring Quarter is here, and with it comes my dissertation defense and move to Philadelphia so this space will be pretty quiet for the next two months or so. In the meantime, I’m happy to have some new writing out in the world:
- ” ‘Have You Ever Read?’ Imagining Women, Bibles, and Religious Print in Nineteenth-Century America,” in U.S. Catholic Historian 31.3 (Summer 2013): 1-21 [link to Project Muse]
- “Demystifying Catholic Sisters in a Digital Age” for Sightings [link]
See you on the other side!