Baylor University's History Department To Host Women's History Month Lecture

Feb. 29, 2012
News Photo 5382Catherine A. Brekus, Ph.D., associate professor of the history of Christianity in the School of Divinity at the University of Chicago, will speak at this year's Women's History Month Lecture at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, March 1, in Room 120 of Morrison Hall, 1410 S. Fifth St., on Baylor's campus.

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Baylor University's department of history in the College of Arts and Sciences will host speaker Catherine A. Brekus, Ph.D., associate professor of the history of Christianity in the School of Divinity at the University of Chicago, at this year's Women's History Month Lecture at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, March 1, in Room 120 of Morrison Hall, 1410 S. Fifth St., on Baylor's campus.

Brekus, who is also associate faculty in the department of history at the University of Chicago, will speak about the difference it makes in telling the story of American history and American religious history when women are consciously included in the telling, said Andrea Turpin, Ph.D., assistant professor of history at Baylor University.

"The lecture will reflect on what causes historical change and what role women have in bringing about that change," Turpin said. "Dr. Brekus's research on both the role of women in American life and the significance of faith in American life should make her talk of great interest to the Baylor community."

Brekus is one of the leading scholars of United States women's religious history and has written "Strangers and Pilgrims: Female Preaching in America, 1740-1845,"which explores the rise of Protestant female preaching during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. She is the editor of a collection of essays called "The Religious History of American Women: Reimagining the Past" and is currently writing "Sarah Osborn's World: The Rise of Evangelicalism in Early America."

About Baylor University

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions.

About the College of Arts & Sciences

The College of Arts & Sciences is Baylor University's oldest and largest academic division, consisting of 27 academic departments and 13 academic centers and institutes. The more than 5,000 courses taught in the College span topics from art and theatre to religion, philosophy, sociology and the natural sciences. Faculty conduct research around the world, and research on the undergraduate and graduate level is prevalent throughout all disciplines.

For more information, visit the Institute for Studies of Religion or call (254) 710-2667.

by Carmen Galvan, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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