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iROC: An Oral History of the Dominican Sisters of HOPE

Jan 24

4:00 PM5:00 PM
Kaplan Library Room 218

This iROC was originally scheduled for November 2018 but was rescheduled due to inclement weather. 

Lives of Service and Joy: An Oral History of the Dominican Sisters of HOPE

iROC - Investigating Research on Campus Portrait of: Phillps James

Please be with us January 24th when James Phillips, Division of Arts and Letters, will present Lives of Service and Joy: An Oral History of the Dominican Sisters of HOPE.

In 2016 the Dominican Sisters of HOPE approved a project to interview the members of the order. The proposed project included three aspects: video interviews, transcriptions of those interviews, and a performance script adapted from the transcriptions. The interviews were conducted at various locations throughout New York and New Jersey with the goal of holding interviews in locations with easy access for the sisters.

The goal of the interviews was to illuminate each sister's individual story, with questions related to why the joined the order, what they accomplished during their assignments, and how they have benefitted from a life as a Dominican. The interviews are the property of the order, to be distributed and preserved as they see fit. 

The project will culminate with an MSMC student performance using the script adapted from the interview transcripts. The performance will allow our students to learn about the women who founded the college through speaking their stories. The performance will be held at the Mount and will be able to travel to locations where the sisters can see it.

James Phillips is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Director of MSMC Theatre at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York. He holds a BA in Theatre from Morehead State University, an MFA in Directing from The Catholic University of America, and an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. Professor Phillips is an accomplished professional director, actor, and sound designer with credits in theatres from Washington DC to Palm Springs. His scholarly interests include the theory and structure of comedy and Commedia del Arte.

Lives of Service and Joy: An Oral History of the Dominican Sisters of HOPE  will take place in Kaplan Library Room 218 in the Dominican Center. This event has been approved FYE credit as College Connection. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!


For more information about this or any of the iROC presentations, or to volunteer as or recommend an iROC speaker, please contact the coordinators of the iROC program - Dr. Evan Merkhofer, Assistant Professor of Biology, 845-569-3368, or Jen Park, Assistant Librarian for Access and Outreach Services, 845-569-3546,

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