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Civil War Experiences of the Oblate Sisters of Providence

Oct 05

7:00 PM
Kaplan Family Library DC 218

Diane Batts Morrow, PhD, associate professor of history and African American studies at the University of Georgia, will present "The Civil War Experiences of the Oblate Sisters of Providence" on Thursday, October 5.

Morrow's current research project continues the story of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the first African American Roman Catholic sisterhood, organized in Baltimore, Maryland in 1828. The critical interval between 1860 and 1877, encompassing the Civil War and Reconstruction periods in American history, also defined a significant era for the Oblate Sisters. Her research focuses specifically on the Oblate experience during this time.

MorrowDiane Batts Morrow is associate professor of history and African American studies at the University of Georgia. She teaches courses which focus on the African American experience in United States history. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College with a BA in History, earned her MS in Social Science Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her PhD in History from the University of Georgia. Her first book, Persons of Color and Religious at the Same Time: The Oblate Sisters of Providence, 1828-1860, which the University of North Carolina Press published in 2002, won that year’s Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize from the Association of Black Women Historians. In 2004 the Conference on the History of Women Religious honored this work with its Distinguished Book Award. Morrow is currently working on a second volume which continues the story of this first Roman Catholic black sisterhood—which celebrated its 185th anniversary in 2014—into the middle of the twentieth century.

All are welcome to attend her lecture at 7 pm. Faculty are invited to a special luncheon at 12:30 pm on October 5. Email for more information.

This event is sponsored by the Mount's Catholic and Dominican Institute.

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