Divinity Women’s Center Turns 35

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Friday, October 23, 2009

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The Duke Divinity School Women’s Center turns 35 this year.

Created in 1974 to provide women students with much needed support for ministry, the Women's Center continues to offer space for dialogue, community, and exploration of gender issues that matter for all forms of ministry.

Alumnae and students are invited to a two-day event, Nov. 12-13, 2009, to celebrate this historic anniversary. Events will celebrate the work of the Center, honor the first woman Divinity School faculty member, Dr. Jill Raitt, and provide an opportunity to reflect on the Women's Center's role in the future.

Following is the schedule of events, all of which will be in the Divinity School:

Thursday, Nov. 12

  • 11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Chapel Worship – Elizabeth Clift preaching. Goodson Chapel.
  • 12:20-1:20 p.m. Brown-bag panel discussion with Duke Divinity alumni. Moderated by Professor Jean O’Barr. 0012 Westbrook.
  • 5-6 p.m. Keynote Speaker, Dr. Teresa Berger, Professor of Liturgical Studies, Yale Divinity School, and former Duke Divinity School Professor of Theology. Lecture title: “Women’s Ways of Worship to Gender History: Re-Writing Liturgical Tradition.” 0014 Westbrook.
  • 6 p.m. Celebration & fundraising dinner honoring Dr. Jill Raitt, the first woman faculty member at Duke Divinity School. Dr. Raitt, Missouri University Emerita Professor of Religious Studies, currently holds The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Endowed Chair in Catholic Thought. Cost for the dinner, to be held in the Divinity School Refectory, is $35, and tickets are available by emailing Brandy Daniels. The first 10 students to RSVP may receive tickets for free through the Women's Center.

Friday, Nov. 13

  • 9 a.m. Morning coffee and chat. Women’s Center, 021 Gray, Duke Divinity School.
  • 12:20-1:20 p.m. Brownbag panel discussion with female faculty. “What does it mean to be an educated woman of faith?” Moderated by Dr. Kristin Herzog. 0012 Westbrook.

For more information, contact Professor Mary McClintock Fulkerson, director of the Divinity School’s Gender, Theology and Ministry Certificate Program, 919-660-3458 or Mary Fulkerson.