Join Gabrielle Miller on Wednesday, March 7, as she explores the beata; a celibate laywoman who dedicated her life to Catholic
faith, consecrating herself to a life of prayer and good works unfettered by
the strictures of the convent or the demands of a patriarchal family structure.
This talk will argue that the beata is largely
overlooked cultural signpost whose diverse forms and sometimes humorous representation
bear witness to the transforming and contentious role of religion in a nation
struggling to define itself as a modern nation state. It is further intended to
consider the ways in which misogynistic humor often functions in our 21st-century society to shame, intimidate, or punish women who choose to emulate
alternative models of femininity.
This is being held on Wednesday March 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building, room 126. This event is sponsored by SACRED (Society for the Appreciation of Cultural and Religious Diversity), the Department of Religious Studies, the Department of Foreign Languages, and Women’s and Gender Studies.