Aquinas Center to Hold Catherine of Siena Lecture April 13

March 29, 2023

Neomi de AndaTejana scholar and activist Neomi De Anda will present the annual Catherine of Siena Lecture sponsored by Candler’s Aquinas Center of Theology on Thursday, April 13 from 7:30–9:00 p.m. EDT in Room 252 of Candler’s Rita Anne Rollins Building.

The free lecture, titled “Chisme as a Theological Language del Pueblo,” will be offered in person and as a webinar. Registration is required for both options. To attend in person, register here. To attend the webinar, register here.

“Chisme as a Theological Language del Pueblo”

This talk will examine the role of chisme as a theological language. It will begin by setting aside moralizing of chisme as good or bad and view how scholars from across the American continents and beyond have used chisme to better understand human interaction. It will respond to the question: How might the study of chisme as a theological language of el pueblo help us be a more inclusive church, academy, and society?

De Anda is a Tejana scholar/activist and Catholic Lay Marianist who currently serves as associate professor of religious studies at the University of Dayton. She holds a PhD in constructive theology. Her research interests include Latinas and Latin American women writers in religion from 1600-1900; Christology; Latina theology; theology and breast milk; the intersection of race and migrations in conjunction with the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative Racial & Immigrant Justice Team; and developing a border theology in partnership with the Hope Border Institute. De Anda is president-elect of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States.